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Explore the Towns of Marina, Salinas and Seaside, California Outdoor Adventure, Foodie Finds and Undiscovered Gems Await!

Outdoor adventures. Diverse dining. Rich cultural history. Monterey County is home to all of these unforgettable experiences — and you can discover these in the towns of Marina, Salinas and Seaside along California’s Central Coast.

Monterey, CA, December 19, 2018 – Outdoor adventures. Diverse dining. Rich cultural history. Monterey County is home to all of these unforgettable experiences — and you can discover these in the towns of Marina, Salinas and Seaside along California’s Central Coast. Though these three towns occasionally stand in the shadow of their more popular neighbors like Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur, they’re still can’t-miss hubs for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and history buffs alike. Explore these undiscovered gems for a unique experience you’ll remember for years to come.

Marina: The Height of Beachside Tranquility

Do you enjoy a nice day (… or two or three) on the beach? Then you must visit Marina, located right on the water in Monterey County. Marina State Beach offers plenty of great waves for avid surfers, as well as sand dunes that provide a home for all sorts of exotic birds and animals. The well-marked Dune Nature Trail gives you a full rundown of the creatures located among the dunes, making this a truly unique beach experience.

And after a long day on the beach, Marina offers plenty of intriguing dining options. Head to English Ales Brewery for locally brewed beer paired with a comprehensive menu of pub grub. Or if you’re looking to try one of Monterey County’s newest and most buzzed-about restaurants, Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette offers delicious raw, cured or wood-fired takes on your favorite dishes.

Salinas: A Unique Combination of Culture and Agriculture

Salinas isn’t just the home of Nobel Prize laureate John Steinbeck. It’s also a notable agricultural hub, lovingly called “America’s Salad Bowl” as a nod to the many crops grown in the Salinas Valley. You can learn more about the farming techniques being put to work in Salinas at Ag Venture Tours, which gives you a full sensory experience of the many greens grown in this region. But that’s not the only sensory experience in the area. The River Road Wine Trail offers wine lovers the chance to trek along River Road and visit nearly a dozen award-winning wineries.

After exploring all that grows in Salinas, learn more about the favorite son of Salinas, John Steinbeck, at the National Steinbeck Center. Full of interactive exhibits and fascinating artifacts from his life, this museum gives you a personal, one-of-a-kind look at the life of a great American. Then, if you are hungry for more, stop by The Steinbeck House to see his childhood home and enjoy a delicious lunch. Once you’ve had your fill of all things Steinbeck, get your fill of locally

grown cuisine at 201 Main in Oldtown Salinas. With an extensive wine list and an eclectic menu of fresh food, 201 Main has something for everyone.

Seaside: Monterey’s Coastal Neighbor

Located just to the north of Monterey, Seaside is sometimes overlooked by visitors who tend to head toward its more popular neighbor. In Seaside, you can fill your day with a diverse range of outdoor activities and delicious dining options. Seaside is home to Fort Ord National Monument, a beautiful stretch of rolling hills and over 83 miles of trails. It’s a favorite for mountain bikers, but it’s also perfect for a relaxing stroll.

For a full day of outdoor fun, hit the links at Bayonet and Black Horse, two challenging golf courses that offer stunning bay views. Ready for a relaxing meal after a day outdoors? Then get ready for a big authentic Italian meal at Gusto, some of the most delicious Italian food on the peninsula.

While in Seaside, make sure to explore recently revitalized Broadway Avenue. The downtown artery was updated with expanded sidewalks, newly planted trees and designated bike lanes. On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the street plays host to a year-round certified farmers market with a bounty of local produce and products.

The fact that Monterey County’s lesser-known towns are so packed with culture and activities proves something the locals know to be true: Monterey County has endless activities to explore and places to discover. It’s a place to go on adventures, enjoy delicious food and learn about California history. Plan your trip and find out more today at SeeMonterey.com.


The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCCVB) is a 501c6 organization that drives tourism for Monterey County. Tourism is the largest industry on the Monterey Peninsula and the second largest in the County. The MCCVB is a partnership of the hospitality community and local governments that aims to drive business growth through compelling marketing and targeted sales initiatives that maximize the benefits of tourism to our guests, members and the community. Travel spending in Monterey County was $2.85 billion in 2017, representing a 3.5 percent increase from 2016. This $2.85 billion in visitor spending supported 24,990 jobs, contributed $255 million in total taxes and generated $127 million local tax dollars that directly benefited the community.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


Beachside Resorts on Estero Island Offer Amazing Spring Savings

FORT MYERS, Fla., –May 9, 2012 – The Continental Group Realty’s (TCGR) hospitality division is pleased to announce the “Escape to Estero Island, buy THREE nights and get the FOURTH night FREE” spring package for a relaxing getaway in one of Southwest Florida’s favorite destinations overlooking the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This vacation package is the perfect match for couples and families who enjoy Florida’s beaches on Fort Myers’ Estero Island. This offer is available on www.SandalsInTheSand.com; please check the website for availability. Holiday periods excluded, based on availability, no discounts may be combined.


The Sandals in the Sand “Escape to Estero Island” spring vacation package offers visitors their choice of three beautiful resorts located on breathtaking Estero Island: Seaside All-Suite Resort, Casa Playa Beach Resort and Cornerstone Beach Resort. These resorts are a tropical paradise providing soothing hospitality and relaxation, while offering various package options that will fit most budgets. A perfect family or romantic couple’s spring vacation is available and affordable.


Just north of Naples, you will experience Florida the way it used to be.  Estero Island offers miles of white, sandy beaches along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and is complete with extraordinary sunsets, exceptional shelling and unique wildlife that attract visitors worldwide.


Estero Island is an ideal spring getaway location with tropical breezes, great beaches, exquisite dining and luxurious accommodations. Marinas throughout Estero Island are perfect for boating adventures including romantic sunset cruises, sightseeing cruises and deep-sea fishing. For nature lovers, just cross a bridge at the southern tip of the island to escape to Lovers Key State Park – a harbor for wildlife and home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles.


Experience the suite life and make this a getaway to remember with a choice of three great resorts:


The Seaside All – Suite Resort, located in the middle of Estero Island, is rated number three out of 20 on Trip Advisor’s popularity index.  This resort offers 50 suites each equipped with two bedrooms, a large inviting living/dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, two full baths, a heated pool, and a private

screened in lanai that lets you enjoy the warm tropical breezes and dine al fresco over spectacular sunsets. View details at http://www.seasideresort.us/ or call toll free 888-226-6555.


The Casa Playa Beach Resort is an all-suite resort located on the exclusive north tip of Estero Island. The 35-unit resort condominiums are each privately owned and individually decorated. All suites have private balconies and high speed wireless Internet. Casa Playa resort offers two pet-friendly designated floors, a heated pool, picnic area, gas grills, beach lounge chairs and a serene private beach area.  For more information visit http://www.casaplayaresort.com/ or call toll free 1-800-569-4876.


The Cornerstone Beach Hotel, located mid-island, has 12 elegant, non-smoking one and two bedroom units all with incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico. Suites include a fully appointed kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and screened lanais. All contain flat panel televisions in the living room and bedrooms. Beautiful views can also be enjoyed while swimming and sunning by the heated Gulf front pool. See details at http://www.cornerstonebeachhotel.com/ or call toll free 1-888-226-6555.


About The Continental Group Realty:

The Continental Group Realty, a subsidiary of The Continental Group, Inc. (TCG), brings together tenants with property owners, visitors with destination rentals and investors with developers. Since its inception, The Continental Group Realty has become Florida’s most reputable Residential Income Property Management Company, proving repeatedly its commitment to building long-term professional relationships. With over 200 team members and a dozen offices throughout Florida, TCGR has developed several specialized divisions to service the growing and diverse needs of the residential rental and leasing management industry. For more information please visit www.tcgr.com or www.SandalsInTheSand.com


The Continental Group is a subsidiary of FirstService Residential Management (FSR). FSR is the largest manager of residential communities in North America, overseeing more than 5,600 properties and over 1.3 million residential units.

FirstService Residential is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSRV, TSX: FSV), a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector. Further information may be obtained at www.firstservice.com.