What to See in Monterey, California

The best days in Monterey are picture perfect: It’s no wonder that so many artists have been inspired to paint this land- and seascape. Here are recommended sights including the must-see Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Esalen: An Advanced California Experience

The Esalen Institute is known throughout California as the home of Esalen massage technique, a forerunner and cutting-edge player in ecological living, and a space to retreat from the world and build a new and better sense of self. Visitors journey from all over the state and beyond to sink into the haven that’s sometimes called “The New Age Harvard.”

The Best of Carmel Valley Wineries

Its tiny size necessarily limits the number of vineyards and wineries that can set up shop in the Carmel Valley. But this small, charming wine region makes for a perfect wine-tasting day trip from Carmel, Monterey, or even Big Sur.

Touring Fabulous Hearst Castle

Interested in visiting Heart Castle? Even the most jaded traveler can’t help but be amazed by the beauty and opulence that drips from every room in this remarkable house. Learn more about the history of the mansion and your five tour options, including the Evening Museum Tour and the Grand Rooms Museum Tour.

Moon Spotlight Cambria & San Simeon

Moon Spotlight Cambria & San Simeon is a compact, 73-page guide covering the seaside town of Cambria, historic San Simeon, vineyard-studded Paso Robles, beautiful Morro Bay, and world-famous Hearst Castle. Author Stuart Thornton offers seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and he includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. […]

Moon Santa Barbara & the Central Coast

Travel writer Stuart Thornton introduces you to the best of Santa Barbara and California’s Central Coast, from Santa Barbara’s stunning Spanish architecture to Ventura’s treasure-filled thrift shops. A longtime resident of the Central Coast, Thornton has plenty of unique trip strategies to offer, as well as helpful tips on the best beaches, affordable eats, campgrounds, […]

The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.

Coastal California’s Romantic Getaways

Crashing waves, breathtaking views, gourmet restaurants, and luxury hotels make the California coast perfect for romance. Author Stuart Thornton points you to some of the Golden State’s most romantic coastal destinations from north to south.