The Most Delicious Places Near Monterey County

California Grown

The historic seaside town of Monterey, California is famous for its Cannery Row, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium. But the farms in and around Monterey County also supply a large amount of our nation’s food supply!

The region’s mild climate and rich soils provide perfect conditions for over 150 different crops including artichokes, leafy greens, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, strawberries, celery, brussels sprouts, and winegrapes.


River Road Wine Trail

Boutique Wine Tasting Experience

Less than 20 miles east of Monterey and Carmel, and about seventy minutes south of San Jose, you’ll find the River Road Wine Trail. The trail has several intimate, boutique wine tasting experiences.



Welcome to the artichoke capital of the world!

Ocean Mist Farms is the largest grower of artichokes in the US, and their artichokes are available nationwide, year-round.  And just down the road, you can visit Pezzini Farms to buy some of their coveted Heirloom Green Globe Artichokes.



Lunch with a view.

Another tasty stop along the route is Moss Landing. There, you can watch the fishing boats unload the day’s fresh catch, then you can enjoy a visit to Phil’s Fish Market.

Another dining option is The Whole Enchilada which serves up fresh, local seafood, Mexican style.



A farm to fork ice creamery.

Next, head up to Aptos, just north of Moss Landing. Be sure to stop by Penny Ice Creamery. They specialize in homemade ice cream with seasonal, farm fresh flavors.

Dirty Girl Produce is one of the Creamery’s suppliers of organic produce. Dirty Girl Produce, a Certified Organic family farm, is located in Santa Cruz County. 


Farmer's Market

You'll be astounded by the variety of produce offered, and you’ll get a chance to talk to the people who grow it. There are several notable markets in Monterey.  Castroville Salinas  Santa Cruz and Aptos


Restaurants & HOtels

There are several great hotels in the area. 

A couple of solid hotel choices are the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, and the Portola Hotel and Spa.

At the Plaza, Executive Chef Michael Rotondo has created a farm-to-fork menu at their restaurant, Coastal Kitchen.  They showcase the freshest seasonal produce and seafood from the surrounding region in their menu.