Discover the Central Coast of California! From the epic grandeur of Big Sur to the Mediterranean-style stretch of Santa Barbara coastline nicknamed “the American Riviera,” this region of picturesque hamlets, jagged sea cliffs, and rolling wine country has long attracted—not surprisingly—writers and artists mesmerized by its dreamlike beauty.
Few places on earth can live up to their own mythology, but Monterey is a notable exception. No matter what you’ve heard or seen in feature films, nothing can prepare you for the jaw-dropping beauty along Monterey’s fabled coast and village-like pedestrian thoroughfares. John Steinbeck was a frequent visitor, and drew considerable inspiration from area landmarks including Cannery Row, which he helped to immortalize in his novel of the same name. Today, restaurants, boutiques and attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium have helped make Monterey a favorite destination for visitors from around the world.
Every city has that one “can’t miss restaurant,” where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. Since October 2, 1968, The Sardine Factory’s cachet has made dining in the historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. Their award-winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime & Dry Aged Beef. They are a perennial winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.
When The Sardine Factory opened, Cannery Row was a run-down and forgotten piece of Monterey on the wrong side of the tracks, but owners Ted Balestreri and Bert Cutino saw potential. “Everyone thought we were nuts but it was affordable, that was the key word.” says Ted Balestreri as he reflects back to that time. Both experienced restaurant managers, Balestreri and Cutino had the skills to build a successful restaurant. Over the years, the Sardine Factory added dining rooms including the beautiful Conservatory and impressive Wine Cellar, expanding its 72 seats to 250 seats. Not only did the Sardine Factory set the bar for fine dining on California’s central coast, the restaurant was one of the first in America to develop an impressive and legendary wine list. With the assistance of Fred Dame, Master Sommelier and winner of the 1984 Krug Cup, the restaurant’s wine list became and still is one of the most awarded wine lists in America. It now features more than 1,800 labels and 32,000 bottles, making it one of the most extensive wine lists in the world.
Monterey offers iconic California experiences. Experience the top road trip in the United States as you wind along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline on Highway One. Explore the shops and attractions of iconic Cannery Row. Monterey County has something special for everyone.
• This trip is for four people for seven nights
• Two rooms for three nights at the romantic Spindrift Inn in Monterey
• Two rooms for four nights at the Hotel Corque in Solvang
• Dinner for four at the historic Sardine Factory in Monterey
• VIP Tour and Tasting for four at Carmel Road Winery
• VIP tour and tasting for four at Robert Talbott Vineyards
• VIP tour and tasting for four at Bernardus Vineyards
• VIP tour and tasting for four at Brewer-Clifton Vineyards
• VIP tour and tasting for four at Cambria Winery with a cheese and wine pairing
• VIP tour and tasting for four at Byron Vineyards
• VIP tour and tasting for four at Tablas Creek Winery
• VIP tour and tasting for four at Presqu‘ille Winery
• Rental car for eight days
• Please allow 90 days advance notice
• May not be redeemed for cash
• Must be used by April 30, 2021
Ted Ballestreri and Burt Cutino, The Sardine Factory
Robert Talbott Vineyards
Tablas Creek Winery
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate