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Natural Home Goes to Monterey

Eat, sleep and explore in Monterery, California.
By Laurel Kallenbach
May/June 2007
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From the Carmel Valley’s rolling hills to Big Sur’s rocky coastline, California’s Monterey Peninsula offers something fun—and sustainable—for everybody. For visitor information, see


Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant
Don’t let the hippie ambiance of this rustic eatery fool you: The chefs are classically trained, and you could make a meal of the fresh-baked organic bread alone.
Highway 1, Big Sur; (831) 667-0520

Marinus at Bernardus Lodge
In the elegant Bernardus vineyard lodge, chef Cal Stamenov pairs fine wines with local, organic cuisine.
415 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; (888) 648-9463

Chef Ted Walter works his genius on sustainable seafood, organic produce and natural meat at this delightfully unpretentious restaurant.
701 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove; (831) 655-3311


Asilomar Conference Center
Designed by Arts and Crafts architect Julia Morgan, this oceanfront retreat harmonizes with nature and follows a strict environmental policy. 
800 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove; (831) 372-8016  

Marina Dunes Resort
Luxurious beachfront bungalows are built on an old sand quarry. The resort is committed to dunes restoration and endangered habitat protection. 
3295 Dunes Drive, Marina; (877) 944-3863

Treebones Resort
Yurts and campsites overlook the rugged coast where visitors can whale watch, hike and sea kayak.
71895 Highway 1, Big Sur; (877) 424-4787


Monterey Bay Aquarium
Exhibits feature more than 35,000 types of marine life, from sea otters and penguins to sharks and jellyfish. Visitors learn about ocean conservation and sustainably fished seafood.
886 Cannery Row, Monterey; (831) 648-4800

Earthbound Organic Farm
Tours showcase 60 types of heirloom lettuce. Buy organic flowers, walk the chamomile labyrinth, and grab a picnic lunch from the Organic Kitchen.
7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; (831) 625-6219

Heller Estate
This organic vineyard produces fine wines. Its tasting room and sculpture garden are open to the public.
69 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; (800) 625-8466

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