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5 Destinations From Monterey to River Road

There's no shortage of wine along Urban Wine Row or River Road. After tastings, catch a sunset on the sand dunes of Monterey Bay and explore the food scene.
Photo by Michael Housewright

Although Santa Lucia Highlands ranks as one of the premier winemaking districts in Monterey, River Road is one of the few areas with tasting rooms where visitors can kick back and sip wine. Follow this route from the coast and the sandy shores of Monterey Bay.

Big Sur Road Closure: Highway One is closed at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which is being replaced after damage from California’s winter storms. The new bridge is expected to open in late September 2017. For updates, see Caltrans

Monterey to River Road Road Map

River Road to Monterey Bay Map

5 Places to Visit from Monterey to River Road

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    Urban Wine Row

    The heart of Marina’s epicurean evolution, this winery warehouse district features Comanche Cellars, Cima Collina and Sinecure Wine.

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    Ford Ord Dunes State Parks

    Hit the steeply sloping sands for epic sunset views across the Monterey Bay. You could get lucky and spot a spouting whale.

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    Tarpy's Roadhouse

    Chow down on Castroville artichokes, classic meatloaf, smoked chicken gnudi and more upscale comfort food at this indoor/outdoor roadside restaurant.

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    Laguna Seca

    Catch an auto race, music festival or an organized twilight bicycle ride around the famous track. Its recreation zone features biking, hiking, camping, bird-watching and more.

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    River Road

    This country byway is lined by the only tasting rooms in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Both Ventana Vineyards and Hahn Family Wines offer an incredible variety of wines and prices.

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    See the Rest of our Guide to California

    Make sure to check out the rest of our comprehensive guide to California travel!

Published on July 7, 2017
Topics: California
About the Author
Matt Kettmann
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.

Email: mkettmann@wineenthusiast.net.


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