Discover & See Monterey: California’s Sweet Getaway + GIVEAWAY

Hofit Kim Cohen - Discover & See Monterey: California's Sweet Getaway + GIVEAWAY

Hey Cali people and all California travelers! Ever wanted to escape Los Angeles, even for just a weekend and discover other parts to one of the most popular states in America? Introducing Monterey, only a 5-hour drive from Los Angeles and 2-hour away from San Francisco. I’ll tell you all the fun and exciting things to do in Monterey (my personal favorites), PLUS, you have a chance to win the perfect getaway

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See Monterey Tourism will be giving away 1 complete trip package, including 2 nights at Monterey Tides, 2 tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a wine blending at Joullian Vineyards! How amazing does that sound?! Before I get started on the details about this amazing giveaway, I want to introduce to you Monterey.

Monterey is one of those places where you can do so much in such a short weekend and it really offers something special for each person. You can go camping, enjoy incredible sunsets, drive the 17-mile long coastline, relax at a spa, go wine tasting, hiking, golfing and more.

The cool thing about Monterey is that it can be enjoyed by everyone; solo travelers, adventure travelers, family travelers and it can also be the perfect girlfriend getaway. I’m actually currently planning a girlfriend getaway there with one of my good friends. We are looking forward to wining and dining at some of the most beautiful vineyards in California. We are also planning on visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and enjoying the beautiful coastlines of California like Big Sur.

Growing up, my family and I went on a lot of road trips all up and down the state of California. A place that’s always stayed stuck in my memory was Monterey. It’s just one of my favorite places in California.

Here are a few of my favorite things to do in Monterey, plus stay tuned for more details on this amazing giveaway, that I want for myself 😉

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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One of the most famous and talked about places in Monterey is their amazing and incredible Aquarium. Since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with marine life and could watch aquarium for hours, such a relaxing feeling. Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit aquarium that was created back in 1984. The goal of Monterey Bay Aquarium is to always look for new ways to cause awareness and inspire conversation about the ocean and how to help save marine life. They take really good care of their animals by saving many marine life, which is something I proudly support and like to publicize.

Monterey Bay Aquarium has more than 35,000 creatures and represents over 550 species. You can drop by and watch the animal like Penguin, Sea Otter, Kelp Forest and the amazing open sea feeding (schedules on website). They have nearly 200 beautiful exhibits, some of which change, so check their website for updates.

To help support this place and save the ocean, you can donate money HERE.

Wine Tasting and Vineyards


One thing you can count on, it’s that Monterey is known for their variety of vineyards and wine tasting locations throughout Carmel Valley. A few beautiful vineyards to check out are listed below. Only a short distance from one another.

The 17-Mile Coastline Drive


The famous 17-mile coastline drive from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach is probably one of the main reasons people visit Monterey from around the world. You can spot seals and pelicans from the stunning rocky cliffs. There are also many famous spots along the way, one of which is Big Sur, known as, “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world”. One can enjoy beach watching, cycling and/or go camping. A must see is the Bixby Bridge.

For more information on visiting Monterey County, check out See Monterey.


Giveaway time!

Who doesn’t love a fun and exciting giveaway! So as I mentioned above, one lucky winner will win a complete trip package, including 2 nights at Monterey Tides, 2 tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a wine blending at Joullian Vineyards!


Very simply visit See Monterey by clicking here, then leave a comment below telling me what you’d like to see and do in Monterey.

The Monterey Tourism Board will be randomly selecting a winner from the comments below. SIMPLE AND EASY!


Giveaway ends October 17th, 2016. 

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* Thank you to See Monterey for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to dream up my trip around the world! The destinations picked are of my own opinion. 



5 Responses to Discover & See Monterey: California’s Sweet Getaway + GIVEAWAY

  1. I’ve been meaning to visit since I live so close now!! I want to see the aquarium for sure and of course drive down the coast again! I just went to Big Sur this summer and loved it

  2. Monterey looks so dreamy! I would love to take that 17-mile coastline drive to Pebble Beach. This would be such a fabulous weekend getaway for me and my sweetie! He would totally love this!

  3. We were just talking about how it’s been too long since we’ve been to the aquarium! There’s nothing like feeding time at the otter habitat.

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