Posted August 2006
Monterey: Getaways for the More Adventurous
The days of scheduling a vacation to just hibernate are over.
As we strive for longer, healthier lives our recreation takes on
greater importance. While we should still make time for sitting
back and knocking off a book or two, getting out, getting fresh
air, and stretching those muscles does more than make us feel good
– it makes us look good.
The Monterey peninsula has everything a good getaway needs.
Perfect scenery, history, amazing miles of coast – some for playing,
some just for looking at, wine country and recreation of just
about any kind.
For the real man in your group (whether or not their gender
is masculine) Monterey offers many adventure getaways, race
car driving, off-road Land Rover adventure clinics and
a stint at scaling the Pinnacles National Monument (Condors optional).
If you need some serious male bonding, now is the time to get
your testosterone pumping.
For wantabe Lance Armstrongs, or just those that love the two-wheeled
conveyances, biking is
best along the Monterey coast line. And easy to do, you don’t
even need to bring your own cycling machine, there are plenty
of bikes to rent (helmet included, if you need it).
If you are tired of taking a (golf) swing, those looking for
Monterey adventure getaways can explore the ocean in a kayak,
or in scuba gear. There’s hang-gliding and parachuting along
the Bay as well. Or skip the water and head to the hills. Monterey
has great trails for hiking, backpacking, horseback
All you need to do to enjoy these adventures is make sure you
pack the appropriate exercise clothes, a couple of pairs of socks,
and good gym shoes or hiking boots. Don’t forget to bring the
bathing suit; even if you don’t plan on a dip in the ocean, there
is always the hot tub back at the hotel.
For a list of ideas, check out Monterey Things
to Do on WineCountry.com