Pebble Beach Food and Wine Fest: Things to Do in Monterey After the Festival

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Fest - Things to do in Monterey


Searching for things to do before or after the Pebble Beach Food And Wine fest?

Monterey County is a destination rich with history, culture, food, wine and family-friendly activities that will not disappoint.

Whether your trip begins a few days before the festival or ends a few days afterward, we’ve got several fantastic ideas of what you can do with your extra time in the area.

What to Expect at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Fest

The Pebble Beach Food And Wine is a 4-day long festival scheduled to take place from April 20th to 23rd at the very picturesque Pebble Beach in Monterey County, California.

This festival is mainly known for the culinary experience that it offers to its visitors.

With more than 250 wineries and 100 celebrity chefs serving their finest selections, this festival is meant for those who live by the motto ‘ eat, drink and be merry.’

Guests can enjoy some of the most scrumptious lunches, dinners and wine tastings as well as educational opportunities through live cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. Add on golf tournaments and Marquee events like the El Burro Borracho Taco Fiesta hosted by Guy Fieri. and the opening night celebration, it’s an event you won’t regret attending.

What’s Missing from the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Holman Ranch vineyard and winery tours

Yet, with so much more to offer than just the Pebble Beach Food And Wine fest, it would be a pity if you left Monterey County without experiencing at least some of it, such as our Carmel Valley vineyard.

While the festival itself is sure to be a phenomenal experience, it won’t give you the full cultural, historical and geographical experience available in Monterey County, one of the richest, most scenic destinations for traveling Americans.

Here are a number of tips for what to do in Monterey before or after the Pebble Beach Wine & Food festival.

Winery & Vineyard Tour at Holman Ranch

Holman Ranch winery tour

If tasting those fine wines at the festival has left you eager for more, venture a few minutes east to the rolling hills of Carmel Valley for a winery and vineyard tour at Holman Ranch.

Our scenic vineyard produces some of the most delicious, award-winning estate-grown wines in the country, such as the 2012 Holman Ranch Estate Pinot Noir, which was awarded Silver in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Wine tastings & winery tours in MontereyWhile you’re here, you’ll climb aboard a six passenger ATV (all terrain vehicle) for an exhilarating one of a kind vineyard tour that lets you soak in the breathtaking vistas from every angle.

Then, step into our underground wine caves for a first-hand look at how our wines are made and enjoy tasting our limited production wines and certified extra virgin estate olive oil with local French bread.

Book your Carmel winery and vineyard tour here.

Leash-Free Dog Walking at Carmel Valley Community Park

Not far from Holman Ranch is the Carmel Valley Community Park. If you’re brought your canine companion with you on your Pebble Beach trip, this may be his or her favorite part of your trip.

Known for it’s leash-free flexibility and open spaces, your dog will have plenty of room to burn off some energy while you relax in the sun or refuel with a cozy picnic amidst gorgeous mountain views..

Some of the amenities you’ll find at the park include well-maintained lawns, barbecue pits, park benches, a horseshow pit and sand volleyball court.

Kid-Friendly Entertainment at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Have kids with you? Or just love sea creatures?

Pay a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, regarded as one of the best aquariums in the country.

Keep the kids (and yourself) enthralled for hours watching the sea otters, sharks, jellyfish, sea turtles, seals and sting rays gracefully glide through the water.

With various tours in the aquarium, giant kelp forests and open sea galleries that let you experience the marine world and its 600 species of plants and animals, there won’t be a dull moment all day.

Walk or Bike the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

Speaking of the Aquarium, it happens to be the starting point of the glorious Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, featuring waterfront walking and biking paths.

The City of Pacific Grove says that the trail “extends for about one mile from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to Lovers Point.”

Feel the breeze against your skin and breathe the misty air as you enjoy the coastline by foot or bicycle, keeping your eyes peeled for seals and seabirds.

Wine Tastings & Live Music at Jarman Tasting Room & Lounge

Wine tasting in Monterey at Jarman

If wine is what drew you to Pebble Beach Food and Wine Fest, then your trip to Monterey won’t be complete without a stop at Jarman Tasting Lounge & Patio.

Award-winning Monterey Wine - Jarman Pinot NoirEnjoy premium estate-grown wine, including the Jarman 2014 Pinot Noir Double Gold winner in the largest competition of American wines, in an open-air patio setting.

Love music? The Lounge often hosts a variety of acoustic-style live music on Saturdays that are a must-see.

Be sure to plan your visit in advance. The Jarman Tasting Lounge & Patio is open Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 5pm and offers weekday wine tastings by appointment.

Shop at the Farmers Market at Old Monterey Marketplace

The Farmers Market at Old Monterey Marketplace has been in existence for more than two decades showcases local produce from all across California and draws artisan vendors from all over the world.

If you’ve got a weak spot for handcrafted items, like jewelry, crafts, blankets and hats, this is a marketplace you’ll want to make time for. With a wide variety of artisan products to choose from, you’re sure to find a few extra special souvenirs for friends and family back home.

Golf at Pebble Beach Golf Links 

Golf in Monterey County

Did you miss out on the Pebble Beach Food & Wine golf tournament?

No worries, you can book a round of golf at Pebble Beach Golf Links, host of five U.S. Opens. It is open to the public and was named #1 in Golf Digest’s 2015/2016 list of America’s Greatest Public Courses.

Known worldwide for its majestic views of turquoise blue waters and prestigious annual tournament, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, it definitely qualifies as something to check off your bucket list.

Guided Tours at the Historic Cannery Row

Looking for something to do in Monterey that has a little bit of everything…history, food, wine and overnight accommodations?

Then consider a stroll around Cannery Row.

What used to be the site for the canning industry once upon a time is now a great place to unwind. With restaurants, hotels and a number of historic attractions scattered here and there, a tour led by a professional guide will entertain you with historical stories and surprising facts.

Western Saloon Style Dining at Will’s Fargo Restaurant & Bar

Dining in Monterey at Will's Fargo Restaurant


Will's Fargo Restaurant & Bar in Carmel ValleyCertainly you’ll have access to a plethora of savory bites and dishes at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine fest, but if you want a real taste of rich western history, then plan at least one dinner at the locally famous Will’s Fargo Restaurant + Bar.

Located in the heart of Carmel Valley, this western-themed restaurant is known for its rustic décor and delectable steaks. Walls mounted with wild boar heads and animal horns, paintings of the Victorian era and a menu of cowboy-sized steaks will ensure that your dining venture becomes a memorable one.

Pet Menu at Will's Fargo RestaurantThe restaurant is located in a century-old building, which was meant to be a tea room. After opening its doors in 1959, this place has been popular among food enthusiasts for lip-smacking tavern menus and other mouthwatering classics. 

Have a furry companion with you? One of the most unique offerings at Will’s Fargo is a Pet Menu created especially for four-legged friends.

View Masterpieces at the Monterey Museum of Art

If you are an art enthusiast, you cannot leave Monterey without stopping by the Monterey Museum of Art.

With more than 14,000 exhibits from different genres, this museum will let you behold some of the finest works of art from Americana and Asian culture.

You will get the chance of a lifetime to see masterpieces from great artists like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Armin Hansen. The museum opened its doors in 1959 and operates out of two different facilities, taking up to a full day to soak it all in if you are an ardent admirer of art. 

Explore Historical Buildings the Monterey State Historic Park

During your stay in Monterey County, you’ll find no shortage of history and culture and the Monterey State Historic Park is no exception.

If you are one of those history buffs who’s favorite pastime is discovering historical buildings, this might be a destination to add to your trip itinerary for before or after the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival.

The park includes a collection of old buildings built in the 1800s, such as the Custom House and the Pacific House, some of which are the oldest ones in the state of California. The buildings would remind you of the bygone era when the Spanish had first landed on American soil at Monterey in 1602.

The park is open daily, and you can book any of its many tours to view the inside of these heritage buildings and take a trip back in time.

Savor Seafood at Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Seafood in Monterey at Fisherman's Wharf

Packed with boutique restaurants that serve some of the finest clam chowder and seafood around, the Old Fisherman’s Wharf is no longer the smelly marketplace it was in 1960s.

Today you’ll find dining, shopping, entertainment and ocean activities in this fun destination.

If you have gone there with a full tummy, you will still not be disheartened, thanks to the sunbathing seals that can be found in plenty on the nearby buoys and rocks. 

Family Play Date at the Monterey County Youth Museum

Describing itself as a “playground for the mind”, the Monterey County Youth Museum is at the cross-section of fun and education.

Designed for kids and adults to experience together, there various interactive and hands-on exhibits that not only provide entertainment for your little ones but simultaneously teach scientific, biological and artistic concepts.

Cruise the 17-Mile Drive

The 17-mile Drive is a beautiful road that stretches along the coastline of Monterey and passes many attractions along the way.

A casual car ride on this road will let you see some of the famous attractions of Monterey, including Bird Rock, the famous Lone Cypress, the iconic golf courses, the Del Monte Forest, the picturesque homes of multimillionaires and the breathtaking views of the ocean.

Perfect for a short family trip or romantic escape.

There’s More to Do in Monterey After the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival

Although the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival may be the reason for your trip, the fun doesn’t have to end there.

Come early or stay late and experience all that Monterey County has to offer; from Holman Ranch vineyard tours and local tasting rooms for the wine-lovers in your party to historical sites, family-friendly destinations and fabulous food.

To get started, book your Holman Ranch Vineyard & Winery Tour here.

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