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Tours & Tastings
Most Monterey County wineries have tasting rooms open to the public. These tasting rooms provide a relaxed atmosphere where guests receive knowledgeable, personal attention while tasting wines and learning about the winery.More
Hotels & Resorts
You'll most likely gravitate towards staying in downtown Monterey or in Carmel Valley, either way, you'll love the views, the people and of course the wines.More
Bars & Restaurants
The greater Monterey area provides plenty of culinary options, from fresh-caught seafood, hidden dining spots and everything inbetween.More
Transportation & Tour Companies
Whether you fly, drive or take the train, there's plenty of options to join us in Monterey Wine Country.More
Monterey County's seasons
Know what the best season is to visit Monterey County and what to wear.
Just like with the rest of the country, Monterey County has its coldest temperatures December through February. Average highs are right around the 58-60°F mark along the coast, and lows can drop into the mid-40s. In inland areas like Carmel Valley, average temps trend a bit higher with highs in the low to mid 60s.
Temperatures start rising in March, with coastal areas seeing average highs of about 61°F, and April and May brings temps into the mid 60s. Nights can still be quite chilly this time of year, with coastal lows usually staying in the high 40s. Inland, temperatures are also rising, with average highs in the high 60s and sometimes even tipping into the lows 70s.
June ushers in the summer months and official vacation season. Inland areas, such as Carmel Valley and Salinas Valley feel more like a traditional summer, with temps jumping to the high 70s. Lows usually only drop to the high 50s this time of year, and any rainfall is rare. <p>You'll see temperatures in the mid to high 60s along the coast, with a good bit of morning fog, and a trip to the ocean-front cities is a great way to escape the heat that's in areas like Central Valley at this time of year.
Temperatures along the coast usually jump into the 70s come September and October, bringing an Indian Summer or “Secret Season” as the locals call it. Fall months typically bring pleasantly warm weather, and plenty of sun. Inland, temperatures are also a bit warmer year-round, with areas like Salinas and Carmel Valley averaging in the high 70s.
Monterey County's travel tips
Traveling to Monterey County
- Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is easily accessible to/from all of our wine experiences and applauded for it’s ease and convenience. Travelers can fly directly to the Monterey Regional Airport on routes from numerous airlines, including charter and private. Other airport options in the area are the San Jose International Airport (SJC) which is 1 hour from the Monterey Peninsula and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) which is 2 hours from Monterey.
- The Coast Starlight train, operated by Amtrak, runs through Salinas each day providing a relaxing method of transport. Packages can be customized to suit your travel needs. Greyhound operates a station out of Salinas which provides connecting service to Monterey.
- Highway One runs from San Francisco to Los Angeles and offers stunning views of the coastline. There are many charming and picturesque places to stop whether heading North or South, truly an American adventure. Highway 101 runs through the valley and offers a detailed view of the fertile fields of the Salinas Valley, where much of the country’s produce is grown.
About Monterey County
Monterey Wine Country is located less than an hour south of California's famous Silicon Valley. A world class wine region with a variety of amazing wines.