The Best Fall Activities in Monterey County

Fall is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to plan your perfect fall getaway in Monterey. Monterey County is a wonderful destination in the fall because we get warm weather, less crowds at popular attractions, and many local festivities. Check out the best fall activities in Monterey County for your next visit.

 

Visit a Farm

Want the classic fall farm experience during your time in Monterey? Check out The Farm in Salinas or Serendipity Farms in Carmel. Visit the pumpkin patch at The Farm, then pick up one of their famous pies. Serendipity Farms also has U- pick fruit and vegetables available throughout the year. It’s the perfect fun fall activity for your autumn getaway.

 

Monterey Jazz Festival

A favorite annual event in Monterey County is the Monterey Jazz Festival. In fact, it is the longest continuously running jazz festival in the world. This year, they are celebrating their 65th annual event on September 23-25, 2022. For information on artists and tickets, visit their website.

Listen to the best in jazz in Monterey this fall

Wine Tasting

There is no better time to go wine tasting than in the fall, and Monterey County has so many great tasting rooms for you to visit. Puma Road, Sovino Wine Bar & Merchant, and Albatross Ridge Wine Lounge + Kitchen are all within walking distance to the Portola Hotel & Spa. Be sure to check out the many amazing vineyards and wineries in the area as well.

Wine Flight Sovinos Wine Tasting at Sovino

Monarch Sanctuary

See fall colors flutter through the sky in a different way. Every October, Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico, and stop at Pacific Grove on their way south. You can see these brilliantly colored butterflies at Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Pacific Grove. It’s free to enter and a fun activity for the family.

Monarch Butterflies Monarch Butterflies in Pacific Grove

Whale Watching

Autumn is the perfect time to go whale watching in Monterey. During this time you’re able to see Dolphins, Porpoises, Orcas, Humpback Whales, and Blue Whales. There are a few whale watching tours you can choose from, and they’re all walking distance from the Portola Hotel & Spa, located on Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Check out Princess Monterey Whale WatchingMonterey Bay Whale Watch, and Fast Raft Ocean Safaris to plan your whale watching tour.

 

Princess Monterey Whale Tail Whale watching with Princess Monterey Whale Watching

 

Plan your Fall Getaway

Come see what Monterey is like this time of year and experience the fall festivities. The Portola Hotel & Spa is centrally located to many popular activities and attractions. It’s the perfect place to start and end your day while exploring Monterey. To book your room, visit us online or call us at (888)-222-5851.

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