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Best Picnic Places in Monterey County

23 Jun 2023
Best Picnic Places in Monterey County

Picnic season is here with warmer weather and sunshine! There's nothing like packing up delicious food and heading out to enjoy your meal outside. In Monterey County, we're lucky to have so many beautiful spots to enjoy, so check out these beautiful locations for your next summer picnic!


Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

This stunning reserve is a spectacular spot for sightseeing, photography, and of course, picnicking. Take in the beautiful vistas, then enjoy your packed meal at one of their two picnic areas—Bird Island or Whalers Cove. To learn more about Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, visit their website.


Lovers Point Park & Beach

If you're headed to the Monterey Peninsula this summer, Lovers Point is worth a visit for a quintessential day at the beach. This park is perfect for picnicking, but also swimming, surfing, and fishing. There are many picnic tables in the park for you to enjoy your meal, and if you didn't get a chance to pack a picnic, enjoy The Grill at Lovers Point for some beach day eats.


San Carlos Beach

San Carlos Beach is about a 10-minute walk from Portola Hotel & Spa, and has two large lawns and a picnic area. Pack your own picnic or head to own of the nearby restaurants to get a meal to go. Afterwards, head down to the beach to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate, or bring lawn games to enjoy the park.


The Monterey Rec Trail

Walk or bike along this scenic trail and enjoy stunning views of the harbor. There are picnic tables along the way from Portola Hotel & Spa to Cannery Row. Sit down at Sister City Park or other stops down the trail. Not many people use these areas for picnics so you're likely to have your pick of a great view!


Carmel Beach

Pack a picnic and beach blankets to create an extra special evening at Carmel Beach. This beautiful white sand beach allows alcohol between 7am- 10pm, and your own propane-fueled devices. Pack supplies for s'mores, cuddle up on the beach, and enjoy the fire and your evening picnic.


Pack Your Picnic

There are several grocery stores in the area, including Trader Joe's, for you to pack a fun picnic. If your trip doesn't allow time, you can conveniently order breakfast or dinner to-go from Jacks Monterey, and dinner to-go from Peter B's Brewpub right here at Portola Hotel & Spa. Enjoying a picnic is one of the many ways to experience Monterey's beauty this summer, so book your stay by visiting our website or calling us at (888)-222-5851.

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