Salinas vs Carmel

Jul 12th, 2007, 09:39 AM
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Salinas vs Carmel

We are looking to visit the Carmel/Monterey area in August, and obviously are having trouble locating a place to stay.

There appear to be places available in Salinas? Is this too far out of the way?

We would be coming from Yosemite.


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Jul 12th, 2007, 01:29 PM
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Salinas is about 25-30 min. from Carmel & Monterey, and on the way, if you are on 101. (Carmel a few min further).
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Jul 12th, 2007, 01:45 PM
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If you are just looking for a place to sleep and don't care about having to drive 30 minutes to Carmel or having a nice ambiance then Salinas is probably fine.

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Jul 12th, 2007, 01:49 PM
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You are having trouble finding a place to stay because the Concours d' Elegance (car show) is August 16-19. Hotels really up their rates. The Comfort Inn in Marina (usually $110 for the room we stay in) goes up to $329! The event draws a LOT of people.

Salinas is OK. It is a grown up farming community. It's claim to fame is the John Steinbeck Museum. The museum is very nice.
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Jul 12th, 2007, 02:28 PM
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The Steinbeck museum is great. Even if you don't like him

There are 4 main areas:
1) non-stop movies about Steinbeck and about the area
2) museum-like agricaltural display
3) steinbeck room-museum including the truck from "travels with Charlie", small screen movie
4) a rotating exhibit room, when we were there it was a Goya sketches, amusing, unexpected and great to see!
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Jul 12th, 2007, 03:32 PM
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I also really like the Steinbeck Museum. Very interactive exhibits. Two good places to eat near there for breakfast and lunch: First Awakenings and Sangs Cafe'.
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Jul 12th, 2007, 03:45 PM
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Salinas can also be pretty hot, and you don't want to do the drive over the hill back and forth.

Try Monterey, just over the hill from Carmel.
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