Since 1985, David and Joan Vokac have criss-crossed America seeking small towns that exemplify the best of America: magnificent geography matched with distinctive cultural amenities. Towns ranging from famed destinations like Carmel and Aspen to little-known gems like Bigfork (Montana) and New Braunfels, Texas have been identified and featured in more than twenty travel guidebooks including two acclaimed editions of their nationwide guidebook covering America’s 100 great towns. Their most recent best-sellers include Branson: Fun City USA and Mendocino: America’s Most Romantic Village. David and Joan are both former urban planners who combine their attention to detail with their passion for discovering distinctive locales which collectively showcase the diversity of the American experience. They offer presentations to groups interested in American travel adventures, and Joan has also taught classes and accepted occasional freelance jobs creating books and eBooks for local authors. Upcoming titles will include revisions to Branson and Santa Fe guidebooks.
Carmel, Monterey & Pacific Grove: Getaway Guide to California's Monterey Peninsulaby David Vokac
The only place in the country where three of the 100 Great Towns of America adjoin is on the Monterey Peninsula. No surprise, given the combination of a spectacular coastline; a climate as ideal for human habitation as it is for lush landscapes; and natural constraints that slowed urban land development long enough for political sentiments to take over the role of protecting this unique natural setting from rampant growth.
With incomparable beauty, there is plenty for visitors to enjoy year-round. A hike/bike path connects Monterey and Pacific Grove with flowery seascapes to within a block of famed historic Cannery Row; and the Seventeen Mile Drive is one of America's most picturesque scenic roads. Everyone should take time to stroll among storybook cottages in downtown Carmel, and marvel at how roads always yield rights of way to noble trees. Kayaking, hiking, fishing, boating and other sports are delightful in world-class land-and-sea settings from the Peninsula through Big Sur bounding the region on the south. The Monterey Aquarium is one of the finest in the nation. Lush landscapes and romantic settings have spawned sybaritic spas and romantic retreats in all three towns. Wineries and affiliated tasting rooms abound, as does gourmet food in all styles and price levels. Weather is hospitable most of the year. This guidebook will help you discover the marvels of this remarkable area.
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