EPISODE PREVIEW: Season 6 on Family Travel with Colleen Kelly


From a vast culinary scene with sustainable seafood to stunning ocean views and a unique history, Cannery Row in Monterey, California is a family destination with plenty to do for all ages. The family will explore Monterey’s seafood scene, go on a few seaside adventure and learn about this area’s rich history! It’s a California vacation you won’t want to miss.


Great Places to Stay in Cannery Row

The stunning views in Cannery Row can be seen in restaurants, boardwalks, recreational trails and crazy enough – even from your own hotel room!

The Monterey Plaza Hotel welcomes you into their lobby with breathtaking views of the Pacific ocean as you check in. This resort includes an award-winning luxury spa, a convenient sandy beach, chef-driven oceanfront restaurant and prime location to Cannery Row!

Colleen loved soaking in one of the rejuvenating baths at their Vista Blue Spa, while the teenagers enjoyed relaxing out on the terrace in one of the spa’s two luxury whirlpool tubs. Plus, the stunning view of the bay from the terrace is impossible to beat! Want to get a workout in? Their state-of-the-art fitness center allows guests to start their day with an invigorating workout and a beautiful bay view.

Our family also loved being able to spread out in one of the hotel’s spacious suites. Complete with a living area, bedroom, and two bathrooms, there was more than enough room for Colleen and the teens. While room service is just a phone call away, we loved just heading downstairs to enjoy breakfast or dinner at the award-winning Schooners Coastal Kitchen. If you’re looking to grab a coffee or a quick bite during your stay, be sure to stop by Tidal Coffee.

In the evening, gather your family and enjoy one of the hotel’s cozy fire pits out on the terrace. There’s no question– the hospitality and luxury of this iconic hotel will make you want to become a permanent resident!

InterContinental The Clement Monterey is another wonderful option for your stay in Cannery Row. This hotel, located right on the Monterey Bay is filled with modern luxury, amazing customer experience, hospitality, and takes beauty and coastal charm to the next level. Just a short, three minute walk from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, this hotel is centered right in the heart of Cannery Row. With easy access to shops, activities, restaurants, and stunning, panoramic ocean views, InterContinental The Clement Monterey meets all your family vacation needs!

The Spa at InterContinental The Clement Monterey is the perfect place for parents to relax while kids explore this safe area on their own. Relax with a massage or one of their many soothing treatments, or simply go for a swim or have a soak in their whirlpool. However you choose to unwind, InterContinental has you covered. Just be sure to book your appointment at The Spa in advance during the busy season, as their talented masseuses book up quickly.

Hungry after a day of exploring Cannery Row? Look no further than the C restaurant. Featuring fresh seafood and local Californian cuisine, every member of the family is sure to find something to satisfy their taste buds. Parents, be sure to stop by the C bar to grab a cocktail before dinner! Also don’t forget to look into the hotel’s packages, like their Aquarium Package or Best Flexible with Breakfast Package for a great savings.

Whatever you’re looking for in a hotel for your family vacation, Cannery Row is sure to offer it!



Cannery Row has non-stop fun for the family! McAbee Beach is is accessible to the public and is a great way to spend the day. There the family can sit and watch the wildlife play right in front of them! You are most likely to see the sea otters opening clams or the sea lions playing in the kelp farms. If you are lucky –  whales and dolphins have been known to make an appearance! While we were in Cannery Row looking out over the bay, we had the great fortune of seeing a pod of over fifty dolphins swimming and playing. It was truly a sight to behold.

Adventures by the Sea is a transportation rental company, with several locations in and around Cannery Row. We visited the location conveniently located by McAbee Beach where we rented family-style surrey bikes (four-wheel or two-wheel). These bikes are a great way to get around Cannery Row, and can be rented for full or half days. Adventures by the Sea also offers regular bike rentals and GenZe electric bike rentals! Surprise the kids with a family excursion along Monterey’s Recreation Trail.

Your adventures don’t have to be limited to land! Stop by the Adventures by the Sea location across the street from the Monterey Plaza Hotel to take a tour of the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary on kayaks. The Monterey National Marine Sanctuary is one of the 12 federal underwater parks! The tour starts in the heart of the Cannery Row kelp forest. This location is just a short paddle away from both the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Coast Guard Pier. Both of these areas are prime for wildlife viewing. We guarantee sightings of otters, harbor seals, and sea lions on this two-hour tour. Prefer to do your own thing? Rent a kayak and explore at your own pace. Just be sure to stay six-kayak’s lengths away from the marine life so as not to disturb these beautiful animals.

If you are looking for another exciting adventure take, try to escape the Monterey Mirror Maze! This psychedelic mirror maze is a great activity for kids and also a great team-building exercise for companies or family parties. Be sure to also try out their Laser Challenge, where you can race the clock Mission Impossible-style. Test your spy skills by navigating your way past the lasers to hit the targets. Bring a friend or try it solo, but no matter what, know you’ll have a blast.

Be sure to take a stroll to Steinbeck Plaza where the statue of the American author John Steinbeck stands.  Learn about the history he wrote about during the Great Depression in Monterey, California, on a street lined with sardine canneries that is known as Cannery Row. Steinbeck wrote about the ocean view Avenue in Monterey, which was later renamed “Cannery Row” in honor of the book.

TRAVEL TIP: On Cannery Row you can find a ton of unique, local, shops and BONUS – they are all within walking distance! No need to rent a car – the means of transportation is endless fun for the kids!


The Incomparable Cannery Row Restaurants

If you and the family are looking for fresh seafood with a view, Cannery Row restaurants give you fresh, locally-sourced seafood and spectacular panoramic views of Monterey Bay.

For a great lunch spot, be sure to stop by The Fish Hopper! They specialize in fresh seafood that’s locally caught and shipped into the restaurant daily. You can also pair a delicious wine with your dish, with their extensive wine list. The Fish Hopper is a part of the Seafood Watch Program, serving only sustainable, environmentally responsible seafood and BONUS – you and the family will have an unforgettable experience!

Looking for more of an elegant/modern American venue? Be sure to stop at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar located in the Monterey Plaza Hotel and featuring carefully-sourced seafood that is served with a stunning view. At every table you will find a pair of binoculars for the kids or yourself to overlook the beautiful ocean views while enjoying a great culinary experience!

Time for Dessert! Take a stroll over to The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company for a layered ice cream sundae or any chocolate you desire. The company was founded by and is named after Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli, who, after working in South America, moved to California and established this iconic shop. The Cannery Row location is the first to open outside of San Francisco. Clink the spoons and dive in to end the day with a savory sweet!

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