Local Bloggers Share Their Favorite Things To Do In Monterey County

Local Bloggers Share Their Favorite Things To Do In Monterey County

Are you looking for the best spots to eat, shop, chill and have fun in Monterey County? Well, who better to ask than the locals? I asked 7 (including myself) bloggers from every corner of the 831 how they live their best lives in Monterey County.

Have the ultimate stay-cation by checking out the local spots mentioned in this post and make sure to follow all these amazing women on Instagram for more of their Central Coast lifestyle and beyond!

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Victoria Margarita - V.Margarita’s World

Location: Gonzales Instagram: @vikmargarita Website: vmargarita.com

What is your blog about?

I blog about my personal style, beauty, photography and events I attend around California

Favorite place to shop?

I’m a thrifter and I miss Savers so much! R.I.P. Now I have the best luck at the Soledad Goodwill! I could also browse the treasures at Halltree Antique Mall in downtown Salinas for hours.

Best place to chill?

I’ve had so many good times with friends having lunch at La Plaza Bakery in Gonzales and drinks by the fire at Cannery Row Brewing Co. in Monterey

Go-to place for fun?

Well there is no place more magical than the Monterey Bay Aquarium (especially when you catch the free entry for locals weekends)!! When I want to be low-key, I love a leisurely drive down 17 Mile Drive. When I’m feeling wild I’ll bar hop Downtown Santa Cruz then ride the Big Dipper at The Boardwalk 3 times in a row in Santa Cruz!

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Christina Cervantes - Brunette of Vantes

Location: Salinas Instagram: @brunetteofvantes Website: https://www.brunetteofvantes.com/

What is your blog about?

My blog, Brunette of Vantes talks about affordable plus-size fashion, style tips, everyday travel, blogger centric events I attend, as well as my Type 1 Diabetes. But really, I talk about whatever is on my mind that particular week. 

Your favorite place to shop?

Like many, I love Target! Old Navy and H&M area few of my other favorites. I love shopping stores and brands that are size-inclusive and offer styles that are flattering to many.

 Your favorite place to chill?

 My favorite places to chill in the 831 tend to be in the Oldtown Salinas area. Whether it’s for a Mexican Mocha at the Cherry Bean, a glass of wine at Farmer’s Union, or a yummy bite to eat at Portobello’s.

 Favorite place for fun?

 For fun, I love going to Monterey, specifically Old Fisherman’s Wharf. There is always something going on and it’s fun to play tourist! And I mean, you can’t go wrong with having lunch at Old Fisherman’s Grotto or grabbing a latte and chocolate croissant at Water & Leaves.

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Doran Poma - Haute Beauty Guide

Location: Monterey Instagram: @doranpoma Website: HauteBeautyGuide.com 

What topics do you blog about?
I blog about Casual California lifestyle with skincare and mom life being my main topics.  

Favorite place to shop?

For shopping I love GBG in Carmel.  They have a ton of unique brands and something for everyone.

Best place to chill?

My fave place to hangout would be Lover’s Point in PG and Captain + Stoker in Monterey.  But, Peppers in PG is my absolute favorite place to eat and Sur at the Crossroads for brunch. 

Go-to place for fun?

We go hiking a lot in Point Lobos and Toro Park.

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Madison Tapp - Tappsy Turvy

Location: Monterey Instagram: @tappsyturvy Website: tappsyturvy.com

What is your blog about?

I blog about healthy lifestyle and fashion.

Favorite place to shop?

Anthropologie is my absolute favorite place to shop in the area! I also love thrifting at Branches Resale Shoppe, it's a great non-profit. 

Best place to chill?

My favorite place to hang out is at Captain and Stoker Coffee or Happy Girl Kitchen Co. (I can eat protein balls for days <3).

Go-to place for fun?

I love to go wine tasting with friends for fun and my favorites so far are Hahn and Folktale!

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Rachel Dishman - The Glam Giraffe

Location: Monterey Instagram: @theglamgiraffe Website: theglamgiraffe.com

What is your blog about?

Lifestyle/hacks, fashion, pregnancy (now that I'm a mom-to-be!), being a military spouse, professional development.

Favorite place to shop?

Definitely an online shopping type of gal ;) ASOS and Amazon baby

Best place to chill?

Happy Girl Kitchen in Pacific Grove! 

Go-to place for fun?

Walking around the coastline or heading to Asilomar beach with my husband and dog :)

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Celina Waddy - Dear You, Love, Celina Kay

Location: Carmel Instagram: @linakayy Website: celinakayblog.wordpress.com

What is your blog about?

Dear You, Love, Celina Kay is a personal blog that reflects on the topics of personal exploration of the heart and mind, overcoming challenges,and growth. 

Favorite place to shop?

 Hands down Bliss Boutique in Old Town Salinas!

Best place to chill?

Carmel River State Beach. Sooooo gorgeous! 

Go-to place for fun?

Fort Ord Trails for hikes, reflection, little picnics, soaking in the beauty of nature.

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Shelby Clemons - Lemon’s Looks

Location: Santa Cruz Instagram: @lemonslooks Webiste: shelbyrclemons.wixsite.com

What is your blog about?

I blog about being a 20-something trying to juggle a 9-5 and finding your passion outside of it! You can find affordable fashion, budget travel and 9-5 tips on my blog. Update coming soon :)

Favorite place to shop?
There are tons of awesome little boutiques and small businesses around town! Some favorites include Cotton and Rye, Stripe, and Pacific Trading Co

Best place to chill?

I love hanging out at Abbott Square and of course the beaches!

Go-to place for fun?

The Boardwalk! Some people think it's lame and touristy but I absolutely love it!

Have a favorite spot you want to share? Give them a shout out in the comments!

Shop small, Shop local.

XO, Vik

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