Heart of the Salinas Valley
Salinas is the gateway to the Salinas Valley and the Monterey Peninsula. Located just a few miles from the most magnificent and dramatic coastline in world, Salinas has become known for some of the tastiest wines in California, with vineyards and tasting rooms in the Santa Lucia foothills along the entire 100 miles of the Salinas Valley. Salinas is famous as the "Salad Bowl of the World" and promotes green, healthy living with a variety of tasty, fresh vegetables.
Salinas - Real Fun!
Along with annual events such as ArtSong Youth Arts Festival, the California Rodeo, and the International Air Show, Salinas hosts the First Fridays Art Walk, on the 1st Friday of every month, where you'll find local artist exhibits, and variety of live music for all ages. Plus - kids Creation Stations - where children can create art to take home. Downtown Salinas, known as Oldtown, offers a unique shopping experience with interesting boutiques, great coffee and restaurants, and Maya Cinemas, a 14 screen movie theater.
Salinas' Art Galleries reflect a genuine expression of the people who live here. The 4Word Art Gallery, Somos Gallery, Arte Antigua, Salinas City Gallery, @Risk gallery in Chinatown, Hartnell College Gallery, the National Steinbeck Center Galleries, and the Valley Art Gallery, a co-op for over 30 years, exhibit both regionally and internationally known artists. Downtown Salinas also features a number of non-traditional art venues, where emerging local artists exhibit - receptions are on the 1st Friday of the month. Live theater and cinema round out the arts scene.
Historic sites include the Boronda Adobe History Center which boasts the largest archive of historic documents and photographs in Monterey County, and is the location of the Boronda Adobe, the beautifully restored home of one of the original settling families in the area. Mission Soledad, in the heart of the wine country just south of Salinas is one of the most rustic and quaint in the California Mission chain.
John Steinbeck put Salinas on the world map through his
and essays, and no trip to Salinas would be complete without a visit to
his boyhood home and the Steinbeck Center Museum, just a block
away. Lunch is served Tuesday-Saturday at the Steinbeck House
the volunteers of the Valley Guild dressed in period costume, and the
Best Cellar gift shop is open with books and souvenirs. A
walk down Central Avenue is the National Steinbeck Center, an
interactive museum with themed theaters and galleries showcasing the
famous author's literary works. Visit the Gift Shop for
Steinbeck-themed souvenirs and copies of John Steinbeck's books - great
for travel reading.
Salinas and the Salinas
Valley offer a unique
combination of climate, natural resources, and people. The City of
Salinas was born after Mexico seceded from Spain in 1822 and began
granting rancho lands. Named for a nearby salt marsh, Salinas became
the seat of Monterey County in 1872 and incorporated in 1874.
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