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Nomads Fine Rugs & Art

True professionals, the proprietors of this renowned establishment have been circumnavigating the globe while amassing one of the finest collections of handwoven rugs available anywhere in the immediate vicinity. This store is one of the largest rug facilities in all of California and much of its stock consists of rugs that simply cannot be found anywhere else. Step into this gorgeous establishment and you will be in awe of the incomparable selection of rugs from all over the world as well as the knowledgeable service. A place that will please beginning collectors as well as connoisseurs.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Music Unlimited

On Alvarado Street, Monterey's main shopping drag, you will find this got-it-all music store. The place buys, rents, sells, and repairs musical instruments. Electric guitars, amps, mixers, drums, keyboards, effects, PA systems, sheet music, microphones and accessories can be found here. The front room has a wide selection of electric guitars, and in the far back, you will find a decent selection of sheet music, new and old. The store has all the top name brands at very affordable prices and the service is top notch.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Hellam's Tobacco

This tobacco store originally opened up in 1873 and provides a wide variety of fine cigars and tobacco, as well as an excellent selection of knives, cutlery, model airplanes, swords, chess sets, poker sets, rifles, and several other tidbits for the discerning smoker and poker player. The store has won an award from Coast Weekly as the number one shop in Monterey to purchase men's smoking accessories. Inside, you can view the such items hanging all over the walls, up to the ceiling, and the service is excellent and attentive.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Jacks Restaurant & Lounge

For a one-of-a-kind wining and dining experience, head to Jacks Restaurant & Lounge. Housed within the elegant Portola Hotel & Spa, everything, from the decor to the menu, is centered around an upscale nautical theme. Featuring a scrumptious collection of seafood and contemporary dishes, there isn't much served here that won't be delightful. Tease your palate with the signature Grilled Swordfish, Jacks Lobster Cioppino and Prawn Scampi, and complement it with a fine glass of wine. While the food might be impressive, the signature cocktails are absolutely irresistible. Concoctions such as the Portola’s Signature Aged Manhattan, Jacks Oakhear and Peach Basil Gimlet are certain to have calling for round two.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Sandbar & Grill

Located right on the waterfront, this restaurant has a spectacular view of the water. You will even see otters leaping around right outside your window. The friendly professional staff serves up great seafood dishes like Dungeness Cracked Crab and several steak, pasta, and grilled dishes. Most importantly, this place features the only piano bar in all of Monterey. Entertainment begins at 7pm daily and this place makes for a great casual dinner, a romantic evening, or just a place to grab a cocktail and to escape the tourist masses.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Thinker Toys

This toy shop has catered to discerning shoppers for more than 30 years. With quality games, instruments, robot kits, clothing, furniture, educational materials, train sets, and much, much more from which to choose, it boasts a remarkable selection. The place is committed to friendly service and will special order an item or product they may not carry. A long-standing favorite of locals, find unique toys and more at Thinker Toys.

Monterey, CA, United States
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On the Beach Surf Shop

Devoted to the surf, sand and beach, this charming seaside shop has everything you need for that laid-back, surfer lifestyle. From hoodies and hats, to Rainbow flip flops and bathing suits, On the Beach Surf Shop has what you need. They also offer surf rental equipment, including the wetsuits and surf racks! So all you have to do is pop in, get outfitted and hit waves.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Bargetto Winery Tasting Room

Few things can match tasting wine at the Bargetto Tasting Room whilst enjoying splendid views of the Pacific Ocean. Established in 1933, the Bargetto is famed for its dessert wines under the Chaucer's brand name. The winery also stacks the famous red and white wines along with the sparsely available sparkling ones. With the vineyards situated just a stone's throw away in the Santa Cruz mountains, the wines produced are completely unadulterated. Wine apparel and gift baskets are available at this outlet as well.

Monterey, CA, United States
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A Taste of Monterey's Cannery Row Bay View Tasting Room

Here is an intelligent solution to the dilemma of how to wine-taste while navigating curvy mountain road: just make one stop. Make it in downtown Monterey, where there is nary a deer in sight. Spend the whole day here where you can sample from dozens of vintages collected from nearly 40 local wineries. Taste the riches of Carmel Valley, Monterey and Arroyo Seco. Buy a few bottles or a few cases, as you like. When it is time to get some solid food in your overtaxed stomach, simply walk on over to one of the many restaurants on Cannery Row. See website for online shopping, wine club details, event calendar and more.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

With dishes like Dumb Luck Coconut Shrimp and Lt. Dan's Drunken Shrimp, and specialty drinks like the Lava Flow and the Bayou Surprise, this shrimp restaurant in Cannery Row attracts tourists from all over, as well shrimp-lovin' locals. The place is usually packed and noisy, making for a great night out amidst the lights. The place has its own line of hats, shirts and other souvenirs. You will never find a wider variety of shrimp dishes anywhere else, and the service is excellent.

Monterey, CA, United States
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John Pisto's Whaling Station

An old, old standby in Monterey, this eatery serves up world-class steaks and seafood in an airy, colorful environment that is casual and cozy. Alive with the ebullient chatter of customers, the restaurant will delight you with its wood-fired California swordfish and its brace of fresh large quail. The wood-grilled, grass-fed beef dishes are to die for and the service is impeccable. It is a popular spot for tourists and locals. See website for menu, online deals, and more.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Monarch Knitting and Quilts

This charming little store stocks quilts from master knitters all over the country. The inventory here includes several dozen books about knitting, and a full range of supplies, several kinds of yarn, needles, notions, knitting kits, and other supplies. The owner has been knitting since a very young age and the service here is excellent. The only store of its kind in Pacific Grove, it stocks a huge amount of patterns.

Pacific Grove, CA, United States
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