SALINAS VALLEY
Salinas Valley Surrounded by vast agricultural fields and the majestic Gabilan Mountains, the Salinas Valley is known as "The Salad Bowl of the World" for the rich valley that produces lettuce, broccoli, mushrooms, strawberries and more. The mild climate also makes the area ideal for growing grapes, and the area is fast becoming home to world-famous wines. Other cities in the Salinas Valley include Gonzales, Greenfield, King City and Soledad.

Salinas 2010 population: 150,441 (Soledad: 25,738; Gonzales: 8,187; Greenfield: 16,330; King City: 12,974)
Salinas 2010 median home price: $230,000 (Salinas-Monterey Highway: $575,000; South County: $161,000)

Top Salinas Valley Attractions
1. National Steinbeck Center
After banning and burning his books, Salinas officially made peace with John Steinbeck in 1998 with the opening of the National Steinbeck Center. FULL STORY

2. Salinas Valley Agriculture
Salinas Valley is a vegetarian s dream: Crisp lettuces. Sweet strawberries. Prickly artichokes. Deep-green broccoli. Crunchy celery. And onions and mushrooms and cauliflower and raspberries and peas and cabbage and asparagus and on and on. Washed down with a nice chardonnay or pinot noir. FULL STORY

3. Food Lover's Paradise
I can t name names of the many locally owned restaurants with great food in the downtown area they might get too crowded with tourists from the Peninsula. Trish Triumpho Sullivan, founded Artistas Unidos-Artists United, bringing cultures together through the arts.

4. Salinas' Historic Oldtown
A break from the mall. A leisurely stroll through Salinas Historic Oldtown is a nostalgic trip through small-town America: beautiful architecture, friendly folks and fun shops. I love the smell of beans roasting at the Cherry Bean Coffeehouse on Monday mornings. Trish Triumpho Sullivan, founded Artistas Unidos-Artists United, bringing cultures together through the arts.

5. Twin Creeks Golf Course
Playing nine holes at the Twin Creeks Golf Course, looking for the mother kit fox and her babies near the eighth hole, and sitting on the sunny patio afterward, sipping a glass of white wine, watching the sunset. Anna Caballero, Former Salinas Mayor

6. Maya Cinemas & Hullaballoo's
Going to a movie at the new Maya Cinemas downtown, and afterward going to Hullaballoo s at 9:30pm for a dessert treat, chocolate of course, that will knock your socks off. Anna Caballero, Former Salinas Mayor

7. Cultural Events
Attending any of the cultural events that abound in our city, the Obon Festival at the Buddhist Temple, the dances at the Filipino Hall, the dinners at the Chinese Confucius temple, the famous takeout at the Jewish temple, the Sons of Italy dinners at the parish hall. The mixture of culture, people and food gives Salinas a rich heritage that we share together. Anna Caballero, Former Salinas Mayor

8. Art Walk in Oldtown
Taking the Art Walk in Oldtown the first Friday of the month, starting at the Sasoontsi Gallery and then dropping in for dinner at one of the 30 restaurants, where you are sure to run into good friends. Anna Caballero, Former Salinas Mayor

 
Dining in Salina Valley

Smalley's Roundup Restaurant
1190 S Main St
Salinas, CA 93901
831-758-0511

Toro Place Cafe
665 Monterey Salinas Hwy
Salinas, CA 93908
831-484-1333
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Rosita's Armory Cafe
231 Salinas St
Salinas, CA 93901
831-424-7039

 
 
Lodging in Salinas Valley

Howard Johnson Salinas
131 John Street
Salinas, CA 93901
1-800-780-5733
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Residence Inn
17215 El Rancho Way
Salinas, CA 93907
1-800-780-5733
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Courtyard by Marriott
17225 El Rancho Way
Salinas, CA 93907
1-800-780-5733
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