Moon Monterey & Carmel (Paperback)

Including Santa Cruz & Big Sur

By Stuart Thornton

Moon Travel, 9781631212437, 296pp.

Publication Date: December 29, 2015

List Price: 17.99*
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Travel writer and Monterey resident Stuart Thornton offers his firsthand experience and advice on Monterey, Carmel, and beyond, from Old Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row to the nearby areas of Pacific Grove and Salinas. Thornton includes various travel itinerary ideas, including "Big Sur to Morro Bay Road Trip," plus a delicious wine-tasting adventure, and a special selection for water sports lovers. Complete with expert tips on wandering the redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains, finding hidden waterfalls in Big Sur, and sampling the savoriest of wineries in Carmel Valley, Moon Monterey & Carmel gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

About the Author

Stuart Thornton fell in love with the California coast while working at the Big Sur Ranger Station after college. There, he advised visitors on every topic, from campsites to restaurants. On his days off, he took his own advice and regularly sought out the best spots for hiking, backpacking, surfing, and snorkeling along that striking coastal region.

Stuart later moved to nearby Monterey to become a staff writer for the "Monterey County Weekly, " where he is still a contributor. He is the proud author of "Moon Coastal California, Moon Santa Barbara & The Central Coast, " and the forthcoming "Moon Monterey & Carmel." In addition, Stuart has contributed to National Geographic Education, "Relix" magazine, and Ed Grant s "Piers of the California Coast, " a coffee table book highlighting the Golden State s piers and wharves.

While researching and writing this book, Stuart hiked through lesser-known sections of Yosemite National Park, discovered the stunning Eastern Sierra community of June Lake, stared deep into the Grand Canyon, and enjoyed the diverse offerings of San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.

He spends his time off searching for the next secluded beach, uncrowded wave, or mountaintop vista. Learn more about his adventures and projects by visiting