5 Books About Monterey and Monterey County
This is my list of books about Monterey. This list is by no means totally complete as there are so many titles for you to enjoy. There is everything from Monterey wildlife, to Monterey History and hiking and wine tasting. So I hope you enjoy my first list of books about Monterey. This is something that readers keep asking me to put up so here it is.
Books About Monterey
The Monterey Bay Shoreline Guide- by Jerry Emory and Frank Balthis What can I say about this book it has more than I expected when I picked it up in a bookstore. It's a guide to the Santa Cruz Coast all the way through Monerey to the Big Sur Coast. This book has everything. Just when you think you know everything about this fabulous place you pick up this book and find a fabulous secret beach or a new trail that you never knew existed. The Monterey Bay Shoreline Guide is the only book that I know that explores all the parks and beaches as well as trails of the Monterey Bay Area in one large book. I definitely recommend this one.
A Perfect Haze The Illustrated History of The Monterey Inernational Pop Festival
by Harvey and Kenneth Kubernick
From June 16 through the 18 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds an amazing thing happened. Thousands of people came to the Monterey Pop Festival during the summer of love to celebrate music and listen to some fabulous music by Jimmi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and Otis Redding and many others. What they didn't know is that they were in the middle of a cultural revolution and this was the beginning. The Monterey Pop Festival happened before Woodstock and it is seen as the beginning. So if you were there or just want to see what happened and read about it this is the book for you.
The Death And Life Of Monterey Bay by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka is a very nice book. The title tells the story of this book pretty well. It's about how the Monterey Bay is this beautiful place teaming with wildlife and sea life until the fisherman and whalers discover it. Then what happens to the Monterey Bay after that. Then it also tells the story of the end of the canneries and the rebirth of the Monterey Bay as a place to come and just see wildlife and whale and not take them. A great read. It's amazing to see this change over just a few generations.
Day Hikes Around Monterey And Carmel 77 Great Hikes by Robert Stone. This book is sitting on my desk as we speak. It's a great book to take on that long drive when you don't know where you will end up. With this book you can always find a trail you haven't hiked near by. Robert Stone has hiked all of these trails so his directions and difficulty levels are spot on so there is no problem finding your route or knowing what the trail will be like when you get there. So if you are going to do some hiking when you come to Monterey or even some trail running this is a must have book for you.
Wines & Wineries of California's Central Coast by William A. Ausmus This author profiles nearly 300 wineries that he personally visited. Their are ratings for each winery as well as contact information for each of the different wineries. The California Central Coast produces some of the best wines around and this is definitely a comprehensive guide to the wines and wineries of the Central Coast. If you are going wine tasting while you are in the Monterey or Santa Barbara area this is the book for you.