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With its name com­ing from the an­cient Greek for “anti-de­pres­sant,” Ne­penthe Restau­rant is the most in­spi­ra­tional perch to view Big Sur. From the largest se­lec­tion of lo­cal Santa Lucia High­lands wines, their house Pinot Noir is vi­brantly ripe and plummy, and pairs with an Am­brosia Burger of ground steak. Th­ese are the keys to sit­ting by the pa­tio fire pit and look­ing out over the ocean in won­der­ment. Mon­terey is home to a thriv­ing mi­cro­brew­ery scene. A beer flight at Peter B’s Brew­pub of­fers five four-ounce sam­plers in­clud­ing Leg­end of La­guna IPA with flo­ral aro­mas and a cannabis fin­ish; or Danc­ing Goat, a Rus­sian Im­pe­rial, sub­tly dry and fruity with aro­mas of espresso and chocolate.

At Al­varado Street Brew­ery & Grill, the fer­men­ta­tion tanks fun­nel di­rectly to the taps for bright, cit­ric, ex­per­i­men­tal, west coast IPAS. Try in­fu­sions like Thai Chili or Kaf­fir Lime. This is the home of the leg­endary Mon­terey Pop Fes­ti­val where, “Jimi Hen­drix, baby be­lieve me, set the world on fire.” Check out the cel­e­brated Mon­terey Jazz Fes­ti­val; the An­nual Sum­mer Live Mu­sic Se­ries; the Blues, Brews and Bar­beque Fes­ti­val; and the Cow­boy Poetry & Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

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