Where to Stay in South Monterey County

Keefer's Inn King City

Tom and Frances Ingersoll, Innkeepers

47 rooms, pool, whirlpool hot tub, and excellent restaurant with salad bar and early bird specials, bar

Near US 101 - Canal Street exit - West Side of the highway

Phone: 831.385.4843

Fax 831.385.1254

Both interior and exterior corridors • Smoke free premises

Regular Rates: $45 to $73 • Ask for the Pelican Network Discount - $5 off


Base camp for exploring interior of California Central Coast

King City is the gateway to many good things and places to explore: Salinas Valley, The Pinnacles National Monument, Monterey County and Santa Lucia Highlands Wineries, The Missions, Big Sur, and Monterey

King City is renown for its ranching and agriculture, but it is also of great interest to literary, history and adventuring travelers. Much of John Steinbeck's work is set in this area, and mentioned prominently in East of Eden. His mother's parents lived here, and his mother imbued him with a powerful sense of story telling. This is the setting for his first California novel, To A God Unknown. And, he wrote of the mountain ranges on both sides of the Salinas Valley from a King City perspective. This is a good overnight spot for visiting the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

Pinnacles National Monument is close to King City, making this a good place to stay while visiting that intriguing mass of geology. An interesting way to drive to King City by way of the Pinnacles is Bear Valley.

Mission San Antonio de Padua is 24 miles west, and it is the way to one of the most enchanting ways to get to Big Sur -Nacimiento Road. And, the San Antonio Valley is quintessentially California Coastal Valley without development. It is of historical curriosity, too. William Randolph Hearst, and the family architect, Julia Morgan, built a lodge there, Hacienda.

King City is a good base camp for exploring two other missions, San Miguel and Soledad, also. In the Santa Lucia mountain foothills you can find an exotic hot springs, Paraiso. It was built by Southern Pacific Railroad as a resort destination for train travelers. Today it is a little ramshackle, but delightful. And, the pools, are some of the most spectacular thermal waters on the continent. Outstanding wineries abound in the King City region. A few worthy of mention are Chalone, Smith and Hook, Paraiso, Lockwood, Shied, Kendall Jackson, Morgan.

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