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Downtown Salinas- it's way cuter than I ever thought!
I have lived on the Central Coast of California my whole life and never ventured into the town of Salinas. I had no idea that it had a cute and quaint old downtown area. The only parts that I've known are the ones right next to the freeway, the airport, and Highway 68 so I was very pleasantly surprised and pleased to find a really cute area.

Our main destination today and the reason for heading North to Salinas is the National Steinbeck Center, a modern and stylish interactive, educational center in downtown Salinas that is devoted to the life and works of John Steinbeck as well as the agriculture of the Salinas Valley. It was fascinating and quite fun, which I wasn't expecting. Now I'm not a reader of Mr. Steinbeck's works, though I have read a few of his books by requirement in school, but my Fiance is a big fan and avid reader of his books.
the mural outside the National Steinbeck Center
It was on his urging that we went to the center. I learned a lot about he Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula areas during the Great Depression and what it was like to be a part of the agriculture community. I also learned about beet farming and how they extracted sugar from the root, which was the main industry of the Salinas Valley until lettuce became more profitable. It was all really fascinating! After spending about an hour and a half wandering the center, we purchased a few items and made our way to Monterey. We're again staying at the Best Western Beach Resort (a review can be found in a previous Monterey blog).

Our room overlooks the pool which is nice but mostly we are interested in heading into Monterey to the Whole Foods store where I plan on purchasing the Steinbeck sandwich from the deli. Let me just say that this sandwich is my sole reason for wanting to go on this weekend getaway!!! It is sooooo delicious and since we don't have a Whole Foods in San Luis County it's a total treat!! Obviously it's called the Steinbeck due to the areas history so I have no idea if this sandwich exists at any other Whole Foods but if it does it's a Chicken Tarragon salad with avocado, mixed greens and tomato on a whole wheat croissant- simply divine!!!
missandrea81 says:
Thank you for this entry. I've only recently moved to the area, and have not yet been to Salinas either. I guess I will have to go check out the National Steinbeck Center for myself.
Posted on: Jul 18, 2016
Kana says:
I've been to the Steinbeck Center once, and I really enjoyed it. Loved all the interactive exhibits; my son (4 or 5 yrs old, then) had fun, too! :)
Posted on: May 05, 2008
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the mural outside the National Ste…
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statue of John Steinbeck
statue of John Steinbeck
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me on the Red Pony from Steinbec…
me on the "Red Pony" from Steinbe…
a wall of fruit and vegetable crat…
a wall of fruit and vegetable cra…
part of the Cannery Row exhibit
part of the Cannery Row exhibit
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"the Pearl"
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Really nice, modern interactive Center
I was really surprised to find the National Steinbeck Center to be a modern, attraction building with interactive and educational exhibits. The Nat… read entire review
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