Monterey enjoys a lot of California’s firsts: its first newspaper, its first government building, its first theater and its first public school.Old Fisherman’s Wharf can now claim 103 years in existence, and there’s no shortage of sea lions to ogle, whales to watch and chowder samples to taste.The futuristic (and stylish) tea-and-coffee shop enjoys a great harborside deck, state-of-the-art $50,000 Alpha Dominche steeping chambers for the tea and an Italian masterpiece of a $20,000 La Marzocco machine for the Monterey joe.A short walk down the Coastal Recreation Trail skirts the same side of the harbor Water +Leaves overlooks, and delivers visitors to the best-kept historical — and scenic — secret by the bay: 25.3-acre Lower Presidio Park, part of the Defense Language Institute and a superlative place for stunning views, wide lawns and a museum.Illuminating State Park-guided tours of Old Monterey’s most interesting old buildings happen summer Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m., and can include a look at the last whalebone sidewalk west of Mississippi.The Pacific House is where the tours start, near the same spot Commodore John Drake Sloat raised the American flag in 1846 and the oldest government building in California, the Custom House, a.k.a. state historical landmark No. 1.The Pacific House and its adobe walls invite wanders through the memorable museum that occupies part of the upstairs and the entire downstairs — with a grizzly bear that roars, American Indian artifacts, hide-and-tallow education, and a short movie on early Monterey history centering on the California Constitution (signed up the street at Colton Hall).Next door there’s a must-see, borrowed-from-another-era Memory Garden (behind the Pacific House), designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., whose father was one of the designers of New York’s Central Park.The former Osio Adobe now hosts the best indie film house in Monterey County, and its conjoined sister spot, snappy-fresh and progressive Cafe Lumiere, serves craft beer and coffee that can be toted in to movies.Next door at the Crown and Anchor Pub, the decor is vintage maritime and dripping with character via randy-sea-faring-quote wallpaper in the bathrooms and polished brass and wood everywhere else.Wharf Marketplace, a relatively new multipurpose hub, was a landmark train station back when Monterey was a getaway for San Franciscans to visit the Del Monte Hotel (now part of the Naval Postgraduate School).After much City Council discussion, the station has been reborn as a open-layout space featuring a fresh produce section with goods grown almost entirely by its owners (Tanimura and Antle farm), a cafe (with locally adored Acme coffee, pastries and panini such as the popular Cuban), fresh juices and a prolific stash of hyperlocal cheeses, beers and wines, plus a tasting bar and barbecues on the weekend.Alvarado Street Brewery now occupies one of the oldest buildings in downtown, a former movie theater and men’s lodge, transforming a rotting space into a gleaming shrine to Great American Beer Fest medal-winning craft creations.[...] Restaurant 1833 famously enjoys more history — and ghosts — than any nightlife option, in a sprawling and intoxicating converted home of the same year, with Josh Perry styling intuitive tonics in the apothecary-style bar over a glowing onyx surface.
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