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Maria Schoettler
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Stroll through Old Monterey and Seaside For These Must-Stops

“Local’s Guide” artist Maria Schoettler draws up her insider favorites. (A fruity beer slushie? Yes, please.)
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Monterey-based artist Maria Schoettler wrote the map, so to speak, on the area’s best with her “Local’s Guide to Small, Unique Businesses.” The illustrated brochure — instantly embraced by fellow insiders for its expert curation — is in constant circulation around the Peninsula. When she’s not seeking out spots that make the community special, Maria is an ardent observer of flora and fauna. Her paintings and paper goods celebrate seasonal living and the beauty of our natural surroundings. Find her exploring the secret gardens in Downtown Monterey’s historic adobes (“They are such a hidden treasure if you love flowers, history, and architecture,” she says), or delighting in scenic walks and flower-full areas. Her top tip for visitors? Check out some of the Peninsula’s newer restaurants. “The dining scene has really exploded, and some of the best food around isn’t necessarily on the beaten path!”

MORNING

9A

Meet a friend at Parker Lusseau in Monterey for the Peninsula's most authentic French pastries (the apple galette, morning bun, or brioche are my go-tos) and a coffee to go.

10A

With said coffee in hand, stroll out the door and down Alvarado Street to Custom House Plaza. Wander through the Memory Garden to see what’s blooming. Dahlia season—late summer through fall—is my favorite. From there, wander to the rec trail along the water, keeping an eye out for sea otters while walking till my heart’s content.

Afternoon

12:30P

Lunch on the sunny patio of Other Brother Beer in Seaside. I love a hearty salad and the hummus and veggie plate, or perhaps the mushroom melt, depending on my mood. Dessert is a fruity and refreshing beer slushie while soaking in the afternoon sun. (Full disclosure: my husband, Evan Loewy is one of the founders of Other Brother Beer and its sister company, Like Family olive oil.)

1:30P

After lunch, wander down Broadway Ave. to grab a house-roasted coffee at Acme Coffee Roasting Co., and stop in a thrift store or two for vintage finds along the way.

Evening

7P

Dinner at Maligne in Seaside. Oysters, chicken parm, pasta and some veggies, all split among family or friends. Chef’s kiss!

Cover photo by Evan Loewy

Wander through the Memory Garden to see what’s blooming. Dahlia season—late summer through fall—is my favorite. From there, wander to the rec trail along the water, keeping an eye out for sea otters while walking till my heart’s content.

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