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17. 14. Cannery Row Located in the heart of downtown Monterey, Cannery Row is an idyllic staycation destination, with its pictur- esque charm and colorful history. It’s the ideal place to revel in the culture and beauty of Monterey Bay. With a host of restaurants and hotels, several located in former cannery buildings, and a few historic attractions, there’s something of interest for everyone. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve 15. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is located at 62 California 1 in Carmel- by-the-Sea. It’s the ultimate destina- tion for sightseers, photographers, painters, and nature lovers. The reserve is considered “the crown jewel of the State Park System” and is a popular spot for divers, as it’s one of the richest underwater habi- tats. The abundance of wildlife is reason enough to visit Point Lobos; seals, sea lions, sea otters, and migrating gray whales are frequently spotted. A small turn-of-the-century cabin built by Chinese fi shermen still remains at Whalers Cove and has been converted into a cultural history museum. A schedule of guid- ed walks for the month is posted at the entrance station. The museum hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm., 86 Gizdich Ranch If you haven’t traveled the infamous 17-Mile Drive that takes you through Pebble Beach and Pacifi c Grove, it may be time to do just that. The winding road leads through exclusive neighbor- hoods and offers scenic coastal views. Visitors who travel the road are charged a per-car fee, and motorcycles are not allowed. Once inside the gates, signs and red-painted dashed lines on the pavement help direct you along the route. You’ll fi nd yourself stopping over and over again, taking in the splendor and beauty of the forested area, and the oceanfront. 16 Gizdich Ranch, located at 55 Peckham Road in Watsonville, offers daily self-guided walking tours of the apple orchards and berry farm, from 9 am to 5 pm. On Saturdays, September through May, you can also experience apple juice press- ing. Spend a day with your family at the ranch picking your favorite fruit of the season right off the tree or vine, and then enjoy a family picnic in the scenic sur- roundings of beautiful hills and orchards. Don’t forget to bring home a jar of fresh berry jam, or a jug of apple juice, and most important of all, a fresh baked pie!! GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAY/JUNE 2017 Seventeen Mile Drive San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation 18. The Tech Museum of Innovation, located at 201 S. Market Street in San Jose, is a family-friendly interactive science and technology center, and a landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most inventive place on Earth.The hands-on technology and science museum is a valued community resource for education and innovation. The mission of the Museum is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Museum hours are, Monday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm.