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Moss Landing: The Tiny Fishing Town near Monterey Lures with Its Own Seafood and Marine Life

Magazine article Sunset

Moss Landing: The Tiny Fishing Town near Monterey Lures with Its Own Seafood and Marine Life

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FORGET ABOUT Fisherman's Wharf--nowhere is the cadence of seaside life more fully celebrated than in this quiet beach town just north of Monterey. The excellent seafood at local eateries is more than enough reason to make a detour, but the biggest draw in early winter is the surrounding wildlife. Moss Landing is the gateway to the scenic tidal marshlands of the Elkhorn Slough, an important stop for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway and a sheltered harbor for seals and sea otters.

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SHOP PotStop at Little Baja Good deals on garden urns. INFO: Closed Mon-Tue; 2360 State 1; 831/768-7557.

Tina Louise Bring home fresh Dungeness crab, straight from the boat. INFO: Cash or check only; Dock A in Moss Landing Harbor, on Sandholdt Rd.; 831/229-7373 (call ahead).

EAT Haute Enchilada Art Cafe Enjoy an espresso and a slice of banana bread in this cheerful, folk art-filled cafe. INFO: $; 7902-A Sandholdt Rd.; 831/633-5843.

Phil's Fish Market and Eatery The restaurant helped put Moss Landing on the map with some of the best cioppino around. INFO: $$; free live bluegrass Mon, Wed, and Thu nights; 7600 Sandholdt Rd.; 831/633-2152.

Sea Harvest Warm up with clam chowder and Dungeness crab while you watch otters tumble in the waters of the slough. INFO: $$; 2420 State 1; 831/633-8300.

GO Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Our favorite route is the easy 2. …

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