Moss Landing – A Hidden Treasure in Monterey County, California

One of the many benefits of living in Northern California is the close proximity to the beach!

It’s just a three-hour drive from Sacramento to Monterey County and its well-known attractions, including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Aquarium, the scenic views of 17-Mile Drive, and the monarch butterflies of Pacific Grove.

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, fishing, boats, marina

But 15 miles north / northeast of Monterey is a one of my favorite places to visit – the quiet little town of Moss Landing, located in the middle of the Monterey Bay coastline, at the head of the [underwater] Monterey Canyon

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, map, Monterey Canyon, ocean

and at the mouth of Elkhorn Slough, one of the largest wetlands in the state.

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Moss Landing Power Plant, natural gas, Images by RJM

The twin smokestacks of Moss Landing Power Plant, a natural gas plant, are visible from Monterey to Santa Cruz (on the north end of the bay).

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, marina, fishing, boats, Images by RJM

With its very active marina,

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, marina, fishing, boat, sea birds, Images by RJM

fishing boats,

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, marina, fishing, boats, jetty, sea birds, Images by RJM

and abundance of sea life,

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, marina, sea otters, sea lions, Images by RJM

Moss Landing is one of my favorite places to explore – and take photos, of course!

Beach Renewal of Vows Ceremony

Two years ago Carrieanna’s cousins, James and Laurie, celebrated 30 years of marriage with a renewal of vows ceremony on the beach at the end of the boardwalk adjacent to the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, renewal of vows, beach, ceremony

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, boardwalk, accessible, beach, Images by RJM

Accessible boardwalk adjacent to Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

We then celebrated at one of the county’s very best seafood restaurants, Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery!

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market, wheelchair accessible, Images by RJM

Dinner at Phil’s Fish Market celebrating James and Laurie’s 30 years of marriage and a renewal of vows ceremony!

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market, dinner, wheelchair accessible, Images by RJM

Carrieanna, Tammy and the cousins celebrating at Phil’s Fish Market!

 

Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market, wheelchair accessible, Images by RJM

This locally-owned family business, has been serving “the finest local and sustainable seafood for over 30 years.”

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market and Eatery, wheelchair accessible, lunch, Images by RJM

The bar has beer on tap from our favorite pub, English Ales Brewery (located in Marina)

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market and Eatery, English Ales Brewery, beer, wheelchair accessible, Images by RJM

and there’s an extensive fish market on site.

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market and Eatery, fish market, fresh fish, wheelchair accessible, Images by RJM

Seating is available inside, or in a covered patio area,

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market and Eatery, covered patio dining, wheelchair accessible, Images by RJM

or outside in the open air with a view of the beach. Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market and Eatery, outdoor patio, wheelchair accessible, Images by RJM

The food is delicious!

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market and Eatery, outdoor patio, crab cakes, clam chowder, beach, wheelchair accessible, Images by RJM

Carrieanna enjoying crab cakes and a mini bread bowl of clam chowder at Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery, Moss Landing.

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My lunch of salmon burger with fries and coleslaw. Yum!

On a clear day the view from the extended outdoor patio is both inspiring and relaxing – as long as you don’t leave your food unattended!

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market and Eatery, outdoor patio, lunch, birds, wheelchair accessible, Images by RJM

And if you visit Phil’s for dinner during the week, you might be treated to live Bluegrass Music!

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, Northern California, Phil's Fish Market and Eatery, bluegrass, music, wheelchair accessible

If you visit the Monterey Bay, we highly recommend visiting Moss Landing!

3 thoughts on “Moss Landing – A Hidden Treasure in Monterey County, California

  1. Who knew? Thanks for the info. I always thought of Moss Landing as a place on the way to Monterey and not a stopping place. This was very helpful and informative. Great pictures, as always.

    • Thank you!
      Be sure to stop at Phil’s when you’re in the area. You won’t be sorry!

  2. A quaint, historic fishing village Moss Landing is truly a hidden treasure, home to many antique shops, art galleries, and fantastic seafood and other restaurants!

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