Lake El Estereo Is Reason Enough To Visit Monterey Bay, Hotelier Says
Monterey, Calif. — There are lots of reasons to visit Monterey Bay — including the bay itself and the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, located on Cannery Row. But too many visitors forget to take in the sites at Lake El Estero, a city park and birdwatchers’ paradise.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to be located where we are,” said a spokeswoman for the Monterey Bay Lodge, which adjoins the lake. “Locals and tourists alike enjoy this piece of natural beauty, but we’d like to see even more people taking it in.”
Lake El Estero was once a salt-water lagoon because its outlets were blocked from over-flooding. Now, the nearly 25-acre lake and park area are home-away-from-home for a large number of migratory bird species. Birds spotted at the estuary include the ring-billed gull, the mud hen and several heron types, including the great blue heron. In summertime, it isn’t unusual to see some brown pelicans enjoying the lake.
The grounds around the lake are also a popular city park. While adults often come for the beauty, the kids stay busy skating, playing baseball and doing what kids do best in Dennis the Menace Park.
“Everyone wants to see the famous Dennis the Menace Park and the statue of the well-known cartoon character and classic television star,” the hotel spokesman said. “The original statue, as locals know, was stolen in 2006 and never recovered, but a new statue has been in place for years and it doesn’t disappoint visitors.”
The Monterey Bay Lodge (www.montereybaylodge.com) is located a mere 150 steps from the state beach and has 46 guest rooms. In addition to free wifi, the hotel offers some attractions of its own — including a heated pool and spa. Its location on Lake El Estero makes it the best hotel for exploring the lake area and a solid choice from which to venture out to the aquarium or the bay itself.
Mr. James Gajjar
CGS Infotech, Inc
501 Silverside Road, Suite 105,
Wilmington, DE 19809.