5 Gems to Discover in Salinas… and a new one!

SPS Salinas new mural

5 Gems to Discover in Salinas… and a new one!

How much time do you have? Because it would take years to visit the sites and enjoy the activities this area of California has to offer! The rich heritage of Salinas is celebrated through two large murals commissioned by Security Public Storage for their facility located here.

The new SPS mural seen across the fieldThe second mural has just been completed this month (May 2019). Spanning the entire south face of the SPS facility, it is the largest in the Salinas area and is clearly visible from Hwy 101.

The mural depicts the history of the area’s people and industries from the first residents, the Ohlone people, through the arrival the Spanish in the 1700s, and today’s vibrant Mexican/Latino heritage. The mural reflects the prosperity of Salinas during the Depression through the eyes of John Steinbeck’s novels and the Art Deco architecture that has been preserved in many of the area’s historic buildings. The official unveiling is on May 29th, and will be attended by officials from the City of Salinas, the Steinbeck Center and several local and regional arts commissions!

The first mural, completed in 2016, reflects importance of agriculture to the prosperity of the region.

SPS Salinas mural on 101

The murals at Security Public Storage are a constant reminder of all that the Salinas area has to offer residents and visitors. Whether it’s wine tasting or rodeos, Oldtown Salinas, the Steinbeck Center, or a visit to The Farm, there is sure to be an activity that appeals to any age and any interest!

Art Deco & moderne logoArchitectural Walking Tour

Salinas enjoyed immense prosperity through the early to middle 1900s, thanks to the area's agricultural industry. Art Deco was the dominant architectural style of the era, and Salinas is home to many classic examples. Learn more about the area's architectural history, including a map for a walking tour. Click here for a tour map

National Steinbeck CenterJohn Steinbeck

Visit the Steinbeck House or the National Steinbeck Center and learn about Salinas’ most famous resident. The Steinbeck House features tours, a gift shop, and a restaurant all located in the Steinbeck family home. A visit to the National Steinbeck Center will inform and entertain you with film clips, first editions, photographs, and exhibits.

River Road Wine TrailRiver Road Wine Trail

Winding its way through the Santa Lucia Highlands, the River Road is home to a growing number of small wineries and spectacular views, especially in the spring when the verdant landscape is lush with grasses. Find out more here and don’t forget to call ahead to make sure the wineries you want to visit are open!

First Friday Art WalkFirst Friday Art Walk

Since 2005, this all-volunteer event in Oldtown Salinas has been held on the first Friday of every month, year-round and rain or shine. According to their Facebook page, "…the Art Walk has over 40 venues and usually 15+ art exhibits, 20 venues hosting live local music, and often includes dance performances, book signings, poetry readings, kid's creation stations, artist booths, and more. 1st Fridays remains free to the public and everyone involved is a volunteer. Between 1500-3000 people attend the Art Walk every month."

The organic fields of Salinas' The FarmThe Farm

The Farm is an agricultural and education center located on the outskirts of Salinas. Thanks to the unique and fertile conditions in the Salinas Valley, this certified organic farm grows over thirty different crops. Visit The Farm for fresh produce, take a farm tour, or take part in cooking demonstrations, pie tasting, sing-alongs, or a hayride. Click here to learn more.

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