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“Getting there”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Oldtown

Oldtown
Ranked #7 of 29 things to do in Salinas
Certificate of Excellence
Tahoe CA
Level Contributor
28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Getting there”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

Salinas is trying very hard to have a place where people can gather. Most of the shops are for women and owned by women. You can spend a afternoon at the movies and then wander. Good eateries.

Visited April 2013
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English first
Vancouver, Washington
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74 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

I love that the old town seems to be thriving. Retail stores, restaurants, pubs, Steinbeck Center, movies. I believe it is the first Friday of the month that certain shops decide to stay open late. We had a delightful time wandering around and getting to know the shop owners.

Visited June 2012
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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“attempting to revitalize”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2012

Old Town has seen better days. That said, some of the old buildings are sweet and a few independent stores are doing a nice job attempting to revitalize a stretch of a few blocks. . Combined with a visit to the Steinbeck Center, the drive over highway 68 to reach Salinas was charming. I was there in the spring and the Lupens bloomed, transforming the hills with a carpet of blue flowers...Don't expect much, but the 2 last blocks before the Steinbeck Center seemed to be the more interesting ones.

Visited April 2012
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san francisco
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Oldtown”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

First Awakenings restaurant served good, moderately priced lunches. Quality and number of shops were few and far between.

Visited July 2012
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Prunedale, California, United States
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Old Town Flavor”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

Salinas' Old Town is definitely a place to relax and enjoy a taste of small town America. There are home made craft stores, antique stores, and coffee shops along Old Main Street, making it a pleasure to stroll through any day of the week!

Visited July 2012
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