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Oldtown

Salinas, CA
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Ranked #10 of 17 Attractions in Salinas
Type: Antique Shops, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Traveler Description: Frist Fridays Art Walk takes place in Oldtown Salinas on the first Friday of every month.  There are about fifty venues with live music, artist... more »
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Geyserville, California
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146 reviews 146 reviews
34 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I didn't expect Salinas to be a destination I'd return too. We went for antiques and found a very good one in Halltree Antiques. Had lunch around the square which is filled with shops and dining.

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Los Angeles, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Not much to see or do here. Most of the shops were closed....on a Friday night! I don't see how business can continue in this part of town. Its a shame because the area has some really historical buildings and attractions that would appeal to many, if given a change.

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Yountville, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Just as is the case with 19th Century Towns, the retail center lost its purpose and went out to the 'burbs' long ago. It is amply evident by the presence of antique stores. The best part of retail was a farmers' market which is closed - new multi-purpose structure under way on that site. Parking is still not convenient, this... More

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Salinas, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Old Town is historic. I love to go there for cappucino. It is a great place to run into old acquaintances. It also has a nice historic feel.

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Sacramento California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

While walking around the area, alot of empty shops. There is one very nice & large antique store that is in an old bank building. Near the John Steinbeck Center there is a large multiplex theater but unless you're coming down here for one of those three things, not much else to see.

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california
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I enjoy old town salinas, they've worked very hard on uplifting the old look..but kept the old buildings..it's pleasant to stroll through. Rollicks Cofee is a great place for espresso, and hanging out

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We loved the old shops and the layout of the street. A nice little stroll through an older small area in Salinas

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Salinas, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

As a resident of Salinas, I'm proud of the upkeep and restoration of our Oldtown. As we enter the holidays, the main drag, Main St, is decorated for the Holidays, all the lights and ornaments of a time gone by. While you definately have a sense you have traveled back in time, there are great relevant shops and stores....cute clothes,... More

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Tahoe CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 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.

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Vancouver, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 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.

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