Cannery Row's new artwork

Next time you're in Monterey, check out the Cannery Row Monument just erected in Steinbeck Plaza. The 15-foot-high rock-and-bronze artwork by sculptor Steven Whyte depicts figures both real and fictional: At the top is celebrated author John Steinbeck; below center is his friend Ed Ricketts, a marine biologist; to the left are figures that represent four local entrepreneurs who committed to preserving Cannery Row. Other figures are intended to evoke characters who populated Cannery Row during its sardine-canning heyday. The monument was dedicated just before what would have been Steinbeck's 112th birthday. Details: www.canneryrow.com.

Come bask in our warmth

If Jetsetter.com is right, we can expect to see a surge of tourists in California soon. And for that we can credit the Polar Vortex back East. The curated-travel website ran the numbers and discovered that its bookings to cold destinations are down 10 to 50 percent (sorry, Canada) while bookings to warm climes -- Mexico, the Caribbean, California, Florida and Hawaii -- are up 38 percent. And there's money in that. "Hotels in most of these locations have taken advantage of the fact that travelers are more than eager to trade frostbite for sunshine and have increased their rates by as much as 20 percent," Jetsetter GM Shaun Stewart said in statement.

-- Linda Zavoral, Staff