In an age of satellite navigation and GPS-equipped smart phones, you’d think this section would be unnecessary.  But, depending on who’s supplying your directions, you might be mistaken.  Some navigation systems do not recognize the existence of Spreckels.  If you enter “14 Hatton Ave., Spreckels, CA 93962” into some systems, they will direct you right to us.  Others will try to direct you to somewhere in North Salinas with a zip code of 93906.  Still others will just scratch their heads and give you a blank stare.

Happily, the correct directions are very simple:

 

Coming from Monterey

Take Highway 68 toward Salinas

Immediately after crossing the Salinas River, take the Spreckels Blvd. exit.

Turn right onto Spreckels Blvd.

Proceed about a mile and a half to the town of Spreckels.

Turn left on Hatton Ave.  (Hatton Ave. is the third available left turn into Spreckels.)

Look for a place to park—you’re pretty much here.  The gallery, at 14 Hatton Ave., will be on the right side of the street.

 

Coming from Salinas

Take South Main/Highway 68 toward Monterey.

The first freeway exit ramp you encounter will be the Spreckels Blvd. exit.  Take it.

Turn left onto Spreckels Blvd.

Proceed about a mile and a half to the town of Spreckels.

Turn left on Hatton Ave.  (Hatton Ave. is the third available left turn into Spreckels.)

Look for a place to park—you’re pretty much here.  The gallery, at 14 Hatton Ave., will be on the right side of the street.

 

Coming from the South on River Rd.

When you reach the stop light at Highway 68 (the Monterey-Salinas Highway), turn right onto the on-ramp toward Salinas.

Immediately after merging onto the freeway, you will cross a bridge over the Salinas River.  Just on the other side of the river is the Spreckels Blvd. exit (Exit 21).

Take Exit 21.

Turn right onto Spreckels Blvd.

Proceed about a mile and a half to the town of Spreckels.

Turn left on Hatton Ave.  (Hatton Ave. is the third available left turn into Spreckels.)

Look for a place to park—you’re pretty much here.  The gallery, at 14 Hatton Ave., will be on the right side of the street.

 

Coming from the North on US Highway 101

After passing several other Salinas exits, take the Airport Blvd. exit. 

The off ramp ends at a stop light.  Proceed straight at the light onto Airport Blvd.

In a little less than a quarter of a mile, turn left onto Hansen St.  You pretty much have to—Airport Blvd. dead ends in another block.

Go one block on Hansen, then turn right onto Harkins Rd.

Proceed through the stop light at Abbot St., through a light industrial park, and into the open lettuce fields.  The little town you see in the distance is Spreckels.  When you reach Spreckels, Harkins Rd. becomes Hatton Ave.

Proceed past Fifth, Fourth, Third, Second, and First streets.

Find a place to park.

The gallery is on your left, between First St. and Spreckels Blvd.

 

Coming from the South on US Highway 101

Approximately 10 miles north of Gonzalez, take the Abbot St. exit.  This is a left exit.

Continue on Abbot St. approximately 2 miles.

At the stop light, turn left onto Harris Rd.

In a little less than a mile, Harris Rd. will make a sweeping right turn and become Spreckels Blvd.

In about a quarter of a mile, turn right onto Hatton Ave. (this will be your second opportunity to turn right into Spreckels). 

Look for a place to park—you’re pretty much here.  The gallery, at 14 Hatton Ave., will be on the right side of the street.