The pride of Salinas, John Steinbeck, brought stories of his hometown and early 20th-century agricultural California into world consciousness. A visit to modern-day Salinas – Spanish for “Saltworks” – has much to recommend it. Wild dunes and beaches, marshlands with a host of local critters and, yes, the National Steinbeck Center. If you want to stay for a few days, there are a wide range of excellent places to lay your head. Here are the ones we’re especially fond of – bookable on Culture Trip.