In one of our little excursions, B and I stumbled upon Old Town Salinas.   I felt like we had stepped back into the 40's.  The buildings are just beautiful. 
Salinas is the home to the National Steinbeck Center and host to many cultural and family friendly activities all year.  For example, they have an art walk the First Friday of every month.  For more info on events in Salinas click here
What "old town" is one of your favorites?