We were there for golf but the residence inn was good. It is the older style but rooms were good and a good breakfast. There are a few vineyards in the area and wine tasting is fun. The area is beautiful, Monterey and the pebble beach drive.
We were lucky that there was racing at Laguna Seca which is a major auto racing centre in the area. Of course there is golf. We had built the trip attend a PGA golf tournament at San Martin just up the coast
Well there is an In-N-Out Burger - Salinas, CA, 151 Kern St..
I've only stayed in Salinas once and it was because we did not make reservations at the Monterey Marriott early enough when attending the AT&T Pro Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Sorry I cannot be of more help other than the fine eating establishment above. Hope you like burgers.
I hope you'll take the 17-mile-drive. You'll remember it for as long as you live.