Posts from — February 2012
It’s an old fashioned jazz bash in downtown Monterey this weekend! Dixieland Monterey takes over the Monterey Conference Center and the Portola Hotel & Spa Friday through Sunday for some classic jazz, swing and ragtime. Performers include the High Sierra Jazz Band, Titan Hot Seven, Old Friends, Saxophobia, Big Mama Sue Quartet and many more! This year’s event will also offer dance lessons. 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Various ticket prices.
The Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea presents the Smuin Winter Ballet this Friday and Saturday. The program is in honor of the 10th anniversary of September 11th and will portray grief, loss and love through music and choreography. The end of the performance will include Tango Palace which portrays desire and passion in the form of dance. Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm, San Carlos & 9th Avenue. $55-$65.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! MY Museum celebrates one of the most loved children’s authors today. Kids are going to love hanging out with the Cat in the Hat, playing Seuss inspired games and eating birthday cake! 3pm-5pm, 425 Washington Street, Monterey. Free with museum admission.
Looking for a fun and free event for the whole family this evening? Head over to Oldtown Salinas for the First Fridays Art Walk. The three-block area in Oldtown Salinas will be full of art exhibits, live music, food and children’s activities. Be sure to stop at the National Steinbeck Center along the way to see performances from Salinas High School’s String Octet and the Hartnell Jazz Band. 5pm-8pm, Main Street, Salinas. Free event.
One of Big Sur’s favorite bands performs tonight at the Fernwood Tavern. The seven piece band that makes up Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us always put on an entertaining show with original classic country and old school rock n’roll. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.
Looking for a relaxing night out? Check out the London Bridge Pub. Rex Wheeler will be playing jams with his acoustic guitar tonight. 9pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. Free event.
The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History supports local illustrator Erin Hunter with a launch party for her new children’s book “The Great Divide.” Erin will be on hand to answer questions about her fun animal book and will be available to sign copies. 2pm-4pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.
Acoustic and alternative rock musician John Michael takes over the London Bridge Pub tonight. This talented singer has opened up for acts like Third Eye Blind and Chris Issak. 9:30pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. Free event.
The Museum of Monterey didn’t want to feel left out of Dixieland Monterey so they decided to host the Gaucho Gypsy Jazz Band today in their theater. The sextet plays a dash of swing, roots, Klezmer and New Orleans mixed with modern day melodies. 1:30pm, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $10 to the public and $5 for members.
February 29, 2012 Leave Commment
Last week we brought you some of the best entries from Trazzler’s California Wine Contest which ended February 1st. Unfortunately we weren’t able to even scratch the surface of all the great writing content and photos taken at Monterey County wineries and tasting rooms so below are a few more notable entries. Cheers!
“Where the Mountains Punctuate Perfection” taken at Parsonage Vineyards by Heather Hummel
“Relaxing Patio” taken at Ventana Vineyards by Bill Coggin
Writing entry about Heller Estate Organic Vineyards by Camilla Mann
“If you could take just one photo: In the garden at Heller…
The many textures of the art garden at Heller Estate Organic Vineyard – crisp grass beneath your feet, rustic patinaed sculptures all around, and babbling fountains – are mirrored in the plethora of flavors on your tongue as you close your eyes and savor their organic wine offerings. The warmth of the Carmel Valley sun on a summery afternoon is the perfect pairing with a nicely chilled Chardonnay. Cheers.”
February 28, 2012 1 Comment
There are two things that I have been dying to try on the Monterey Bay: sailing and kayaking. On a typically gorgeous February morning, when I was feeling particularly lazy, I decided to give sailing a shot since it wouldn’t involve any physical exertion from me. I just wanted to sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning views of the bay.
I set out to Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey where I met up with Captain Dutch from Monterey Bay Sailing. Dutch has been sailing the Monterey Bay for the past fifteen years and goes out almost every day, so I knew I was in good hands. Dutch handed me a baggie of ginger candy and instructed me to eat a piece before our voyage; he told me the candies would calm my stomach if the water became rough. I happily did so since I come from a family particularly prone to motion sickness.
I was the only one on the morning sail, so when we walked down the dock to the boat I had my pick of seats. We started pulling out of the dock and onto the bay. It was a rather windy day so Captain Dutch had no problem catching the breeze as he hoisted the sails. I was amazed at how quickly we were able to reach a fast speed. It seemed that we were parallel to Cannery Row in no time.
One thing I need to get used to is keeling which is when the boat slightly tilts sideways to balance with the gust of the winds through the sails. I had no idea how strategic I would have to be while trying to hold on and shoot photos of the picturesque bay at the same time. Good thing I had some extra ginger candy to soothe any uneasiness!
I have been out on the bay several times, both whale watching and deep sea fishing, and the views never seem to get old. I love being out in the open water and searching for familiar sights along the coast. The views from the sailboat may be the same you would get from a motorboat but the experience is completely different. On the sailboat you can actually feel the coastal breeze in your hair, smell the somewhat fishiness of the ocean and taste the saltiness of the sea.
Once we were in full sail mode I found out that Captain Dutch holds several sailing courses for both novices and those looking to become fully certified. I pictured myself as the ship’s captain for a minute. Was I up to the challenge? I’m still not sure, but it’s definitely something fun to think about.
After we reached Lovers Point in Pacific Grove we turned course, and the conditions seemed to calm immediately, giving us a smooth sail back. My brief first cruise was a lot of fun, but I think next time the sunset cruise is calling my name.
If you go…
- Be sure to dress warm. Captain Dutch recommends wearing three layers of clothing. You might be warm out on the wharf but once you are on the bay it’s a different ball game.
- Wear flat rubber soled shoes. The boat can be a bit slippery and unstable, especially when keeling.
- Take your ginger candy. It could end up being your best friend.
Monterey Bay Sailing is located on Old Fisherman’s Wharf near Isabella’s Restaurant. They set sail almost every day, every hour or two from 11am to sunset. Private charters and sunset cruises are also available (with and without dinner).
Monterey Bay Sailing
(831) 372-7245 78
Old Fisherman’s Wharf #1, Monterey
February 27, 2012 Leave Commment
My Traveling Troop: Hike to Pfeiffer Falls
Follow Kristina and her family through a hike at Big Sur’s Pfeiffer Falls. Looking at their gorgeous photos will definitely inspire you to take a hike yourself!
No Place Like Home: Post Ranch Inn
Luxurious tree houses (sometimes housing celebrities) tucked away in a redwood forest with ocean views? A magical place like this exists in Big Sur and it’s called Post Ranch Inn.
Postcard From Paradise: Post Ranch Inn
Here’s another perspective on Post Ranch Inn. Take it from freelance writer David Weiss, Post Ranch Inn is “incomparable” and “there is no place like it in the world.” The stunning views of this property are complimented by luxurious accommodations, fantastic food at Sierra Mar and indulgent spa treatments.
Road Trip: Big Sur & Monterey
When Jahnine and her buddies decided to take a short vacation during the 3-day President’s Day weekend Big Sur and Monterey were natural options. The photos from the road trip will have you wanting to plan your own mini-vacay!
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary- Pacific Grove, CA
One of Pacific Grove’s many gems are the Monarch butterflies that flock to the coastal town every October-February. Radhika notes that the morning is the best time for viewing the winged beauties and recommends a camera with a zoom to decipher clumps of leaves from clumps of butterflies.
Wine Line: Wine Walk by the Sea
Who doesn’t like a good wine deal? Check out what the Merced Sun Star had to say about Carmel-by-the-Sea’s new Wine Walk!
The Trail That Has it All @Monterey
The name of this blog post pretty much sums it up. The rec trail is a great place to work off that awesome seafood dinner you just had at Old Fisherman’s Wharf or to just take in the gorgeous coastal views!
Just A Day in Monterey…
Romance is always in the air in Monterey especially when you are staying at an ocean view B&B in Pacific Grove. Pair that with a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and you have a yourself a recipe for a great time and apparently awesome photos.
February 24, 2012 2 Comments
Do you have an amazing shot of Monterey County that you think is worthy of “Flickr Photo of the Week?” Submit your photo to our Flickr Group and you just might get picked!
February 23, 2012 Leave Commment
Head over to active.com and check out the Big Sur International Marathon‘s video front and center on their homepage! The video is featured under the “Get Active This Week” section for this week only. The 2-minute video clip will inspire even couch potatoes to get up and train for this marathon with its amazing coastal views and unique entertainment which makes the 26.2 mile trek seem like a breeze.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for April 29th when one of Forbes’ “Top 10 Marathons Worth Traveling For” (aka the Big Sur International Marathon) takes place!
February 22, 2012 Leave Commment
Want to work on your singing skills in beautiful Big Sur? This weekend Esalen will host a special workshop for singers of all talents and ranges. The Rise Up Singing Workshop invites singers to explore their full potential through exercises and songs of many genres. Friday-Sunday, 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur. Various prices.
It’s back! The Big Sur Chanterelle Festival takes place this Friday and Saturday and features a kick-off party with live music, a wild mushroom walk and panel, a grand cook-off and tasting, an art walk and Syrah wine tasting, and a 5-course awards dinner with live music and dancing. If you love Chanterelle mushrooms then you do not want to miss this event! Various ticket prices.
See fabulous felines and cute kittens at the Monterey County Fairgrounds during the East of Eden Cat Show. This event takes place this Saturday and Sunday with special classes and shows geared towards all things catty. 10am-4pm, Salinas Room, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $5.
Explore charming Pacific Grove during the Art, Wine and Music Walk. Local business open their doors for art exhibitions, wine tastings and light snacks – some venues even entertain with live music! 6pm-9pm, Pacific Grove. Free event.
Chamber Music of Monterey presents the Calefax Reed Quintet tonight at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. This venue’s acoustics are perfect for enjoying classical music. The quintet will perform pieces from Bach, Debussy, Grieg and Shostakovich. 8pm, San Carlos and Ninth, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $31-$55.
Salinas band City Limits performs live tonight at Bullwacker’s. Hang out by one of their fire pits on the patio and enjoy City Limit’s music that spans genres and generations. 8:30pm, 653 Wave Street, Monterey. Free event.
Rex Wheeler plays relaxing acoustic guitar tonight at the London Bridge Pub tonight. Grab a drink and make it an enjoyable night out. 9pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. Free event.
Head over to the west side of Garland Ranch this morning with guides from Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Hikers will stroll though hillsides and canyons while on the Rancho Loop, Acorn Trail, Live Oak Trail, Sage Trail and Sky Trail. The 5-6 mile hike is expected to last approximately fourhours. Don’t forget to bring water, snacks, lunch and comfortable shoes. 9am, Garland Visitor Center, Carmel Valley. Free event.
Who’s in for a little family fun? MY Museum hosts a Family Fun Concert this morning. Essence will perform songs from her latest hit album A Dog Named Moo. The Daily Candy even named it the Best Kid’s Record of 2011! 10:30am-11:15am, 425 Washington Street, Monterey.
It’s time for another family-friendly Science Saturday at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History! Today kids will learn about Marvelous Mushrooms and their fungi friends. Be sure to stay afterwards as the museum celebrates Sandy the Whale’s 29th Birthday! 11am, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.
Stop by the Del Monte Center today for Every Beat Counts. This heart healthy event will offer blood pressure screenings, stroke education, sleep apnea information, weight management, glucose screening, store discounts, a fitness fashion show and more! 11am-2pm, 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey. Free event.
Bring the kids on over to the Museum of Monterey for a creative class on historical costume drawings. Children ages 7-12 will learn about the visual, historical and cultural aspects of costume drawings and then create their own drawing using paint, charcoal, pastel, ink, clay and more. Noon-2pm, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $10.
Head over to the Mucky Duck this evening for a live jam session from Terry Shehorn and the Long Distance Flyers. Terry has been performing for over 40 years so you know you are in for an entertaining show with covers from the Beatles, Elvis, the Beach Boys, Johnny Cash and more! 6pm-10pm, 479 Alvarado Street, Monterey. Free event.
Are you ready for derby season? Derby Dame season that is. The season kicks off tonight with a bout between the lovely ladies of Cannery Rollers and Babes of Wrath. A portion of tonight’s proceeds will benefit Heartless Hostilities which provides teddy bears to children of all ages. Tickets can be purchase online, the Alternative Café in Seaside or the Cat’s Meow fashion boutique in Monterey. 7:30pm, Water City Sports Center, 2800 2nd Avenue, Marina. $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Monterey’s favorite duo cover band, A Band of Ninjas, is a Bullwacker’s tonight! Don’t miss their killer covers from artists like Sublime, Big & Rich, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Johnson and more! 8:30pm, 653 Wave Street, Monterey. Free event.
Singer-songwriter Casey Frazier performs live tonight the London Bridge Pub on Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey. His Americana and folk rock vibe are perfect for a night out with friends! 9:30pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. Free event.
Happy 110th Birthday John Steinbeck! The National Steinbeck Center is celebrating the local writer’s b-day with free admission to Monterey County residents. The birthday extravaganza will also feature story-telling, face-painting, art and crafts and performances from Ballet Folklorico and the Youth Orchestra Salinas. 10am-4pm, 1 Old Main Street, Monterey. Free event for residents.
February 22, 2012 2 Comments
The California Wine Contest run by Trazzler asked writers and photographers to choose from a list of California wineries and either write something about that winery or submit a photograph of their favorite wine spot. With fantastic Monterey County prizes up for grabs over 100 hopefuls entered to test their luck.
Monterey County is one of the largest wine-growing and producing regions in California so it no wonder that several entries came from renowned wineries and tasting rooms located here in Monterey County! Check out some of the best entries below.
“A Quite Place” taken at Joyce Vineyards by Bill Coggin
“Bottles Perched over Rippling Water” taken at Georis Wine by Cindy Pearson Gates
“Fab Wine in an Art-Filled Garden” taken at Heller Estate Organic Vineyards by Camilla Mann
Writing entry about Parsonage Vineyards submitted by Mandy MacCalla
“At Parsonage Village you will see The Parson and his family. The reasons I urge you to go? Petit Verdot, Syrah, Merlot. An ocean breeze may waft up there. You’ll almost taste the salty air. Some wines the names of family show: Rocco, Bixby, Dario. Tasting wine gives you the guilts? View Mary Ellen Parson’s quilts. You’ll find that life is not so hard At Parsonage Village Vineyard.”
February 21, 2012 Leave Commment
California Dreaming: Big Sur
Chris maps out all the ways you can take home inspiration from Big Sur. Whether you are interested in rugged outdoor beauty, workshops for the mind, body and soul or just into casual run-ins with celebs, Big Sur can deliver on it all!
Flee the Everyday for Carmel-by-the-Sea
Take a break from reality and wind down in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Jerry Chandler points out a few spots to not miss during your stay. Book your room at the Monte Verde Inn, stroll through one of the many art galleries, wine taste at Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery and enjoy a romantic dinner at da Giovanni’s.
Golf on California’s Monterey Peninsula: Play well without breaking the bank
Did watching the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am inspire you to add golfing in Monterey County to your bucket list? Check out this list of amazing golf courses in Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove that won’t break the bank including the Pacific Grove Golf Links, Rancho Canada and Laguna Seca Golf Ranch.
Magic in Moss Landing
Elizabeth Limbach urges visitors to “give Moss Landing a shot.” The Santa Cruz local notes that she instantly fell in love with the tiny Monterey County treasure, especially the hospitable Captain’s Inn located on Elkhorn Slough.
Learning Laguna Seca
Ever want to take on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s famed corkscrew? Justin Pritchard took on the challenge and warns it’s a serious “doozy.”
February 17, 2012 Leave Commment
Every week we will pick a newly submitted photo from the Flickr Group “See Monterey- Beautiful Photos of Monterey County.” This week’s winner is “Whaler’s Cove Sunset” submitted by Margret Maria Cordts.
Do you have an amazing shot of Monterey County that you think is worthy of “Flickr Photo of the Week?” Submit your photo to our Flickr Group and you just might get picked!
February 16, 2012 Leave Commment