17 Mile Drive – One of the Most Scenic Drives in the World

Do you love driving? If your answer is YES you will love it even more when you experience the 17 Mile Drive. 17 mile drive is one of the best scenic drive throughs you will see in planet Earth. This famous coastal landmark is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

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Make sure to bring your camera! This drive through offers great views of famous golf courses, mansions, scenic attractions, the Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees.

17 Mile Drive

One more thing that you must not forget is your $10 cash – toll fee for non-residents. The drive serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach.

17 mile Drive

If you are visiting Monterey Bay California, make sure to experience one of the most luxurious drive through in North California.

 

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June FUN – Beer and Wine Events in Monterey Bay

Are you up for some fun this June? Here are some great events to watch for in Monterey Bay!

June 5th – 6th Monterey Beer Week Festival

The first weekend of June is sure to bring fun in Monterey County. Come and expereince the first ever Beer Week Festival. Bring your best buds and just enjoy. There will be beer special for as low as $2.50, and enjoy happy hour like you never did before. Make sure you have a designated driver 🙂

 

 

More info below:

GET YOUR TICKET HERE TODAY

Ticket pricing:

  • General Admission – $45 presale $50 at the door (gates open at 12:30)
  • VIP Admission – $70 presale and $80 at the door (gates open at 11:30)
  • Designate Driver – $20

All ticket holders receive souvenir beer pilsner glass

VIP Information:

  • Early Admission at 11:30am
  • Private restrooms
  • Souvenir Beer Glass
  • Beer Caddy to the first 500 VIP’s through the gate

Parking:

  • $10.00 on site

Hours:

  • General: 12:30 – 5:00 PM
  • VIP: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

***Learn More About the Beer Week Here***

June 6th – 7th Monterey Wine Festival

If you’re not the beer kind…no worries! Wine Festival might just be right for you!

Come and enjoy world class wines, gourmet foods and witness the The 4th  West Coast Chowder Competition. This event is definitely for wine lovers!

More Info Below:

GET YOUR TICKET HERE TODAY

June 5th, 2015 6 – 9:30
V.I.P. Gourmet Extravaganza Party
Museum of Monterey at the Stanton Center
5 Custom House Plaza

June 6th, 2015 11 – 4 p.m.
The West Coast Chowder Competition
Chowder Cook – off & and wine pairing 11 – 3 p.m.
and “Mini Cocktail Camp – Shake’m Like a Pro!”

Custom House Plaza a State Historic Park
20 Custom House Plaza
Montery, CA 93940

***Learn More About the Wine Festival Here***

 

Top 5 #MontereyBay Instagram Post

Monterey Bay is definitely a MUST VISIT this spring season. Why? Well, we’ll let these instagram photo shares with hashtag #MontereyBay show you. We have collected the TOP 5 Most popular posts of tourists and locals who obviously enjoyed and enjoying their stay in Monterey Bay.

5. Here’s a photo by @sometimesmonica with caption

When you sail into a feeding frenzy and are surrounded by 40+ humpback whales… #sciencewin #teacherlife #photoaday2015 #feelingsmallinavastoceanofawesome #weekendadventures #montereybay #ocean #otter #whale #CAdreamin

4. Monterey Bay is for sure a place to chill with your loved one. Looks like @carlie_kaye25 found her piece of paradise on the rooftop.

Chillin on a rooftop with my hubby! #oneyearanniversary #lovingthis #montereybay

3. A trip to Monterey won’t be complete without stopping by at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Sounds like @halirose had a lot of fun!

Thank you, for everyone who wrote me and made me go 🙈 #montereybay #montereybayaquarium #sardinesanyone #soulfood #coasttocoast #blackandwhite #Mayfeels #vaca #underthesea #bucketlist

2. Ohhh, thoses seals are adorable. @pattiepie_ sure did catch a good life in action.

Nap Time 💤| #SleepySeal #OnTheBay #MontereyBay #NapTime

1. Drum Roll please! And the photo that stood out amore the rest was shared by @ddgv. It may be a cliche but this photo proves that “a picture is worth a thousand words”

#montereybay #cityofmonterey #california #sunset #bestview #beautiful #colors #highway1 #nature #love #bestview #blessed #seaside #natgeo #pacificocean #love #tree

We hope that you had fun looking at these photos like we did. If you have great photos of Monterey Bay, please do not hesitate to post them in our Facebook Page Here. Watch for our next blog post 🙂 Until next time!

 

Disclaimer: All photos in this post were from top-hashtags.com. Visit Monterey Bay blog does not own any of these photos.

What’s Cookin’ at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine

The 8th Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine has kicked off last Thursday, April 9. But it’s not too late yet to join the fun! This epic epicurean event will let you enjoy the best food and wine until April 12. Over 250 acclaimed wineries and 100 celebrity chefs has come together at the famous Inn at Spanish Bay to give you the most hedonistic culinary experience.

Wine Seminars

Over the course of the weekend, there will be 22 wine seminars for the dedicated wine connoisseur. Over 200 wines will be available for tasting from the finest wine bottles the world has to offer.

Cooking Demos

Want to learn how to chop those onions like a pro? Check out the cooking demonstrations from renowned chefs like Curtis Stone, Masaharu Morimoto, Jose Garces and Kevin Gillespie. Pebble Beach Food and Wine is your opportunity to learn those cooking techniques and skills you’ve been dying to try!

Lunches and Dinners

Experience extravagant cuisines cooked by famous celeberity chefs while enjoying the exceptional views of the Pacific coastline and the famed golf courses of Pebble Beach.

Lexus Grand Tastings

Grab the opportunity to taste over 300 wines at the closest range possible to your favorite celebrity chefs. Get your cookbook signed or take a picture with them while enjoying outrageously delicious cocktail foods.

Want to join this event? Buy a ticket here. You can choose to buy a ticket for one event, or a package that will admit you to every outstanding meal, tasting and demonstration throughout the weekend. Tickets start at only $100.

Secret Spots in Monterey County You Need To See

Monterey County is teeming with fascinating places you may not have heard of, but you’ll definitely want to explore. Here are some of Monterey’s best kept secret places to play, taste and explore.

1. Monterey Bay Aquarium may not be an unpopular place but  UFO (unscheduled feeding opportunities) and wildlife sightings are a rare experience for most visitors. You can sign up for text message alerts to be notified of feeding and enrichment programs with sharks, a giant Pacific octopus, bat rays, sardines and more.

2. Foodies will be delighted with the chef’s table at Marinus at Bernardus Lodge. Watch experts prepare course after course and if ever you get bored from all the chopping and frying, entertain yourself with the notes that surround the table area’s wall. It’s said that some notes have been written by famous people who have dined the area, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Childs. For reservations, call (831) 658-3595.

3. Take your loved one to the Asilomar Conference Grounds for some serene relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. The place is breathtakingly gorgeous. It’s also home to the Proposal Bench, a perfect spot for catching sunsets and taking on all matters of the heart.

4. Experience the thrilling sensation of motorsports in  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for only $10! Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course best known for The Corkscrew, a one-of-a-kind turn in motorsports, with an elevation change equivalent to 5 ½ stories.

5. China Cove at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is the perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts. The place is teeming with wildlife which can be easily seen around the vicinity like weasels, deer, badgers, bobcats and rabbits. Currently, visitors are reporting sightings of female harbor seals and their pups.

6. Garrapata State Park is an unknown Big Sur jewel that offers dramatic microclimates, several creek crossings and towering redwoods. Not many people know the place because it’s tricky to spot from the road. You can choose to climb the steeper trail and be rewarded with majestic views of the ocean, or go for a more leisurely hike across the coastal bluffs that lead to Garrapata State Beach. Click here for map and directions.

7. Go for a more laid-back surfer vibe at the Moss Landing State Beach  where otters float around the place. The waves here are definitely world-class!

8. Take a break and go have some lunch or afternoon tea at the house of the famous author John SteinbeckThe Steinbeck House is located at 132 Central Avenue in Salinas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours of operation vary; call (831) 424-2735 for reservations.

 

This post is an adaptation of seemonterey.com’s post, Monterey County’s Top 20 Secret Spots. Click here to view original post and more interesting places to visit.

 

Are you visiting Monterey County or is your family coming over for a vacation? Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you? Come and stay with us here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, we offer 29 charming, well appointed rooms. Munras Inn is definitely the best choice for you! Book with us now by clicking here, or call us at (831) 646-9696.  You’ll definitely enjoy great accommodation and excellent customer service

Nightlife in Monterey Bay

After spending the whole day in exhilarating outdoor activities, some of us just wanna sit back, relax, and cap off the perfect day with a night out and some delicious breweries.

The heart of Monterey’s nightlife is found on Alvarado Street and Cannery Row. Check out these walkable city blocks bursting with bars, live music, DJs, salsa dancing, comedy shows and karaoke. All for the sake of painting the town red!

Bars and Breweries

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Enjoy delicious, frothy craft beers and sophisticated cocktail shots in the bars and breweries that line up Cannery Row. You will find several craft breweries and beer houses  that are sure to wet your whistle throughout the night like Cannery Row Brewing Company, C Restaurant + Bar and the Blue Fin Café & Billiards. Enjoy billiard tournaments, karaoke, and salsa dancing while sipping your favorite spirit.

Want to go bar hopping? Head over to downtown Monterey and get the party started in Britannia Arms Pub & Restaurant, Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill and Peter B’s Brewpub which are all within walking distance.

Live Music and Dancing

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Shake that thing and get your groove on to jazz, soul and funk music at at Cibo Ristorante Italiano. Party starts 7pm and ends at 10pm EVERY night.

Bored? Enjoy some belly laugh over at  Planet Gemini on Fremont Street where they feature a stand-up comedian every Friday and Saturday nights as well as an Italian themed night on Tuesdays with live music.

Do check out the events calendar and list of performing arts centers for even more ways to grab YOLO moments here in Monterey.

Trivia Nights

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Are you a trivia master? Then get your game on and test your brain power while indulging a glass of beer or two. There are trivia nights held almost every day of the work week. It’s a great way to have some fun, explore new places, make new friends and win fantastic prizes!

Check out these places for the most challenging trivia night in town.

 

Are you visiting Monterey Bay or is your family coming over for a vacation? Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you? Come and stay with us here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, we offer 29 charming, well appointed rooms. Munras Inn is definitely the best choice for you! Book with us now by clicking here, or call us at (831) 646-9696.  You’ll definitely enjoy great accommodation and excellent customer service.

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

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Calling all golf enthusiasts out there! Here’s an awesome news that will definitely excite you – the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is set off to kick start this February 9!

So what’s the fuss about this event?

Well, first of all, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour which evolved out of the Bing Crosby clambake, an annual get-together where some of the best professional golfers and a mix of A-list actors, musicians, comedians, and generally wealthy and famous individuals played golf and got drunk for a few days on the Monterey Peninsula. It is held annually at Pebble Beach, California, near Monterey. The tournament is typically held during the month of February, and for this year it will be held on February 9 – 15. This annual golf tournament features an all-star lineup of both pros and celebrities. Yes, you heard me right! This is a star-studded event making it as much fun for serious duffers as it is autograph seekers and star gazers.

THE PLAYING FORMAT

You’ve probably heard or read about this event (it is a popular one, after all) but here’s a little FYI for you. The starting field consists of 156 professionals and 156 amateurs. One professional is paired with one amateur. Each day, 52 2-man teams will play on one of the three courses. Then on the final day, those professionals and pro-amateur teams making the 54-hole cut will play on the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Only professionals may compete in the individual competition part of the tournament. Amateurs are restricted to playing only in the pro-amateur team competition.

THE SPECTATOR’S GUIDE

Planning to attend the event? Whether your a golf enthusiast to the very core of your being or you just want to catch a glimpse of famous celebrities, here’s a guide to help you out.

Tickets

Tickets for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am practice rounds are sold at $50 when bought before February 7 and $60 when bought after February 7 for all three days, Monday through Wednesday.

Tickets for the tournament rounds, held Thursday through Sunday, are sold sold at $50 per day before February 7 and sold at $60 after February 7. Children 12 and under are admitted free alongside an adult ticket holder. There are also packages available. You can buy the tickets online and know more about their packages here.

If you’re a member of law enforcement, a firefighter or a military personnel you, plus one accompanied guest,  will be admitted free of charge from Monday-Wednesday. Just present your active official department ID or badge at any ticket booth.

The Best Position

The grandstands at the 18th hole are always popular spots from which to watch the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Two other recommended spots for viewing the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am are the tee box on the 13th hole, and the grandstand by the 17th green, which allows spectators to both watch players coming up the 17th hole and see them tee off on the 18th.

Catching Celebrities

Gotta catch’em all!

Of course, some of us are here for the celebrities as much as we’re here for golf. I suggest you get tickets for the AT&T tournament’s practice round if you want get celebrity autographs or celebrity snapshots. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am does not allow autographs and picture taking during the tournament rounds. It’s easiest to get autographs and snapshots on Monday when competition has not yet started and everybody is still at ease.

What to Bring and What Not to Bring

You won’t be able to enjoy the tournament if you’re wearing the wrong kind of clothing (this will totally make you feel uncomfortable and distracted) and you won’t be able to get that celebrity memento if you can’t even get admitted just because inadvertently brought a contraband to the tournament site. It is therefore very important to know what to bring and what not to bring during the event. Get important Insider’s scoop on the tournament essentials (and contraband for that matter) here. Make sure to read and not miss out on this one!

Want to know more about the event? Head over here. See you around the tees!

Are you staying in Monterey Bay during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am? Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you? Come and stay with us here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, we offer 29 charming, well appointed rooms. Munras Inn is definitely the best choice for you! Book with us now by clicking here, or call us at (831) 646-9696.  You’ll definitely enjoy great accommodation and excellent customer service.

A Romantic Getaway at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

Plan a romantic and unique Valentine’s Day getaway  to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On Valentine’s Day Tuesday, February 14, Monterey Bay Aquarium will have an exclusive Monterey Bay Aquarium Romance Package. Spend the day watching amazing sea creatures and spend your night with a romatic view of the ocean or Cannery Row. There will be complimentary silver-tray continental breakfast service, afternoon wine and cheese reception along with a romance-themed tour and lunch at the Aquarium on Valentine’s Day.

 

Aquarium enthusiasts will enjoy a special adult-only romance tour where you’ll go behind the scenes and learn about romance under the sea. From otters to octopus the aquarium will share favorite stories about how ocean animals choose their mates—then go for a special sneak peek behind the scenes of the jellies exhibits. The romance continues as you enjoy an ocean-view table in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant & Cafe. The prix fixe lunch menu includes a choice of first course, entrée and dessert, and a celebratory beverage.

The awesome romantic package is inclusive of the following:

  • Overnight accommodations for two (Feb. 13 or 14)
  • Two adult admission tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Romance-themed Aquarium Tour Feb. 14 only, at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.
  • Champagne lunch for two at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant & Cafe

 

Visit this website for more information.

5th Annual Whalefest Monterey

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To celebrate the migration of the gray whales, the 5th Annual Whalefest will be held this coming Saturday, January 24, 2015 until Sunday, January 25, 2015 on Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf.

Monterey Bay, California is one of the few places in the world where tourists can see whales all year-round. But this event is extra special as it celebrates the return of gray whales to the Monterey Bay!

Among the highlights of the event will be a symposium with lectures and documentaries related to ocean and marine life conservation presented at the Museum of Monterey at the Stanton Center (MoM) Auditorium and the Wharf Theatre, musical and theatrical performances with a maritime theme, and many educational displays by participating organizations.

There will be thousands of participants and attendees from local families and school children who want to learn more about our maritime environment to visitors from near and far who want to explore the annual whale migration. The two-day event will feature a wide array of fun and informative activities including:

1. A 60-foot model whale – Humphrey the Humpback Whale (attendees can climb inside), on site to honor the migration of his friends, the gray whales.

2. Live musical performances will be provided by:

  • Free Concert with Barbara Joy and a Children’s Chorus, & Peggy Stap of Marine Life Studies with her dogWhiskie, The Whale Spotter
  • Nick Fettis and his “Orca”stra
  • Michael Martinez
  • Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band
  • Monterey High School Jazz Band
  • Lenny Sales
  • Bill Minor and Richard Rosen
  • Jonah& The Whale Watchers
  • Michael Brautovich
  • Million Dollar Ticket

3. Discounted whale watching trips on the Monterey Bay all day long! Enjoy a $3 off coupons from Randy’s Fishing and Whale Watching Trips, Chris’ Fishing & Whale Watching and Monterey Bay Whale Watch. If you want a whale watching cruise that will benefit others, there will also be an American Cetacean Society Benefit Whale Watching Cruise at 8:00 am on Sunday, January 25th.

4. Fun photo sessions for the whole family with costumed “sea creatures” who will be strolling on the Wharf with a companion including a Mola mola, sea turtle and whale from Save the Whales.

6. Beach and street cleanups by Save Our Shores, Surfrider Foundation and Marine Life Studies Take it to the Streets™. Cleanup will kickstart on Sunday 10 am.

 

Come and visit Monterey Bay for all these fun activities and more!

Event Dates: Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Sunday, January 25, 2015
Time
: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Event Location
:
Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf
1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
: 831.238.0777

Visit this website for more information.

 

 

Holiday Favorites in Monterey Bay

Welcome to Monterey Bay where Holiday celebrations bring back memories that touch the heart and create new ones to last a lifetime. The month of December is packed and running with holiday events that will surely keep you and your whole pack entertained. We’ve rounded up a complete list of family-friendly holiday activities and info to keep you busy during the best time of the year.

 

1. Ice Skating by the Bay

Saturday, November 22 – Sunday, January 4

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Custom House Plaza has been transformed into winter wonderland for this year’s Ice Skating by the Bay. Celebrate the holidays amidst the scenic coastlinein the the outdoor ice rink well into the New Year!

Admission for adults is: $12 • Admission for children 12 & under: $10 • Skate Rental Fee: $3

2. Streets of Bethlehem

Wednesday, December 3 – Saturday, December 6, 6:00pm-8:30pm

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The Streets of Bethlehem is a free community outdoor Christmas experience brought to you by volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Salinas. Discover the sights, sounds, and scents of Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Christ as they recreate the entire town of Bethlehem to provide visitors with a truly immersive experience.

3. Seaside’s Winter Wonderland

Friday, December 12, 6:00pm

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Don’t miss arts and crafts, hay rides, official tree lighting, ice skating and a visit from Santa during the City of Seaside’s Winter Wonderland Celebration.

4. Jingle Bell Run with Santa

Saturday, December 13, 8:00am-11:00am

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In the spirit of holiday sharing, join the Jingle Bell 5K race (run or walk) to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Get festive by wearing holiday themed costumes and tying jingle bells to your shoelaces.

5. Santa’s Fly-In

Saturday, December 13, 10:30am

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Be wowed as Santa and Mrs. Claus fly in by helicopter direct from the North Pole to Carmel Valley Village Airfield! There they’ll board their sleigh and lead a parade through Carmel Valley Village. Enjoy a parade filled with horses, the Carmel Valley Kiwanis Club train, unique autos and more! There’s also a photo session with jolly Old Saint Nick at the Carmel Valley Youth Center for the kids to enjoy.

 

We hope to see you in one of these events soon!