There’s a wide assortment of spas to choose from in the Monterey area. We provide the following FAQ to help assure your visit is a pleasant one in the event you have not had the pleasure to experience the wonders of a spa environment before now. Enjoy!What should I wear? In all cases you should wear comfortable clothing and do not bring jewelry or valuables to the spa. Remember, it’s a time for relaxation not a fashion show. A spa robe and slippers are often provided for your treatment(s), but in the event they are not, loose clothing should be the selection of choice. Will I have to get naked? If you’re scheduled for a message you may prefer to fully disrobe for your treatment since massage therapists are professionally trained and licensed in proper draping techniques to ensure privacy and comfort for clients.When should I arrive? We suggest arriving 20 minutes prior to your appointment to allow ample time to check in, change and relax prior to any treatment. Remember, this is a time of relaxation and pampering, so it’s best not to arrive at the last minute in a stressful state since this may negate any positive effect of the treatment(s) you are receiving.Is there expected protocol? Again, since most spa environments are designed for guests to relax and enjoy the silence it’s best to always speak softly and to leave cell phones, laptops and pagers behind.Can I make special requests? You can discuss special requests with your practitioner and if reasonable they can usually be accommodated. Examples might include focusing on your back during a massage should you be having concerns in that particular area or special chemical treatments during a facial. Likewise, if at any time during your service you feel uncomfortable, by all means mention these concerns so modifications can be made.What should I tip? As with any service, it’s appropriate to tip a minimum of 15 (with 20 being average).
November 15, 2010
When you’re visiting Monterey and Carmel it’s impossible to not visit Pebble Beach, known worldwide for its stunning oceanfront resorts and golf course. The area has few businesses apart from those owned by the Pebble Beach Company (except the golf course, a private school, one gas station, and a deli), and absolutely no sidewalks. A drive through the area will take you past some very expensive and stunningly designed homes. The Pebble Beach Company was founded in 1919 and has been synonymous with world-class golf with its legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Del Monte Golf Course and Peter Hay Executive Golf Courses. Additionally, the area offers stunning accommodations at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero. Pebble Beach Resorts also includes one of the best hotel spas in the world – The Spa at Pebble Beach – with luxurious treatments for body and soul. Fourteen unforgettable (more…)
November 11, 2010
The waterfront Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail stretches 18 miles from Castroville in the north to Pactific Grove in the south. This incredibly popular paved path hugs the coast and follows the same route as the old Southern Pacific Railway. The scenic trail is a great way for families to reach the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, the American Tin Cannery shopping and outlet mall, the Maritime Museum, Fisherman’s Wharf and much more while avoiding busy roads all the way.HistoryMuch of the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is located where the tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad once ran. The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District saw the potential of this abandoned railway right away and with financial assistance from the Coastal Conservancy and aid from the cities of Pacific Grove, Monterey, and (more…)
November 10, 2010
This year marks the 54th annual Monterrey Jazz Festival (MJF). First presented in 1958, the annual festival is held every September on the Monterey Fairgrounds where it first made its dbut. The first festival 54 years ago brought in greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Ernestine Anderson, Harry James, Max Roach, and Billie Holiday; and the headliners continued every year thereafter. In addition to music, the festival encompasses jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre venue. It’s little surprise that the event invites “jazz conversations” since MJF’s mission clearly states that it is “dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz; and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs.” This year’s event will take place September 16th 18th with over 500 artists performing non-stop on (more…)