November 15, 2010

Pebble Beach

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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

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

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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

2011 Jazz Festival

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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…)