September Events!

Check out these awesome events coming to Monterey this month!! Hope to see you at one of them! :)

Sep 7 – 9
Continental Tire Sports Car Festival
Featuring Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series

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Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway

Sep 7 – 9
Triathlon at Pacific Grove
The sights and sounds of the Monterey Bay keep athletes coming back to this historic race. The entire course runs along the Ocean front recreation trail in Pacific Grove and is the perfect race for first timers and those that want to compete on a fun flat course. This spectator friendly course allows family and friends a chance to enjoy their favorite athleteson each part of the course, something almost unheard of in triathlon. The “Kelp Crawl” will test your swimming ability, the looped bike course will give you a chance to go full throttle and power your way into the final stretch by running along the scenic recreation trail down and back to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Sep 7 – 9
Festa Italia – 79th Annual Santa Rosalia Fisherman’s Festival
831-555-1234
This year will mark the 79th annual Santa Rosalia Fisherman’s festival honoring the local fishermen of Monterey, past and present . It is a celebrated event with wonderful Italian food and drink and amazing entertainment. We thank all those who came out and celebrated the Italian heritage with us in the past and we invite all to take part in the sights, sounds, food and culture that make the Italian experience so very special. Mark your calendars now to attend this year’s gathering for three days of Italian cuisine, music, dancing, fun and friendship. FREE at Custom House Plaza, Monterey.

Sep 7 – 23
Julius Caesar
Golden Bough Theatre, Carmel
831-622-0100 Box Office
By William Shakespeare – Directed by Kenneth Kelleher
Under the direction of Artistic Director Kenneth Kelleher, Shakespeare’s greatest thriller is illuminated in contemporary fashion revealing an exciting interpretation of this classic play about the life-and-death struggles for political power. Caesar’s growing ambition threatens the Republic that is already riddled with assassination plots, conspiracy and bloody murders. Caesar is killed and chaos engulfs the city. Alliances are formed and faked, and leaders are made and sacrificed. You better watch your back…

Sep 9
Fiesta del Mar
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Celebrate ocean conservation and Latin American cultural traditions. The day includes live music, cultural dance, bilingual feeding shows, crafts for kids and more. Children 12 and under will be admitted free all day.

Sep 9
1st Annual Endless Summer … A Beach Party and Concert on the Bay
Monterey
831 626-8636
The Monterey County Hospitality Association invite you to the 1st Annual Endless Summer. Spend an endless Summer night enjoying great food, themed cocktails by Young’s Market, beer, wine, live music and more. Ticket price supports two non-profits — Monterey County Hospitality Association and Drummond Culinary Academy at Rancho Cielo. Enjoy small bites from Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar, Sardine Factory, Fish Hopper, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cindy Pawlcyn from Aramark, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Cannery Row Brewing Company, Bullwacker’s and Pinkberry and more!

Sep 12 – 16
Cherry’s Jubilee
The “Blast From The Past” event will be the hottest car show of the year. Plus, if you fold in the most beautiful landscape in the world you can’t miss. The Cherry’s locations have been mixed together to create an awesome experience for the participants in this year’s Cherry’s Jubilee. The event will be held on the Wharf Waterfront parking lot, in Old Monterey, Old Town Salinas, Cannery Row and not to mention the poker run in Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, and Pebble Beach. Bringing the Wharf waterfront into the event provides one of the most breathtaking locations in the world to showcase some of the most beautiful cars in the world. And it doesn’t stop there, the cruise, poker routes, Old Town Monterey, Cannery Row and Old Town Salinas activities have been chosen so that participants will have an opportunity to see the best the Peninsula has to offer.

Sep 13 – 16
Art In The Adobes Festival
Monterey
831 241-5504
Art in the Adobes is the 1st annual event to spotlight both the tradition of the adobes and the impressive art of this region. This important new cultural festival features treasured paintings, sculptures and some of the roots of Western U.S. art, rarely available for public viewing, on display in small thematic exhibitions, staged in historically significant buildings across a four-block area of scenic downtown Monterey.

Sep 15 & 16
Monterey Bay OKtoberfest
Barnyard Shopping Village Carmel
831 624-8886
Monterey Bay OKtoberFest Presented by Lugano Swiss Bistro and The Barnyard Shopping Village. Come and enjoy Beer, Brats & Live Music and dancing. It will be fun for the entire family. Tickets are on Sale now at Lugano Swiss Bistro

Sep 19
19th Annual Chili Cookoff
The Barnyard Shopping Village Carmel
831-659-4000
5-8pm $27 advance $32 day of event. Celebration of food and flair and prizes for the best chili around. Fun filled event with local wine & beer bar, professional Margarita competition and live music.

Sep 21 – 23
55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
831 373-3366
Consistently voted World’s Best Jazz Festival by the readers of Jazz Times Magazine, the Monterey Jazz Festival offers 20 acres of magnificent oak-studded grounds for fans to enjoy, featuring films, conversations with the Festival’s stars, exhibitions, food and beverages, an international shopping bazaar, and nonstop jazz performances on 8 stages spread throughout the grounds.

Sep 22 – 23
Old Monterey Fine Art Festival
Fisherman’s Wharf
818 813-4478
This outdoor festival will feature accomplished artists from throughout the Western United States presenting their original work in all medium of two and three dimensional fine art, including paintings in acrylic, oils and watercolors, photography, etchings, sculpture in clay, glass, metal, stone and wood. Each artist will be present to meet with the public and discuss their work. All work is available for purchase. The Festival will be located at the Transit Depot parking lot, at 451 Del Monte Avenue and Figueroa Street. Festival patrons will also be able to visit the many retail shops and fine restaurants at Fisherman’s Wharf. The hours of the event are from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

Sep 22 – 23
California International Airshow Salinas
Salinas Municipal Airport
2012 will be a special year…with a commemoration to Aviation Great Bob Hoover. We are happy to be welcoming back the USAF Thunderbirds for 2012. And, We’ve got the Patriots! It’s going to be a show you and the family DON’T want to miss. Find us on FACEBOOK so you know all the information as soon as possible – all ticket info – volunteer details – Everything! Thanks to YOU, the California International Airshow has become one of the Premier Airshows in North America. In the 30+ years the Airshow has been in existence – together – we’ve raised over 7 million dollars to help those in need right here in OUR community.

Sep – 28, 29, 30
8th Annual Mopars By The Bay Car Show
Custom House Plaza, Monterey
From 9am to 5pm – adjacent from Fisherman’s Wharf. Car show with American Mopar autos, from old-school chromed-out classics to modern masterpieces with muscle. All day entertainment, raffle and awards. Admission free to public.

Sep 29
Third Annual Pinotfest Beach Party
Monterey
831 915-9160
The third annual Pinotfest is being held from 6 to 10 pm at the newly renovated Del Monte Beach House in Monterey. There will be over 20 vintners offering tastings of their classic pinot noirs, with white and rose wines available as well. Along with one of the best views of the California coastline and superb wine tastings, there will be delicious tri-tip barbecue, beach party festivities, music, dancing, and a silent auction. The silent auction is made up of items donated by the participating vintners and various other businesses, with all proceeds of the auction going to Hope Center Monterey; a nonprofit food pantry whose mission is to provide people and pets in need with food.

Jun 16 – Sep 30
Legacy of Monterey Photography
Monterey Museum of Art
831 372-5477 x 101
Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Alma Lavenson, and succeeding generation of acclaimed photographers celebrated. The Monterey Museum of Art is very proud to present In Sharp Focus: The Legacy of Monterey Photography, at the MMA La Mirada , 720 Via Mirada, Monterey.

PGIF: Summer Time and Traveling Is Easy!! Especially when it’s Free!

This summer in Monterey, avoid parking fees, traffic congestion and gas usage by taking the MST Trolley!!!  It’s free and the absolute best way to get around the city of Monterey.  The free MST Trolley operates on a daily basis starting Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. The route serves Downtown Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route. 

The Pacific Grove Inn is one mile walk away from Cannery row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Guests can choose to stroll along the bike path beside beautiful Monterey Bay or they can choose to wander down Lighthouse Ave where one can find numerous shops, restaurants and antique stores to peruse while heading toward Cannery Row.

Also, sure to check out the following exciting events happening in and around the Monterey/Pacific Grove area for the rest of July and August:

Now - July 28, 2012 – 75th Annual Carmel Bach Festival

Set in the heart of the magnificent Central California coastline, a visit to the Carmel Bach Festival is an experience of beauty in many forms-stunning natural landscapes, historic architecture, breathtaking ocean views, exotic flora, and of course, glorious music-making. Enjoy five-star lodging, award-winning restaurants, champion golf courses, spas, wine tasting, nature hikes, art galleries, and shoppingラplus the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row. World-class music tops off this feast for the senses and the spirit!

July 19, 2012 – July 22, 2012 – Salinas Rodeo at the Salinas Sports Complex

The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West.

July 25, 2012 – July 29, 2012Feast of Lanterns

For over one hundred years the citizens of Pacific Grove have celebrated its history and culture with a summer festival called the Feast of Lanterns. This Festival has evolved over its 100-plus year history from the ceremonial end to the Chautauqua Assembly with a lantern parade to the beach and fireworks over the bay to a multi-cultural community event filled with entertainment. 

July 27, 2012 – July 29, 2012 -  Red Bull United States Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship

MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca, with a season of 18 Grand Prix race weekends in 15 countries bringing together the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers like Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Ducati – plus an elite list of riders from every corner of the globe.

August 7th from 4pm to 7pm – Old Monterey Farmer’s Market

The Old Monterey Farmers Market, established in 1991, comprises of 3.5 city blocks and runs year-round rain or shine. During the summer it’s the largest gathering of people in Monterey County, attracting more that 10,000 locals and tourists in one location. You can travel the world in just three blocks, finding arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, international food, organic produce, flowers, and pastries.

August 13, 2012 – August 19, 2012 – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Each year the Pebble Beach Concours dメElegance welcomes a host of visitors from around the world to its annual celebration of the automobile.

August 17, 2012 – PG Concours Auto Rally

Pacific Grove Youth Action, Inc. (PGYA) is a local non-profit organization which has put on the Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally since its inception in 1995. Since that time PGYA has assisted the youth of Pacific Grove by sponsoring after school tutoring and programs at the PG Youth Center. Our fund-raising event is the Concours Auto Rally which is held on the Friday afternoon and evening of the Concours weekend.

The Jellies Experience Opens March 31st at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

We received this in our email box from the Monterey Bay Aqurium and we are SO excited for this exhibit!!!!!!Come and book your stay at the Pacific Grove Inn and purchase your tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and recieve VIP Access to the Aquarium, along with a special 2 day pass for the price of one!!!
The Jellies Experience

A World of Mind-Bending Beauty

We invite you to enter the magical world of jellies—graceful, dancing drifters that pulse and glow, flash colorful lights and often pack a powerful sting. You can see them in all their psychedelic glory when “The Jellies Experience” opens on March 31.

Our newest special exhibition combines 16 of the most beautiful jelly species from around the world with unusual interactive displays highlighting the intriguing lives of these unlikely animals: their graceful movements, beautiful symmetry, deceptive fragility and surprising survival skills.

Learn more about “The Jellies Experience.”

Spotted jelliesMoon jelliesJapanese sea nettle     
 

Blubber jelly
Blubber jelly
   
Flower hat jelly
Flower hat jelly
   

 

PGIF: The Longer You Stay, The Less You Pay!

In the month of March, take advantage of special discounted rates when you extend your stay!  You can put your savings towards a trip to the Aquarium, a day of Whale Watching, a round of Golf or right back into your pocket!  From March 1 – March 31st,  you can benefit from one of the following specials:

Stay 2 Nights – Get 15% Off Your Stay

Stay 3 Nights – Get 20% Off Your Stay

Call us directly at 831-375-2825 to book your stay, or click on the link below!

BOOK NOW

 


PGI Now Available to Book through Facebook and Upcoming Monterey Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

Happy Tuesday to all~

We are very happy to announce that we have just added a new Book Now button for Pacific Grove Inn onto our Facebook page!  We’re super excited about this and wanted to share with everyone! You can check it out for yourself here!

The Pacific Grove Inn is offering a 10% off special through the month of March!  To reserve your stay, you can call us directly at 831-375-2825, visit us on our website or visit our Facebook Page! ;-)

Also, there are some great events coming up that you won’t want to miss out on!

On March 6th, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones are going to be performing at the Sunset Center in Carmel by the Sea, April 19-22 brings us back the annual Sea Otter Classic at the Laguna Seca Raceway, April 29th welcomes back the Big Sur Marathon and May 18-20 brings the Ferrari Racing Days at Leguna Seca!

Make sure you plan ahead and book your reservation today, as we expect to sell out for all the events mentioned above!

$65 Special This Week Only at PGI!

Special $65 rate going out to all our beloved family and friends this week only, Dec 12 – 15th!! 

This stay will include a beautifully decorated historic bedroom with King or Queen sized bed, complimentary wireless internet access, exquisit Gourmet Breakfast cooked to order each morning of your stay, afternoon wine and cheese reception and fresh baked cookies in the evening. 

To take advantage of this special offer, you must call the Inn directly at 831-375-2825 to book your reservation.  Add on any of the following fantastic specials listed below to this incredible offer as well. Simply inquire with our front desk staff at the time of booking!

Special Rate does not include taxes or fees and is based on double occupancy in Standard King or Queen room.  Limited time offer. Available while inventory lasts. 


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Join us and experience the wonders of ocean life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The living beauty of our ocean planet is on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, considered the best in the world!  You’ll explore the hidden universe in Monterey Bay, from shallow tide pools, and lush kelp forests to the vast open ocean.  Changing specials exhibitions feature marine life from around the world.  It’s a place like no other, with a million-gallon indoor ocean, a living kelp forest, jewel-box exhibits that reveal the delicate beauty of colorful sea creatures.  Get close to playful sea otters and delicate jellies, powerful sharks, charming penguins and elusive octopus.  Get in touch with sea life, too, with hands-on exhibits, aquarium adventures and daily programs. Come discover a new world at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

If you are interested in purchasing our special two-day VIP Access tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the same price as you would pay for a regular ticket normally, you will have the option to include them at the time of booking your reservation.


Two-Hour Adventure Kayak

Two-Hour Kayak Adventure

Select from one of the following two tours.  Both offered daily year round at 10:00, 12:00 & 2:00.  Be sure to indicate your tour selection and preferred time in your reservation comments.

ELKHORN SLOUGH ADVENTURE TOUR: The 2nd largest estuary in California, this short tour is a perfect, quick getaway for beginners to discover the wonderful sea otters, seals, sea lions and variety of shorebirds. Especially recommended for families with younger children ages 3 and up. Includes sit-on-top double or triple kayaks, wetsuit or paddling jackets and pants, life jackets and all kayak gear.

MONTEREY HARBOR ADVENTURE TOUR: This short tour is a perfect getaway for everyone to discover the Monterey Harbor and beyond! Monterey provides wonderful wildlife experience as you paddle around sea otters, kelp beds, harbor seals, sea lions and shorebirds. No experience required and especially recommended for families with children 3 yrs and up. Includes sit-on-top double or triple kayak, wetsuit, paddling jacket, life jacket and all kayak gear. Wear bathing suit, quick drying clothing, water shoes and hat.

Should you be interested in either of these tours, you will have the option to purchase them at the time of booking your reservation.


Special Occasion Package

Special Occasion Package

Celebrating an anniversary, birthday or simply want to add a special touch to your stay?  Book this package and a beautiful and delectable six-inch cake will be waiting in your room to celebrate your special occasion!  We have six delectable options for you to choose from: 

  • St Michel Mini Cake – Chocolate cake with dark, milk, and white chocolate mousse and Grand Marnier
  • Marquise Mini Cake – Chocolate cake, chocolate truffle cream
  • Fraisier Mini Cake – Vanilla cake, vanilla custard, fresh strawberries
  • Schuss Mini Cake – Lemon cake, raspberry mousse
  • Brazilia Mini Cake – Coffee flavored cake, chocolate mousse
  • White & Dark Covered Chocolate Strawberries

**Reservations for this package are not available for stays within 72 hours, as we must allow time to ensure your cake order be prepared for your arrival.**


Pacific Grove Golf Links

Pacific Grove Golf Links

Since its initial opening in 1932, the Pacific Grove Golf Links has enjoyed a rich and storied history.  The 18-hole layout, with a front nine that offers glimpses of Monterey Bay on fairways framed by Cypress Trees, and an ocean-side back nine cut through windswept dunes reminiscent of a traditional Scottish links, has delighted visitors and locals alike for over 75 years. 

Featuring a newly constructed, award-winning Golf Shop and Clubhouse, the Pacific Grove Golf Links pairs a historical playing experience with a modern twist.  The property, from the course to the Golf Shop to the Point Pinos Grill, encourage guests to “Experience golf as it should be”.  If it’s playing the great game of golf for the first time, or playing as a seasoned tournament player, guests of the Pacific Grove Golf links are sure to find everything they are looking for, and much more.

The Pacific Grove Golf Links is open sun-up to sun-down, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

An option to include a round of golf at the Pacific Grove Golf Links will be available to you at the time of booking your reservation.


Monterey Whale Watching

Monterey Whale Watching

Imagine being within feet of some of the most majestic, graceful, rare animals in the world.  In Monterey Bay you will be given the opportunity to experience sights that will create memories for a lifetime.  Princess Monterey Whale Watching is Monterey Bay’s leading company in narrated ocean and bay tours.  Specializing in natural history and biology of marine wild life; especially whales!  Whale watching tours are approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours in duration.  Advanced reservations are suggested to secure preferred dates and tour times.<

The option to purchase tickets to join the Princess Monterey Whale Watching experience will be presented to you at the time of booking your reservation.

PGIF: Celebrating the Holidays in Monterey!

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays to everyone!!

Below are some wonderful things to be aware of going on in Monterey, as well as at Pacific Grove Inn this month! 

SUN IN DECEMBER

A new beautiful 38 lb Mola Mola (Sunfish) has been added into the Open Sea exhibit!  Did you know that molas are the world’s largest bony fish, reaching 14 feet in length and tipping the scales at 5,000 pounds? Its Latin name, fittingly, means “millstone.”

The molas at MBA are also “target-trained,” which means they learn to associate a red-and-white striped ball with food, and come over as soon as it’s placed in the water. This ensures they aren’t “out-competed” by faster, more aggressive fish.

Check out the Open Sea Webcam to get a sneak peak into this exhibit and potentially catch a glimpse of the latest addition!

 

CHRISTMAS IN THE ADOBES

Last night kicked off the Annual Holiday Christmas in the Adobes Event, from 5PM to 9PM, Dec 8-10th.   Stroll thought the streets of Historic Downtown Monterey and visit up to 23 19th C. adobes for period dance lessons at Custom House, or bagpipes and cookies at Robert Louis Stevenson House. Refreshments, games history and fun await the entire family during Monterey’s signature holiday event.

 

RECONNECT WITH CANNERY ROW

Less than 1 Mile from the Pacific Grove Inn you will find the legendary Cannery Row, tthe most popular vacation destination on California’s Central Coast. This historic waterfront district on Monterey Bay was made famous by John Steinbeck. The best of Monterey hotels, attractions and recreation, authentic Monterey restaurants, convenient shopping and exciting Monterey nightlife are found on Cannery Row, Monterey.

Visitors packing for a Cannery Row vacation might want to leave some empty space in their suitcase. With more than 85 Monterey shops, including independent, family-owned stores and top-selling national name brands, the original treasures on sale here are as exciting as the district’s ocean views. Toy stores and chocolate shops make spoiling kids simple, while boutiques feature unique art and antiques, gourmet foods, local wines, stunning jewelry and casual fashion for women and men.

Between the oceanfront Coastal Recreation Trail, wine tasting rooms and world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row Monterey bustles with enough activity to keep families, couples and friends on the go for days.  You can walk to boutique and outlet shopping, live music and dynamic nightlife, beaches and dive shops, and year-round events for all ages.  Here, guests can just as easily indulge their adventurous spirit as they can relax and reconnect.  So go ahead–build a sand castle, schedule a spa treatment, watch sea otters or try that glass of award-winning pinot noir.  It’s a perfect day to make memories on Cannery Row for every budget.

 

HOLIDAY SAVINGS AT THE PACIFIC GROVE INN

Save 15% on all reservations booked within the month of December!  Call us today at 831-375-2825 or visit us at: www.pacificgroveinn.com to take advantage of this special offer.

With only 16 hotel rooms and suites, Pacific Grove Inn blends an old world charm with modern day luxury including combinations of fireplaces, private porches, balconies and entrance with views of the Monterey Bay.

A sanctuary of tranquility and charm awaken your senses with a gourmet breakfast, unwind in the evening with our daily wine, tea and cheese reception from 4pm to 5pm, and take pleasure in our freshly baked cookies to nibble and cold milk before turning in for the evening.

Pacific Grove evokes a timeless air feel from its historic establishments and its classic Main Street, USA feel to its breathtaking slices of nature with its remarkable attractions in and around the Monterey area of California.

PGIF: Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Walk!

Happy Holidays to everyone out there!!

So sorry to have gona MIA for the month of November!! We hope everyone had a wonderful November and fabulous Thanksgiving Holiday full of memories to last a lifetime!  We have lots of exciting new projects afoot at the Pacific Grove Inn, including some wonderful new special promotions being offered this month only!    But first, here are some wonderful events going on this month in Monterey that you should be aware of.

Dec 2nd – Steinbeck Center Features the Book Launch of Salinas-born author, James B. Golden’s 2nd Novel “Afro Clouds and Nappy Rain”

Tonight from 5PM to 8PM, The National Steinbeck Center’s December 2 First Friday event will feature the launch of Salinas-born author James B. Golden’s second book and the opening of the Mission San Antonio Padua Exhibition.

Afro Clouds and Nappy Rain, the newest book by award-winning author-poet-journalist James B. Golden introduces readers to Curtis Brown, an amalgamation of troubled young men Golden has worked with in the judicial system.

Golden views the National Steinbeck Center as “an integral part of Salinas and my development as a writer/scholar.” With the release of his newest book, the Salinas native has once again found a way to give voice to a population of young people who have remained silent for decades. Event Cost: Free.  For more information visit: http://www.steinbeck.org/

Dec 3rd – 18th Annual Stillwell Fun in the Park in Pacific Grove

Area residents young and old are invited for some wintry fun at Pacific Grove’s eighteenth annual Stillwell’s Fun in the park set for Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Tommy Stillwell Court, located behind the Pacific Grove Post Office, 680 Lighthouse Avenue, will be full of kiddy rides and bounce houses.  The fun will also include a petting zoo, pony rides, as well as two trains that will travel around the park. Live entertainment will include the Tinsel Tones, and the Alli Clarke Band.

Other special big treats in store for the kids are Santa’s arrival at Noon, on a shiny Pacific Grove fire truck and a visit by the Snow Queen.  Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

For additional information: (831) 373-3304 or www.pacificgrove.org

Dec 10 – 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk at Lover’s Point Park 

Come and join the 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk from 8AM to 11AM on saturday, Dec 10th!  The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce and Arthritis Foundation are starting a new tradition starting at Lover’s Point Park, walking distance from the Pacific Grove Inn!  Its a great fun and festive way to kick off the holidays with family, friends and co-workers!  Get a head start on your holiday feasting and burn some calories, tie some jingle bells to your shoes, and help raise some funds to support the foundation! 

15% Off Special at PGI for the Month of December

We are offering a special 15% off all reservations booked for the whole month of December!  Take advantage of this special offer and book your reservations today by calling us directly at 831-375-2825 or visit us online at: www.pacificgroveinn.com 

And remember, you can always add any of the following items onto your reservation at the time of booking:  Tickets to the Monterey bay aquarium,  Two-Hour Kayak Tour, Rounds of Golf for Pacific Grove LinksSpecial Occasion Cake or Chocolate Covered StrawberriesWhale Watching Tour

PGIF: Cocktails, Concerts, and Things That Go Bump in the Night

It’s almost that time of year again. For trick-or-treating, costumes, and things that go bump in the night. For turkey dinners, and early Christmas shopping, and an entire holiday season filled with the brightest of memories. In fact, it’s the right time for anything here in Pacific Grove, and the weekend lineup is as eclectic and far-reaching as the Monterey Peninsula itself. From fall feasts to festive frights, here’s our quick list of a few things you can do in Monterey this Friday to Sunday.

After Hours Too

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook,” says Julia Child. And there is no dieting allowed in Monterey this weekend! There are several culinary options to choose from:

Third Annual Monterey Bay Restaurant Week, October 20-27
A whole week exclusively for Monterey Bay restaurants! Cuisine in Monterey is top of the line all year long, but this week you’ll get a chance to taste the very best of what the Peninsula has to offer through a selection of prix fixe menus at some of the area’s finest: Andre’s Bouchée Bistro, Carmel Food Company, 1833 Restaurant, and The Fish Hopper to name just a few (check out our Fish Hopper review!). Top chefs bring together the freshest local seafood and produce prepared a la Monterey just for you. Take a look at menus and make reservations at the Monterey Bay Restaurant Week website.

Monterey Tequila and Mezcal Expo, October 22, Portola Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey
If you want to know about spirits, there’s a whole expo dedicated to a couple of the world’s most popular. Find out everything you’ve always wanted to know about Tequila at the Tequila 101 presentation, then get some samples at a special tasting. There’s also a salsa dance performance, music, and a silent auction to benefit the Salinas Jaycees Children’s Shopping Tour for underprivileged children.

Salinas Valley Food & Wine, October 22, Salinas
More in Salinas! A collection of the best local food, wine, and friends, brought together on 200 block Main Street in Oldtown.

Halloween Fun

Here in Monterey, we believe Halloween should be safe and FUN! There’s no limit to activities for the whole family:

Haunted Mirror Maze, October 21-22; 28-31
Meander your way through Monterey Mirror Maze, weekends through the end of October. But watch out—it’s haunted! Try their Lazer Maze Challenge or throw on a pair of Kaleidoscope glasses for even more thrills. Check out the videos on their website!

October 22
Halloween/Ghost Tours, Point Sur Lightstation. Experience the lighthouses of Point Sur at sunset for some eerie entertainment—a unique Halloween tour with ghost stories, a ‘paranormal investigator,’ and refreshments. All you need is a sense of fun…and a little courage.

Howl-O-Ween Safari, Wild Things, Salinas. A great choice for younger children and anyone who prefers their Halloween a little more cuddly and a little less scary. Wild Things, a company that provides humanely trained animals for film, productions, and education, is opening up their ‘jungle’ for Howl-O-Ween flashlight tours with a Halloween show, costume contest, Nocturnal Safari, and Trick-or-Treating. Come meet the real creatures of the night!

Fun Fall Days continue this Saturday at Earthbound Farms in Carmel. A host of fun activities for everyone! Check out what they have going on year-round.

October 22-23
A few other fall-themed events you might want to stop by are the Monterey Bay FallFest Arts and Crafts Faire, Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park, and the Monterey Fall Home Show at Monterey County Fairgrounds, providing everything you need to build and furnish your home for the holidays.

*Mark your calendars now for October 29: the 95th Annual Carmel-By-the-Sea Birthday Celebration & Halloween Parade!

Sunset Spectaculars

There are so many things going on at the Sunset Center this weekend, it merited a special mention all of its own. Here’s something fun you can do every day this weekend:

Friday, October 21
With a name like Mangia del’ Arte, you know it has to be good. It’s an evening of cirque, dance, fine Italian food, and magic at Sunset Center’s Studio 105. Ringmaster Jeff Raz (star of over 500 performances for Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo) has teamed up with magician Calvin Kai Ku for breathtaking acrobatics and magic, while choreographer Tandy Beal directs the cornucopia of visual delights.

Saturday, October 22
Hey Teacher, leave us kids alone! No, it’s not a back-to-school classroom rebellion. It’s the Pink Floyd Concert Experience, what the San Francisco Chronicles calls, ‘One of the best Pink Floyd shows we’ve seen!’ Starring House of Floyd, this live recreation of a real Pink Floyd show is complete with laser lights and a mix of the hits, both old and new, including ‘The Wall’ and ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ You might even hear some tunes you’ve never heard before!

Sunday, October 23
Lisztomania! Presented by the Monterey Symphony with conductor Max Bragado-Darman and pianist Zhengyu Chen. The best of the best.

Magic, memories, and a little mystery…there’s so much to do here this Halloween and beyond. So what are you afraid of? Come visit us! Here’s wishing you a season as colorful as the leaves outside your window, and a happy and safe Halloween. We hope you’ll stop by before the year is out! Our door is always open and our light is always on.

Fun. Fantastic. Fall.

Watermelon to pumpkin pie. Sandals to sweaters. Rolex Monterey Motorsports to Porsche Rennsport. As we fall deeper into a clear, crisp autumn, you might find yourself craving some fall fun. So whether you’re out for a nice steaming cup of hot chocolate, a hay ride round the pumpkin patch, or a seat right by the track, Monterey knows how to do each season in style. Here are a few highlights…

Big Dreams, Big Screen
If you love art, film, music, and celebrities all in one fantastic place, come to the Carmel Art & Film Festival, now to October 16. This week the dreamlike city by the sea is proud to host a ‘Kaleidoscope of Ideas,’ showcasing a variety of mediums in a display of extraordinary talent. Check out our blog post for more info!

Porsche Plus
There’s never a dull moment at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This week the world-famous track will honor one of the most prized cars of our time, the Porsche, at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, October 14-16. Fans will have the chance to meet 50 top Porsche drivers, get autographs, and see almost 1,000 Porsches on display. The reunion is only every three years, so you won’t want to miss it this time! Two bonuses: an exclusive viewing point usually off-limits to the public, and this year’s co-Grand Marshals Jerry Seinfeld, comedian and Porsche enthusiast extraordinaire, and legendary engineer Norbert Singer. Double bonus: If you’re looking for more Porsche action, stop by the Porsche Race Car Classic on October 16 at Carmel’s Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club.

Just for (Fall) Fun
Monterey has plenty going on for families!

Saturday, October 15
Fall Festival, The Farm in Salinas Valley,with hayrides, pumpkin races, a scarecrow contest, and a puppet show.

Fun Fall Days, Earthbound Organic Farm in Carmel, offering squash and seed tasting, cornhusk doll making, pumpkin poles, pumpkin carving demonstrations, games, and crafts.

Sunday, October 16
Fiesta del Mar, Monterey Bay Aquarium.
It’s ocean conservation and a cultural celebration in one for this fun annual event. Live music, Aztec Dancers, crafts, bilingual feeding shows, and all the marvels of the Monterey Bay Aquarium—plus a brand new Great White Shark exhibit. This little guy looks pretty happy in his new home.…you might even see him smile.

Grateful Life Festival, Monterey County Fairgrounds. Open-air concert with Cedar-N-Sage and Cecil Allen (Clay).

Eat, Drink, and Be Marina
Here’s a great chance to sink into coastal life and get to know our neighbor, the city of Marina. You’re invited to ‘Fall into Flavors’ at the 7th Annual International Flavors of Marina on October 13. Sample over 20 of the best local wineries and eateries, and a little bit of life on the bay at The Dunes on Monterey Bay, a new Catalyst Project community planned for completion by 2020. The new development is across from Fort Ord Dunes State Park, the area’s newest park, and will focus on sustainability and community growth. It’s set to have a regional light rail, biking and hiking trails, shopping, and new affordable housing by Pulte Homes and Shea Homes. Enjoy the local flavors and maybe even find your own dream house by the sea.

‘Fast Planes and Hot Cars…’ That’s what the Marina Air Faire is all about this Saturday, October 15. The annual fair gives you nonstop great times from 10am to 4pm: Wine Tasting from Hahn Estates, Scheid Vineyards, and more, an art show and sale, classic car show, aircraft display, silent auction, Community Chili Challenge, even plane rides. And the profits will go to local charity.

Swiss Miss Bliss
Chocolate tastes better on the bay. On the Hot Chocolate Sunset Cruise with Elkhorn Slough Safari, you can enjoy a brilliant coastal sunset while warming up with some hot cocoa in Elkhorn Slough, one of the best viewing places for local wildlife. This is a special tour available only in the fall! Elkhorn Slough Safari is also setting out on a Sea Otter Focus Tour Sunday, October 16, where you can talk with experts and spend quality time with this amazing (endangered) species.

Deep Blue Sea…
Closer to home, there will be a lecture here at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History: ‘Green Seas, Blue Seas—Conveying Science, Conservation and History through Public Art,’ with Frank Schwing, Senior Policy Analyst with the National Oceans Council.

The weekend is almost here! From race cars to art and film, there is a Kaleidoscope of Ideas to choose from. And a trip to Monterey might be the best idea yet.

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