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
   

 

$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

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.

PGIF: Monterey–the Other City that Never Sleeps

After all the bustle and business of last weekend’s world-famous Concours, auctions, and races, you might think the town would take this weekend off.

But not Monterey.

Today is the “Kick-Off Party” of the 10th Annual Sand City West End Celebration, jumpstarting the three-day festival of live music, art, cuisine, and any number of Monterey’s top creative talent. Join in tonight’s party with live entertainment from Blues master Chris Cain, Red Beans & Rice (voted best local band in Monterey for 11 years in a row), and John “Broadway” Tucker (winner of the Monterey Bay Blues Festival’s Mobay Award), plus a special performance by the Monterey Bay Blues Festival’s Blues in the School Honor Band.

The celebration sets up a great lineup of musicians every year, drawing such acts as last year’s Los Lobos (the Grammy award-winning band you may know best from their hit cover of Ritchie Valens’ ‘La Bamba’). Some of 2011’s artists include Honeymoon, Jackie Greene, and Matt Masih and the Messengers.

With the many exhibitions, vendors, music, sculptures, and paintings, there’s plenty for everyone here this weekend. Plus, it’s easy being green at the festival’s ‘Green Scene,’ where you can find out more about raw cuisine, green living, and environmental health.

Saturday, August 27

If you missed any of last week’s festivities, the car shows continue! Tomorrow is the 7th Annual Mopars by the Bay Car Show at Monterey State Historic Park. In case you’re wondering, Mopar is short for Motor Parts, a term coined by Chrysler in the 1920s, which has come to describe any member of the Chrysler family, including Dodge, Plymouth and Jeep. It’s a whole day of entertainment, raffles, and awards, all free to the public.

Science rocks in Monterey! It’s Science Saturday at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. This month’s feature is Rocks and Minerals, with lots of activities to help you explore nature’s geological secrets right here in our own back yard of Pacific Grove.

‘Shop for a Cause’ this Saturday, and treat yourself at Macy’s and macys.com to support the community! All proceeds go to the Marina Foundation, which grants scholarships and funds to residents, education programs, and organizations that enrich our area. You’ll also get the chance to win a $500 Macy’s gift card. This is Macy’s sixth nationwide event, which has raised more than $38 million for charities.

Sunday, August 28

The Marina Certified Farmers Market continues this Sunday, with a special addition: an Otter Day event, celebrating the return of Cal State Monterey Bay’s student Otters. The day is packed with fun activities—a scavenger hunt, healthy cooking workshops with Kari Bernardi and Dale Presson, a fashion show, drawings, live music and a DJ…plus the market’s weekly display of organic produce, crafts, and more.

‘Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic…’ MY Museum (Monterey Youth Museum) is hosting a Teddy Bear Picnic for children 5 and under, with games, snacks, and songs. And don’t forget to bring the guest of honor—your favorite bear.

One of the best parts of the weekend is Sunday Brunch! Try something new at the annual Jewish Food Festival and Crafts Faire in Carmel, this Sunday starting at 10:30am. Explore Jewish delicacies from challah bread and latkes to blintzes and strudel, plus watch a reenactment of a spirited Jewish wedding, shop from an assortment of fine Israeli and American crafts, and dance along to traditional Klezmer music.

And as a special sneak preview, there’s plenty of fun scheduled for the Monterey County Fair, starting next Tuesday, August 31–September 5. Stop by the website to buy tickets and find listings of all the fantastic upcoming events and sponsors for 2011!

Talk about things to do in Monterey! With this much to do and more year round, Monterey may well be the other city that never sleeps. The laid-back ease of coastal life combined with an exciting social calendar and the unique seaside charm of Monterey make the Peninsula a treasure for travelers and locals alike. We look forward to welcoming you!

Running Events: Music, Music, Music!

Concerts in Carmel: Fridays at Carmel Plaza
Annie the Musical: Weekends through September 25 at the Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel.
Music on the Mall: Del Monte Shopping Center. Saturdays in August. This Saturday is the last one, so hurry if you want to catch some great music and shopping this summer!
Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa concert series: Fridays at the Monterey Plaza Hotel.
Sunday Music by the River: Every Sunday from 1-5pm at the Big Sur River Inn.
Evenings by the Bay + Aquarium Sleepover: Saturdays and Sundays through September 4.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium: Play. Eat. Nap. Repeat.

So goes a day in the enviable life of our friends the otters, says the Monterey Bay Aquarium. And this summer, you’re invited to play too, and to celebrate a brand-new sea otter pup!

In its 25+ year history, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has rescued 540 stranded animals. This year brought the latest edition to the family, temporarily named ‘Pup 540,’ in an exciting new exhibit you won’t want to miss. This little pup, believed to be about one day old at the time of rescue, was found washed up on the coast in April and now lives happily in her new home with surrogate mother Joy, the aquarium’s most successful surrogate mother to date. Catch these two playing on the aquarium’s YouTube channel!

Also new this summer is the Open Sea exhibit—an awe-inspriring million-gallon display with a 90-ft window where you’ll see hammerhead sharks, mola molas, puffins, sardines, sea turtles, and more. And the aquarium is hoping to have a white shark on exhibit this fall, the first since releasing one of the majestic predators into the wild in 2009.

There’s more to do at the aquarium than could ever fit into one day. Summer is a prime time to visit, with countless Aquarium Adventures, including Day and Evening Sealife Sails where you may even get a chance to steer the boat; a SCUBA diving program for children ages 8-13; and a Summer Deck Program combining music, theater, and puppets. You can even watch aquarists feed the penguins or the creatures in the Open Sea Exhibit.

On weekends, the aquarium holds a special concert series through September 4 called Evenings by the Bay. Visitors can enjoy the underwater magic of Monterey with a glass of wine and specially prepared menu, all set to the soundtrack of Monterey Jazz Festival musicians. Stay after hours for Summer Nights Sleepovers—bring your sleeping bag and camp out next to your favorite exhibit, then wake up to an MBA continental breakfast.

But the aquarium is more than just an attraction. Besides the daily rescue and care of our finned and feathered friends, its ongoing commitment to protecting the environment and the community is shown in its programs Save the Oceans, supported among others by celebrity Betty White, and the Seafood Watch program to promote sustainable fishing practices. Many local restaurants have joined the effort, among them Fish Hopper and two waterfront restaurants at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa on Cannery Row. Click here for a list of participating restaurants. You can even download an App from the MBA website that shows you where you can find sustainable seafood and sushi, as well as share your own findings with others.

Be sure to visit the aquarium website for weekly podcasts, blog updates, amazing pictures and videos, fun facts, and even a free downloadable wallpaper—and learn what you can do to help protect our oceans and its beautiful creatures.

Book your accommodations with PGI and receive two days at the aquarium for the price of one. Find out more on our website or call our innkeeper for more details!

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