Archive for October, 2012

Spa on the Plaza Welcomes Dr. Ashleigh Putnam, ND

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
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Known as the “Best Spa in Monterey County”, (as voted by the readers of the Monterey County Weekly seven years in a row) Spa on the Plaza, at The Portola Hotel & Spa has recently announced the addition of Naturopathic Doctor, Ashleigh Putnam, ND. In addition to some of the area’s most unique spa and beauty services, guests can now experience something like no other day spa in the area.

Naturopathic medicine focuses on the use of natural therapies to cure common everyday ailments that are caused by acute or chronic conditions. Naturopathic doctors provide an in-depth diagnosis by focusing on the internal as well as the external factors that may contribute to a problem and then treat it through a specific combination of natural and traditional medicine. This could consist of herbal medicine, homeopathy, counseling, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, pharmaceuticals or natural supplements combined with a regular schedule of diet and exercise.

Dr. Putnam believes in empowering her patients through a combination of education and preventative care. By discovering the underlying cause of an ailment or injury, Dr. Putnam focuses on the core of an issue, in turn treating the whole person with a completely holistic approach in a truly peaceful environment.

Contact Spa on the Plaza to learn more about Dr. Putnam and their fabulous menu of featured treatments and packages. Visit us at www.spaontheplaza.com .

Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival

Friday, October 19th, 2012
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The Salinas Valley is widely known as the “Salad Bowl of the World”. From strawberries and lettuce to artichokes and broccoli, much of our nation’s produce comes from this fertile region. So it should come as no surprise that one of the fastest growing events in Monterey County is the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival. The fun begins on Saturday October 20th at noon and runs until 5pm. Featuring world class wine and gourmet food, the event highlights the culture of the Salinas Valley and takes over six square blocks of Oldtown Salinas. The event is free to the public and those wishing to taste wine and beer can purchase a wristband.

In addition to the gourmet highlights of the day, a variety of art and activities are also available including musical acts performing throughout the day and a classic car show. The National Steinbeck Center also plays host to a VIP Pavilion starring an additional 150 vendors. In addition to food exhibitors the VIP Pavilion an additional 50 wineries and 30 breweries will be on site. The Portola Hotel & Spa’s very own Peter B’s Brewpub will be on site, pouring some of their famous craft beers. So come experience the bounty and the rich culture of the Salinas Valley at the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival!

Carmel Art & Film Festival

Monday, October 8th, 2012
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The Monterey Peninsula has always had an affinity with film. As one of the most beautiful places in the world, many filmmakers and commercial directors have utilized varying landscape and scenery of the area as backdrops for their work. From Turner and Hooch to From Here to Eternity, the Monterey Peninsula always seems to make a cameo.

Now in its fifth year, the Carmel Art & Film Festival runs October 10 – 14, 2012 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, and boasts screenings of almost 100 films in four different categories: features, documentary, short, and student submissions. In addition, the Festival also promotes a growing art and music segment showcasing renowned Los Angeles artist Thierry Guetta, a.k.a. Mr. Brainwash and L.A. based musical act, Shyboy.

The 2012 screening venues are as eclectic as the event itself with the Sunset Center, Golden Bough Playhouse, Carmel Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Youth Center Theaters, and Carmel Beach; all holding viewings throughout the week. Awards for the films include: Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Student Film, and the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award. The Carmel Art & Film Festival also includes several parties and post screening events where attendees can mix and mingle with the filmmakers, celebrities and VIP’s. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Carmel Art & Film Festival Scholarship Fund, a 501 (c)(3), supporting and encouraging young people to advance their work in art and film through education. It’s a great event for a worthy cause.

Lights, Camera, Action!

 

Wine Trolley Package for 2

Friday, October 5th, 2012
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Wine is one of those strange and wonderful things that for some is the means to a good time and for others it is the time itself. It is the most ancient of libations and one that through the ages has been enjoyed by princes and paupers alike. There are many ways to experience wine. It could be over a fine dinner or at home with friends, but nothing beats experiencing wine at the source; the tasting room. And nothing complements the tasting room like an expertly guided tour of several of the region’s best aboard an open air Wine Trolley. With more grapes grown in the Monterey County region than in any other area in California, Monterey County wines are quickly becoming some of the most sought after varietals in the country. Your five hour guided tour stops at five of the area’s finest boutique wineries while taking in the sites along the way.

Your package also includes a stay in one of the Portola Hotel & Spa’s nautically inspired guest rooms, a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and breakfast buffet for two at Jacks Restaurant. In addition you’ll also receive complimentary corkage fees at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and access to the outdoor heated pool, relaxing cabanas, Jacuzzi and state of the art fitness center.

Fine wine, a journey of discovery that awakens the pallet, comfortable lodging and more. Salud!

For more information about the Wine Trolley Package for 2