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Easter Eggs, Brunch & Bunnies, Oh My!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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Hop on over to the Monterey Peninsula for an Easter weekend you won’t ever forget.  With enchanting activities for the whole family, the Easter bunny is sure to make an appearance, and won’t even be the most exciting part of your visit.

Serving gourmet options for the adults boasting refined palates and yummy kid-friendly options for your little ones, Jacks Restaurant at the Portola Hotel & Spa has something to tickle any taste bud and is perfect for the whole family this Easter Sunday. Enjoy classic Easter Brunch favorites including, made-to-order omelets, traditional eggs benedict, cinnamon swirl French toast, assorted cheeses, gourmet salads, Mimosas and more!  A meal to satisfy the savviest of Easter Bunnies – just sit back and let Jacks do all the work.  All that’s left for you to do is bask in the love of family, enjoy the bliss of the season, and explore the sights and activities all around town!

Scattered about the Monterey Bay you will find activities for young and old, all celebrating Easter with egg hunts, prizes, and good cheer.  Stop by the Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum) on Saturday, April 19thth and have a visit with the one and only Easter Bunny from 1pm-2:30pm. The kiddos can decorate eggs, get their face painted and play at one of the coolest places on the Peninsula!

 

For the big kids, that is the 21 and over crowd, come to the Portola’s own Peter B’s Brewpub for some special Easter fun of your own on Thursday, April 17th from 5pm – 7pm.  The 101.7 The Beach EGGSTRAVAGANGA is a free event to all those carrying a 21+ ID, you can sign up the day of the event to participate in the festivities for a chance to win great prizes.  Anything and everything from gift cards, CDs, and concert tickets lie hidden in brightly collared little Easter eggs, just waiting for you to enjoy!  Stop by Peter B’s Brewpub’s Facebook page to peruse pictures from last year and the latest and greatest on this year’s event!

We promise that spending your Easter weekend in Monterey is sure to put an extra spring in your step and is bound to have you hopping back again soon!

 

Sea Otter Classic

Friday, April 11th, 2014
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Sea Otter Classic Credit Julie Braunstein

Since the advent of the bicycle, outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide have enjoyed the beautiful scenery and differing terrain of the Central Coast. From a leisurely ride along the coast to a heart-pounding off road trek, it is no surprise that the Monterey Peninsula is home to the world’s largest cycling festival, the beloved annual Sea Otter Classic. With a twenty-four year history, participants anticipate this four-day “Celebration of Cycling” all year long.

A true family-friendly event, the Sea Otter Classic is equal parts recreational biking, competitive events, festival, expo, and all around excitement!  A cherished Monterey tradition, the Sea Otter Classic offers amateur and pro cycling events along with fun activities for all ages.  The Gran Fondo, Saturday April 12, and the mountain bike Gran Fondo on Sunday April 13, both follow routes showcasing the Peninsula’s natural beauty, and conclude with a celebratory lunch.  With special activities for children, including specially-designed races, a Bike Play Zone and a carnival and seasonal egg hunt, these events for kids will keep your little ones occupied all day while teaching them confidence and improving their budding biking skills.

For the older crowd, the Sea Otter Classic also plays host to one of the largest consumer bike expos in the world.  With more than 400 exhibitors showing off the latest and greatest in biking technology, the Sea Otter Classic is the prime location to get your hands on top of the line biking equipment.  To top it all off, this four-day extravaganza includes a beer and barbecue garden as well as an all-ages international food court.

Join the two-wheeled thrills this weekend for excitement you won’t want to miss.  Visit www.seaotterclassic.com to register for your event and for more scheduling and ticketing information.

Celebrity Sighting Tips – It’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am Time!

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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A legendary location for golfers from across the globe, Pebble Beach is home to professional tournaments throughout the year. None, however, is more famous and star-studded than the highly anticipated AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.  Taking place this week through February 9th, this tournament is not only venerated for its beauty and list of champions, but also for its reputation as a celebrity magnet.  We know you come for the golf, but just in case you are trying to catch your favorite celeb or athlete in action, here are some of the best locations around the Peninsula to play “paparazzi”.

It may be early morning, but that doesn’t mean that the stars are not out and about.  Come tournament time, pros and amateurs alike are warming up before the day’s play and for many that means breakfast with family, friends or entourage. Some of the stars prefer the relatively quiet Lodge at Pebble Beach, but for those staying outside the gates; several opt to visit these choice restaurants to rub elbows with the public and to get their fill of the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.  The most promising places for star-sightings in the AM are Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, Katy’s Place, The Cottage Restaurant, located in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea and Toasties Café in Downtown Pacific Grove.

As the tournament winds down for the day, the late afternoon fun is just beginning.  Although some players may head back to their hotel rooms to rest up for the next morning, many take advantage of the exciting local scene, returning to the Tap Room for post round drinks before heading over to Spanish Bay to continue the party. Some additional popular starts for drinks are the Portola’s Jacks Lounge, Peter B’s Brewpub, Carmel’s Il Fornaio and Jack London’s. In Monterey, Cannery Row’s historic Sardine Factory is also a popular post-Pro-Am hotspot, having garnered the reputation as CBS Central due to the number of the televisions network’s announcers and executives that frequent the establishment.

For the second year in a row, Grey Goose Vodka and the Portola have teamed up to create the After Hour Lobby Lounge open Thursday through Saturday during Golf Week from 6pm-9pm. Who knows who could turn up there! In addition to the Grey Goose Lobby Lounge, the Portola, Taylor Made Golf and the NCGA/Poppy Hills Golf Course have created a Pop Up Golf Experience also located in the lobby, February 6th-8th from 5pm-9pm – everyone could use some swing and putting tips, even the pros and celebs, so stop on by and check out who’s there!

There’s no need to wait till after the tournament to catch a glimpse of you’re your favorite celeb.  If you are a diehard fan, the main driving range at Pebble Beach or the putting green by the Lodge are prime spots. The amateurs are more likely to interact with their fans and you get to see them before and sometimes after their round.  Also, the well-known Club 15, an impromptu gathering of fans beside the 15th tee, is a great place to get up close and personal. Every Saturday, they come out in force to support the tournament’s sometimes less than skilled amateurs. Additionally, fans that purchase a ticket for the AT&T tournament’s practice rounds on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, have the best shot of seeing the stars outside of the actual competition. The atmosphere is laid back and casual with many of the stars interacting with their fans along the way. If a celebrity autograph is on your bucket list, the practice rounds are your perfect opportunity, as photos and autographs will not be allowed during the tournament rounds.

For golf enthusiasts and the celebrity-obsessed alike, this tournament is one event you won’t want to miss.  Fans can buy tickets online at www.attpbgolf.com/tickets. Some say the best thing about this event is the money donated to charity which recently topped $100 million dollars. Others though, will describe the time they were behind Justin Timberlake at the bar. Either way everybody is a winner at the AT&T…FORE!

Come One & Come All to the Fourth Annual Whalefest

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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If you are like me, you love the ocean. Whether it’s walking along the beach, visiting an aquarium or experiencing some nautically inspired art, the ocean and specifically the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary give each and every one of us so much to be thankful for. That’s why I’m calling all marine-life enthusiasts, from near and far to swim on over to Monterey’s Historic Fisherman’s Wharf for the Fourth Annual Whalefest. This free, family-friendly event takes place this weekend, January 25-26, 2014 from 10am to 5pm.

The event is a celebration of the whale, its environment and the many organizations that protect the Monterey Bay. Not only does Whalefest offer music, lectures, exhibits and films, but there are live art demonstrations and a 60 foot model gray whale that attendees can explore. And since it is migration season, now is the time to observe these beautiful creatures. So, if an up close view of these huge mammals is more your speed, whale watching trips are available throughout the day as are tours on a 29 foot Coast Guard Transportable Response Boat.

Old Fisherman’s Wharf is a site rich in Monterey’s iconic history and this event will be buzzing with vibrant sights and exciting exhibits in every nook and cranny. There’s a world of deep-sea adventure to be had right here in Monterey. Whalefest promises to be a weekend of inspiring, educational and empowering exploration of the majestic Monterey Bay. With the mission of protecting the beautiful Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Whalefest is a weekend of fun, for a cause.  Don’t miss out on a moment of the excitement.

Visit www.montereywharf.com for additional info plus a schedule of performers and events.  Don’t miss out on this “whale” of a good time!

Looking to book a whale-themed getaway – check out the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Whale Watching package, it includes two tickets for a whale watching tour, plus 15% off the regular nightly rate.

Monterey Swingfest

Friday, January 10th, 2014
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At Central Coast Living we are always surprised by the interesting facts we uncover. Did you know that California has an official state dance? We didn’t either, but it does and it’s the aptly named West Coast Swing!  It comes as no surprise, then that Monterey holds its very own festival celebrating California’s favorite dance.

Join the fun January 16-20, 2014 for an entire week of swing dancing at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel just minutes from the Portola Hotel & Spa, for the 21st Annual Monterey Swingfest. Whether you’re a pro looking to compete or a beginner eager to learn, the Monterey Swingfest promises to be a good time for one and all.

Learn from the best, including intensive workshops with the likes of Sarah Vann Drake, Torri Smith and none other than West Coast Swing legend Skippy Blair.  Swingfest offers classes for every level, from beginning to advanced, and with activities planned on most days from 10am until the wee hours of the morning, you’re sure to wear out your dancing shoes.

Featuring two types of dance competitions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, show off your skills, or merely be a spectator. Hope for the partner of your dreams to help you dance your way to the winner’s circle in the Jack & Jill contest or bring along your better half and sign up as a dynamic duo for the Strictly Swing contest.  Competition not quite your speed, then Monterey Swingfest has something for everyone, including open dance sessions for early birds starting at noon and then throughout the day so you can literally dance the whole day…and night away!

It’s bound to be a weekend of toe tapping competition and thrilling entertainment, so put on your dancing shoes and let the fun begin!