Posts Tagged ‘17-Mile Drive’

Top 10 Picnic Spots

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
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It’s summertime, and with all the vacations, camps, games and other activities, we sometimes forget that this time of the year is supposed to be relaxing.  Even mealtime seems hurried as we try to fit one last thing into the longer summer days. So why not downshift and spend a little quality time with the family (and don’t forget to bring the dog) while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Monterey Peninsula? Food, family and fun are always a recipe for relaxation so here is our unofficial Top 10 (in random order) picnic spots on the Peninsula and a little beyond.

1. The nearest park or open-space or enchanted garden. Keep it simple and enjoy each other’s company, explore the Custom House Plaza and nearby Memory Garden/Pacific House or Old Whaling Station Garden.

2. Lovers Point Beach: What’s better than a lush park right next to a beach, with a view of Monterey Bay?

3. Dennis the Menace Park: Picnic tables and grills behind the park overlook Lake El Estero and a skate park. Perfect for kids of all ages (dogs not allowed in the park gates).

4. Marina State Beach: Miles of beach are perfect for flying kites and the occasional hang glider make for great entertainment; make sure to bring a windbreaker, as that’s why this is the best place for kite flying!

5. Colton Hall: Revel in the beauty downtown Monterey and sit among shady trees, beautiful architecture and a lush lawn.

6. Garland Ranch: Work up an appetite with a hike before sitting down to drink in the beauty of Carmel Valley.

7. 17-mile Drive: Beach, forest, golf or all of the above are offered along this famous stretch of road. The views aren’t half bad either!

8. Asilomar State Beach: Catch one of the area’s great sunset spots and white sand beaches, build a small bonfire, go tide-pooling and a walk amongst the dunes.

9. Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail: By bike, foot or surrey rental you can take-in the views and stop at any of the numerous benches and open spaces along the route for a meal.

10. Pfeiffer Beach State Park: This State Park offers it all and is a wonderful way to explore nature with your family and enjoy the majestic views and tranquility of Big Sur.

If you are looking for the perfect culinary compliment to this family fun, why not stop off at Peter B’s Brewpub or Jacks Restaurant at the Portola Hotel & Spa and pick up a delicious lunch for your group. With choices galore, your family and your taste buds will thank you!

Monterey Movie Tours

Friday, May 25th, 2012
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The Monterey Peninsula is beauty personified. From the hills in Carmel Valley to the Lone Cypress Tree in Pebble Beach visitors and locals alike marvel at dramatically different settings located throughout the area. A group with a different take on the stunning visuals is Hollywood location scouts. For years, the Peninsula has been the backdrop for a wide variety of feature length movies, documentaries and commercials. See if you can remember the local flavor highlighted in these famous films? How about Play Misty For Me, Clint Eastwood’s homage Carmel and Jazz or the slobbering antics of the four footed star of Tom Hank’s buddy film, Turner & Hooch? Maybe you remember the whales in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home or the sandy embrace of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity? One of the easiest ways to experience the best of the best in locations and movie trivia is through Monterey Movie Tours. The tour takes you throughout the Monterey Peninsula in an air conditioned high seat backed luxury tour bus complete with audio narration and visuals on the overhead screens. Stops include three along the famous 17-Mile Drive and the tour is approximately three hours. The tour begins in downtown Monterey and is just a short walk from the Portola Hotel & Spa. If you are looking for a great addition to an already fun filled visit to the Monterey Peninsula, take a tour through this beautiful area with the magic of the movies as your guide!