Archive for October, 2018

Bucking Up for the Monterey Cowboy Festival

Posted on: October 31st, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Break out the cowboy hats and start practicing your line dancing — the Monterey Cowboy Festival is coming to town! For all you country music fans, this is your chance to go down to the honky tonk and enjoy some awesome country groups under the NoCal sun and stars. If you plan on getting a little dirt on your boots, here’s what you need to know.

When and Where

The Monterey Cowboy Festival is on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The festival grounds will open at 11 a.m. The festival will officially kick-off at 12 noon and end at or before 10 p.m.


You can purchase tickets for several different “level” of seating. You have the options of getting grounds passes, general rear or coral admission, reserved box or floor seating, or VIP arena or floor seating, which prices ranging from $19 to $247 before fees.

The Lineup

In attending the festival, you’re in for some real boot-stomping treats. Artists performing include Jon Pardi, Midland, Corb Lund, Waddie Mitchell, Paul Zarzyski, and more! The musicians will perform either at the Garden Stage or Arena stage, so make sure you check the set schedules so you catch your favorite acts.

Food and Drinks

There are several vendors available to offer you a cold beverage or a bite to eat through the festival. All of them will accept cash, and most will accept credit cards.

Make sure you take plenty of photos if you’re attending the festival! Have a great time and kick the dust up!


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Attending the Pirelli World Challenge

Posted on: October 23rd, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Vroom, Vroom — calling all racing fans! The California 8 Hours by Pirelli World Challenge is only days away, and this is a race you don’t want to miss. Whether you plan on making a weekend of it or just want to visit one of the race days, here’s what you need to know before heading to see that checkered flag wave.


What Race is This?

This race is the SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge. It’s the last race in the Pirelli World Challenge series, and it’s the last event of the major season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Sea. This race is also considered the highest achievement for long distance GT racers.

Who’s Racing?

The California 8 Hours features some of the of the best GT cars around, including Aston Martin, Ginetta, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche, and more.

When is the Race?

The races happen from October 26th to October 28, 2018. Each day features a different schedule, with events beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day. The schedule can be found here on the WeatherTech Raceway website.

How Do I Get Tickets?

Tickets can be purchased either by phone by calling 831-242-8200 or online by visiting this Ticketmaster. You can buy 3-day or 2-day passes for the paddock and general admission, or you can buy single day passes for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The ticket prices range from $20-$60.

Staying Social

If you want to keep up with the fun on days you don’t attend the race or want your Instagram photo to reach a few more people, you can use the hashtags #Cal8H, #IntGTC, #WeatherTechRaceway, and #LagunaSeca.


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Celebrating Halloween in Monterey County

Posted on: October 9th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

October has arrived, and you know what that means: time to get spooky! You may be worried about missing your hometown’s local festivities, but not to fear! If you’ll be celebrating Halloween in Monterey County, there are plenty of fun activities for you and the whole family.

The Annual Carmel Pumpkin Roll

Forget carving pumpkins this year — roll them instead! On Saturday, October 13th, pick up your pumpkin on Ocean Avenue at Sante Fe Street and race to roll it through the course. The event lasts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Carmel.

Haunted Ghost Tour

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more spooky, take a ghost tour through the Point Sur lighthouse. Enjoy spooky stories, a light buffet, and hot drinks, with all ticket sales going to fund the restoration of the Point Sur Lightstation. You’ll even have the chance to go through the truly haunted Triplex on the grounds.

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

For those who love dressing their pooches up pretty, this event is for you! On Sunday, October 21st in Carmel Plaza, help support Max’s Helping Paw, a charity that financially supports pet owners in need, and have your dog’s photo taken after he competes in any number of costume categories.

Zombie Prom

Head down to Seaside to do the monster mash at the Zombie Prom.  The city shuts down a block on Broadway for a night of live entertainment and fun for the whole family!

Pacific Grove Trick or Treat Extravaganza

A number of Pacific Grove business will decorate their doors with ribbons and pumpkins to offer kids treats on Saturday, October 27th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s also plenty of live music and entertainment for all to enjoy.


How do you plan on celebrating Halloween?  Tell us in the comments! And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the area and our quaint inn!

What To Pack in Your Carry-On and What Not To

Posted on: October 4th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

When you’re packing for a trip, it can be easy to toss the wrong thing into the wrong bag or forget certain stuff entirely. However, the main mistake you want to avoid, if you don’t want to get held up at airport security, is putting non-approved items in your carry-on. If you want your travel times to go smoothly, here’s what to pack in that carry on and what not to.  

What To Pack in Your Carry-On

Money and Passports

For safety reasons, you should always have some cash, your passport, and other forms of ID on your person when traveling.  Plus, you don’t need anyone from TSA or otherwise to be going through your checked bag and potentially swipe your passport or spending money.


Whether it’s medicine for allergies or high blood pressure, always keep your medications on you when you fly. There’s no telling when you’ll need them, and if you do, you won’t want them packed away in your checked bag.

A Change of Clothes

It’s no secret that airlines aren’t always the most responsible with your luggage, so it’s wise to pack a change of clothes or two in your carry-on bag in case your luggage gets lost. This way, you’ll at least have clothes to change into after your flight.


Electronics and other fragile items should always be placed in your carry-on so you don’t run the risk of getting them damaged in your larger checked bag. However make sure to check your airline’s rules about what kind of electronics you can have in your carry-on.

What Not To Pack in Your Carry-On

Large Liquids

If you’re trying to travel with any large liquids, you will get stopped at airport security. Make sure all your liquids are in TSA-approved 3.4 oz containers.

Sharp Objects

Items such as knives, corkscrews, and large scissors are not allowed in your carry-on. All of those items will have to be checked.

Self-Defense Items

If you carry pepper spray or mace with you, you’ll have to make sure it is an in a TSA-approved sized container in your checked bag. However, since these items can be considered weapons, it’s best to check your airport’s rules about traveling with them.


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