How We Make Your Holiday Stay Better

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

The holidays are the best times of the year, filled with family, friends, and food. Most people will often say that some of their best memories are made during the holiday season. But if you’re spending the holidays away from home, you may be concerned that you won’t get the same cheery holiday feeling.

But there’s no reason to be worried! If you’re looking to treat yourself to a holiday getaway, we can offer you all the comfort of home and more!

We’re Minutes Away from Holiday Fun

Pacific Grove gets into the holiday spirit every year, so you won’t have any shortage of festiveness during your stay. Pose in front of our Christmas Tree in Jewell Park or join the carollers at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea. Plus, we always decorate our Inn so all of our guests can feel the cheer!

There’s No Shortage of Holiday Movies

Every one of our rooms has a 40’’ inch TV that has over 100+ channels to choose from, including HBO and Cinemax. If you’re craving a night in with some hot cocoa and your favorite movie, you’re set! Throw on Elf, A Wonderful Life, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and sing along to your favorite tunes right from your room!

You Can Spend the Holidays with Your Furry Friend

What’s a holiday without your furry friend? We’re totally dog-friendly, so you’re free to spend the holidays with your pooch by your side! And with over two acres of land to explore, your pup is bound to have just as great a time as you do.

Are you spending the holidays with us? 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!

See The Nutcracker in Monterey

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

Calling all ballet lovers! It’s that time of year again when one of the best holiday traditions returns to Monterey — The Nutcracker is back! If you’re looking for the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, there’s no better way to do so than with a few tutus and a full orchestra playing Tchaikovsky.

A Monterey Twist on a Classic

This production of The Nutcracker features over 100 dancers and actors, 39 musicians with a maestro, 10 professional stagehands and technicians, and more than 120 volunteers that all work to bring the Tchaikovsky classic to life!

Each year the Monterey County Pops! Orchestra adapts the show to have the sets reflect Monterey scenery and locations and the characters reflect famous locals — making the production all the more special for Monterey residents and visitors.

The Storyline

For those who aren’t familiar with The Nutcracker’s storyline but are looking for a little entertainment, here’s a Cliff Note’s version of what to expect:

After being given a special doll for Christmas, Clara finds herself amidst a battle between the Mouse King, the Nutcracker, and their respective armies. Once the Mouse King is defeated, the Nutcracker, now a handsome prince, invites Clara to journey with him to the Land of the Sweets where she encounters the Sugar Plum Fairy and all those who dwell there.

Dates and Tickets

This production of The Nutcracker runs on various dates through December 2018, giving you plenty of chances to catch the spectacular! Dates and tickets for the show are available online here.

Are you going to visit the Land of the Sweets? Tell us what you think of the show! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the area and our quaint inn!

How to Make It Through the Airport Faster

Posted on: November 27th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

We’ve all been there — we leave the house a little later than planned and get nervous we’re going to miss our flight because of how long it takes to get through the airport. It’s not the best feeling.

If you want to avoid that nerve-wracking feeling, take a few measures to help get yourself through the airport faster.

Sign Up for Pre-Check

One of the most time-consuming parts of getting through the airport is going through security. Instead of waiting on the long lines, sign up for the TSA Pre-Check Program. Once you’re a vetted member of the program, you can skip the security lines and won’t have to take off your shoes or take your laptop out of its bag.

Check In Online

Rather than head to the check-in gate at the airport to get your ticket, download your airline’s app and check in online. This way, you’ll have a mobile boarding pass and get to head straight to security.

Pack Light

We are all guilty of over-packing at times, but if you’re only going on a weekend trip, just pack a carry-on. You can save even more time at check-in if you don’t have to worry about checking a bag.

Wear Easy-to-Remove Clothing

If you aren’t a pre-check member, try not to wear clothing that takes a while to remove — such as lace-up boots. Not only will you spend a while getting the boots off before you go through security, but you’ll have to waste even more time lacing them back up afterward.

Keep Your Travel Documents Close

Whether they’re in your purse or a small carry-on, keep your ticket/boarding pass, ID/passport, and any other necessary travel documents easily on-hand, so you don’t have to stop and either dig in your bag to find them or worry you might have dropped them.

 

Looking for a great destination to travel to? Consider beautiful Pacific Grove in Monterey County, California! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the area and our quaint inn!

Getting into the Holiday Spirit in Pacific Grove

Posted on: November 12th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

The holiday season is upon us, and Pacific Grove is ready to deck the halls and start celebrating. If you’re in the area and looking to get into the holiday spirit, make sure you check out these events!

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Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting

There’s nothing like starting off the holiday season with a traditional tree lighting. Head over to Jewell Park on November 26th at 5:30 p.m. to watch local school choruses and bands perform as well as participate in caroling. There might even be a visit from Santa!

Holiday Parade of Lights

One of the most fun annual traditions in Pacific Grove has to be our Parade of Lights. Tons of floats, marching bands, dance troupes, equestrian performances make their way down “Main Street USA” on November 29th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stick around after the parade for caroling and a bit of shopping — many stores stay open late this day!

Stillwell’s Fun in the Park

This year’s Fun in the Park is celebrating 25 years of holiday cheer! They’ll be plenty of characters present at the party at Caledonia Park — Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and the Snow Queen to name a few — and there’s plenty of fun and entertainment all day long, such as hayrides and petting zoos. Make your way over on December 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jingle Bell 5k

What better way to celebrate the season of giving than by participating in a charity event? The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Arthritis Foundation to host a Jingle Bell 5k. The walk/run will be held at Lovers Point Park on December 8th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the proceeds will support the foundation.

We hope you get well into the holiday spirit here in Pacific Grove! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the area and our quaint inn!

Tips for Traveling During the Holidays

Posted on: November 6th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Traveling, in general, isn’t always the easiest task in the world — especially when you factor in flying and airport chaos. When you’re traveling during the holidays, things are a whole different ballgame. If you want to make getting from Point A to Point B as easy as possible this holiday season, here are a few tips.

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Avoid Peak Days

If you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a plane ticket and want to avoid long TSA lines and wildly crowded (potentially overbooked) flights, don’t travel on peak days. For Thanksgiving, this means Wednesday. Try to get another day off and fly on Tuesday, or fly over during the weekend and make a week out of it.

For Christmas and New Year’s, aim to fly a few days before the holiday as well. A lot of people try to fly in a day or two before the holiday, so beat the traffic and fly at least three days prior to the big day.

Opt for a Smaller Airport

The holiday season amps up airport traffic, delays, and chaos to a level 11, so it can pay off big time to book a flight at a smaller, less popular airport. Since they tend to have fewer flights, you can usually avoid heavy traffic and end up saving on rental cars if you need one.

Plan Your Departure Carefully

Like we’ve been saying, holidays mean a lot more traffic, both on the road and in the airports. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport — it’s better to wait in a terminal than almost miss your flight because of road congestion. You should also account for longer lines at security. During this peak travel time, it’s typically best to arrive at the airport two hours before your flight.

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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.

Tickets

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!

 

*We do not own any of rights to the Monterey Cowboy Festival trademarks, intellectual property, or the like. All rights to those materials belong to the Monterey Cowboy Festival.

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.

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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.

 

Are you heading to the races this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments! And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the area and our quaint inn!

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.

Medications

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

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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Best Places to Watch Football in Monterey

Posted on: September 28th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

When you go on vacation in the fall, you’re bound to see beautiful colors, relax in temperate weather, and have plenty of opportunities to take festive photos. However, there is one issue that arises for some people during a fall vacation — where are you supposed to watch Sunday football?

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Well, if you’re visiting Monterey County, you’re in luck. We have plenty of places where you can sit down, sip on a beer, and cheer on your favorite team.

Cannery Row Brewing Company

Beer and Sunday football go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why not spend your Sunday watching the game at a brewing. Cannery Row has over 70 beers on tap as well as a huge food menu. Imagine watching your team while munching on pulled pork sliders and a cookie skillet. Heaven!

Knuckles Sports Bar

If you’re looking to cheer on a team from outside the area, or one the locals may not be a fan of, head down to Knuckles. Each table has its own speakers so you can hear whatever game you’re watching on one of their 24 screens. Looking to get an early start for a noon kickoff? Knuckles opens at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays during football season and 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays for all you CFL fans.

Peter B’s Brewpub

Start your Sunday with an NFL style breakfast for just $8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. when you visit Peter B’s.  You can also celebrate your team’s victory with $5 pints all day Sunday, and take advantage of PB’s awesome happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. everyday!

 

Do you have a favorite spot you like to watch your team’s football games in Monterey County? 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!

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