Jan 15

Sand City Monterey is a city in Monterey County perfectly located on the shores of Monterey Bay, and surrounded mostly by the larger city of Seaside. It is a green conscious and artistic community that lives, works and plays by the sea. Tourists alike enjoy biking through the town or spending the day shopping and visiting one of the local eateries, artist studios or magnificent coastal amenities.

Sand City Monterey also features California’s largest sand dunes that cover 40 square miles along the Monterey Bay and also and you’ll see a sky full of para gliders.  The West end area of Sand City, which was once an industrial area, hosts a growing artists’ colony. Cultural and recreational attractions around city includes 2 golf courses, beaches, parks, hang gliding, rock climbing, camping, concerts, dining, car races and more.

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel when you visit Sand City Monterey, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Jan 08

Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary located on tip of the Monterey Peninsula, opened from late October to February where thousands of butterflies make a stop in a Pacific Grove eucalyptus grove, the preferred Monarch butterfly habitat, during their migration to warmer climates.

The trees are the perfect microclimate for the monarchs with the appropriate humidity, light, shade, temperature, and shelter from wind. Basketball-sized clusters of what at first appear to be brown leaves rustle and stir. Their migration to Pacific Grove is so unitique and inspiring that Pacific Grove is nicknamed “Butterfly Town, U.S.A. The Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary is free of charge, and visitors are invited to visit, watch, admire and take Monarch butterflies photos, videos to view this incredible natural display.

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Dec 18

Fort Ord Dunes State Park is a newly opened state park which features expansive views of the Monterey Bay. This recently opened state park has a 1,500 foot trail to 4 miles of ocean beach for hiking and bicycling roads and shoreline. Opened in 2009, the park, which spans almost 1,000 acres, has gorgeous panoramas.

Eight educational panels have been installed that will inform the public about the natural and cultural history of the park. You can use your cell phone to learn more about the history of Fort Ord and its cultural and natural features. There is also a boardwalk taking you to the top of a bluff where there is a viewing platform. Formerly used as a weapons firing range the dunes are now home for many endangered birds and other wildlife.

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge when you visit Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Dec 11

Point Pinos Lighthouse is the oldest and continuously operating lighthouse anywhere on the Pacific Grove, Monterey. Technically, it is the second lighthouse ever built after Alcatraz but was never destroyed or decommissioned while Alcatraz is somewhat older and its lighthouse demolished so, later it was rebuilt outside the prison walls.

Built in 1855, the Point Pinos Lighthouse is on the northernmost tip of the Peninsula. The light is a third-order Fresnel lens with lenses, prisms and mechanism. The present light source is located 89 feet above from sea level, is a 1000 watt bulb, which is amplified by the lenses and prisms to produce a 50,000 candlepower beam visible under favorable conditions up to 15 miles distant. The Point Pinos was named by the Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602 during an exploration of the California coastline for the Count of Monterey.

Hours: Thursday-Monday, 1-4pm

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel , and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Dec 04

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a cemented road racing track in central California intended for both auto racing and motorcycle racing. It was originally build in 1957 near Salinas and Monterey, California and was previously known as Laguna Seca Raceway.

One of the most popular race tracks in the country and the 11 turn, 2.238 mile course is best known for the legendary Corkscrew turn that drops an equivalent of 5 1/2 stories. The challenging and demanding track attracts all forms of motorsport from the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am to historic racing and MotoGP. A variety of racing, exhibition and entertainment events are held at the raceway, ranging from super karts to sports car racing to music festivals.

If you are curious to know more about the motor races then come and stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Nov 27

The Monterey County Fairgrounds is a vigorous versatile event center located in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula. It is home to the Annual Monterey County Fair, Jazz Festival, Reggae Festival and California Roots Music & Arts Festival, as well as many wonderful concerts, trade shows and expos on the Central Coast.

It can facilitate over 30,000 square feet space with 4 large banquet rooms, 3 small meeting rooms, 2 outdoor concert venues and an array of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites idyllic for all types of events. Situate on 22 beautifully landscaped oak-studded acres and major tourist attractions and within walking distance of hotels, restaurants and shops.  Fair features great food, live music, games, rides and many more.

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge and book directly on the hotel’s website for the lowest possible rate: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Nov 21

Garrapata Beach is a secret beach just, 9 miles south of Carmel Monterey, CA. This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline about a half mile long. It is a beautiful beach in central California with views of the ocean, as well as the mountains. This is a great place for wildlife watching with whale watching programs offered in January when the Pacific gray whale can be seen on its migratory path.

Along this shoreline visitors of Garrapata Beach may also see various seabirds such as pelicans as well as sea otters and sea lions. The wildlife here and the rolling surf can provide great subjects for visiting photographers and dogs are only allowed on Garrapata Beach.

If you’re a nature lover or fond of hiking than experience this unique coast line.  Stay at Monterey Stage Coach Lodge and book directly on the hotel’s website for the lowest possible rate: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Nov 12

The Ghost Trolley of Old Monterey aims to thrill and chill you with stories of murder, shipwrecks, executions and more. It is a unique attraction offering a 90 minute night-time trolley ride filled with incredible history and lore about the haunted buildings, cemeteries and ghostly places of the region which features an official Ghost Tree.

The tour begins at some of Monterey’s most notoriously haunted buildings. Soon you will be winding in and out of the path of history in the Ghost Trolley of Old Monterey, visiting locations of recent and historical sightings. Along the way, you will visit the oldest church in California, Monterey’s historic cemetery and old legendary adobes to relive the stories of their inhabitants.

Fees: $28 Adults – $9 Children 12 & Under – Please no children under 5.
Visiting Hours : Friday & Saturday Nights  – 8:00 PM Tours .

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Oct 31

San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey, also referred to as the San Carlos Cathedral, was founded by Father Junipero Serra on June 3, 1770 as the cornerstone of his Mission. It is also California’s first cathedral, a status it first acquired in 1849 when Bishop Joseph Alemany chose it as the seat for the diocese of Monterey.

It is the oldest continuously functioning church and the first stone building in the State of California. It is California’s first cathedral and stands for the birth of Carmel Mission and Monterey, the first capital of California.

The church is open all day, every day for visitors.

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Oct 24

The Monterey Peninsula is a perfect place for a romantic weekend or exciting adventure. There are so many year-round activities, that you’re limited only by your time and sense of adventure.

Experience the best of Monterey – Stroll the recreational trail along the coast or see the wildlife close-up on a kayak adventure on the quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea which boasts Point Lobos, Carmel and Lagoon Beaches, Ocean Avenue, The Tor House, Carmel Mission, and a variety of art and photography galleries.

When in Pacific Grove don’t forget to check out the Monarch butterflies which make PG home for the winter, Asilomar State Beach, historic bed and breakfast inns, Lover’s Point and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

Carmel Valley is home to many wineries, farms, ranches and the beautiful Garland Ranch Regional Park. Don’t miss Big Sur with its Esalen Institute, Henry Miller Memorial Library, Point Sur Lighthouse, camping, hiking, beautiful redwood groves and excellent whale-watching.

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