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.

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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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Oct 11

Last week, Ryan Ritchie of the LA Times wrote a short article on Salinas, California. The city is located about 18 miles from coastal Monterey, home of miles of beaches, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and a plethora of high quality seafood restaurants.

Salinas became popular as the birth place of author John Steinbeck who won the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is most famously known for his novels The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden and Of Mice and Men.

Within the article, the author recommends visitors of Salinas to stay at our very own Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel which offers well appointed rooms at affordable rates.

Read the full story here: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-salinas-escape-20131006,0,4692074.story

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Oct 10

The Presidio Museum Monterey, California offers visitors a chance to explore the military history of the area. It begins with exhibits from the time when the population of the area was comprised of only Native Americans and continues through the Spanish and Mexican eras forward to modern times. The museum is connected to the Lower Presidio Historic Park and works in partnership with the City of Monterey and the Presidio of Monterey.

Exhibits at the Presidio Museum Monterey include the Year on a Calvary Post video that shows what live was like in the area in 1938, photos of people who played important roles in the Presidio, a mural of a Native American woman greeting visitors and a life-size horse and lieutenant, dressed in a uniform from the World War I and World War II period. The museum is an excellent way to learn about the history of the Monterey area.

The museum is open on Mondays from 10 am until 1 pm, Sunday from 1 pm until 4 pm and Thursday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm.

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Oct 03

Cannery Row Monterey is the Central Coast’s premiere visitor destination. It is a beautiful seaside district, with plenty of outdoor plazas, big shopping, and renowned dining and runs parallel to the Monterey seashore and nearest to the water.

Home to a few of the luxury hotels, first class restaurants, boutiques/galleries, spas, finest wine tasting, exciting leisure and offer great nightlife. The breathtaking coastline of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the surroundings for every Cannery Row Monterey experience.

The main attraction or a favorite for visitors is the Monterey Bay Aquarium that constantly surprises with new exhibits and programs, and with a committed dedication to marine education and conservation. Experience the breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and Central Coast. Also it is a great place to buy mementos, gifts for people back home, or a special item for that special someone that will stand out in memory.

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

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