Revisiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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We recently returned to our favorite aquarium in Monterey California. What a fascinating way to spend a day, staring at cute, playful sea otters, being mesmerized by iridescent jellyfish and trying to identify many of the pelagic giants in the museum’s huge, room-sized tank. We again surveyed the entire aquarium, arranged generally by aquatic environment, [Read more …]

Celebrating Pinot Noir at the SLH Gala

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Amongst one of our favorite California wine regions is Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH), a mountain range that overlooks the Salinas River Valley, where the grapes benefit from a long growing season to produce some spectacular wines. Whenever we can, we try to make it to the SLH Gala held in May. This year our calendar [Read more …]

Monterey Peninsula Restaurants and Lodging: Circa 2013

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This year’s Monterey trip, as discussed in our previous blog, Monterey Peninsula Activities: Circa 2013, encompassed almost all our favorite activities: scenic drives, hikes and leisurely walks, wine tastings, kayaking and horseback rides. The only things we missed were our standard half-day trip to the aquarium, a round of golf (which we do not play) [Read more …]

Monterey Peninsula Activities: Circa 2013

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The Monterey Peninsula, and south through Big Sur, is one of our favorite three/four-day trips. It has some of everything: incredible scenery, hiking, wineries, beautiful homes, the iconic 17 Mile Drive, very good restaurants, luxurious accommodations, kayaking, horseback riding, and as much world-class golf as anyone could wish. And don’t forget what may well be [Read more …]

Monterey Bay--Four Ways

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We just took completed a four-way discovery trip, or actually rediscovery, of Monterey Bay. It consisted of a: Full afternoon, behind the scenes, at the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium, Morning guided kayak trip through a Monterey Bay kelp forest; Horseback ride though a eucalyptus grove and sand dunes, next to a golf course and beautiful [Read more …]

Monterey Peninsula Food and Wine

We have visited many Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach restaurants over the last decade. Although we don’t expect to find many that stack up to those of San Francisco, we typically find fresh, well-prepared food (always with Monterey Bay Aquarium-approved sustainable seafood), nice wine selections, good service and, often, appealing atmosphere. This trip [Read more …]