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Christmas is coming and the streets of Carmel are decked out in holiday cheer. Carmel brings Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to life with its cottage like buildings, winter trees with twinkling lights, miles of garland and big red bows tied around bountiful wreaths. I for one cannot help but feel warm inside during this time of year and Carmel, CA brings the complete Christmas package, minus the snow, to our small slice of heaven on California’s Central Coast.
The Carmel Mission Inn hosted this year’s Oldies but Goodies Rock N’ Roll Party which was held to benefit Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. The goal of Peace of Mind is to find loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. The event was held in order to raise funds for Peace of Mind so that the organization can continue its dog rescue efforts.
This year’s Barnyard Food and Wine Celebration was another fun-filled event complete with live music by Victory Lane, a special performance by Delaney Ann, dozens of local wines, and mouth watering cuisine prepared by various local Barnyard restaurants. The proceeds generated from the event benefited the Carmel Valley Rotary Foundation.
By Richard Oh
Otter Cove and Oh Wines
Monterey County has grown world class, quality grapes for many decades. The Wine Enthusiast magazine named Monterey County one of the ten best wine travel destinations of 2013. Here is what Wine Enthusiast editor Steve Heimoff had to say about Monterey County wine country, “it has beautiful scenery, including Big Sur, the 17-Mile Drive and the Pebble Beach golf courses. It has the tourist venues of Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. It has the upscale galleries and bistros of Carmel-by-the-Sea.”
Written by Sally Smith
The 29th Presentation of the Big Sur International Marathon takes place Sunday, April 27, 2014. Thousands of runners from all 50 states and 25 countries will gather that weekend to take part in any of six races along California’s scenic Highway 1. Though the marathon sold out in record time, spots are still available for the marathon relay, the 5K and the 9-Miler, a beautiful route that takes runners and walkers into Pt. Lobos State Reserve. Visit http://www.bsim.org for more information.
In addition to its changing special exhibitions, the aquarium’s permanent exhibits include a towering three-story kelp forest; touch pools and other hands-on exhibits; the Splash Zone family galleries; and the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit, home to sandbar and hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, ocean sunfish and on occasion, a great white shark.
Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists when Monterey Bay Aquarium opens its newest special exhibition, “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”, on April 12.“Tentacles” is just one of many special activities and events planned in 2014, when the acclaimed aquarium celebrates its 30th anniversary.
The first time I saw the photographs of Don Smith I recognized the works of a master. I believe my first impression was somewhere balanced between awe and intimidation. When I study Don’s work I am constantly discovering new aspects of the photographs and many times I have to ask “how did he do that?” You can take just one of Don’s photographs and spend hours exploring its details.
Lastly, if you only had time for one stop, without hesitation I’d tell you to visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
Another favorite sunset location of mine is Garrapata State Park. On the northern end is an area known as Soberanes Point. Although not visible from the Highway, there is a cool arch (that I refer to as the Soberanes Arch).