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Monterey Bay Aquarium – Tentacles Exhibition

Giant pacific octopus, Monterey Bay Aquarium

© Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.

Exploring Don Smith’s Photography

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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.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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In Monterey CA Attractions

Lastly, if you only had time for one stop, without hesitation I’d tell you to visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Located 27 miles south of the Carmel Mission Inn, this iconic scene sums up the beauty of the Big Sur coast in one iconic setting.

Soberanes Point and Wild Calla Lilies Grove

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In Monterey CA Attractions

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).

Be very careful walking around this area as it is known for its “sneaker waves.” My best advice: never take your eyes off the ocean.

Hurricane Point and Point Lobos State Reserve

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In Monterey CA Attractions

Once the light begins to fade from the Pt. Sur location, get back in your car and drive north for about a mile to Hurricane Point for sunrise light.

Hurricane Point gets its name from the strong updrafts that at times can make opening a car door a struggle; yet, in the early morning, winds are generally non-existent and the first light of sunrise will bathe the hillsides with warm light.

Garrapata State Beach and Point Sur

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In Monterey CA Attractions

A trip to the Monterey Peninsula would not be complete without a day spent touring one of the world’s most idyllic coastlines – Big Sur!

The Big Sur coastline is generally defined as a magnificent 98-mile stretch of land and sea from Carmel to the north, to Cambria at the southern end.

Carmel Mission Inn Features Monterey Bay Aquarium

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In Monterey CA Attractions, Videos

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to hundreds of incredible sea creatures. Discover another world under the sea when you watch our short video about this amazing local aquarium. In our short video tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you’ll see colorful coral reef fishes, a giant green sea turtle, huge leopard and sevengill sharks, playful penguins, and elegant jellyfish and seahorses. We hope our video will inspire you to take a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on your next visit to the Monterey Bay Area.

Charlie Chaplin in Carmel-by-the-Sea

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In Carmel CA Attractions

A painting of Charlie Chaplan under a canopy of trees.When I come to Carmel one of my favorite pastimes  is to walk the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea in evening and enjoy warm lights of the shops and restaurants … without streetlights.   Occasionally this little town surprises me with either its unique sense of architecture or at times its art.   For example, just down the street from La Bicyclette and in the courtyard of the Cypress Inn you will find a fascinating piece of street art painted by Thierry Guetta.   Here is Charlie Chaplin floating in a giant pink heart.  Not exactly what I expect to see in Carmel-by-the-Sea, but still a delight.

The Beaches of Carmel, California


The Beaches of Carmel, California On your next vacation to Carmel, don’t forget to stop at the many beaches located only a short drive away from Carmel Mission Inn. Soft white sand, crystal blue water, and vibrant sunsets are just a few things you’ll have to look forward to as you enjoy another wonderful day on the beach. Watch our short video to discover just a few of the many stunning beaches in Carmel.

Your Carmel Adventure

This two minute whirlwind video tour takes you from Highway One to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with dozens of video clips gathered from across the Monterey peninsula. Here you will find highlights of the sites, sounds, and taste of Carmel and the surrounding area.