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Carmel Lights Up for the Holidays!

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In Carmel CA Events

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Roll out the holly; bring out the tree, and string up the lights! It’s time to celebrate the holiday season in Carmel! Come to the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Junipero Street and join the denizens of Carmel-by-the- Sea at its annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7, 2012. Festivities start at 3:30pm and include a theatrical reading of “’Twas the Night before Christmas,” performances from local school choirs, appearances by Carmel city luminaries, and of course, the big man himself, Santa Clause. Sip on hot chocolate and munch on treats provided by the Red Cross while watching Carmel’s mayor, Jason Burnett, turn the lights on the grand tree.

The Bridges of Monterey County

Granite Canyon BridgeFor most people, the thought of reading about bridges might be enough to place them in a trance. But, bridges are important; they connect us to places that otherwise might be inaccessible. Nowhere else is this point made clearest than on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or Highway One (HWY 1). When traveling HWY 1 between Carmel and Cambria, a driver heavily relies on the use of bridges to be able to traverse this rocky, majestic coastline. Without them, drivers the world over would not be able enjoy the wonders of the Big Sur coast. Not only do these bridges have a highly functional role on Highway 1, but they are also famous landmarks in their own right, beckoning tourists to stop and photograph them. Thus, join me as we take a tour along the Central California coast by way of the bridges of Monterey County.

Barnyard Harvest Festival 2012

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In Carmel CA Events, Videos

The Barnyard Harvest festival held in Carmel, CA was an afternoon full of music and Halloween fun. Local Barnyard merchants opened up their shops and gave candy to kids in colorful costumes, while local Monterey band played some of the greatest Halloween hits. This year’s festival proceeds went to benefit MEarth, an organization that helps teach children about environmental stewardship. The Carmel Mission Inn invites everyone to celebrate autumn by watching our video of the 2012 Barnyard Harvest Festival.

Ride 2 Recovery 2012 Golden State Challenge

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In At Carmel Mission Inn, Videos

Ride 2 Recovery is produced by the Fitness Challenge Foundation in partnership with the Military VA Volunteer Service Office in order to offer assistance to mental and physical rehabilitation programs for our nation’s wounded veterans. For part of this year’s Ride 2 Recovery Golden State Challenge, cyclists started at the Carmel Mission Inn in beautiful Carmel, Ca and rode out along picturesque Highway One where they saw gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, and rugged California coastline. The Carmel Mission Inn invites everyone to watch our video of the Ride 2 Recovery Golden State Challenge.

2012 – Wish You Were Here! – Photo Contest

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In Carmel CA Events

Dog on Carmel BeachAnnouncing the Winners of the 2012 “Wish You Were Here!” Photo Contest!
After much time and deliberation, our esteemed judges have finally chosen the winners for the First Annual Carmel Mission Inn’s “Wish You Were Here!” photo contest.
We want to thank each person who shared their photos and stories with us. We really do appreciate the time and effort that you put into this contest. Without your participation, this contest would not have been the success that it was!

2012 Taste of Carmel

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In At Carmel Mission Inn, Carmel CA Events

The Taste of Carmel is held annually to showcase local restaurants and wineries on the Monterey Peninsula. This year the event was held at the Carmel Mission Courtyard and had more than 45 different restaurants and wineries that participated. There was also a silent auction, music, and dancing the entire evening. One of the best things about this year’s Taste of Carmel was all of the amazing costumes and masks that everyone wore for this year’s theme of, “Masquerade Ball.” We invite everyone to watch our video and celebrate an evening of food, wine, and dancing.

It’s Here! It’s Here! The Rocky Creek Viaduct is Here!

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In Regional News

Rocky Creek ViaductIf you have ever traversed the distance between Carmel and Cambria, you might have seen the telltale signs of where heavy rains have washed significant segments of Highway 1 right into the Pacific Ocean. In the past, California’s Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reconstructed Highway 1 or made part of it unidirectional, but these efforts were never permanent fixes. Heavy rainfall still caused the same pieces of Highway 1 to vanish into the ocean on an annual basis. After years of semi-permanent fixes, Caltrans has found what it thinks to be a permanent solution to at least one of its Highway 1 roadway slip out woes, the Rocky Creek Viaduct.

Monterey Bay Oktoberfest 2012

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In Monterey CA Events

Live music, dancing, delicious bratwurst, pretzels, Bavarian chicken, and of course plenty of imported German beer are just a few of the things that make Monterey Bay Oktoberfest one of the great celebrations of the year held September 15-16. This two-day festival is about eating, drinking, and celebrating life with the entire community. The Carmel Mission Inn invites everyone to watch our video about this lively event.

Barnyard Annual Ferrari Event

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In Monterey CA Events, Videos

The Barnyard Annual Ferrari Event is a celebration of some of the most exotic cars on the planet and is held to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes research. From vintage Ferrari to high-end Lamborghini, this annual event gives everyone an idea of just how many extraordinary cars are proudly displayed here every year. The event is held at the Barnyard shopping center in Carmel, California and all who attend get to try delicious food from various restaurants, as well as local wines from dozens of Monterey County wineries. Carmel Mission Inn invites everyone to view our video and enjoy this incredible celebration of high-performance and beautifully engineered cars.

20th Annual Monterey Winemakers Celebration

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In Monterey CA Events, Videos

The Carmel Mission Inn invites you to watch our video of the 20th annual Monterey Winemaker’s Celebration. Each year this celebration gives attendees the opportunity to taste over a 100 different local wines from more than 40 wineries around Monterey County. This year the celebration was held at the Barnyard Shopping Center so there was an abundance of delicious food from various Barnyard restaurants. There was also great live music by local band, “Red Beans and Rice.” This annual event is the perfect place to visit with other wine connoisseurs, meet the winemakers of your favorite wines, and compare and contrast different wines from all over Monterey County.