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Monterey County - A Wine Destination

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

By Richard Oh

Winemaker
Otter Cove and Oh Wines

Pinot Noir GrapesMonterey 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.”
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Monterey Bay Aquarium - Permanent Exhibits

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The aquarium's three story Kelp Forest

The aquarium's three story Kelp Forest is the centerpiece of the Ocean's Edge galleries.
© Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium - Tentacles Exhibition

Kentyn Reynolds - Monday, March 17, 2014
Giant pacific octopus, Monterey Bay Aquarium
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.

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Kentyn Reynolds - Friday, January 10, 2014
By Don Smith

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.

The cove is relatively kelp free accounting for the turquoise color of the cove. Moreover, the cove is fed by fresh water year-round from McWay Creek with the iconic McWay Waterfall (80 feet tall), making it the tallest freshwater fall anywhere on the entire west coast.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park McWay Fall

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – McWay Fall

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Soberanes Point and Wild Calla Lilies Grove

Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, January 09, 2014
By Don Smith

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.

Soberanes Point Garrapata State Park

Soberanes Point – Garrapata State Park

During the winter months, especially on the eve of an approaching Pacific storm, the wave action can become quite dramatic; thus, making for great images! Just stay along the headlands and use caution and common sense and you’ll be fine. It is a beautiful area.

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Hurricane Point and Point Lobos State Reserve

Kentyn Reynolds - Wednesday, January 08, 2014
By Don Smith

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.

Hurricane Point

Hurricane Point

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Garrapata State Beach and Point Sur

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, January 07, 2014
By Don Smith

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.

One can only journey the route from either one end or the other (although there is one connecting road near Lucia).

Morning Hues Garrapata State Beach

Morning Hues - Garrapata State Beach

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Carmel Mission Inn Features Monterey Bay Aquarium

Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, December 19, 2013

Charlie Chaplin in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Kentyn Reynolds - Friday, December 06, 2013
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.  

 Here is a link to Guetta's wiki page:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Brainwash

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Sea Otter Classic 2013

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, May 07, 2013