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Big Sur Half Marathon Route Highlights Area Scenery & Monterey Homes

Big Sur Marathon Run

On November 16, 2014 the Big Sur Half Marathon has its twelfth anniversary. One of the most prestigious runs in North America and the world, this fabulous, well attended, fund-raising event winds its way through some of Monterey California’s most beautiful areas.

The winning purse this year is $20,000, and the top prizes to be awarded include a 1st Place Prize of $3,000. But the Big Sur Half Marathon is more about individual achievement and raising money for charities than it is about prizes. Our partners in 2014 include Ronald McDonald House Charities, which includes their scholarship program, and much more. Committing to fund raising isn’t as hard as you think, and to help you out, the Half Marathon organizers have provided you with a few tips.

While fitness and personal bests are front and center for any runner, the landscape in the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur areas has always been a huge draw. Your route, beginning on Del Monte Avenue, takes you to Bay Park, and from there, through other amazingly beautiful and historic locations, and right by some outstanding Monterey homes. Runners pass through historic Cannery Row, home of John Steinbeck. They’ll pass close to Crocker Grove, home of Monterey’s oldest Cypress trees. Pacific Grove’s Post Office is on the route as well. One of the most scenic parts of the half marathon are the six miles you’ll run right beside Monterey Bay. Then there’s Oceanview/Sunset Drive, Lover’s Point, and finally the Rec Trail, leading runners right back to the finish line at Custom House Plaza.

Registration for this run has been open since April, and is now in its final phase. The cost to register for the Half Marathon through October and right up to November 8th is $130 for adults. The entry fee includes a unique ASICS t-shirt, a ceramic finisher’s medallion, bib tag timing, and much more. For complete details about this year’s November 16th Big Sur Half Marathon, please visit the event information Web page at www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org/Event_Information/Half_Marathon.htm.

Run for a great cause, run for your health, and run by some of the most beautiful scenery and architecture that Monterey Bay has to offer!

This list was accurate at the time of publication. Please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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Great Carmel Valley Oaks – A Link With the Past

History moves in a quiet and steady fashion and on the palette of time we can only witness the imperceptible changes through the experiences of others.

In Carmel Valley the great Oak trees have given witness to three and even four centuries of life, death and change. Please enjoy and respect their presence, dignity and timeless grandeur.

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

Big Sur Food and Wine Festival

November 6 – 9 will mark the sixth year for Big Sur’s annual Food & Wine Festival. To date, over $100,000 has been raised for the Big Sur community! In addition to money donated, this annual occasion continues to promote our area as a “magical culinary destination.” Trip Advisor has recognized this event as one of the finest food and wine events in America.

Gateway to Big Sur, at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands, kick-starts this fantastic event on Thursday at 5:30 pm. Hosted by lead sponsor Masters of Food and Wine, cuisine from top restaurants such as Andre’s Bouchee and Esalen will be on hand, along with wine from Cold Heaven Cellars, Foxen, and many more.

Each successive day of the event brings more culinary and tasting opportunities.

On Friday, you can start with the Pinot Walk About, and later on enjoy a Tuscan BBQ. On Saturday, experience an auction in the morning and the Firestone Brewery Dinner at the Big Sur Taphouse later on. Sunday begins with the Grand Public Tasting. Over the course of four days and evenings there are almost 20 different and diverse activities.

To find out all the details, please visit the schedule page for this year’s Big Sur Food & Wine Festival: http://www.bigsurfoodandwine.org/purchase-tickets/schedule/event-schedule2014/.

This list was accurate at the time of publication. Please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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Halloween in Pebble Beach

 

Halloween in Pebble BeachIt’s fun to take your little zombies and witches out trick-or-treating on Halloween. So much so they usually want the festivities to last longer than one night.  To help extend your Halloween festivities, we’re sharing ideas for Monterey County Halloween events on our blog and this post pertains to Halloween in Pebble Beach.

Pebble Beach Zombie or Survivor?

It may depend on how well you run!

Would you like to be part of something that’s educational, offers useful information, and is gory fun? Then the 1st Annual Pebble Beach Zombie Race and Emergency Preparedness Fair is for you. This particular ‘zombie run’, presented by the Pebble Beach Community Services District, has serious purpose behind it. Bound to get attention, this event will get your kids outside and active, and could develop their interest in safety preparedness! Whether zombie or survivor, the 5K Crawl or 2K Stroll both result in a tasty snack at the end, and offers an opportunity to check out Preparedness booths set up for your interest.  Zombies are entered into a best dressed contest and winners will receive emergency preparedness backpacks…. very important in the event of a zombie apocalypse or other emergency.

Further Information concerning this year’s October 18th event can be found online here.

As much fun as Halloween can be, there are safety concerns you and your family should be aware of.

As you look forward to October 31st, Pebble Beach Community Services District has some important safety tips for you:

  • Look for flame-resistant material in all Halloween costumes.
  • Apply reflective tape to costumes to make it easier for motorists to see your kids.
  • If you’re driving, watch for little treat-or-treaters who may be unaware of you.
  • Consider giving your children flashlights or glow sticks to increase their visibility.
  • Try to avoid costumes that have billowing or trailing fabric. Also, keep hemlines short so the little ones don’t trip.
  • Some masks obscure vision; when you can, use make-up instead.
  • Candy and goodies collected Halloween night are wonderful and enticing, but remember to inspect everything that’s brought home. Throw it out if you have any doubt!
  • And, of course, it’s always best that a responsible adult accompanies children as they go trick-or-treating.

Safety around the home is important too.

  • Always use battery powered lights for your jack-o-lanterns.
  • Some decorations, such as dried flowers, crepe paper, and so forth, are highly flammable and need to be kept away from flames or other heat sources.
  • Make sure to clear exits of anything that could block them.

Have a safe, fun, and spooky Halloween this year!

This list was accurate at the time of publication. Please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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Halloween in Pacific Grove

Halloween in Pacific Groove

It’s fun to take your little ghouls and goblins out trick-or-treating on Halloween. So much so they usually want the festivities to last longer than one night.  We’re sharing ideas for Monterey County Halloween events on our blog and this post pertains to Halloween in Pacific Grove.

The Library is not just for Book Worms

The Pacific Grove Public Library is offering up several special Halloween-themed events.

On October 28th there’s an all-age spooky Haunted House. This annual event runs between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. On the 29th they have their usual “Wacky Wednesday” set of activities that includes stories, games, science projects, and more. There are even stories for babies and toddlers the morning of the 30th. For more information about Halloween-inspired events at the Library, you can check their events calendar, or give their Reference Librarian a call at (831) 648-5762. If you’re on Facebook, you can like their page to stay in the loop.

Dressed up as a Butterfly

Enjoy this one time of year when all can get dressed up, have some fun, and appreciate the fall in a very special way. Look up on Halloween to see if any of the beautiful Monarch butterflies have made their way to our sunny winter home yet; they make the 2,000 mile journey every year, beginning right around Halloween.

This list was accurate at the time of publication. Please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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Halloween in Big Sur

Halloween in Big Sur

Here are a couple of events for those of you looking for a little Big Sur Halloween fun. Keep an eye out for our other blog posts we’ve shared for more Halloween events in Monterey County.

Big Sur Costume Ball

On October 31, beginning at 6 p.m., the Halloween Bal Masque (Halloween Costume Ball) takes place at Nepenthe Restaurant, at 4851 Highway One in Big Sur. The Ball lasts until midnight, so don’t forget to have a ride waiting! The restaurant will be closed for dinner this night.

More information: call (831) 667-2345 or visit their web site.

Point Sur’s 9th Annual Ghost Tour

Are you afraid of ghosts? If not, you’ll want to brave Point Sur’s 9th Annual Ghost Tour! Enjoy stories of Pt. Sur’s ghostly past and get the results of paranormal investigations in the area.

The tour is open to anyone who wants to have a little fun and is over the age of 6. The Lightstation will accommodate persons with disabilities, if you inform them after making your reservation.

By attending one of the tours, youre contributing to a good cause as proceeds go toward the restoration of Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park.

There are three dates and times for this year’s spooky tours:

  • Saturday, October 18 – 5:15 p.m. (includes dinner)
  • Saturday, October 25 – 5:15 p.m. (includes dinner)
  • Friday, October 31 at 7 p.m.

Location: Point Sur Lightstation on Highway 1.

Cost: $85 tax deductible donation per person.

More information: visit their website at www.pointsur.org. Tickets can be ordered through Eventbrite.

This list was accurate at the time of publication. Please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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Halloween in Monterey 2014

Halloween in MontereyYour little princes and princesses often can’t get enough of Halloween. Or perhaps it’s their parents who want in on the Halloween fun? We’re sharing several blog posts on Halloween events in our area, this post pertains to Halloween in Monterey and includes something for the children and the adults who love to celebrate this spooky, fun-filled day.

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble… at the Museum

Have your kids ever gotten scared at the museum? As Halloween nears, they’ll have their chance as Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum) has something very spooky and interesting in mind.

MY Museum is holding the School for Witches & Warlocks! Does one of your little ones wants to turn a prince brother back into a frog? Maybe your little one would like to experiment by putting a potion in a Halloween cauldron? The Museum has the perfect lab in mind just for your kids. It’s magical, but it won’t be too scary. Broomsticks may be made available, if all the ingredients are in place!

MY Museum
Friday October 24th
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Ages: 4-6
Members: $20
Non-Members: $30
Information: Call (831) 649-6444. Or you can visit the event website here.

I Vant to Visit Dracula!

Perhaps you’d like a visit with Dracula this Halloween? You can do that! Starting a limited engagement at Monterey Peninsula Community Theatre on October 31 is William McNulty’s new adaptation about Bram Stoker’s undead creature. McNulty took Balderston and Deane’s original script to heart, and is featuring a sexier, darker take on Dracula. Expect to be surprised and astonished!

Monterey Peninsula Community Theatre
Discounted preview October 30th
Opening night October 31st – Dress in a costume for a chance to win a prize.
Ticket prices range from $10 – $18.
More information: Call the Ticket Guys at (831) 656-9507 or visit their website to order tickets online

The Monster Mash!

The aquarium isn’t just for fish! It’s for anyone who has a membership and would like to shake it on the dance floor! Go costumed, and prepared to enjoy ghostly activities. They’ll even feature a Kelp Forest dive show.

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Halloween Dance Party
Saturday, October 25th, from 7-10 p.m.
You must be a member: Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children. Children under three are free! Members can purchase tickets for non-member friends at $30.

Halloween Dinner and Dance Party.
Dinner Seatings: 6:15 p.m. & 6:45 p.m. Includes three-course Halloween dinner, and admission to the Dance Party. For an extra fee, you can enjoy wine pairing at your table.

You must be a member. Children’s admission is $35, adults cost $75. Please inquire at the aquarium for guest prices.

Memberships start at $50 annually.

For more information visit the event website or give the Aquarium a call at (831) 648-4880.

This list was accurate at the time of publication. Please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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The Voss House: Big Sur Homes For Sale

Designed in 1931 by William Wilson Wurster, one of California’s foremost architects, the Voss house has been lovingly and faithfully restored and enjoys a prime Big Sur location adjacent to the world famous Post Ranch Inn. As the head of the architectural schools at MIT and the University of California at Berkeley Wurster helped shape an entire generation of architects.

This is one of the Big Sur homes for sale you shouldn’t miss.

Our Latest Listing: 46511 Clear Ridge Rd, Big Sur, CA 93920

Located in one of the most private and exclusive neighborhoods in Big Sur,and enjoying one of the finest south coast ocean views, this lush 5 acre wooded retreat harbors an extremely comfortable and well built home with rock solid infrastructure. The small, sweet main house turns out to not feel small at all with its huge windows, and entries for accessing the massive deck and the many paths which lead to tasteful, efficient outbuildings and landscaping for ultimate nature immersion. Originally owned by legendary Big Sur real estate expert Linda Mazet, this property deserves extra special consideration. View the full listing…

Celebrating a Birthday and Halloween in Carmel

Halloween in Carmel

On Halloween day, 98 years ago, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea was incorporated. The fortuitous timing means that we celebrate our birthday and Halloween in Carmel on the same day!

This year the fun happens on Saturday, October 25. The Halloween parade begins at 11 a.m. on Ocean Avenue. It winds its way through downtown, and everyone is welcome to participate by dressing up in your favorite costume and parading with us, or by standing on the sidelines to enjoy the festivities. Lunch will be served at 12 noon at the Sunset Center, where $5 will buy a hotdog, chili, chips, a drink, ice cream, and even a piece of birthday cake.

Everyone is welcome; including your dog!

To find out more about this year’s event, you can phone (831) 620-2020, or visit this website. Tickets will be available at City Hall the day of the event on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is a fun, upbeat gathering, and a great way to celebrate Carmel.

This list was accurate at the time of publication. Please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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Carmel Real Estate: Sea Dance

Stunning contemporary residence located on a spectacular site in Otter Cove. Clear expanses of glass open to the shimmering surfaces of the ocean below. Created by renowned builder Bill McLeod, the design and structure are inseparable from the natural beauty of this powerful landscape. Carmel Real Estate at its finest.

Point Sur Lighthouse: An Unusual Big Sur Home

Big Sur Lighthouse

Have you ever lived in a location as remote, or as difficult to get to for many years, as Point Sur, California? This beautiful but rugged coast has seen many shipwrecks in its day; it probably would have more if not for a successful petition in the late 1880s to have a lighthouse built. It wasn’t until 1974 that this lightstation was finally automated, and the last keeper left Point Sur.

The first keeper moved into his Big Sur home in the lighthouse on August 1, 1889. He, along with three assistants, staffed it 24 hours a day. Their lives were anything but easy. They were isolated. The trip to Monterey was lengthy and treacherous – it wasn’t until the completion of Highway One, in 1937, that the trip became practical. Each family was provided with a garden area where they could grow fresh vegetables. Major supplies such as coal and firewood were delivered every few months. A horse and wagon was provided by the U.S. Lighthouse service so mail and other supplies could be secured from Pfeiffer’s Resort.

Life for Point Sur residents was a stoic exercise. Up until 1927, school was not a daily affair for most children. One of the early keepers, William Mollering, asked the school district for a lightstation teacher – they complied. The teacher lived with the head keeper’s family. In the same way Highway One opened easier access to the area, it also meant that two more schoolhouses were built in the 1940s, each a little more accessible to Big Sur families.

Worth a mention is the key component of every lighthouse: the lens. The original lens, the largest Fresnel lens manufactured, can be seen today in the Allen Knight Maritime Museum of Monterey. It was 18 feet tall, all told. The optic component weighed over 4,000 pounds. Light from this spectacular lens could be seen as far as 23 nautical miles away. It was in use until the 1970s, at which time a modern aero beacon replaced it.

Today, you can tour the Lighthouse, and if you have enough nerve, you can go on one of three ghost tours in the month of October. For more information about the Point Sur area and Lighthouse, please visit their website at http://www.pointsur.org/.

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Historic Pacific Grove Homes Tour

Pacific Grove Homes Tour

On Sunday, October 5th, from Noon to 4 p.m., the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove is holding its annual Historic Home Tour. The Pacific Grove homes tour is $25 per person and will take you through six historic homes, as well as four other historically important properties in Pacific Grove, including the Society’s own Ketcham’s Barn, and Pt. Pinos Lighthouse, “the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States”.

Each home on the tour is unique. For example, you’ll see a residence on First Street designed by Julia Morgan, a well-known architect of Hearst’s San Simeon, as well as other recognized sites. Then there’s the home designed for Margaret Tennant, on Central. Another Pacific Grove home you may be interested in is the one built on 19th Street for Elihu Beard. These three homes, circa 1880, are not to be missed.

Three of the Pacific Grove properties are in close proximity, but you’ll want to bring your car to travel between others. The tour is self-guided, but at each home there will be someone to greet and direct you. Wear comfortable shoes. Booties will be provided for each home on the tour.

Please note that not all areas of all of these historic homes are fully special needs accessible.

Tickets must be ordered online at www.pacificgroveheritage.org/tickets/, and picked up at the Heritage Society Barn at 605 Laurel Avenue in Pacific Grove on the day of the tour. For additional information please visit the website, or phone the Society at (831) 372-2898.

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A Taste of Living in Carmel

Living in Carmel

Your gateway to the true bohemian culture of our fabulous municipality, the annual Taste of Carmel takes place this year from October 2 – 5. There are several events involved, which include local wine, food, music, culinary education, a silent auction, and more. The following provides you with a specific list of all the good things that Taste and living in Carmel offer.

Wine Walk-by-the-Sea

This anytime passport, priced at $65, provides you with a Wine Walk flight that includes your choice of 9 of the 12 available tasting rooms. Best of all, the Passport does not expire, and can be used during or after Taste of Carmel.

The Royal Bash – Thursday, October 2

Held at historic Carmel Mission Courtyard, the price (please see below) includes sampling local cuisine and sipping on Monterey County wines. The Money Bank will entertain you, plus you can chip in and place a bid in the silent auction. You are advised to dress for the event, in anything from medieval to modern attire.

• $75 before September 19, or $85 which includes a Commemorative Riedel Glass
• $55 after September 19

Carmel Food Tour – Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4

A three-hour walking tour taking in culture, architecture, and seven tasting stops in historic downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. The price is $69.

Bay Bikes Wine Tour – Friday, October 3

The $135 price tag for this great tour includes stops at four wine tasting rooms, lunch at and a private tour of Chateau Julien winery, and a gift bag with a souvenir glass.

Winemaker Event – Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4

Details will be announced soon on the event’s website.

Aubergine Dessert and Wine Tasting Lunch – Sunday, October 5

Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendozza will serve up and describe in rich detail his three-course dessert, while Restaurant Director Nathaniel Munoz will offer up insight on the wines that are paired with each course. The price of this event is $114.58.

Auctions

In addition to the silent auction, there will be a live auction, and an online one.

For more details about this annual, fun event, please visit the website at http://www.tasteofcarmel.com/, drop them an e-mail in care of tasteofcarmel@carmelcalifornia.org, or give them a toll-free call at 1-800-550-4333.

This list was accurate at the time of publication, please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same. All prices are per person.

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Happy Labor Day!

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Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend.

Taking Time to Be Where You Are

Most human beings spend all our time as human doings. Just being somewhere without the compelling need to do something is not easy. Every so often a place or a special insight triggers a refreshing notion of “stop and just enjoy!”

One of my special places is the Lafayette Bakery in Carmel. As you enter you are greeted by a message that makes me smile and turn off my phone….

Lafayette Bakery

Another “place apart from others” is Big Sur. Only miles south of Carmel, yet light years from the normal day to day doings. Nature has a way of saying, “no wifi here, enjoy!”

Happy Independence Day!

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We are blessed to live in a country where freedom rings. Happy Independence Day!

Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the world. Today we honor you. Happy Father’s Day!

Memorial Day Greetings

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Thank you to those who have served on our behalf. Wishing you and yours a safe and pleasurable Memorial Day.

Mother’s Day Greetings from The Heinrich Team

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Lovely Split-level Carmel Home for Sale

This is a lovely Split-level Carmel Home for Sale. View the details here.

Big Sur Marathon: “Running on the Ragged Edge of the World”

Runners in the Big Sur International Marathon are ready to run this Sunday! Start time begins 6:45 AM at the Big Sur Station and finishes at Rio Road at Highway One. There will be 13 aid stations along the course stocked with Gatorade and water, and fruit will be offered at all stations starting at mile 10.4. In addition to the Marathon, there will be five other races during the day- perfect for all athletic types.

A tradition for 29 years, the first Big Sur Marathon had 1,800 runners. Popularity and numbers running have exploded, with this year’s Marathon now sold out.

The Heinrich Team wishes all runners the best of luck!

Here’s a video Carole & I took of the Marathon course:

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from The Heinrich Team

May your life be full of blessings.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day
May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!