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Pacific Grove Schools

Pacific Grove Schools

Pacific Grove Unified Schools serves the communities of Pacific Grove and a portion of Pebble Beach. The district has 2 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school (with a continuing high school and adult enrichment center that aren’t covered here), and serves approximately 1582 students.  Pacific Grove Schools consistently place in the top 10 % of California Schools.

Some basic statistics for Pacific Grove Schools are: 56.5 percent of teachers have a master’s degree or higher; 4 out of 5 schools met the difficult AYP standard, 25 out of 28 criteria being met; Pacific Grove met the State’s API (academic performance index) and ranked in the 90th percentile or above other state districts, and ranked in the top 40% of similar districts. Graduation rate is 96.1 percent, exceeding the state target of 90 percent. One school is in Program Improvement. CST (standard test results) for all students in grades 2-11 shows that 77.2 percent are proficient or advanced in math, and 84.7 are proficient or advanced in English. Pacific Grove boasts a 1:18 teacher-to-student ratio, and based on the SAT, CST test, and API ranking, Pacific Grove High School ranks in the top ten percent of high schools in the state of California.

CAHSEE results California High school exit exam show 79 percent of students at proficient or advanced in English, compared with the state score of 57, and 79 percent proficient or advanced in math, compared to a 60 state score. More individual statistics for the district and its schools can be found at district website.

Pacific Grove High School also offers 22 AP courses and 3 honors courses, as well as an award winning sports program, and over 25 extracurricular clubs, sports, and activities to choose from.

To set up a time to tour a school, or to get more information on the Pacific Grove Unified School District, please call 831-646-6510 or go to the website and contact Pacific Grove Schools directly.

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Monterey Peninsula New Year

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Are you looking for just the right way to celebrate the Monterey Peninsula New Year? We’ve got the event list! From Big Sur to Carmel, to Pebble Beach and Monterey, we have you covered with the hottest New Year’s Eve parties in town, and the most enjoyable family-friendly events for your little party-goers. There’s something on our list for everyone! Don’t see something for your tastes? Check out for an ever-expanding list of events.

These event details were correct at time of publishing, please check with the venue directly before making your plans, as weather and unforeseen issues do cause changes over the course of the season.

Big Sur New Year

The Fernwood Tavern will be rocking and rolling with Billy Martini! The amazing New Year’s Bash begins at 10pm, and is open to the public, with no cover charge. Consider booking one of our cabins for a safe and easy night, and wake the next morning to take your first hike of the new year in beautiful surroundings!

47200 Highway 1, Big Sur, 93920


Carmel New Year

L’Auberge Carmel is offering two seatings at Aubergine, and you have your choice of meals with and without wine pairings. Make it an early night with the 5:30pm seating and 4 course tasting menu, or go for the 8:30pm seating with 6 course grand tasting menu complete with wine pairings and Champagne toast. The earlier seating is $115 per person without wine pairings ($210 with wine) and the later seating is $290 per person, including wine. Reservations required.

Monte Verde at Seventh Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 93921


Monterey New Year

MY Museum (The Monterey Youth Museum) offers their super early Noon Year’s Eve Party for your little ones. This party includes crafts, face-painting, treats, and even dropping the Noon Year’s Eve ball at noon for your little early birdies. Tickets are free for members, and $10 for non-members. Reservations and tickets required.

425 Washington Street, Monterey, 93940


First Night Monterey offers a family friendly New Year’s celebration. Three dozen venues in the downtown area offer performances and activities, with a Twilight Procession on Alvarado Street. The festivities begin at 3pm and last until 2am. Ring in the new year at midnight at Custom House Plaza, in the Monterey State Historic Park. Purchase tickets in advance at downtown stores, or from the First Night Monterey website.

The world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a New Year’s sleepover each year, that’s not to be missed! Events include a sparkling cider toast at 9pm with an early East Coast countdown, fun family activities and food, including a sundae bar. Breakfast the next morning is included, as well as naturalist guided tours of the Great Tidepool deck. Reservations at our ticketing desk, or by phone. Reservations are required, limited to ages 5 and up. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are $125 per person, or $100 for members.

886 Cannery Row, Monterey, 93940


Pebble Beach New Year

The Inn at Spanish Bay is offering “An Elegant Affair” for their New Year’s Eve bash. $395 (per person) admission gets you into this spy-themed night with casino games, dancing, live music and delicious food. The event begins at 8pm, and reservations are required. 21 and over only.

2700 17 Mile Road, Pebble Beach, 95953


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Christmas in Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel


Here at The Heinrich Team, we love the holiday season on the Monterey Peninsula. The food, the friends and family, the special events that only happen once a year, we adore it all. Want your holiday to be extra special? We have found the perfect listing of Monterey Peninsula Christmas events at!

Covering Christmas in Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel, this terrific site has listed all of the holiday events in the area, including special dinners and wine tastings, Santa appearances (even one where Santa and Mrs. Claus fly in by helicopter!), as well as the best lodging options for your out-of-town holiday guests.

Relax and enjoy choosing the holiday events you and your family will love to attend. Get all the details to add to your family calendar, and make any needed reservations in plenty of time. Look forward to this holiday season knowing you have it all planned out, and the only thing left to do is enjoy the magic!

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season from our family to yours!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”


Casual Elegance on Shafter Way

Located on Shafter Way in Carmel’s exclusive estate area, this gated residence offers a lifestyle of casual elegance and quiet luxury surrounded by a private acre of mature landscaping in a park-like setting. Extensively remodeled in 2008 by highly respected Bay Area architectural interior designer Maria Tenaglia, the estate showcases impeccable architectural detail and understated design. The interiors were carefully planned and meticulously executed to include hickory floors, Loewen Windows, Rocky Mountain hardware, custom cabinetry, base boards and ceiling millwork. A gourmet chef’s kitchen is designed for entertaining with two Wolf ovens, a six burner stovetop and a Carrera marble island with deep farmhouse sink. The bathrooms feature radiant heat and glass and ceramic tiles from Walker Zanger. Amenities include four fireplaces, two garages that can accommodate personal automobiles and up to six classic, vintage, or exotic cars, and a sunken tennis court with viewing Pergola.

See full listing…

Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Monterey, Carmel, & Pacific Grove


What better way to start your holiday season than with a tree lighting ceremonies in Monterey, Carmel, & Pacific Grove? With caroling, holiday treats, and Santa appearances, these beautiful holiday traditions are far more than lighting up a big tree on a public square or park.

There are three local tree lighting ceremonies that are wonderful choices to begin a new tradition, or to keep up or renew an old family tradition. Choose one, or overdose on holiday cheer and attend them all!

Please note, the dates, times, and locations were all correct at the time of publishing, but weather and other factors can cause changes. Please visit the website or contact the appropriate chamber of commerce before making your plans to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

Enjoy the spirit of the season, and the start of your holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony or three! Happy Holidays!


1.  Monterey’s Cannery Row

November 28, 5:00-9:00pm

Steinbeck Plaza at Cannery Row and Prescott Ave

This event is free and open to the public and includes carolers, and live music. Santa and his reindeer will attend as well.


2.  Carmel-by-the-Sea

December 5, 3:00-6:00pm

Ocean Ave and Mission St

You are invited to attend the Sunset Center Holiday Party from 3-5pm in Devendorf Park on Ocean Ave and Junipero Ave, with wine, cookies, and coffee, and a professional photographer. The Tree Lighting festivities begin at 4:30pm and Santa Claus will attend, along with live music, and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The mayor lights the tree at 5:45pm, rain or shine.


3.  Pacific Grove

December 1, 5:30pm

Jewell Park at Forest Ave and Grand Ave

Festivities at Jewell Park include live music, caroling, and refreshments served afterward at Chautauqua Hall. Santa will attend the event at Chautauqua Hall.


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Dog Friendly Carmel: Bring Your Best Friend to Dinner!



Californians love their dogs and take them everywhere; hiking, surfing, running, and walking the beach; So why not bring your best friend to dinner, too? The Heinrich Team is no exception and we love our canine companion Puddin, and enjoy bringing her with us wherever we go. So we made note of local eateries that serve delicious food, and welcome our best friends. Some of our favorite places to eat in and around dog friendly Carmel–by–the-Sea that offer a warm welcome to well-behaved canines on their outdoor patios. Some even provide a special meal for your furry pal! Listed below are a few of our favorites, and links to even more choices.

Please note, all the information below was correct as of publication, but please contact the restaurants by phone or email before bringing your dog to dine to ensure they still offer a warm welcome to dogs and their owners. Some restaurants require reservations.


  1. Cypress Inn: Doris Day’s wonderful dog friendly Hotel and restaurant with dog service on the patio and in the bar.
    Lincoln & 7th Street
  2. Basil Seasonal Dining: Serves local, sustainable food in modern and creative California cuisine.
    San Carlos, between Ocean and 7th Ave.
    Note: Reservations required.
  3. Bistro 211: Serves healthy, locally sourced food in a beautiful atmosphere. Dogs welcome on patio, full canine menu, entrees served on frisbees.
    211 Crosswoods Blvd
  4. Carmel Belle: Serves locally sourced organic meats and produce. Dogs welcome on patio, and can order treats and bowls.
    San Carlos, between Ocean and 7th Ave.
  5. Casanova: Serves French and Italian Country Cuisine, and has two patios where dogs are welcome.
    5th Ave, between Mission and San Carlos
  6. Forge in the Forest: Serves California Cuisine, voted Best Outdoor Dining every year since 1992. There is a menu for dogs, too.
    SW corner of 5th and Junipero
    Reservations recommended
  7. From Scratch: Serving breakfast favorites all day, and lunch after noon. Dogs welcome on patio.
    3626 The Barnyard Shopping Village
  8. La Dolce Vita: Serves authentic Italian country cooking using family recipes. Dogs welcome on patio.
    5th Ave, between San Carlos and Dolores
  9. PortaBella: Serves Mediterranean cuisine. Dogs welcome on patio, each pup is served water and white napkin.
    Ocean Ave, between Lincoln and Monte Verde

Where else to search?
Try these links for more dog friendly dining.


Bring Fido: A great list of all the dog friendly places across the U.S.


Carmel Chamber of Commerce: A local list of pet friendly restaurants in Carmel







Happy Veterans Day!

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
Joseph Campbell

Thank you to all our veterans who have put their lives to something bigger than their own.


A Unique Carmel Home: Tor House and Hawk Tower

Tor House

Tor House is the historic Carmel home of the California poet Robinson Jeffers and his family, and was built in 1918 by the poet himself and a local builder. Hawk Tower was added two years later as a retreat for the poet’s wife, Una, and as a spectacular play space for their twin sons. The tower was built entirely by the poet with the skills he learned during his apprenticeship building his home. Both the house and the tower are on the National Register of Historic Places, as they were owned and built by a major American poet.

An important place in both California and Carmel history, Tor house is a simple, low, stone structure modeled after Tudor barns, but it and the land surrounding it became a place of inspiration for Jeffers’ poetry and was the site where all his most famous works were written, including the Broadway play, Medea. Many of those poems reference the wild and beautiful coastline of Carmel.

Tor House was the site of many visits by early twentieth century celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Langston Hughes, Sinclair Lewis, and Charles Lindbergh, who came to stay with Robinson Jeffers and his family. It has been maintained much as it was during the poet’s lifetime, and now houses a Spring Poetry Series, a poetry competition, Fall Festival, and an annual Spring Performance Series in May.

Tours are available of Tor House, Hawk Tower, and the English gardens that surround them both. The tours are conducted on the hour 10:00am-3:00pm, every Friday and Saturday and groups are limited to 6 people per tour. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students 12 and up. Tour reservations should be made at least a week in advance by email at, or by phone at 831-624-1813. The home is located on Carmel Point, at 26304 Ocean View Avenue.

Note: Photography is not permitted on tours.

Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication, please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and tour rules remain the same.

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Big Sur Homes for Sale: Rocky Creek Ranches

Rocky Creek Ranch is an exclusive gated community with endless views of the Pacific Ocean coastline and the Ventana Wilderness, open meadows and Oak forest. Approved building envelope. Gated entry and paved road access. A timeless Big Sur location. Only minutes to Carmel-by-the-Sea and everything that the world-famous Monterey Peninsula has to offer.

Thanksgiving in Monterey County

Thanksgiving in Monterey

Fall is a beautiful time of year. It’s a time of abundance, great weather, and it signals that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Thanksgiving in Monterey County is particularly beautiful; it’s a time for family, friends and, of course, for giving thanks. There are many ways to celebrate and enjoy this magical time of year, both before and on Thanksgiving Day itself. Here are a few ideas to get you started…

Thanksgiving in Your Home

Stuffed Pumpkins

If you’re eyeing the perfect pumpkin to add to your collection this year, Bella’s Studio in Monterey is ready to help. You need to hurry, as their Stuffed Pumpkin class is on October 11. For more details visit their website, or give them a call at (831) 920-2272.

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Need to freshen up your Thanksgiving décor? No problem. The Pottery Barn online, or the Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Store in Monterey have what you need!

Children and Youth Education and Awareness

What does Thanksgiving mean?

Throughout October, Monterey County middle and high school, and private, charter or home school students are invited to answer this question. Cash prizes will be awarded, but most of all, our youth can gain a better awareness about the meaning of Thanksgiving. Phone Nick Bermudez at (831) 375-4129 or visit the event page for details.

The Monarch Butterflies

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a guided tour on October 18th that will introduce you to a fall favorite: monarch butterflies. Information can be found by visiting this website:

Fun and Outdoor Events for the Whole Family

Turkey Trot

South Bank Trail in Carmel has a Turkey Trot at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This is a first-time charity event for Carmel Valley Athletic Club, but you don’t have to be a member to participate. All proceeds go to the Monterey Food Bank. More details available here.

Skate by the Bay

Custom House Plaza has something fun and something cardio: Ice Skating by the Bay! Their season usually kicks off Thanksgiving week, so keep checking their website or Facebook page for updated information.

Take a Walk!

The outdoors have much to offer, and there are several beautiful places you can visit. Carmel’s Garland Ranch Regional Park is people and dog-friendly! More than 4,500 acres of scenery await. Visit to find out more.

Bridging the Holidays

Would you like to bridge Thanksgiving and the Christmas season? On November 28th, why not take in Cannery Row’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at 5 p.m.?

Farm to Table

How about a Walking Labyrinth and Kids’ Garden? Visit Earthbound Farm anytime this fall, making sure to stop in at the Farm Stand. Visit their website here: Lots to do at Earthbound Farm.

Thanksgiving Dinners

If you don’t have time to prepare a Thanksgiving feast this year, don’t worry; there are numerous dining establishments offering up just what you need! Here are just a few:

  • Jacks Restaurant & Lounge at the Portola Hotel & Spa is serving up its family style Thanksgiving Feast, including table-side turkey carving. Visit the hotel’s website here to reserve your table.
  • Aubergine offers their Thanksgiving dinner from 2-9 p.m. Call (831) 624 8578 for more information or to reserve your spot.
  • The Mission Ranch Restaurant in Carmel usually offers up great Thanksgiving fare. Check their website, or give them at call at (831) 625-9040.
  • Pacific Grove’s Fandango, with its wonderful selection of wines, usually has a delightful Thanksgiving event. You can phone them at (831) 372-3456, or visit their website.
  • Estéban, at Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, usually serves up something very special. Visit their website, or give them a call at (831) 375.2411.

Enjoy all that Thanksgiving in Monterey County has to offer 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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Carmel Homes for Sale: 38020 Rocky Creek Road

Carmel Lot 8 – Rocky Creek Ranch, an exclusive estate community. Sweeping views of white-water surf, Big Sur coast and the Ventana Wilderness. Private gated entrance and paved road access. Approved building envelope. 59 acres of ultimate privacy in an incredible Big Sur setting. Only minutes to Carmel-by-the-Sea and everything that the world-famous Monterey Peninsula has to offer.

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

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:

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 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

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