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Ocean View Home: Coastal Inspiration Decor

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Coastal inspiration is a perfect design style for an ocean view home. Coastal inspiration uses the colors outside your windows, the whites and creams of sand, the golden sun and tan shadows, the sun-baked olives of sea grasses, and the infinite blues and greens of the sea in your color palette. It also embraces the casual, easy feel of beach living, with approachable comfort and natural elements like wood, stone, and glass in both the architecture and the interior design.

Gone are the days of kitsch and clutter with shell-encrusted lamps and tide-pool wallpaper. Modern coastal inspiration is clean and elegant, mirroring the spare and sweeping designs of nature at her most elemental and majestic. A touch of whimsy can be found in some designs, but the overall focus is where the sea meets the land and sky.

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Trip Haenisch offers a wonderful example of strong coastal inspiration in this Malibu living room, with white sands, golden sunshine and shadow, ocean blues and greens coming together in a fresh, breezy look that makes you want to dive right in. The ocean blue-green that is carried throughout the house isn’t a single note, though. It varies like your own Monterey Peninsula views, sometimes stormy and deep in a whimsical bath, sometimes pale sea-foam in the glass tile of a kitchen backsplash.

Want a bolder pop of color in your sand and sea? Try a nautical touch, but you don’t have be literal and use signal flag accent pillows or sailing prints. Take a look at the accents in a Joan Behnke coastal home with pops of color taken from nautical signal flags in vivid reds, golds, and black, which hint at nautical without being obvious. Behnke also has a great example of natural elements in the powder room mirror framed in curvy polished driftwood

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You don’t have to stick to a single influence. Combine and build a richer design with Mediterranean or Asian. These other elements can add rich texture and form, such as the estate designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, which has distinct Asian notes. The colors echo the coastal view with rocky hills and gorgeous oceanfront, but the shapes and textiles have an oriental flair that hints of Morocco or Malaysia. Malibu and Martha’s Vineyard aren’t the only coastlines in the world!

We love the beautiful and welcoming coastal inspiration seen in modern design trends. It’s clean, classic, and easily enriched with other inspirations to create a design that fits your taste and lifestyle while honoring the beauty of nature right outside our ocean view homes.

7 Fabulous Features of Big Sur Homes for Sale

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Looking for the perfect home? Consider our Big Sur homes for sale, each home is unique and special, but they all have 7 great features in common…there is so much to love about Big Sur and so much to love about making your new home there. So take a look at the features our listings share, and then take a closer look at all our featured Big Sur homes for sale…you’ll be so glad you did!

The 7 fabulous features of Big Sur Homes:

1. Location, location, location! Big Sur is the best of California living, where the forest meets the hills, and the hills meet the sea. You can have nature at your door, while still staying close to world-class dining, shopping, and golf.
2. The views! Whether you’re home looks out into the redwood forest, the rocky hills, or the Pacific Ocean, the views from Big Sur homes are unparalleled. Big Sur homes are designed to maximize the views and bring the outdoors into your living space.
3. Wide open spaces! Out here, everything feels bigger. It may be that this is where the sky meets the sea and the hills, or it may be our large land parcels and our spacious homes built for living large and entertaining…but you’ll love all this space, both inside and out.
4. Privacy. Big Sur homes are a far cry from city living. Here, you have enough land and enough home to truly relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Many of our homes have the additional privacy of being located in gated communities.
5. Water. Whether you love the ocean, rivers, pools, or hot tubs, Big Sur homes have a deep connection with water, both the natural features and exquisitely designed features.
6. Nature! From whale and dolphin watching, to rare birds in the redwoods, nature is all around you in Big Sur. We live right alongside nature’s kingdom, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the wilderness from the comfort of our own homes.
7. Natural elements. Big Sur homes are designed in harmony with their natural surroundings. Wood, glass, and stone are combined to create homes that belong shoulder-to-shoulder with Manzanita, Redwoods, the rocky coastline, and the ever-changing sea.

Now that you know more about the area, take a look at our featured listings to find the best combination of fabulous features and truly unique designs. We have the most beautiful Big Sur homes for sale, so take advantage of the 7 fabulous features they all have in common to find your dream home right here!

Dog Friendly Hotels in Carmel

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Are you looking for the best dog friendly hotels in Carmel? Carmel is crazy about dogs, so it wasn’t hard to find places to stay that welcome furry family members. We found the most accommodating places to stay in the area and a list of places that are happy to host you and your dog. Some list size restrictions, many charge an additional fee, but all are pleased to welcome your pup.

While there is a substantial list in the Monterey Peninsula area, some lodging stands out as being an extra special place to stay with your best friend:

  1. Svendsgaard’s Inn welcomes a limit of two pets to each limited pet friendly guest room for $25 per pet, per night. Aggressive breeds are not allowed, and all pets must be well-groomed and vaccinated. The Inn provides a pet bed, blanket, food and water dishes for each pet, and they have crates and leashes you may borrow at no cost. Pet treats are available throughout the day. While pets may not stay unaccompanied in the rooms, pet sitting services can be arranged through the front desk. A lovely courtyard and pet pick-up station are available for your dog’s use. Ask for a pet friendly room when you book your stay. (rooms from mid $100’s + pet fee)
  2. Carmel Garden Inn is a beautiful B&B which welcomes one or two pets of any size with a $25 per pet, per night fee. They offer a comfortable pet bed, sheet, water bowl and treats for each dog. Some of the rooms have enclosed private patios to enjoy with your dog. Ask for a pet friendly room when you book your stay. (rooms from mid-high $100’s + pet fee)
  3. Cypress Inn, Co-owned by animal lover and advocate Doris Day, welcomes up to three dogs for fees of $30-75 per day depending on the number of dogs, and your pup is welcome throughout the Inn, including the restaurant and lounge. Offering pet bowls and blankets for every furry guest, the inn asks that pets not be left unattended in the room and offers pet-sitting information for when your canine companion has to stay behind. (rooms from $200’s + pet fee)
  4. Carmel Valley Ranch puts no limit on the size or number of pets, and for $150 per pet includes a pet bed, water bowl, and an amenity for each pet, and all their rooms are pet friendly. Well behaved dogs may stay unaccompanied in the room, but are also welcome to enjoy the nature trails, outdoor restaurant, and evening campfires with you. (rooms from mid-high $300’s + pet fee)
  5. Many chain hotels also welcome dogs for a fee in addition to the room charge.  Try Best Western, Travelodge, and Hyatt Regency located in nearby Monterey to name a few.

We know you’re looking for places to stay that meet your needs and don’t just tolerate, but genuinely welcome and enjoy your canine companion. You’ll be pleased with any of our favorites, and be sure to check for accommodations here and further abroad: The site is regularly updated by users to ensure the most recent pet policies for all the lodging on their lists. If you know of other local hotels or Inns to add to our list, leave us a comment.

We hope you and your pets enjoy your visit to our lovely town and find a home away from home at the wonderful dog friendly hotels and inns in Carmel. Happy Travels!

5 Home Design Trends for Inspiration

Take a look at 15 of the hottest home design trends for 2015 on The current trends we see in architecture and interior design are variations on 5 home design themes. Use these 5 trendy design themes for inspiration to create the house and grounds that are a perfect fit for your lifestyle and family.

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1) Dedicated space:

From underground garages and wine cellars, to basketball courts and home theaters, spaces designed to fit your passions are a hot trend. Your home is your castle and should fulfill your deepest desires. Don’t stop with just the basics, add custom lighting, luxurious finishes, and all the fine details for a space both functional and fabulous. Make the trend your own, don’t limit your creativity. If you’re a connoisseur of fine vodkas instead of wines, a custom walk-in freezer can be designed to outshine the coolest ice bar. Is fashion your passion? Don’t settle for a basic walk-in closet, add mechanized racks for shoes or suits, up-to-the-moment lighting, and a safe for your cherished accessories. Your creativity, coupled with fine craftsmanship, can create the perfect space for your treasured items and pastimes.

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2) Glass:

It’s giving new light and life to your dream home. The breathtaking views in our area demand glass walls. Don’t let any architectural element obscure the views that made you fall in love with your home. Glass walls, glass balcony and deck railings, and other exterior glass elements can bring the beauty of nature right into your home. Want to expand that spacious feel without building an atrium that eats up valuable floor space? Consider the gorgeous trend of glass floors and ceilings, opening up space and flooding your home with light without losing a single valuable room! Many featured homes showcase the combination of glass and water. Outdoor pools placed next to a glass wall bring the elements of air and water right up to the interior and welcome their best qualities inside. Consider playful and practical uses for windows. A loft bed for a child feels like a sailing ship with round windows to gaze through, and a flip of a switch can frost a gorgeous glass wall in a bedroom or bath to preserve privacy when desired. Modern royalty are using glass for more than just slippers today!


3) Outdoor and added living spaces:

Your property can expand your living space exponentially! Creative designs and uses for outdoor rooms and independent structures add both functionality and fabulous design elements to your home. Infinity or lap pools drenched in sun or lighting the night, elaborate decks and outdoor kitchens for entertaining, welcoming tree houses and guest cottages; you can make your home feel as expansive as your hospitality. Imagination is the only limit to the additions of comfort and extravagance these features can bring to your home and property.


4) Family fantasies:

Add space and features for yourself and your adult interests, but don’t forget kid-centric spaces, too. Consider a slide on the stairs to the children’s wing, hidden indoor hideaways or passages between rooms, and fantasy built-ins to bedrooms and play areas. These family fantasy elements add to your family’s comfort. Your whole home doesn’t have to be kid friendly, but don’t forget that pirate ship beds, princess tower reading nooks, and outdoor play spaces can assure that you’re not just creating your own dream home, but your children’s dream home too!

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5) Invite Mother Nature in:

When imagining, creating, and installing your new architectural and design features; look to nature for inspiration. Natural materials continue to be the most modern and attractive choices available today. Rich woods, rugged stone, gleaming metals, and gorgeous glass are in demand as design materials. Sustainability is always on trend, too, when it comes to sourcing and installation. Expand on the natural theme and bring it indoors by adding water features or an indoor garden, and by showcasing striking views or landscape features and using glass to make them feel a part of your home.

Use these themes and this article as a spark for your imagination and invest in the value of your home, to pay dividends of comfort, luxury, and enjoyment in every square foot of your own personal castle and grounds. With these 5 trendy home design themes for inspiration, leverage creativity and craftsmanship into the perfect home for your lifestyle and family.

The Monterey Peninsula Foundation

Pebble Beach golf tournamentPlanning and execution are in the final stages for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Tournament, and The Heinrich Team would like to take a moment to honor the Monterey Peninsula Foundation for their hard work and their contribution to enhancing the quality of life in our community.

Thousands of volunteers are preparing to stage one of the area’s largest charitable events this coming February: The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

Formed as a result of the charitable intentions and history of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation has grown from a group of friends wanting to give back, into a nationally known 501(c)(3) two nationally recognized sporting events that have become a favorite of both golf enthusiasts and players. As engaged members of the local community, we want to honor all the MPF does for Monterey County and the surrounding area.

Committed to doing the most good with every dollar they raise, the MPF funds programs that make the greatest positive impact on our community in the areas of youth, education, health and human services, the arts, and our environment. The Foundation tries to invest their grant money in efforts that are forward-thinking and future oriented. Their future oriented commitments even stretch to include efforts to go greener with their two golf tournaments, causing them to win awards for their efforts at reclaiming resources during and after the events.

The Heinrich Team would like to take this opportunity to thank the Monterey Peninsula Foundation for all their hard work and charitable contributions to the excellent quality of life we enjoy in our community. We honor their efforts, and the effect they are having on our present and our future!

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The History of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Golf enthusiasts are looking forward to one of the PGA Tour’s most anticipated events, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Tournament held annually in February. This prestigious Pro-Am Tournament attracts the finest pro golfers and an interesting array of local and national celebrity amateur golfers. Past champions have included Mark O’Maera, the only champ to win the tournament five times, Phil Mickelson who runs a close second with four wins, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Dustin Johnson, Payne Stewart, Tiger Woods, and Vijay Singh.

This long-running tournament started as a friendly get-together for a great game of golf, good whiskey, a clambake, and a chance to raise money for charity, and was hosted by singer Bing Crosby in 1937. Back then, Sam Snead won the tournament in three days of pouring rain, taking home an impressive $500 for first place. The first time the tournament was played here in Pebble Beach was 1947.

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am has become a favorite for the spectators, pro golfers, and the talented amateurs, all of whom truly enjoy the fabulous courses, fierce competition, and are proud of the charitable funds that are raised today. The history and meaning of the tournament touches many players, including celebrities like actor and comedian Ray Romano who has spoken about his pleasure at participating in a piece of history…combining his love of golf, the beautiful setting, and the chance to give back. Others, like Phil Mickelson who’s grandfather caddied here, have family history at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

So get your best game ready, make a date for February to be on the course as a spectator, or make plans to sit back with a glass of fine whiskey and a plate of tender clams and enjoy the broadcast of this historic event from the comfort of your favorite chair. Either way, you’ll never forget being a part of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament!

7 Things You Didn’t Know About the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Tournament

One of my great memories is having been invited to play in the Tournament for the years 1996 and 1997. There is no greater terror than hearing “On the first tee, from Carmel California”. My son Grant was my caddie and a steadying hand. We had a blast and the memories will always be there. Not a bad father and son outing.

One of my great memories is having been invited to play in the Tournament for the years 1996 and 1997. There is no greater terror than hearing “On the first tee, from Carmel California”. My son Grant was my caddie and a steadying hand. We had a blast and the memories will always be there. Not a bad father and son outing.

Everyone knows the tournament began as a combination golf game and clambake hosted by Bing Crosby way back in the day, and most people have heard of the champions such as five-time winner Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and 2014 winner Jimmy Walker. But we’ve gathered some fun facts that aren’t as widely known. See how knowledgeable you are about the Pebble Beach Pro-Am!

1. What other sport has played through at the Pro-Am? Hunting. The three days of pouring rain caused the first tournament to be so wet, some of the contestants took a duck hunting break. A pond near the 18th green was full of waterfowl riding out the nasty weather…so they took a short break from shooting golf balls down the green, and shot ducks instead!

2. What other sport has made a brief appearance at the Pro-Am? Football. In 2013 Amateur golfer and actor Bill Murray borrowed a football from fellow amateur golfer and offensive tackle Harris Barton, to kick a very amateur field goal into the rough.

3. What’s Crosby weather? Held in February, the weather for the Pro-Am Tournament is unpredictable at best, and can make play nearly impossible! From a snowstorm that caused one early contestant to joke that he’d accidentally ended up in Squaw Valley, to a 50 mph gale that caused another contestant to take a 16 on the 16th hole at Cypress Point, the difficult and downright crazy “Crosby” weather throughout the history of the tournament is the stuff of legend.

4. Who is the only player to win both the Pro-Am and the Professional portion of the tournament? Gene Littler, a Golf Hall-of-Fame player who won the Pro-Am as an amateur in 1954, and as a professional in 1975.

5. How many holes were played at the original event? The first tournament was an 18 hole event.

6. In which year was the Crosby Weather so bad that the third round was delayed until August? 1998! In 1996 the tournament was cancelled due to weather conditions, and to avoid canceling again two years later, officials made the decision to delay instead.

7. What’s missing at the 18th hole in the 2015 Pebble Beach Pro-Am? One of the two great cypress trees that guard the 18th was felled by 40mph winds during a storm in December. Course officials say there won’t be a way to replace the tree until after the tournament is over.

Happy Holidays!

We’d like to take a moment this holiday season to thank all of our past, present, & future clients for making this another wonderful year. Wishing you all the best of the season, have a wonderful holiday and a safe and happy New Year!


Pacific Grove Schools

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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.”


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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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!

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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

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!

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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:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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