April 27, 2013

The Amazing Race!

1If you’ve been looking for an outdoor activity to sign up for, the Big Sur International Marathon promises to offer you the most picturesque course with incredible vistas.

2The race is taking place this Sunday, April 28th, and even if you didn’t sign up for the full marathon, registration is still open for the nine mile run, as well as the 5K and 3K. Cheering on your friends and fellow runners is also a fun way to spend a beautiful Sunday at Big Sur.

3With live music playing, just for you, throughout the course, this event is sure to be a memorable one!

4Wow! These pictures are proof that a visit to Big Sur should definitely be in your near future.

To learn more about the Big Sur International Marathon, click here.

April 18, 2013

Get Outside This Weekend!

Start making your weekend plans now and be sure to include some of these community events that you don’t want to miss out on.


Head to the Monterey County Fairgrounds to enjoy the Springfest Horse Show. With Saddlebreds, Hackney ponies, Tennessee Walking Horses and Missouri Fox Trotters, you will not want to miss a sunny day with your friends and family surrounded by these beautiful animals!





This Saturday is Family Day at the Monterey Museum of Art. Take part in a scavenger hunt, create your own Matisse by drawing with scissors, make an abstract landscape, build sunprints in the Sculpture Park and more. This is a creative time that you don’t want to pass on.



The Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic is a bike racing event that’s fun for everyone! Enjoy exploring this festival in the sun with over 400 vendors and booths, plus live music, food and entertainment. Get pedaling or get ready to cheer on these dedicated cyclists!



Come out to the largest wildflower show in the Western and Northern hemispheres at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. With 51 years of experience and over 600 flower species, this show is going to be beautiful!




April 18, 2013

Spotlight: Family Fun at My Museum in Monterey!

Spotlight - My Museum

The Monterey County Youth Museum, better known as My Museum, is one of our favorite local places to spend time with family. Throughout the museum you’ll find a number of exhibits that will help to build your child’s cognitive skills while they enjoy some good laughs with their newfound friends.

One of our personal favorites is the exhibit “A Day at the Beach,” where your toddlers will build sandcastles and ride a rocking boat. Nearby, the “My ImagiTree” exhibit features a tree house for children to play in while learning more about the local habitat, including the chance to observe bugs and birds in their natural surroundings.

The “My Theater” exhibit is all about getting creative with crazy costumes, props and a live camera to catch all the action on tape! And don’t forget to stop by the “Creation Station” so your little ones can create their own masterpiece to take home and display.

There’s so much fun for everyone at My Museum – it’s no wonder this local attraction is known as the place where children play to learn…and grown-ups learn to play!

April 11, 2013

Celebrating Wine, Music and the Good Old Days

Weekend fun is right around the corner. Check out these events that are happening right in our neighborhood.


The Wine, Art & Music Walk happens this Friday, April 12. This is a cool and popular way to spend your evening enjoying live music while you stroll around Pacific Grove’s finest art venues. From 6-9pm sip on wine and take in some of the best art around.


The 56th annual Good Old Days Celebration & Music Festival is a community event in downtown Pacific Grove taking place this Saturday and Sunday. Start off your day with a pancake breakfast and a parade of local community groups. Throughout the day enjoy carnival games, contests, pet shows and more. Plus, this is the largest venue in Monterey Country for arts and crafts vendors. This free event will feature live music of all types – from funk to blues and Irish folk to reggae on five different stages – all you have to do is pick your favorite style. Don’t miss this fun local happening!


Who doesn’t love wine tasting? Sampling wine throughout the Carmel Valley is always a lovely way to spend the weekend. Enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings aboard Hattie the Magnificent Trolley as you stop at all the tasting rooms from famous vineyards along the way. Don’t forget to bring your favorite bottle of wine home to enjoy into next week!

Which event are you going to attend?

April 6, 2013

Fort Ord East Garrison Confident in the Housing Market

UCP21211_EastGarrisonLogo_v10_TWOTONEGroundbreaking is set to begin next month on the building of 11 model homes and the first phase of the 1,400-home project off Reservation Road.  Jim Fletcher, Chief Operating Officer of UCP, the developer of East Garrison, says, “We believe the market is there. We see momentum building. We believe in Monterey County and East Garrison and this project. This is the first high-end production housing (locally) in a long time.”

East Garrison is one of the few new housing developments in the local area, and Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter has played a key role in overseeing the redevelopment of Fort Ord. In a recent article by The Herald, Potter stated he was thrilled that East Garrison’s first homes were on their way and that, “this is the first project out of the chute since the recession […] These guys will test the market and answer the question: Is the recession over and is the housing market coming back?”

The first phase of building has designed and planned for 441 new market-rate homes, neighborhood parks, preserved open space, a community park and the beginnings of new town center. The following two building phases are expected to produce another 959 housing units, an arts district composed of historic Army buildings, a completed town center with shops, a fire station, library and numerous parks.

To read more about the development of East Garrison and the complete article from The Herald, click here.