May 24, 2013

Memorial Day and More!

Memorial Day weekend is here and it’s time to celebrate in the sunshine with friends and family.



May 17, 2013

Fairs, Festivals, Food and Cars!

Monterey is full of fun events happening this weekend. Whether you plan to be outside enjoying the sunshine or eating your favorite meal, you should definitely check out these local festivals.


The Salinas Valley Fair is happening May 16-19. This year’s theme is Country Nights and Carnival Lights. Enjoy rodeos, food and carnival games. There is something fun here for the whole family, and who doesn’t love a good carnival?


May 17, 2013

Breaking Ground at East Garrison

East GArrison Ground Breaking

This past Thursday, groundbreaking at East Garrison got underway! This is the first phase of construction on the 244-acre master-planned community, which will offer a wide variety of housing options on the grounds of historic Fort Ord.

Union Community Partners (UCP) CEO Dustin Bogue, along with the fifth district supervisor, Dave Potter, delivered addresses to commemorate the occasion. Mr. Bogue was quoted saying, “We are excited that our vision for this unique and truly comprehensive community is beginning to come to life with the first phase of development underway, we have begun to lay the foundation for a dynamic and inviting community that will serve residents for years to come while preserving the legacy of East Garrison’s past.”


May 11, 2013

Monterey Wine Country


When most people think of Monterey County, they think of a beautiful coastline along the base of the green rolling hillsides covered with vineyards.

With over 175 vineyards, this 90-mile long valley is the home to some of the most unique and popular wine growing companies in the nation and boasts some of the best tasting wines.

The Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently named Monterey County as one of “2013’s Top Ten Wine Travel Destinations.” Did you know that if you were to visit a different Monterey County vineyard every weekend for a year, you would still have so many more to explore?


Because there are so many choices, it can be difficult to decide where to start your wine tour. One of our favorite vineyards to visit is Ventana Wines, which is owned by a small group of local growers who have lived and worked in this region for generations. Ventana is the single most award-winning vineyard in America.

Which vineyards are you planning to visit this weekend?

May 7, 2013

UCP, LLC Announces Groundbreaking of East Garrison Community in Monterey Bay, California

– Groundbreaking Marks Initial Phase of Construction on 244-Acre Master-Planned Community –

– Community to Offer Wide Variety of Housing Types, Located on the Former Fort Ord Army Base –

– Pre-Sales for New Single-Family Homes Expected to Commence in June –

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 06, 2013–
UCP, LLC, a homebuilder and land developer based in San Jose, California, today announced that it has commenced the initial phase of construction on East Garrison, a 244-acre master-planned community situated on the former Fort Ord Army Base in Monterey Bay, California. To commemorate the occasion, UCP will host an onsite groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 9th between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT. Notable speakers include UCP Chief Executive Officer Dustin Bogue and Fifth District Supervisor Dave Potter.

“We are excited that our vision for this unique and truly comprehensive community is beginning to come to life,” said Mr. Bogue. “With the first phase of development underway, we have begun to lay the foundation for a dynamic and inviting community that will serve residents for years to come while preserving the legacy of East Garrison’s past.”

Located at the intersection of Reservation Road and Inter-Garrison Road, East Garrison is expected to include 1,400 new homes, a 65,000 square foot historic arts district, a 34,000 square foot mixed-use town center, a library, parks, public safety stations and easy access to public transportation. Phase One of East Garrison will feature single-family homes, townhomes and apartments with a new home model complex slated to open this fall. UCP expects pre-sales for new single-family homes, which will be developed by its wholly-owned subsidiary Benchmark Communities, to commence in June.

East Garrison will offer prospective homeowners three unique single-family product types totaling 11 different floor plan designs with a variety of elevations, helping to create attractive streetscapes. Benchmark Communities’ single-family product types include Monarch, comprised of approximately 1,600 — 1,900 square feet of living space offering up to four bedrooms and three bathrooms; Artisan, comprised of approximately 1,700 — 2,600 square feet of living space offering up to five bedrooms and four bathrooms; and Heritage, comprised of approximately 2,100 — 3,650 square feet of living space offering up to six bedrooms and four bathrooms. UCP anticipates move-in ready homes by the end of the year.

East Garrison is the result of an extensive public planning process that received unanimous approvals and broad community support. The community has been carefully planned and designed to function as an all inclusive village with home ownership options for a variety of lifestyles and budgets. For additional information on East Garrison please visit

About UCP, LLC:

UCP, LLC is a homebuilder and land developer, with significant land acquisition and entitlement expertise, in growth markets in Northern California and with a growing presence in attractive markets in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. UCP builds and markets all of its homes under the Benchmark Communities brand, its wholly-owned subsidiary. To learn more about UCP please visit To learn more about Benchmark Communities, LLC please visit:


ICR, Inc. on behalf of UCP, LLC

Jason Chudoba, Kellie Baldyga, Hayley Cook


Learn more, here.

May 2, 2013

Music, Food and Cinco de Mayo

If you haven’t decided how you’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend, consider attending one of these local festive events.

1Enjoy a special dinner and tequila tasting on Friday, May 3, at the Museum of Monterey. Every year the museum celebrates Monterey’s Spanish heritage. Come out to learn about the rich cultural history of Monterey at this food-filled event.

2Head over to the Northridge Mall in Salinas this Sunday to celebrate the Battle of Puebla. With games, raffles, activities and more, the entire family will have a great time!

3If you want to stay home but still want to celebrate, check out these recipes. With everything from margaritas to enchiladas and jalapeno poppers to churros, you’ll definitely be all smiles by the time this meal is over!