Holiday Lights near Monterey | Visit Gilroy Gardens

Gilroy Gardens

As East Coast natives, one of the most difficult things to get used to while stationed in Monterey, California, was the warm winter months.  It was not unusual for the temperatures to reach near 70 degrees in November, December and January while we were there.  So looking for Christmas activities was a little challenging when [...]

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Best Family Friendly Restaurants in Monterey | Pacific Grove

Family Friendly Restaurants in Monterey

When we lived in Monterey, we ate a lot, often.  I think this is where I found the majority of the 15 pounds I brought to Northern Virginia (NOVA).  Even with all of the extra gym time the weight loss required, sampling as much of California’s central coast’s culinary scene was an integral part of [...]

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Birthday Ideas | Monterey | Pacific Grove

Birthday Ideas Monterey

Many families choose to celebrate their children’s birthdays right in their own backyards or at one of the many local picturesque parks because the weather in Monterey and surrounding area is predictable and pleasant most days.   But sometimes, life is busy and it is easier to let professionals take over the birthday party planning. Our [...]

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Scenic Walking Route in Monterey | Asilomar

walking route in Monterey

I walked for hours most days while living in Pacific Grove, which meant I was able to see many more miles of scenic interests than perhaps a tourist cruising in a car would.  A good friend and local turned me onto a loop of about 6 miles that included beach front trails tying Asilomar State [...]

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A Guide for Reluctant Visitors to Disneyland and California Adventure

Guide to Disneyland, CA

I have mentioned before Monterey is spectacularly located near many worthy destinations.  From San Diego to Northern California, there are plenty of once in a lifetime opportunities.  We were so busy during our stay in Central California that I put the almost obligatory trip to Disneyland at the bottom of our list and said, “if [...]

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Best Mexican Food in Monterey

Best Mexican Food in Monterey BajaCantina

Who doesn’t love Mexican food?  Well, at least margaritas, right?  The food options throughout the Monterey Bay area were some of the best things we encountered during our stay in California and Mexican cuisine is represented heartily.  In fact, there were so many options; I had to force our family to stray from our regular [...]

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Carmel-by-the-sea | Best Beach near Monterey

Best Beach near Monterey

Carmel-by-the-sea, or commonly known as Carmel, was recently voted by Travel +Leisure magazine as one of the most romantic cities in the world and in 2013 was voted by Condé Nast Traveler as the United States’ 6th favorite city. To top both of those honors is the distinction of being rated one of the most [...]

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Fun Things to Do in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel and Pebble Beach Area

Fun things to do in Monterey

  Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to the Monterey Bay Area:   Fun things to do in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Pebble Beach Area Location Central California was a part of the U.S. previously unknown to me and I readily admit the general location of Monterey is stellar on all accounts regarding [...]

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