August 10, 2012 |
Itching to escape the heat and head north to wine country? On Saturday afternoon Monterey Wine Country celebrates the festival's 20th anniversary in Carmel. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door on the day of the event. And get this, designated drivers pay just $15, presumably because they will not be imbibing - or at least as much What's happening? Tastings of Monterey wines, food from local restaurants, music from the Red Beans & Rice jazz band - and of course, an auction.
May 13, 2012 |
Ask a hard-pressed mom what she wants forMother's Dayand she's apt to say she'd like a break from chores. No cleaning, shopping, cooking, volunteering, driving or organizing. Herewith, a few luxurious getaways where moms will never be asked to do any of the above. (Moms, we suggest you leave this article in a strategic location.) Carmel Valley Ranch Carmel Valley Ranch takes great pains to cater to families and adults - separately. Although it is an ideal retreat for families, it is also one of the most serene places to go with friends or partners.
January 7, 2012 |
Add it all up, and Doris Day's singular singing voice has spent more than 11 years on the Billboard charts. Her three dozen-plus films made millions of fans and dollars. And now, after nearly two decades of living below the radar in Carmel, Doris Day is back on the charts. "My Heart" is a baker's dozen of songs from the vaults, many produced by her late son, Terry Melcher, who worked with the Byrds and who co-wrote and sang "Happy Endings" on the CD, and sang a second song on it with his mother.
October 17, 2011 |
Travel company SpaFinder is marking its 25th anniversary with special rates on high-end stays at several resorts in California, Mexico and the East Coast. The cost is pricey -- $2,500 for two -- but might appeal to those looking for a splurge with some savings. The drill: SpaFinder sells coupons for packages that travelers then redeem with the resort. Check coupon redemption and blackout dates and any other restrictions before you buy to make sure this deal will work for you. The deal: I chose to check out an upcoming $2,500 offer for Bernardus Lodge (415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; 
September 24, 2011
For someplace fresh and exhilarating in Carmel, try Dametra Cafe. We never miss sharing their Greek combination platter ($19.95) on an all-Mediterranean menu. Everything is affordable; the place is tiny, colorful and exuberant but not noisy. Co-owner Bashar Sneeh is likely to stroll by strumming his oud. Pizzas from $11.95, entrees from $14.95. Dametra Cafe, southeast corner of Ocean and Lincoln, Carmel by the Sea; (831) 622-7766, http://www.dametracafe.com . Barbara Frank San Luis Obispo
May 12, 2011
The Quail Motorcycle Gathering When: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Where: Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club, 8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel Cost: $65 per person, $15 for children 12 and younger (includes gourmet lunch and live music) Info: http://www.quaillodgeevents.com