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
May 12, 2011 |
Vintage motorcycles may rattle. They may shimmy, shake or stall, but decades-old machines are unparalleled in their character and artistry — and, for one day this weekend, they are also on display for the public. Almost 200 vintage bikes will dot the green during Saturday's Quail Motorcycle Gathering at the Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel. Topping the list of must-sees are the Bathing Suit Bike, which Rollie Free rocketed to 150 miles per hour (and a motorcycle speed record) in 1948, wearing a helmet, bathing suit and borrowed shoes.
April 20, 2011 |
Coastal road-trippers take note: Highway 1 south of Carmel, which was shut by a landslide last month, will reopen to traffic around the clock starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday. It had recently been open only at night. However, the fragile coastal route remains shut at another point south of the Big Sur area. At Rocky Creek, about 13 miles south of Carmel, the road will reopen 24/7 Wednesday with one-way alternating traffic, according to the California Department of Transportation. Stretches of this part of Highway 1, between Bixby Bridge and Palo Colorado Road, had been shut after a March 16 landslide washed away a chunk of the road.
January 1, 2011 |
Question: In July, my wife and I stayed at the Carmel Oaks Inn & Suites in Carmel. Our room keys didn't work, so we got two more. When we returned from dinner about 10:45, those keys didn't work either. The front desk was closed. There was a "hot line" phone on the wall outside, but no one answered. We called the Carmel police, and they got us a room, at 1 in the morning, at another hotel. The owner agreed not to charge us for the night we didn't stay in the hotel but would not reimburse us the $150 we spent at the other hotel.
December 7, 2010 |
Hanukkah, which we celebrate this week, recalls the miracle of lights that burned for eight days. Israel, meanwhile, struggled to extinguish a forest fire raging out of control. Fanned by Santa Ana-type winds, the blaze engulfed the Carmel region of the Lower Galilee, claiming 42 lives, destroying communities, and consuming about 10,000 acres and more than 4 million trees. A country that has prevailed through successive wars and terrorist attacks, Israel had never before confronted such a devastating natural disaster.
December 4, 2010 |
From Jordanian firefighters to Greek aircraft, a rare outpouring of international support for Israel helped the nation battle its worst-ever forest fire Friday, but the blaze continued to rage out of control. The death toll was revised to at least 41 people, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. They included 36 prison guards whose bus was engulfed in flames Thursday as they rushed to help evacuate a nearby prison. The toll includes two police officers who were trapped in the same firestorm that ensnared the bus. One passenger car reportedly was able to escape only by speeding through the flames.
December 3, 2010 |
A raging forest fire in northern Israel killed at least 37 prison guards Thursday when their bus was engulfed by flames while they rushed to evacuate a detention facility. Nearby firefighters tried desperately to rescue them as some guards hugged the floor of the vehicle in search of shelter, witnesses said. Dozens of people were injured as the wildfire continued to burn out of control late Thursday night in the usually lush Carmel Forest near the port city of Haifa. Among the injured was the head of Haifa's police department, Deputy Cmdr.