Celebrate the 4th, Sleep at the Aquarium and Have a Reel Good Time!

Mark your calendars, Monterey, because the first week of July will be busy.  Between 4th of July celebrations, a sleepover at the Aquarium and the Scottish Games & Celtic Festival, we at Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge are wondering how to fit everything in!

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A. 4th of July events
Celebrate the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by:

  • Watching a parade at 10 a.m. through downtown Monterey.
  • Enjoying a BBQ in Caledonia Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Pay just $5 for kids and $10 for adults.
  • Tucking into a BBQ beginning at 11 a.m. at City Hall on Pacific Street.  Free admission.
  • Partaking of free food and games at Devendorf Park from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Celebrating the blues and enjoying BBQ, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel.
  • Oohing and aahing at the free Patriotic Concert and Laser Light Show at Jacks Ballpark, from 8 p.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m.

B. Summer Night Sleepover, Monterey Bay Aquarium, July 7

The ever popular Summer Nights Sleepovers are back!  Starting at 6 p.m., you can enjoy live music and wine tasting.  The doors close at 8 p.m., allowing you to explore the Aquarium without daytime crowds.  See the new Jellies Experience, visit the updated Ocean Travelers exhibit, and enjoy special programs and a bedtime snack. The evening ends with a late-night nature movie before you go to sleep in front of your favorite exhibit.  Wake up with the fishes and enjoy a continental breakfast.

C. 45th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival, July 7 & 8

For two glorious days, everyone’s Scottish and Irish in Monterey!  Events at the Monterey County Fairground include athletics, children’s activities, and gatherings of clans, highland dancing and traditional music, whiskey tastings, historical re-enactments and sheep dog demonstrations.  And, of course, there will be plenty of food and vendors on hand.
Remember to double check dates and times for all events and please book in advance to avoid disappointments and tantrums.  And if you have friends visiting Monterey for the summer, Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge are great places for them to stay.   Call us on 831-373-3252 or 1-888-551-4455 and we’ll be happy to make reservations.

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Get Your Scot On! Great Scot Whiskey Tasting at The Turf Club, June 30

Okay, Monterey, get ready to show your Scots pride!  We at Carmel Hill Lodge have been beyond ourselves ever since news of this event leaked out. We’ve always agreed with Mark Twain’s views on whiskey: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.” If you love Highland single malts, this is the event for you!

great scot whiskey tasting event, the turf club, whiskey tasting eventThe Great Scot Whiskey Tasting will be held on Saturday, June 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., at The Turf Club, Monterey Fairgrounds and Exposition Center. This fabulous evening benefits the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation and is a preview to the 45th Annual Monterey Scottish Festival, which will be held on July 7 and 8. A first ever event, it will feature several whiskey tasting stations, including Glenlivet, Hankey Bannister, Balblair Single Malt, Dalmore and Old Pulteney. Old Pulteney, by the way, was awarded World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible for its 21-year-old single malt. Oh and there will also be light appetizers for anyone interested in food!

Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door. For more information, call 831-372-5863 or send a mail to info@montereycountyfair.com. You can also visit the Monterey County Fair’s website:  http://www.montereycountyfair.com/. But don’t delay – this event is sure to be popular and you don’t want to risk not getting tickets!

We can’t wait to see you at the Great Scot Whiskey Tasting! We’re picturing a sea of kilts and tartans. And lots of happy faces, enjoying the water of life.

If you have family or friends in town, whether for the Whiskey Tasting or another event, Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge are great places for them to stay. Call us on 831-373-3252 or 1-888-551-4455 and we’ll be happy to make reservations.

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Blues, Blues and More Blues – Monterey Bay Blues Festival, June 22-24

At Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge, we’re giving you the right to sing the blues! Come to the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, where for three glorious days, June 22 – 24, the blues reign supreme. The festival will be spread over three stages at the Monterey Fairgrounds and will include luminaries such as Rose Royce, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Minor E. Williams, Larry McCray, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Paula Harris and many, many more. You don’t want to miss the tribute to blues legend Etta James by The Oakland Blues Divas or the mastery of Harmonica Explosion. Both acts perform on Saturday, June 23.

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From its humble beginnings in 1986, the Festival has grown into a phenomenally successful event. As one of the premier Blues festivals in the country, it continues to attract and feature world-renowned blues artists as well as upcoming artists. The Festival also gives teens involved with the Blues In The Schools Program an opportunity to thrill audiences at the same Festival.

Tickets have been on sale since April, so don’t delay! There are four ways to order:

For more information, call the Monterey Bay Blues Festival office at 831-394-2652, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also email Tickets@MontereyBlues.com or visit the website:  http://www.montereyblues.com/festival/ We hope to see you there!

At Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge, we can alleviate your blues if you’ve got family or friends in town and have no room for them to stay. Call us on 831-373-3252 or 1-888-551-4455 for information and reservations and we’ll be happy to show them the best of the Monterey Peninsula.

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Best Father’s Day Activities – Golfing, Hiking and Eating

Father’s Day is almost here, so we hope you’ve made plans! If not, we at Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge have some suggestions on great activities for Dad on his special day.

  • father's day, father's day activities, father's day party, father's day suggestions, If Dad loves to play golf, maybe he’d like to try the Bayonet Blackhorse Golf Course in Seaside (831-899-7271 or http://www.bayonetblackhorse.com/). Newly renovated, the two courses have elegant bunkering and graceful greens. Or you could take Dad to Pebble Beach, which has five courses in all (831-622-8723 or http://www.pebblebeach.com) and is the dream destination of any golfer.
  • Maybe Dad wants something more strenuous than a game of golf? He’s in luck! Monterey has wonderful spots for a day hike. Jacks Peak County Park has dramatic views and is a perfect spot for birding (http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/parks/jackspeak.html). Or maybe head to Garrapata State Park, with its gorgeous redwood groves and breathtaking Santa Lucia Mountains (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=579), or the rock formations and beguiling caves at Pinnacles National Monument. For a tougher hike, try the steep trails at Garland Ranch Regional Park. The great wildlife and panoramic views are well worth the climb!
  • After all that exercise, treat Dad to a great meal! Indulge him at Chart House Restaurant, Monterey (831-372-3362), where he can choose from seafood (Seared Mahi!) or steaks (slow roasted Prime Rib, anyone?) for his dinner. If he’s craving Italian, then the menu at Alberto’s Ristorante (Pacific Grove, (831-373-3993), with classics such as Linguine Pomodoro, should satisfy him. Otherwise, Edgar’s – Quail Lodge in Carmel (831-620-8910; open for lunch and dinner), which supports farms and fisheries, has delights sure to please, like the Tilapia BLT.

Whatever you do, spoil your Dad and thank him for all he’s done for you over the years. And if you have weekend guests, Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge are great places for them to be spoiled! Call us on 831-373-3252 or 1-888-551-4455 to make reservations.

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The Blush of the Grape, The Gold of the Grain – Wine and Beer Festivals in Monterey, June 8th and 9th

The weekend of June 8th and 9th sees three festivals devoted to wine and beer in Monterey.  We at Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge can’t wait to celebrate the glories of grape and grain!  Mark your calendars and meet us at:

  • Monterey wine and beer festivalMonterey Wine Festival, June 8-9, Custom House Plaza.  On the 8th, from 6-9 p.m., you’ll sip new red wines, accompanied by international cheeses and gourmet nibbles.  On the 9th, from 12-3 p.m., the West Coast Chowder Competition features award-winning chowders, paired with delicious white wines.  At 2 p.m., the Bartenders Fedora Cocktail Throw Down takes place.  At Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge, we can’t decide which event to attend, so we’ll go to all three!  For more details, see:  http://www.montereywine.com/
  • Art & Wine 2012, June 9, Carmel Valley Village.  There will be children’s activities, music from local bands and wineries offering two of their best vintages.  Organized by the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce (831-659-4000 or http://www.carmelvalleychambercom), this is a great family event.  We at Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge love supporting gorgeous Carmel Valley!
  • Monterey Beer Festival, June 9, Monterey Fairgrounds.  Sample ales, lagers and ciders from over 80 breweries worldwide.  Tickets for the main event, from 12:30 – 5 p.m., cost $40.  A VIP Tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. has beer and snacks on offer.  The Festival benefits the Heritage Foundation of Monterey, which teaches children the importance of agriculture.  At Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge, we love events that support good causes!  For more info, visit http://www.nightthatneverends.com/brew_with_a_view.html.

Get your tickets now!  And if you have friends visiting Monterey for these festivals, Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge are great places for them to stay.   Call us on 831-373-3252 or 1-888-551-4455 and we’ll be happy to make reservations.

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