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Know Your Mission – Quick Guide to Monterey’s Three California Missions

If you’ve lived here for any length of time, you probably know that Monterey’s history is connected with that of the missions in California. At Believe Inn, we’re proud that two of the first three of California’s 21 missions are located here. To get a sense of a history that pre-dates the founding of the U.S., take a tour of Monterey’s three missions.

  • three california missions, california missions, monterey county, monterey's three missionsMission San Carlos Borromeo, established in 1770 in Monterey, was the second Spanish mission founded in California. It was founded in Monterey by Fr. Junipero Serra, but was moved to Carmel in 1771. Now considered one of the most authentically restored Franciscan missions, it is also an active parish. Catholic weddings are also held at the Mission, making this the ideal spot for history buffs to pledge their vows! Call 831-624-1271 for more information, especially if you’d like to know the schedule of Masses.
  • Mission San Antonio de Padua was founded in 1771 in Jolon. This was the third of the California missions and was also founded by Fr. Junipero Serra. Today, it remains an active parish. We at Believe Inn can highly recommend The Padres’ Garden with its glorious roses and fruit trees. We also like Mission Days, an annual event which seeks to recreate a bygone era through re-enactments of the lives of soldiers, artisans and vaqueros. If you’d like more information, call 831-385-4478.
  • Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad was built in 1791 and was named for Our Lady of Solitude. This is the 13th California mission and at the time, it was a desolate and remote location. Herds of sheep and cattle were maintained and the mission produced wheat, barley, corn, beans and peas. Today, a copy of the original mission bell hangs near the church entrance and the original is kept inside the church. You can also view the ruins of the mission’s adobe walls. Call 831-678-2586 to learn more about this challenging mission.

For your guests, Believe Inn offers more comfortable accommodations than the Franciscan Fathers could ever have imagined!

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Pebble Beach Equestrian Center

Formalized in 1946, the equestrian center has hosted horse shows for many years. Today the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center is thriving as a full boarding facility, with a year round comprehensive lesson program and trail rides that guide tourists and residents through the Del Monte Forest.

Located in the famous Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center is surrounded by the scenic Del Monte Forest with 27 miles of marked equestrian trails. Just a short distance away from the center, riders can enjoy the spectacular views of the that have made Pebble Beach famous. Join one of the daily guided trail rides along the beach or take some riding lessons to discover the joy of riding.

Home to over 140 horses, the Equestrian Center is a diverse and active facility. Offering a full lesson program from beginner to advanced, boarding and training, camps, guided trail rides, schooling shows, and clinics. The Pebble Beach Equestrian Center also hosts eight horse shows a year that showcase experienced riders and their riding skills.

Enjoy the Pacific Coastline with the Group Beach Ride, this guided trail is suitable for anyone over 12 years old. Explore the Del Monte Forest in a guided tour, kids as young as seven are welcome to join. Pony rides are available and you can even celebrate a birthday or special event with a Pony Party! The Pebble Beach Equestrian Center offers an extensive horseback riding lesson program that enables students to develop their own unique talents while gaining lifetime skills and lasting memories.

Interested in the Winter Classic Horse Show? One is around the corner! March 2nd through March 6th. For more information contact the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center by phone : 831.624.2756 or email : For information regarding this seasons schedules and times click here.

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Saving Sharks with the Aquarium

Join the Monterey Aquarium to help save sharks and saving the ocean. Sharks have roamed our oceans for millions of years, and today we’re faced with the reality that a third of open ocean sharks are threatened with extinction. Around the world two sharks die every second, up to 70 million a year.

1455015739_a40ec74ad5In many nations (including the United States), the government has stepped up to restrict or ban shark finning in their water. Even though it’s illegal to cut the fins off of a shark in U.S. water, it is still legal to own, sell, or distribute the fins. Now it’s up to the states to ban the sale of shark fins – by eliminating the market it can go a long way toward protecting sharks in the wild.

Shark populations worldwide are in serious decline. Sharks reproduce late in life and have few offspring, given the numbers of sharks dying each year it’s no surprise there is a serious decline. Two of California ports are leading points of entry for all shark fins coming into the United States.

Now Californians have a chance to take actions. Two California state legislators have introduced legislation (AB 376) that would ban the possession, sale, trade, and distribution of shark fins in California. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is proud to be a lead supporter of the bill.

Interested in visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium to learn more about sharks or other aquatic wildlife? Plan to take your time. The average visit lasts around two and a half to three hours, but you can easily spend all day enjoying the sites in the aquarium! Remember to dress in layers because Monterey County averages about 57 degrees year round. If you want to miss the rush, your best bet is visiting between 2pm-6pm; during the summer, it’s best to go during the week (Tues-Thurs). Visit their website to buy your tickets online now!

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February Upcoming Events

If you’re coming from out of town, remember to book your reservations with Believe Inn!

February 15

Give $1 to the American Heart Association while enjoying yourself at the same time! Enjoy Chef Brandon Miller’s radicchio dish at Mundaka from February 15th-21st and Mundaka’s will donate $1 for each dish ordered.

Date: Feb 15 through Feb-21-2011
Phone: (831) 624-7400
City: Carmel by the Sea
Address: San Carlos, between Ocean and 7th
Zip Code: 93921

February 16

If you live in Monterey Bay or are interested in some local issues and solutions, you shouldn’t miss the teach-in at CSU: Monterey Bay. This year’s theme is “The Economics of Sustainability. Presentations will be start at 11:00am by MIIS professor Jason Scorse – author of “What Environmentalists Need to Know about Economics.” and continue with CSUMB professor Brad Barbeau at 11:30am. A variety of breakout sessions will be held in the afternoon. Located in the University Center Ballroom – for directions visit

Date: Feb 16
Time: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Phone: (831) 582-3786
City: Seaside
Address: 100 Campus Center
Zip Code: 93955

February 19

It’s time to dance! The Carmel Valley Community Youth Center and the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce are pairing up to bring you a Sweetheart Swing Dance! “Swing” on over for a delicious dinner and great swing dancing music to get you moving! This special evening also includes a presentation of Carmel Valley’s unique Good Egg Award winners for 2010.

Date: Feb 19
Time: 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Phone: 831-659-3983
City: Carmel Valley
Address: 25 Ford Road
Zip Code: 93924

February 22

Enjoy a European radicchio dish at Fandango’s from February 22-28 and $1 will be donated to the American Heart Association for each order. Celebrate heart health awareness while enjoying a delicious meal!

Date: Feb 22
Phone: (831) 372-3456
City: Pacific Grove
Address: 223 17th Street
Zip Code: 93950

February 23

Please join CSUMB as they host a lecture from Diane Ravitch’s President’s Speaker Series. Her topic: Will Education Reform Improve Our Schools? Located in World Theater, please Register at and for campus map visit

Date: Feb 23
Time: 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Phone: (831) 582-4580
City: Seaside
Address: 100 Campus Center, Bldg 28
Zip Code: 93955

February 24

Thirsty Thursdays! The last Thursday of every month, you’ll get “A Taste of Monterey” from 4pm to 7pm. Oldtown Salinas is keeping its doors open later and offering special whine by the glass prices. Visit for more information.

Date: Feb 24
Time: 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Phone: 831-751-1980
City: Salinas
Address: 127 Main Street
Zip Code: 93901

February 25

A Taste of Monterey, Cannery Row is keeping its doors open later and offering special wine by the glass prices. Join them on the last Friday of every month from 6pm to 9pm. Visit for more information.

Date: Feb 25
Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Phone: 831-646-5446
City: Monterey
Address: 700 Cannery Row Ste.KK
Zip Code: 93940

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