Old Monterey District Blog

Volunteer for First Night Monterey!

Posted on November 19th, 2021 by omba

Volunteer with First Night Monterey, giving back to the community while having a fun New Year's Eve! First Night Monterey 2022 will be held on Friday, December 31, 3pm-12am in Downtown Old Monterey. For more information, please visit our website, e-mail us, or call 831-373-4778.

Volunteer opportunities include: working as a group to manage a venue or site, hospitality, merchandise sales, parade coordination (lining up participants), MC for a stage at the event.

For the safety of everyone, all volunteers and all indoor audiences, staff, and artists must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or present a negative COVID test dated within 72 hours along with a valid photo ID. Masks are required at all indoor venues. First Night Monterey is committed to the safety and health of every volunteer.

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This Thanksgiving, Paris Bakery is offering a beautiful selection of pies - pumpkin, pecan, apple, blueberry, cherry, key lime, and lemon meringue - in addition to special themed cookies and a full assortment of fresh breads and baked goods.

Preorder your Thanksgiving delights by Monday, Nov. 22 for pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 24 - call us at 831-646-1620. A family-owned business, we're located at 271 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Monterey County Youth Museum, located at 425 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is still providing the power of play to families that need it now more than ever. Please support our big idea and bring the fun of learning to families in need through a contribution to Monterey County Gives!

We continue to see a need for all things MY Museum... the classes and workshops, the social and emotional learning, and the hands-on play.

Because of the nature of the pandemic, MY Museum has not been able to resume our regular programming yet. That said, we feel confident that this winter we will be bringing those art, science, music, and STEAM programs back to our museum in addition to our Fun on the Run outdoor learning series. This series takes our Daily Drop-Ins outside allowing for social distancing while participating.

Donations made through Monterey County Gives! will have access to matching funds which will increase the impact of your donation, November 11 - December 31, 2021. To make your donation, please click here.

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The Feral Market has updated our plant section! We now carry even more houseplants and pots to brighten your living and work spaces. And, through the end of 2021, we are offering 20% off all plants and pots.

The Feral Market, a family-owned retail shop featuring fun novelty gifts and women's clothing, is located at 261 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey across from Monterey Conference Center and Portola Hotel & Spa.

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Yarn by Manos del Uruguay Now at Slowfiber

Posted on November 15th, 2021 by Slowfiber

Slowfiber is proud to now carry hand spun and hand dyed wool yarn by Manos del Uruguay, a nonprofit organization that coordinates 12 cooperative workshops located in small villages in Uruguay’s countryside.

The artisans who spin and dye this yarn are the owners of the company and profits are shared among the cooperatives or re-invested in the organization, improving the lives of Uruguay's rural people.

Slowfiber invites you to visit us at 517A Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey and see for yourself Manos del Uruguay's beautiful, high quality yarn. It's also available on our website.

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Parker-Lusseau Pastries is welcoming Thanksgiving pre-orders now through Saturday, November 20 for pick up on Wednesday, November 24, 8am-3pm at 731 Munras Avenue, Suite C in Monterey. Orders must be placed and prepaid in person or by phone at 831-643-0300 or 831-641-9188.

**Parker-Lusseau Fall Specials**

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Cake
apple cake topped with pumpkin creme brûlée and a cinnamon mousse

Caramel Pear Spice Cake
pears baked in a ginger spice cake topped with caramel mouse and a hint of ganache

Pear Quince Tart
pear and quince baked in frangipane and topped with streusel (two sizes: individual or large)

Pumpkin 'n' Cream
crispy cream puff shell with pumpkin creme brûlée and whipped cream (individual size only)

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New Student Special at Om Studios

Posted on November 15th, 2021 by Om Studios

Om Studios, home of yoga, barre, and Pilates classes, is currently offering a special for new students! Enjoy 21 days of unlimited yoga and barre for $59 and/or 3 Pilates Reformer classes for $59. Please visit our website for more information and to register.

At Om, we help our community tame anxiety, melt stress, and find joy in their bodies so they can live life on purpose. Whether you’re looking to break free from your mind through a sweaty flow, or sink into deep, blissful rest, we have an experience waiting for you. We offer classes both in-studio and online. We're located at 631 Cass Street, Suite B in Downtown Old Monterey.

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For a limited time, Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, located at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey, is offering a Linger Longer, Save More Special for anyone booking now through December 17, 2021 for travel on select dates through January 31, 2022. Book your Monterey adventure now online.

With the Linger Longer, Save More Special, when you stay one night at Casa Munras, your second night is 50% off. Plus, award-winning Esteban Restaurant at Casa Munras also serves up savings: when you purchase a full-price entree, the second entree is half price.

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is conveniently located with full-service amenities to accommodate your needs. When it’s time to dine, experience Chef Mario Garcia’s Modern Spanish Cuisine featuring his new crave-worthy menu.

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It's pie time! Come to Alta Bakery and Cafe and preorder pies for your Thanksgiving festivities. We have 3 delicious options: classic pumpkin pie ($29), pecan-honey pie ($32), and apple galette ($30). Visit us at 502 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey and fill out a form to order yours, or place your order online. Pickups available on Tuesday, November 23, and Wednesday, November 24.

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Monterey County Mask Mandate Begins November 5

Posted on November 3rd, 2021 by omba

Throughout Monterey County, face masks will be required to be worn indoors in public spaces beginning Friday, November 5, 2021. This is because Monterey County has reached the “substantial” community transmission level of Covid-19 according to the CDC. For details, please read this short article in Monterey County Weekly by Pam Marino.

There are some exceptions to the mask mandate, all covered in the article. These exceptions include indoor dining, situations in which a mask would “impede a medical or cosmetic procedure,” or at a meeting where all vaccinated people have shown proof of vaccination (but unvaccinated people still have to wear masks).

We thank you for your patience, your compassion in these unusual times, and your continued support of Downtown Old Monterey's small, locally-owned businesses.

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Sometimes dairy-free ice cream tastes like...dairy-free ice cream. (If you know, you know...) But Revival Ice Cream is proud to create dairy-free desserts that EVERYONE will enjoy! It's truly delicious ice cream that just tastes great.

Revival has dairy-free choices available in the scoop case every day, and our signature dairy-free flavors are also available for nationwide shipping. Come into the shop at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey to try one of these delectable flavors, or visit our website to place an order for home delivery.

Pictured here: Revival's dairy-free cold brew coconut ice cream

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Did you know you can use Fleet Feet Monterey as your home base for any run during our regular business hours? Just drop off your keys and belongings in one of our lockers and take off! After your run, you can make use of our Recovery Zone in the store. Fleet Feet is located at 472 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Monterey State Historic Park is excited to announce that our guided tours of Larkin House and Stevenson House have returned! House tours, lasting 45-60 minutes, are now offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Stevenson House tours are offered at 10am on those days; Larkin House tours are offered at 2pm.

Tickets are $10 for adults; free for children 17 and under. Tickets can be purchased on location starting 15 minutes before the tour. Group size is limited to 8 people per tour. For more information, please visit our website or contact the Pacific House Museum at 831-649-2907. (Pacific House, located at 10 Custom House Plaza, is open Tuesday - Sunday,10am-4pm.)

Monterey State Historic Park House Tours showcase both the buildings’ important roles in Monterey’s history along with the impressive art work and antiques located inside each home.

Stevenson House (530 Houston Street) was a temporary home of the world-famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson in 1879. Though he only spent a few months staying in the boardinghouse that occupied the adobe structure at that time, his family later donated many of his personal possessions to the building, where they are currently on display. It is now one of the best collections of Stevenson artifacts found in the world today. The building’s rich history includes a stint as the hub of Monterey’s art scene in the 1920s and as a showroom for interior designer Frances Elkin after that.

Larkin House (464 Calle Principal), built in 1835, is a two-story adobe brick building that is known for being one of the area’s best examples of Monterey Colonial architecture. It is also notable for being the home of Thomas Larkin, the first and only U.S. consul to California during Mexican rule. Its interior is furnished with striking artwork and furniture from around the world.

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Monterey Tree of Hearts Exhibit at Alvarado Gallery

Posted on October 25th, 2021 by omba

Alvarado Gallery at Monterey Conference Center has a new art exhibit - the community "Tree of Hearts" are now on display to enjoy. You're invited to browse the collages made up of hundreds of paper hearts, each featuring a special message from a community member to fellow residents and their loved ones, originally created in March 2021 to hang on a tree in front of City Hall to commemorate the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in Monterey.

Alvarado Gallery is open to the public weekdays, 8am-5pm, and located on the mezzanine of Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey. Masks are recommended. (We believe that the exhibit will be on display for the rest of 2021, but a formal decision has not yet been made - stop by soon if you don't want to miss this remarkable historic snapshot.)

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Happy Hour at Melville Tavern

Posted on October 23rd, 2021 by Melville Tavern

Melville Tavern invites you to join us for Happy Hour, Sunday - Thursday, 4pm-6pm, featuring food, beer and wine specials. We're located at 484 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Happy Hour Specials include $4 bottled beer, $5 draft beer, $6 & $8 glasses of wine, plus a delightful array of eats including pork mole tacos, garlic-parmesan tater tots, fried artichoke hearts, chili-cheese fries, chicken wings, and bacon-wrapped hotdogs.

Melville Tavern is open daily for indoor and patio dining for both lunch and dinner. On weekends and holidays, we offer brunch 10am-3pm with bottomless mimosas! Come watch your favorite sports on our TVs (including our 10 ft. big screen).

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The Old Monterey Business Association would like to congratulate the 29 Old Monterey businesses and organizations that won Monterey County Weekly’s Best of Monterey County 2021. Click the links to read what the Weekly’s writers and editors had to say about each business.

Alta Bakery and Cafe
Best Coffee Shop
Best Cappuccino / Latte

Alvarado Street Brewery
Best Local Beer / Brewery
Best Bar for Gen X'ers
Best Place to See and Be Seen

Ambrosia India Bistro
Best Indian Restaurant

Bagel Bakery
Best Bagel

Britannia Arms
Best Place for Karaoke

Crown and Anchor
Best Pub / Best Late Night Hangout

Easy Street Billiards
Best Place to Shoot Pool

Euphoria Salon and Spa
Best Salon - Women

Federico's Shoe Service
Best Shoe Repair...Read More

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Daruma Japanese Thread Now at Slowfiber

Posted on October 19th, 2021 by Slowfiber

Slowfiber is happy to announce we now carry Daruma embroidery thread and sashiko needles from Japan that are perfect for mending. You can find them both on the Slowfiber website and in the shop at 517A Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Daruma thread can be used for its original intent, sashiko stitching, or, like me, you can use it for boro-style patching. (Your jeans will love you for it!) Designed for mending and repairing clothing, this thread is stronger than typical embroidery floss, and the colors are fabulous.

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Tickets Now on Sale for Christmas in the Adobes 2021

Posted on October 19th, 2021 by CustomHouse

Tickets are now on sale for Monterey's signature holiday event, Christmas in the Adobes, on December 10 & 11. Stroll the streets of Monterey and tour any one of 15 beautifully decorated adobes with soft holiday lights and entertainment.

Tickets are $25 per night for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 when accompanied by a paying adult, and free for children age 5 and under. (Buy early and save! Now until November 1, single night tickets are only $20 for adults.) Tickets may be purchased online or in person - visit the website for details.

Proceeds benefit Monterey State Historic Park children's educational and school history programs.

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