Old Monterey District Blog

Introducing The Stevenson Monterey Hotel!

Posted on October 13th, 2014 by omba

Travelodge in Monterey has changed its name to The Stevenson Monterey Hotel! We are now a fully independent hotel with the same great staff and service you’ve come to love over the years, operating under the same ownership.

Along with super-friendly, concierge-style service, we also offer free wi-fi, continental breakfast, parking, air conditioning, and a seasonally heated pool. The most reasonably-priced downtown hotel year-round, clean and well-maintained, we’ve become a go-to spot for travelers from all over the world, some of whom have returned year after year for decades!

Our central location, at 675 Munras Avenue, gives our guests convenient access to more than 60 restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques within walking distance, including those in Old Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf. And we’re only a 12 minute walk away from the Monterey Conference Center.

Whether you’re visiting on a romantic getaway or with your family, we’ll have the right room for you.

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for every booking during the month of October, Blush Makeup & Skin Studio will donate $5 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Your makeup consultation and application will help someone's fight! Make an appointment soon and help us empower women - please phone Blush at 831-901-3924.

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Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill Announces New Happy Hour

Posted on September 30th, 2014 by omba

Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill is pleased to announce our new Happy Hour, 3pm-6pm daily. Enjoy beer and food specials along with a new mid-day dining menu!

In addition, we'll now be open Sundays at 10am for some great football as well as beer and food specials. And, along with the Sunday football specials, Alvarado Street Brewery will offer Happy Hour beer prices on Mondays from 3pm until closing.

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Photographs by Susan Theodore at Monterey Conference Center

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by omba

The City of Monterey, Colton Hall Museum & Cultural Arts Commission, and the Monterey Conference Center are pleased to announce the Alvarado Gallery exhibit: Along the Way, Photographs by Susan Theodore. The exhibit will be on display August 8 - October 19, 2014 in the Alvarado Gallery located at the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza.

Susan first created photographs in Chicago neighborhoods and lakefront, trying to make visual sense of the streets, buildings, and people she encountered. She began capturing images that resonated with her and sought to evoke memories and emotions in the viewer.

Susan moved to Monterey in 2003 and was enchanted by the great visual contrast to Chicago. She explored the historic missions and adobes, private homes and military installations, fishing boats, wharf activity, and sea coast that seemed so foreign to her. She worked to make photographs that gave each viewer a sense of what she saw, offering them an opportunity to enter into a photograph from their individual perspectives. Her work became more abstract as she attempted to distill the urban landscape into core emotional components.

This exhibit offers images of Monterey she made over the past six years. Her work can be viewed online at photographsbysusantheodore.com.

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The Monterey History and Art Association, Museum of Monterey - Stanton Center and Whalefest 2015 are calling for submissions of photographs by local photographers from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties to be exhibited at the Museum of Monterey (5 Custom House Plaza in Monterey) and subsequently donated to a drawing to benefit both the Museum and Whalefest Monterey.

The subject matter of the photos should be marine life and activities photographed locally. The prints can be any size up to 16×20 inches, black and white or color, and should be mounted on a board so they can be displayed on an easel. On the back should be the photographer's name and a brief description of the subject matter, where and when taken, and any technical details of the shot.

Initial submissions of up to three photos should be made in digital form to Pete Rerig at [email protected]. Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2014. Accepted mounted prints need to be delivered to the Museum by November 7, 2014. The quality of the prints needs to match that of the electronic entry, especially with regards to resolution. Whalefest reserves the right to reject the prints if they do not meet quality standards.

Up to 30 photos will be selected by the Museum's curators. They will be displayed on easels throughout the Museum beginning November 15, 2014 until the last day of Whalefest on January 25, 2015. Many of Whalefest's lectures, presentations, and documentary screenings will take place at the Museum on January 24 and 25. Intellectual property rights remain with the photographer.

While the photos are on exhibit, patrons may purchase tickets for a drawing to win one or more photos of their choice by placing tickets into individual receptacles for each photo. A drawing from each receptacle will be held to determine the winner of that particular photo on January 25, 2015. Winners do not need be present to win. Winners may pick up the prints at the Museum, or have them sent to them, in which case shipping and handling charges apply.

For more information, please click here or contact Antoinette Saylor at [email protected].

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Om Studios presents Fit & Flexible Classes

Posted on August 30th, 2014 by omba

Om Studios in Monterey presents Fit & Flexible with instructor Jill Willett, Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 2 - October 2. Fit & Flexible is personalized, convenient, and effective. Come for the 30-minute high-intensity workout, the 45-minute full-body stretch, or both!

Session 1, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12pm-12:30pm
High intensity 30 minute full-body workout. Utilizing training in TRX, Barre, and Personal Training. $20 drop-in fee.

Session 2, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30pm-1:15pm
Flowing full-body stretch using techniques including resistance stretches, breathing techniques, and yoga.

Fee is $20 per session, drop-in; $30 for both sessions together, drop-in; or $250 if you pay for all 20 classes in advance. For more information, please visit Om Studios website, or phone 831-204-7949.

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House Blend Happy Hour at Cibo Restaurant

Posted on August 30th, 2014 by omba

Beginning Friday, September 5, Cibo Restaurant, KWAV 96.9 FM, and Maddox present "House Blend" Happy Hour every Friday night, 4pm-8pm. Enjoy a sophisticated post-work celebration blend of music, mingling, and diversion. DJ Sy-Ence will be playing a tasteful blend of Soul, R&B, House, and Jazz to ease you into the weekend.

Cibo will offer $3 well drinks, beer and wine, plus a tasty Small Bites Menu including grilled cheese and short rib panini with caramelized onions and arugula, grilled prawns with salsa verde and black garlic, and polenta caprese. Enjoy $7 specialty cocktails such as an agave margarita, lavender martini, or cherry blossom fizz, to name a few.

Stay for dinner at Cibo and receive a complimentary Chef's Choice Appetizer with your entree when you mention KWAV.

Cibo is open seven nights a week for dinner from 5pm with the bar opening at 4pm. For more information, please visit Cibo's website or phone 831-649-8151.

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NFL and college football season is here, and Characters Sports Bar & Grill at Monterey Marriott is expanding its morning hours on the weekends so you can watch the games on our eleven HDTVs.

Beginning August 30, Characters will open Saturdays at 9am and begin serving lunch at 11:30am.

Beginning September 7, Characters will open Sundays at 9am, offering our spectacular All You Can Eat Breakfast Burrito Bar ($11), 9am-11:30am, as well as our Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar ($6), 9am-4pm. At 11:30am, we'll begin serving our regular lunch menu.

Are you more of a night owl than an early bird? We stay open until midnight on Saturday and 11pm on Sunday.

Come on down, watch football with us, and enjoy delicious food and drink! We're able to show all NFL games (except Oakland Raider Blackout Games) and most college games. We also offer free wi-fi access. For more information, call us at 831-647-4023.

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The CSUMB SBDC is partnering up with JL White International to bring the 12 O'Clock High to Monterey County. The program begins with an innovative one-day workshop followed by follow-up coaching and support. We have seen amazing results and want to share this with small business owners in Monterey County! The 12 O'Clock High event is scheduled for September 19.

We are holding a 90 minute free Webinar with Dr. Jim White on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10 am PT. Dr. White will take your questions and review 9 keys to personal and professional success. Bring your most pressing issue to the session and he will address your issue and give you a strategy or strategies that you can use immediately to solve your issue. We invite you to participate and learn more about what 12 O'Clock High is all about!

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The Monterey Marriott is located in the heart of historic downtown and is just steps from Fisherman's Wharf, making it an ideal choice for business and leisure travelers.

The Monterey Marriott has recently renovated, smoke-free guest rooms featuring beds topped with luxurious cotton-rich linens and plenty of fluffy pillows. Business travelers appreciate the hotel's high-speed wireless Internet access, well-equipped business center and 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

Our hotel boasts two convenient on-site restaurants and professional catering services. A heated outdoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center with LCD screens on all cardio equipment are additional amenities that make our property an exceptional place to get away.

Experience first-class service at the Monterey Marriott when you book our accommodations for your next vacation, business meeting or escape to Monterey Bay.