Old Monterey District Blog

Fin + Field restaurant and bar at Monterey Marriott Hotel is happy to announce our new, seasonal dinner and bar menus!

Executive Chef Josh Silva-Arias presents a fresh dinner menu of California cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. And don't miss our bar menu, featuring such favorites as fish and chips, artichoke dip, and hot wings.

Fin + Field is now serving breakfast and dinner daily, 6:30am-11am and 5pm-10pm, and our bar is open Sunday - Thursday, 4pm-10pm and Friday and Saturday, 4pm-11pm. Happy Hour is celebrated daily, 4pm-6pm. Join us at 350 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Got family? The legendary Merritt House Hotel, located at 386 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is the perfect place to stash the whole family this holiday season!

Throughout December, take advantage of our Holiday Special, featuring single rooms, regardless of bed type, for $180 per night plus tax*. Let us take care of all your treasured guests! Visit our website today to make your reservations.

*Please note: our Holiday Special excludes black out dates and some dates where restrictions apply, such as New Year's Eve weekend.

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Old Monterey Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Posted on November 30th, 2021 by omba

Start your holiday shopping with Old Monterey's Gift Ideas Gallery! It's chock full of unique gifts available at small businesses in Downtown Old Monterey in all price ranges. We'll continue to add new items throughout the holiday season.

When you shop locally, you support small businesses owned by your neighbors, strengthen your downtown community to resist tough times, reduce environmental impact, and always find the most creative, thoughtful gifts. Just look for a gift in the Gallery, click on the photo, and you'll be taken to the shop's online store or a page with their contact information.

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In December, Venture Gallery is featuring Full Spectrum Art, a collection of work by our local artists on 10" x 10" canvases with special prices just right for holiday gifting.

In time for the holidays, all Venture Gallery artists were challenged to do their best work on a 10x20 canvas and assigned a color… but the subject media and style was left up to each artist. The result is a dramatic exhibition we are calling Full Spectrum Art. Come and see this striking work!

Venture Gallery is now open daily, 10am-6pm. Full Spectrum Art will be featured through October 2021. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

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Franklin Street Collaborative, located at 201 West Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey, always carries a wealth of gifts in our shop, many of which are locally made by women-owned businesses. For the holiday season, we've pulled together some gift packages consisting of items from our store to make your shopping experience simply merry.

Treat Thyself Package
Valley Botanicals body oil
Tailored Union socks for women
Coucou snowflake earrings
Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine styling mist
Mermaid Moon perfume
Glowing Mommy candles (2)

Foodie Package
Foustman’s salami
The Honey Ladies raw honey
Anna Vela mug
Todo Verde loose leaf tea
Speckled Nose Farm spice

Ocean Package
Sea Salt & Bloom resin dish
Leah Mark Design earrings
Coucou ornament
Green Directive soap
Lilac & Dahlia cleansers
Human Minded bath bomb

Hair Package
Gigi Pip hat
Gigi Pip hat scrub
Gigi Pip hat spray
Gigi Pip hat brush
Mason Pearson hairbrush

Purple Package
Gigi Pip bucket hat
Divine Intention candle
Jazgandi lipgloss
Greda earings
Veronicare moisturizer
Maican dominoes
Gypsy Luxe tan can

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Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe, located at 539 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey, now has fresh stollen on our shelves from now until Christmas. This holiday favorite is so popular you should probably place your order in advance just to make sure it's there when you want it, 831-641-9188.

What is stollen? A traditional German fruit bread with candied orange rind, raisins, and sliced almonds macerated in rum...plus it features the amazing flavors of cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and a hint of tellicherry pepper.

Slice it, toast it, smother it with butter, eat it...Repeat! Bonus feature: it makes your house smell like Christmas.

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Winter Specials at Spa on the Plaza

Posted on November 29th, 2021 by Spa on the Plaza

Spa on the Plaza, located at 201 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is offering two special winter services now through December 2021. To make an appointment, please phone us at 831-647-9000.

Winter Highlights

Winter Massage
$195 for 80 minutes
Enjoy a stimulating blend of aromatherapy oils of pine, orange, and cinnamon with this full body massage focused on the neck and shoulders which includes steamy compresses on the back.

Winter Rejuvenation Facial
$140 for 60 minutes
We use botanical extracts, vitamin B5, and a hyaluronic acid to hydrate, calm, and balance the skin. This is a perfect facial during the cold winter months - leave relaxed with your skin glowing. Excellent for all skin types.

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Rosine's Restaurant is holding a food and toy drive this holiday season to benefit the Salvation Army! From now until December 24, 2021, bring in three new cans of non-perishable food or one new unwrapped toy and receive a free small bite dessert with your dine-in meal (offer not good for take-out meals).

Rosine's, a local family-owned business known for its comfort food and wonderful desserts, is located at 434 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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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 31, 2021 for travel on select dates through March 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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