Alternative SuperBowl Party?

Places to eat in MontereyI know, there are members of the Monterey Bay Property Management team who will consider this sacrilege, if not worse.

But some of us (one?) do not watch the SuperBowl.

This year Montrio Bistro, one of Monterey’s finest restaurants, is providing an alternative. On Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 5, they’re throwing a “Bubbles and Bites” party starting at 4:30pm. (But can they at least tune in at half-time so I can see Madonna?)

Want to enjoy some quality time with your “non-football” friends? The $25 admission includes a half bottle of wine or champagne plus three “tasty bites” from a special menu.

Montrio Bistro
414 Calle Principal

Get Your Brood in the Winter Mood

Monterey's Christmas in the AdobesLooking for some holiday family fun? Take the kids to Caledonia Park in Pacific Grove on December 3rd. From 10am – 4pm this charming neighborhood park will be transformed into a mini winter wonderland with a blanket of snow and twinkly lights. Santa will arrive in a shiny red fire truck—and the Snow Queen and Frosty the Snowman won’t be far behind.

Then grab some hot cocoa and head downtown to the outdoor ice rink in Custom House Plaza, where you can skate the day (or night) away through January 8 (Mon.-Sat. from 11am till 10pm and Sundays from noon till 8pm).

And on December 8th and 10th from 5-9 pm downtown Monterey will be all aglow for “Christmas in the Adobes.” Dozens of the city’s historic structures (illuminated by candlelight and festooned with holiday decorations) open their doors and serve up music and refreshments (like bagpipes at the Robert Louis Stevenson house and Spanish fandango at the Custom House, California’s oldest public building).

Volunteers in period dress will welcome you on this walking tour of 19th century adobes, and docents will be on hand to tell the stories behind the buildings (many of which are open to the public only during this event). Tickets are $20 adults, $2 for ages 6-17, and children under five are free. Call (831) 649-7120 for tickets—the proceeds support youth educational programs at the Monterey State Historic Park.

Winter Wonderland by the Bay

ice skatingLooking for some good, clean, cold fun?

Then lace up at Monterey on Ice, a seasonal skating rink in the Custom House Plaza. Located behind the Portola Hotel & Spa, the ice rink is open from 11 am to 10 pm daily through January 9th, Saturdays 10 am to 10 pm, and Sundays 12 pm to 8 pm – including Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 (so you can skate your way into the New Year).

General admission is $12, children under 12 are $10 and skates are $3. Custom House Plaza is near Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and parking is available in the Waterfront parking lot (enter at the intersection of Del Monte and Washington), with additional parking at the East and West parking garages (exit on Del Monte Ave, stay in the left lane, do not go through the tunnel, turn left on Tyler St., garages are on either side of the street).

Where’s the Beef? Best Places to Eat in Monterey


Monterey is one of the seafood capitals of the world—sardines made Cannery Row famous, after all—but if you’ve had enough “surf” and are in the mood for “turf”… do what the locals do: head up to the Whaling Station on Wave Street.

Located right next to the Sardine Factory, the Whaling Station serves excellent prime rib, steak, fine wines and wonderful martinis (and yes, they serve great seafood too – try the grilled sardines with Sicilian salsa appetizer). Recently renovated, the Whaling Station serves the county’s finest selection of USDA prime beef. And it’s open every night for dinner at 5 pm (except Christmas).

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