Beautiful Monterey 5 Bed 4.5 Bath with pool furnished rental!

Being offered at $5,900/mo is this beautifully furnished Monterey rental. At over 5400 square feet this is one of the largest homes in Monterey’s Mar Vista area. This home is perfect for entertaining large and small groups of people whether you are using the indoor or outdoor spaces.


Beautiful Monterey Furnished Rental!

The kitchen offers ample space to prepare meals for large groups of people or a small intimate gathering. The formal dining room, living room and sun room all flow nicely together, allowing guests to gather as they seem fit. The family room with gas fireplace is nice sized and open to the kitchen. During the daytime, the sun lights up the interior of the home including the central courtyard that features a built in BBQ with granite counter-top. This leads to the landscaped back yard which has a small lap pool and a gas fire pit. At night, outdoor lighting transforms this area into an environment that is cozy and comfortable.

Monterey 5 Bed 4.5 Bath furnished rental.

Monterey 5 Bed 4.5 Bath furnished rental.

With 4 bedrooms plus a guest apartment, this property has plenty of room for guests. There are two bedrooms on the main level of the home, each with its own bathroom and French doors out to the yard. There is a third bedroom that was used as an office. It too has French doors, but they lead to the courtyard. The guest apartment is located over the garage and has a small kitchen, a full bath and a great room that can be used as a bedroom. There is a balcony with stairs leading down to the pool area. In addition, there is a powder room located on the main level of the home, near the family room.

Master Bath

Master Bath

The master retreat of this home is truly wonderful and takes up the entire second story of the home! It offers a curved staircase that lights up at night, a jetted tub set on granite slabs, a large sitting area with a built in flat panel TV, a walk in shower, his and her closets and lots of natural light.

Amazing Back Yard with Pool, BBQ and Fire Pit Two-car garage w/ electric door openers. Plenty of storage/closet/cabinet space throughout this home Walking distance to a park with tennis and basketball courts Centrally located in Monterey.

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Otter Days Event at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Otter Days Event at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sept. 21–22 (Sat.–Sun.) 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Included with Aquarium admission – More Info


Kick off national Sea Otter Awareness Week with “Otter Days,” our annual celebration of all things otter, including special feeding and training sessions and opportunities to meet our sea otter staff. Be sure to check out our “Otter Spotter” station where you’ll have the chance to find otters in the wild with the help of high-powered optics and knowledgeable staff.  – More Info

What The Locals Know–Hot Spots For Young Families

The Monterey Peninsula is a favorite weekend destination for Bay Area families. The beaches, sunshine and beauty attract the parents, while the kid-friendly attractions motivate the kids. Here are a few local destinations that are favorites with young families.

Dennis The Menace Park is Monterey’s famous playground within El Estero Park and offers lots of fun places for young children.

Monterey Skate Park is a skateboard park for the older kids, also found within the El Estero Park complex. Parents can picnic within view of the skateboard park and keep an eye on the munchkins.

El Estero Lake is filled with bathing birds and paddle boats on sunny days. Rent a paddle boat for a 1/2 hour and we guarantee your legs will get a great workout!

Monterey Bay Aquarium is the major destination for most visitors on the Monterey Peninsula, and rightly so! It’s beautiful, educational, fun, and lots to see. Membership to the aquarium will help you get inside quicker and earn you discounts in the gift shops, so consider getting a membership if you visit Monterey often.

The Recreation Trail runs along the water’s edge through Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside, and all the way up to Marina. Between Lover’s Point and Fisherman’s Wharf is where most people are found riding rented bicycles and surreys.

Del Monte Beach is across Del Monte Blvd. from El Estero Lake. To find easy parking, pull into the paid parking lot at the corner of Del Monte Blvd. and Figueroa, right at the foot of the Commercial Wharf #2. Del Monte Beach is dog-friendly, offers lots of sand for sandcastle builders, and is a safe beach where small kids can run and play in the waves. Picnic areas are available, as are kayaks and paddle boards. If you visit Del Monte Beach, please make sure you pack all your trash, shoes, plastic toys and such so you don’t pollute the water. People forget that high-tide will sweep all that refuse into the water and it harms our sea life.

Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck, is a street filled with candy shops, restaurants, souvenirs, and holiday memories. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is at one end of Cannery Row, and San Carlos Beach park and the Coast Guard pier are at the other end. In between, at the corner of Prescott and Cannery Row, families will delight in yummy yogurt at MYO Yogurt. During summertime, you’ll see MYO’s brightly colored yogurt cups in everyone’s hands as they cruise around Cannery Row. Make sure you properly dispose of the yogurt cups and other refuse in the trash, however, so we don’t pollute our shores!

Old Fisherman’s Wharf is another top tourist destination after the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s from Fisherman’s Wharf where you can grab a bag of salt-water taffy or depart on a whale watching tour. Visit a gift shop or restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf, or head for the sea on a chartered sail boat. There’s lots of stuff to do at Fisherman’s Wharf, but remember that you’ll need to budget for parking, and higher food prices because of the stellar location. At the foot of Fisherman’s Wharf, check out the Custom House and take a history walk in downtown Monterey via Alvarado Street’s Portola Plaza.

Insider’s Tip: In summer, from May to September, ride the free trolley through town. It makes a loop from Fisherman’s Wharf and downtown to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and back. Click here for the map.

What The Locals Know–Where To Kayak

Kayaking on Monterey Bay is delightful! From shore, colorful kayaks add an accent of beautiful contrast against the backdrop of ocean blue and shoreline. There are many places to rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards:

On the Monterey Peninsula, most kayakers stay close to shore between Del Monte Beach in Monterey by the Commercial Wharf, and Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove.

Moss Landing is another popular kayak spot because you have a large slough to play in. Moss Landing is home to many sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and many bird species, so don’t be afraid if a pack of sea mammals slowly follow you down the slough.

Canoeing and kayaking are supposed to be fun, but both can also be dangerous. Follow these tips to make sure the next paddle trip is a safe one.

  • Flotation is paramount to survival. Always carry a life jacket or life vest when paddling and more importantly, wear it.
  • Other essential equipment for paddlers:
  1. a whistle or air horn (whistles are easily attached to a life vest)
  2. abailing or bilge device for quickly emptying a swamped canoe or kayak, and
  3. a spare paddle in case the primary one is damaged or lost.
  • A paddle leash can help keep a paddle from being swept away in a strong current, but they should not be solely relied on or used in breaking surf conditions.
  • If you capsize, remain calm and stay close to the kayak.

Part of canoeing or kayaking is knowing personal limitations. This is why knowing proper paddling techniques like bracing or turning into a wave is so important. Canoes and kayaks can get swamped or capsized by unobservant motor boats, surf or bad weather. Knowing what to do in these situations is crucial.

Equally important is knowing how to perform a self-rescue. While it is advisable to always paddle with a friend or group of friends, bear in mind that they may lack the necessary skills to assist in a rescue or they may be involved in a crisis of their own when help is needed. Practice self-rescue in shallow water with the aid of a friend or find out when the local paddling club will be holding a kayak clinic.

Although a capsize scenario usually comes on suddenly, always try to maintain a grip on the paddle. Not only is it needed to direct the boat back to shore, but with the aid of a paddle float it can aid in re-entry into a kayak.

Tips for Planning a Float Trip

Research the area to be paddled, review local weather reports and find out what the local water levels or tides will be. Be aware of the dangers of hypothermia and dress for immersion. While it might be warm outside, water temperatures can vary drastically and hypothermia can set in quickly.

Always leave a float plan with a friend or loved one so that someone will know where to start looking if the group fails to return on time. Paddle with a friend or a group and make sure that cell phones are stored in a dry bag and safely secured inside of the boat. For extra security, consider investing in a personal emergency locator beacon as cell phones may not always be functional or in range of a signal.

Kayaking and canoeing can be fun and safe, with the proper precautions. Paddle safely and have fun doing it.

Read more at Suite101: Canoeing and Kayaking Safety Tips

What The Locals Know–Off The Beaten Path

There are many treasures that locals know about that many tourists overlook. If you’re lucky enough to stay awhile and see more than the “must sees”, here are a few places to check out or things to do:

1. Kayak the Elkhorn Slough during the full moon.
2. Visit Tassajara in Carmel Valley.
3. Rent a kayak or bike down the rec trail right by the Monterey Plaza Hotel.
4. Visit Big Sur Bakery, grab a few pastries and drive 1/4 mile North up Hwy. 1 and turn left to go to Pfeiffer State Beach.
5. Visit Esalen south of Big Sur…but make sure you have a reservation!

Obviously there are more off-the-beaten-path places, but these should get you started for now. If you have a cool place to share, let us know and we’ll add it.

Cherry’s Jubilee coming to the Monterey Bay area!

The annual Cherry’s Jubilee, another great car weekend, will be held on the Monterey Peninsula on September 8 – 12, 2010. Venues dsc04649include Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, and the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. The event kicks off on Wednesday, September 8th, at Oldtown in Salinas, at the Passport to Cherry’s. Passport to Cherry’s is a hometown party for the whole family. It is a strolling food tasting event through charming Oldtown Salinas with over a dozen participating restaurants and great entertainment.

On Thursday and Friday, September 9th and 10th, enjoy the Monterey Waterfront. Show N’ Shine will be from 8 am to 11 pm on the wharf waterfront lot and on Alvarado Street, where spectators can come and view cherry cars and trucks. Restaurants and entertainment will just be steps away. Also on Thursday, Otis Auto Sales welcomes all to the Nostalgic Nights Show & Shine Official VIP kick off party for Cherry’s Jubilee from 9am until 9pm on the corner of Figueroa and Del Monte Avenue, with plenty of food and dsc04638vendors, including a DJ spinning those oldies but goodies that will have you singing and dancing in the street (parking lot).

Friday night there will be a cruise through downtown Monterey and the wharf waterfront from 5:00p.m. To 9:00 p.m. The cruise will head out of the wharf parking area, south on Figueroa Street and turn right on Pearl Street; it will go right again onto Alvarado and proceed through the wharf parking lot. Spectators are free. Friday night, September 10th, you may enjoy dsc04595dancing under the stars, as Fiesta Italia presents The Joe Sarino Band, one of the most popular dance bands in Northern California. From 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey, there is no admission charge. All of your favorite Italian foods and drinks will be sold on the plaza.

Saturday and Sunday, things heat up at Mazda Laguna Seca Recreation and Raceway. Show N’ Shine for all categories will begin each morning at 8am. For a real adrenalin rush, you may want to consider Hot Laps, on the Mazda Raceway corkscrew. For $30, Hot Laps participants are given the thrill of riding in a Porsche driven by a seasoned driver on the famous Laguna Seca track. All of the cars are safety equipped and tested for track driving and the drivers are certified. Hot Laps are Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m. Also at the Raceway will be a food court, manufacturer’s midway, car sale area, sports bar and official Cherry’s Jubilee memorabilia for sale as well.

Cherry’s Jubilee will also be in Pacific Grove for Saturday’s Show and Shine. Cherry’s Jubilee participants will cruise the shoreline and dsc04594charming, cottage-lined streets of this Victorian-era resort town and park their pride and joy on Lighthouse Avenue in downtown PG. Local restaurants and other downtown businesses invite you to enjoy a relaxed, Saturday afternoon experience with your family and friends.

Cannery Row is Cherry’s destination on Saturday night starting at 5pm, Cherry’s cars will be parked on Cannery Row from Drake Street to David Avenue and in the El Torito parking lot. Cannery Row will be closed to all traffic beginning at 3pm. There is plenty of food, fun, music and cars on the evening’s agenda, and “Restaurant Row” has something for every car lover. The pubs and clubs will be rockin’ with live music.

An exciting way to wind up the weekend is with the Cherry’s Jubilee Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes are tossed from a flatbed truck to the hungry crowd. Diners listen to oldies played by a DJ as they gobble up pancakes tossed hot off the griddle by their servers. Eat as many as you can catch or, if you are not the “Frisbee” type, you may serve yourself, buffet style. The pancake breakfast is followed by the awards ceremony.

Monterey Bay Property Management welcomes all Cherry’s Jubilee participants and spectators. If you need an accommodation with a garage for your special vehicle, please ask the reservation agent to insure that the house or condo you book includes that amenity.

What The Locals Know–Weddings and Resources

by Jennifer Filzen

The Monterey Peninsula is a distinct wedding destination for many happy couples.  If you, or someone you know is planning a wedding, we hope this blog will be helpful.

First, if you’ve not yet seen it, our very own Monterey Rentals website has a wedding page.  We have found that many of the same people who are looking for a vacation rental through us are also looking for local wedding vendors.  So, we got smart and developed a resource guide for our clients.  We hope our wedding page proves useful for you and yours.

Second, if you’re booking a wedding here and you’re doing it during the high season–which is summer–know that room rates at B&Bs, hotels, and motels go up.  Believe it or not, the most economical way to stay on the Monterey Peninsula is to stay at one of our lovely vacation rentals.  If you rent a house, condo, or duplex and share the cost with others in your group, it makes it more affordable and fun.  Your wedding friends and family will likely have a ball at the “party house” that they’re sharing with other guests.  If they can have fun and save money at the same time, everyone wins!

Lastly, if you have questions about what to do, where to send your wedding guests, tours, etc., we have crafted our website to provide helpful information for you and yours.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for on our site, try visiting the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce site or the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Have fun planning for your big day!

What The Locals Know–The Joys of the Rec Trail by Jennifer Filzen

Many tourists are in a rush and don’t get a chance to enjoy the full extent of the recreation trail that extends from Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove to Marina.  Due to most foot traffic staying between the American Tin Cannery and Fisherman’s Wharf, a lot of beautiful views are overlooked.

I live in New Monterey, the neighborhood just up the hill from Cannery Row.  I often walk down the hill and turn right toward Fisherman’s Wharf so I can have a nice, long walk to Del Monte Beach, which is north of the Commercial Wharf.

My favorite time of year is between April through June when the sea lion pups are newly born and they hang out by the docks and shore-lining rocks.  They can be a little stinky (and what baby isn’t stinky at times?) but they’re so darned cute!  Hearing them vocalize and bark is so much fun.

I love the change of scenery along the rec trail.  I start my walk from the hill, where the view can extend out over the blue water all they way to Moss Landing…or on a really clear day…Santa Cruz.  On cloudier days, I’m satisfied looking out over the old buildings of Cannery Row.

As I head north on the rec trail from Cannery Row, I see the grassy park and Coast Guard pier of San Carlos Beach.  Sometimes I’ll walk out to the end of the pier to see the snoozing and/or barking sea lions.

I then proceed north toward Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy the view of the fun houseboats moored out in the water, right next to the colorful buildings along Fisherman’s Wharf.

Once I hit the foot of Fisherman’s Wharf, I look over at the Custom House and think about all the history that building has seen over the centuries.

I continue north down the rec trail and hear the tourists beeping their horns as they go through the tunnel.  Yes, we know you’re a tourist when you honk your horn.  Only tourists do that…all summer long…and it drives some of us locals a little crazy.

After the rec trail delivers me safely around the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot, I can then visit the Commercial Wharf.  If I want to check in with the commercial fisherman, I’ll walk down the wharf and see their haul.  Squid season tends to be the most spectacular time of year because the boats are out on the water all night long with their lights on to attract the squid.  This gives those of us up on the hill a wonderful boat light show.

Having my fill of the Commercial Wharf, I then step onto the sand of Del Monte Beach, right by the aqua-colored Adventures By The Sea building.  Once my toes hit the sand, my senses are more keen to hear the sounds of the waves and smell the sea mist.  I have walked as far as the Monterey Dunes Beach Resort on days where I want to walk about 4 – 5 miles.

For those with bicycles, or longer legs, you can continue all the way down the rec trail to Marina.  You can see the rec trail as you drive down Highway 1, and I love seeing folks ride their bikes or walk their dogs.

The rec trail is a Monterey Peninsula treasure, and it has made our area rank high on the “city walkability” scale.  Our rec trail has consistently been a site for many marriage proposals.  I, for one, was just recently proposed to by my honey after a nice walk down the rec trail where he got down on bended knee on the beach at Lover’s Point.

Imagine that…the rec trail is just as romantic as it is healthy, beautiful, dog- and family-friendly…and that’s pretty special.

What The Locals Know — Where To Dance

If you’re visiting the Monterey Peninsula and are looking to go out dancing, join the locals at the following dance hot spots.  See you out on the dance floor!
Shall We Dance — Pacific Grove
Saturday night dance parties:
Chautauqua Hall Dance Club — Pacific Grove
Monterey Salsa — Pacific Grove

Thursday night dancing:
Blue Fin Billiards — Monterey

Friday night dancing:
Shall We Dance — Pacific Grove

Tuesday Night West Coast Swing Classes at the Carmel Woman’s Club –Carmel

Wednesday night dancing:
Sly McFly’s — Monterey
Thursday night dancing:
Sly McFly’s — Monterey
Friday night dancing:
Embassy Suites — Seaside
Saturday night dancing:
Highlands Inn — Carmel Highlands

Beautiful Central California Coast

No tsunami on the California Central Coast this weekend, and the Monterey Bay is as beautiful as ever!  A drive that started at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove, meandered through Pebble Beach, and wound up in Carmel yielded some of the most spectacular scenery ever!  Pebble Beach coastlineWhile the rain threatened but never materialized, the sun fought to break through, eventually putting in an appearance that reminded those of us lucky enough to be here today just how fortunate we are!  What a beautiful place!