Take Action Now – Enact a moratorium on prosecuting STRs in Monterey County

Enact a moratorium on prosecuting STRs

In the last few weeks the County has been sending warning letters to many STR (short term rental) owners based on unsubstantiated complaints.

Take Action, Click and send an email
to help keep the vacation rental business alive
in Monterey County, CA, while we work together on a new fair regulation.

MCVRAlogo.ColorFor the last year a working group convened by the County, that includes MCVRA members, has been working on a new STR ordinance. MCVRA insists that the County Supervisors enact a moratorium on prosecuting STRs until new STR regulations are approved.

Please read the letter and, if you agree, fill in your personal information. Add a personal message if you wish. Press SEND and we will deliver the email to all the Supervisors and to the Clerk of the Board in order to have it in the public record.

 Make your voice heard!

Take Action, Click and send an email
to help keep the vacation rental business alive
in Monterey County, CA, while we work together on a new fair regulation.

Carmel’s Sunset Center Holiday Events

Dance Kids Presents The Nutcracker

Presented by Dance Kids of Monterey County | Photo credit: Robert Ellis

Dance Kids of Monterey County’s twenty-second annual holiday ballet has a fresh look with all new choreography and costumes!  Award winning choreographer Andrea Paris-Gutierrez, Los Angeles Ballet Academy, directs the Peninsula’s pre professional company in the timeless story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker. Two performances of the Cavalier and his Sugar Plum Fairy this year will feature guest artists Dylan Gutierrez and Jeraldine Mendoza, appearing courtesy of the The Joffrey Ballet.

With over 100 Peninsula dancers and gymnasts in the all new production, we continue to honor tradition and introduce brand new scenes to delight our devoted patrons as well as first time Nutcracker audience members.

Dance Kids Nutcracker has it all, sword fights, humor, beauty, grace and enough youngsters on stage to assure our audiences walk out of the theatre with a smile!



Smuin Ballet: The Christmas Ballet

Presented by Smuin Ballet

The Christmas Ballet

Choreography by Michael Smuin and guest choreographers

Baby, it’s cold outside, but it’s sizzlin’ hot around the Bay Area when Smuin Ballet kicks off the holidays with The Christmas Ballet. From classical to cool, Smuin offers two acts filled with a stunning and original array of ballet, tap and jazz. A joyous celebration of dance and a true holiday classic, this year’s program features Smuin favorites and new pieces. Let us light up your holidays!

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Soweto Gospel Choir
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 8:00 pm



When it comes to vocal talent, Africa, and more particularly South Africa, has spawned the most evocative sounds on earth and still produces the very best that the world has to offer. Soweto Gospel Choir is that very best. Since its formation in 2002, Soweto Gospel Choir has brought joy into the lives of audiences all over the world. They have collaborated with artists including U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Peter Gabriel, and Josh Groban. Returning to Sunset Center for the first time in five years, the Choir will perform both traditional and contemporary songs full of earthy rhythms and rich harmonies, adding its own unique feel and interpretation to both.

Sponsored by South African Airways

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Looking for a place to stay over the 2015 Holidays – Visit www.MontereyRentals.com


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Pacific Grove Vacation Rental – Break Out the Bubbly!

Monterey Vacation RentalJust in time for Valentine’s Day, may we present the latest addition to our vacation rental inventory: “ADORABLE.”

Decorated in a whimsical, country theme by Lydia Collins of Turn Key Design, this two bedroom cottage is so darn cute that everyone who sees it says the same thing: “It’s adorable!”

(In fact, this happened so many times we gave up trying to name it. It named itself.)

This property is located in that sweet spot in the “Avenues” between town and the beach, and for those of you familiar with Pacific Grove, you know this is “the place” to be.

The ocean is just a few blocks in one direction, and you can walk to the Red House Cafe for your morning java quicker than you can brew a pot at home.

Looking for the perfect Valentine gift? How about a romantic getaway?

Contact debra@montereyrentals.com

BUTTERFLY SPECIAL: $999/Week Pacific Grove Vacation Rentals

Everyone knows how important honeybees are—but what about the butterflies?

An essential part of the ecosystem, these delicate, fluttering jewels also pollinate flowering plants— and every autumn a small but determined population of Western Monarchs migrates from Washington and Oregon to Pacific Grove, California: a.k.a. “Butterfly Town, U.S.A.”

You can view these natural wonders October through February at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, free and open from sunrise to sunset.

But don’t miss the annual Butterfly Parade and Bazaar on Saturday, October 1 (with local schoolchildren dressed in wings) or the Historic Home Tour of classic Victorians on Sunday, October 2.

Looking for a Place to Land?

To commemorate this inspiring natural migration, Monterey Bay Property Management is offering discounted $999 weekly rates at select Pacific Grove rentals between Oct. 1, 2011 and Feb. 29, 2012 (subject to availability, holiday dates excluded, tax and cleaning fees additional).

For more info, contact the little butterfly on the left – reservationist Ashley Magallanes in her first Butterfly Parade, circa 1993.

Ashley@MontereyRentals.com or call (831) 655-7840.



Cannery Row Block Party


It’s time to party – and it’s FREE! The summer season kicks off Sunday, June 5 from 11am – 5pm with the annual Cannery Row Block Party, a lively family favorite with kids’ games, balloon artists, food, music, and entertainment.

There will be live animal shows at the Bubba Gump Plaza, and four live bands playing at Steinbeck Plaza: Long Distance Flyers, Red Glare, Nu-Horizon and Local Groove.

Jellybeans, cinnamon rolls and magic tricks…. flaming cocktails, cioppino and Dippin’ Dots… from palm reading to wine tasting, Cannery Row truly has something for everyone!


193b_-_view_2Walk to Cannery Row…

We have some great places to stay nearby, too.

Like an oceanfront duplex just a short walk from Cannery Row along the beautiful coastal trail.

Be sure to ask for the “June Special.” Rhiannon@MontereyRentals.com

The Bounty of our County

farmers-market-veggiesWe have Farmers Markets almost every day of the week in Monterey County, but two of our very favorite seasonal markets re-opened this month:

The Carmel Farmers Market at the uber-charming Barnyard Shopping Village (Highway 1 and Carmel Valley Road) is open on Tuesdays from 9 am until 1 pm, and the Del Monte Farmers Market at the Del Monte Shopping Center next to Whole Foods (Highway 1 and Munras Avenue, Monterey) is open Sunday mornings from 8 am until noon.

From orchids to artichokes, both offer an awesome array of locally grown produce and specialty items: pasture raised grass-fed meat, fresh seafood, farm fresh organic eggs, organic honey, fresh baked goods, flowers and potted plants.

Now… where to chop those yummy veggies?

img_6793Whip up something amazing in the warm sunny kitchen of this Pacific Grove jewel, with views all the way across beautiful Monterey Bay.

Then, after dinner, pop open a chilled Monterey Chardonnay and soak in the hot tub under the stars.

For more info, email Rhiannon@MontereyRentals.com

California Bloomin’

wildflowers_pacificgrove_pink50th ANNUAL WILDFLOWER SHOW

The hills are alive… April is peak wildflower season in Monterey County-and the 50th Annual Wildflower Show April 15-17 in Pacific Grove is a rare opportunity to view over 600 varieties at one of largest such shows in the world.

This Golden Anniversary event, held at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, will feature the wildflowers of the California central coast as well as basket weaving demonstrations, sketching classes, lectures, and arts-and-crafts for kids.


Meanwhile, everything’s coming up Eschscholzia californica (California poppies) at Point Lobos, where the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will lead an easy four-mile “Peak of Wildflower Season” walk on April 20. For more info, or to make a reservation call (831) 375-7777.


Sea otters, seals, tidepools, pocket beaches and a mile-long coastal trail…

If you love the beach, look no further than this 4 bedroom/3 bath beauty just one block from the white sand dunes of Asilomar State Beach.