86th Academy Awards – Oscar Parties In Monterey

86th Academy Awards – #Oscar Parties In Monterey


As Hollywood celebrates the 86th Academy Awards Presentation on March 2, partiers will join in as well in #Monterey at the Monterey County Film Commission’s annual fundraiser, “Hollywood’s Big Night” at the Cannery Row Brewing Company, 95 Prescott Ave. The local event begins at 3:45 p.m. and the Oscars presentations begin on the live telecast at 5:30 p.m.

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Night with the Stars

The Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce and AT &T will hold the Night with the Stars event on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at The Peninsula Ballroom at Quail Lodge & Golf Club.  Bringing Hollywood to Carmel Valley with a Red Carpet Reception beginning at 4:00 pm followed by the presentations of the Business Star Awards at 4:45 pm and a three-course dinner and live cast of the ACADEMY AWARDS® at 5:30 pm.  This glamorous event will include raffle opportunities for staycations, private vineyard tour, SF Giants tickets and SCRAMP – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca season pass.

Stay for the after party to include dancing and fun from DNA Entertainment.

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Carmel Sunset Center presents XXMAS – The Christmas Ballet

Smuin Ballet Holiday Program

XXMAS- The Christmas Ballet

on Friday, December 6th at 8PM & Saturday, December 7th at 2PM

 CLICK HERE to buy Tickets or call the Box Office at 831.620.2048


The Bay Area’s hottest holiday ticket returns with NEW choreography from Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert, Smuin dancer Jane Rehm and former Smuin dancer Darren Anderson, and more. An ever-changing carousel of mischief and elegance, The Christmas Ballet is a perfect gift for audiences of all ages.


Stunning classical ballet, rollicking character numbers, and that Smuin sass combine for a seasonal celebration like no other. From Bach and sacred carols to klezmer, gospel, and Elvis, The Christmas Ballet has something for everyone. Be sure to treat yourself and your loved ones to this Bay Area holiday tradition!

Boz Scaggs – Coming to Sunset Center Carmel

Boz Scaggs: The Memphis Tour

Presented by Crescent Bay Entertainment

A casual listen to the Boz Scaggs discography makes one thing obvious:  Boz Scaggs is both a musical seeker and a man of sizable talent as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His explorations in blues and R&B, Rock and Jazz have produced lasting work and a career that has brought with it acclaim, a loyal following, and an enduring respect among musicians.


Carmel’s Sunset Cultural Center 2013-2014 Season


Sunset Cultural Center is dedicated to bringing you the best of the performing arts touring throughout the country and the world. They encourage you to take a risk and try something new – a thrilling experience awaits!  To read about each show, watch videos, and more, CLICK HERE.
The quickest way to purchase tickets, learn about shows, or become a Bravo! member is to visit them online at www.sunsetcenter.org. 


Something to do while Vacationing in Carmel CA!

The Waterboys

Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30PM

The Waterboys will visit the Sunset Center with current album An Appointment With Mr. Yeats in hand on their coast to coast North American tour this autumn. This will be the first full North American tour for the band since 2007.

  CLICK HERE for more information,or call the Box Office at 831.620.2048

Bringing Home the Bacon

In the mood for some gritty blues, folk and rock ‘n roll… with a touch of Philly soul?

The sizzling Bacon Brothers – Hollywood star Kevin and his brother Michael – will bring their “feel good” music to Carmel’s Sunset Center on Sept. 29 at 8 pm, with an opening act to be announced.

Why not combine this concert with a Carmel getaway? September and October are the best months of the year. Check out one of our luxurious Carmel vacation rentals:

This gated 4 bedroom/3 bath sanctuary in the treetops overlooking Pescadero Canyon and Pebble Beach is just minutes walking distance to downtown Carmel. Located on over a quarter acre, it has a swimming pool (and extensive decks and patios for pre or post-concert lounging).


“Point Taken,” a modernized, yet classic Carmel cottage, sleeps six comfortably with two bedrooms in the main house plus a separate master “casita” with a king bed and bath.

Feeling “footloose?” This stylish home is a short walk to the powder white sands of Carmel Beach.

Contact: Reservations@MontereyRentals.com 


Malbec to Merlot: Monterey Winemaker’s Celebration August 13th

Get some “viticulture” at the 19th Annual Monterey Winemakers’ Celebration – an outdoor summer festival that brings together over 40 wineries in Carmel’s lovely Barnyard Shopping Village.

Enjoy wine, food and jazz – and chat with local winemakers including Gianni Abate (Morgan Winery), Bill Anderson (Chateau Julien), Steve Pessagno (Pessagno Winery), and Paul Hahn (Hahn Wines).

From 1-4 pm, sip from a selection of some 200 wines and savor culinary treats from these Barnyard restaurants:

  • Robata Sushi Grill
  • Allegro Gourmet Pizzeria
  • Bahama Billy’s
  • Pieces of Heaven
  • Serendipity Farms
  • Flanagan
  • From Scratch
  • Hola
  • Lugano Swiss Bistro
  • The Monterey Chocolate Company

Admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the door (designated drivers are $15). You can also ride to the festival from downtown Carmel or downtown Monterey on a convenient mini bus operated by MST (Monterey Salinas Transit). Fare is just one dollar each way.

A Romantic Bonfire on Carmel Beach (with S’mores!)

i-love-you-in-petalsPut some sparks in your relationship with a romantic bonfire on the beach!

Here’s how it works: you casually stroll down Carmel Beach at a pre-appointed time and voila!: surprise someone special with a pre-lit, blazing bonfire in the sand.

Romantic Room Designs also supplies the beach blanket, extra wood, roasting sticks, and all the fixin’s for s’mores: marshmallows, Hershey bars and graham crackers.

You can even have a message written in rose petals on the sand http://st..emale-cialis/. Prices start at $139 with various options and upgrades for different occasions. (They’ll do everything but propose for you.)

Relax in this Bubbling Beauty

2405snew3-1And what could be better than soaking in a bubbling hot tub after that bonfire? Listen to the sounds of the surf while relaxing in the tub in this secluded courtyard – or check out the stars from the huge roof top deck.

With breathtaking views of Carmel Bay and the Pebble Beach Golf Course, this four bedroom 2200 sq. ft. retreat is just a short walk from the beach and the heart of downtown Carmel.


Make Beautiful Music in Carmel July 16-30

carmel_mission-2You probably don’t expect to hear compositions by John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie at a Bach music festival. But then again, this isn’t just any music festival – this is the Bach Festival in Carmel.

Carmel. A town founded by artists, poets, and writers who preferred to name their houses rather than give them numerical addresses (a tradition that continues today, much to the consternation of FedEx).

A town that allows dogs almost everywhere, but prohibits high heels without a permit. And a town that every summer celebrates the power of music with performances that run the gamut from “pastoral to exuberant, classical to jazz, and traditional to avant-garde.”

From intimate Bach sonatas at the Church in the Forest, to the festive opening night gala at the Sunset Center, this year’s schedule includes full orchestral and choral works, individual vocal and chamber ensemble concerts, recitals, master classes, films, lectures, informal talks, social and family events.

The Carmel Bach Festival runs from July 16-30 at venues around the Peninsula. Tickets are available now, and some events are free.

A “Note” Worthy Vacation Rental

t4se8new-009Indulge yourself – and your interest in the arts – in one of our many Carmel vacation rentals. Like this 1,600 square foot beauty nestled in a pine forest, just blocks from downtown.

With an enchanted backyard garden, two private decks, three bedrooms and three baths, it sleeps six (plus your dog) comfortably.


Starry Summer Nights in Carmel

imagesSee the stars – onstage and off – at the Forest Theater in the heart of Carmel. The oldest outdoor community theater west of the Rockies, this 500 seat natural amphitheater is surrounded by cypress and Monterey pines.

The original stage was built on a slope between two great pines that form the 60′ wide proscenium arch. In those days there wasn’t a curtain, and there were no electric lights. Bonfires lit the roads and paths to the theater. Then, as now, two stone fireplaces on either side of the stage are kindled before each performance, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere.

This season, the magic happens with two musicals: “Peter & the Wolf,” weekends through June 19, and “Once Upon a Mattress,” July 1-31. There’s also a summer line up of “Films in the Forest.”

5semvv-yellow-couchThe Argonaut Cottage, one of our most popular Carmel rentals, is a short walk from the outdoor theater and all the attractions of downtown Carmel. See a play or watch a movie under the stars… and then head back to this cozy cottage for a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace.