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Monterey County Events Newsletter
March, 2000 – Wedding Focus

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  • Carmel Weddings
  • Romance by Design
  • The Monterey adobes
  • Other Wedding Locations
  • "Fat Tuesday" Mardi Gras on Cannery Row
  • Monterey Symphony
  • Monterey Wine Festival
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Editor's Note

Many people have been asking for wedding location information, here are a few resources.

Carmel Weddings
Carmel-by the Sea is the perfect destination for the lifetime of memories that you will build on your wedding day. The ideal location for your wedding or renewal of your vows. You may wish to have your ceremony with up to 30 guests on a bluff overlooking the splendor of the magnificent Pacific Ocean. This can be casual or formal. Also available is a beautiful Mediterranean style Church or an accompanying Chapel. The Church can accommodate up to 200 guests. For more information: 831-624-4478 mailto:info@carmelweddings.coms

Romance by Design
Fragrant rose petals form a pathway to your bed draped with fabric tulle and ribbons, love notes, heart shaped chocolate cookies and a special message from you. Follow the petals to your bath lit with scented candles and indulge with delicate portions of wild clove and mint tree bath gels. Who needs romance? We all do! In big and small doses all through the year. People confide in me how busy they are and that they just have no time to be romantic, so we assist them in learning how to make time for each other; the benefits will continue to strengthen your relationship in ways you never knew possible! 1-888-922-LOVE

Galante Vineyards
Come experience the rustic elegance of Galante Vineyards, a 700 acre property nestled in the hills of sunny Carmel Valley. Our outdoor facility is well-suited for group gatherings, special theme events, company parties, weddings, wine tasting, tours and other celebrations with up to 2,500 guests. Galante offers several areas for your special event, all overlooking the beautiful and peaceful Cachagua Valley and only miles from Carmel Valley.

The Monterey Adobes
Monterey State Historic Park provides the perfect setting for your special event. Year round moderate weather and mild temperatures, coupled with clean ocean air, make this area truly memorable. Some of California's oldest and most interesting buildings are found here, tucked in amongst "secret gardens." Make a wish in a fountain. Take time to smell the flowers! Enjoy the sights and sounds of history! For more information: (831) 649-7118

Other Wedding Locations:

Chardonnay II, a 70 foot sailing yacht
Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley
The Lodge at Pebble Beach
The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach
The Highlands Inn, Carmel
The Double Tree Hotel, Monterey

If you are visiting the Monterey area in March, here are our recommendations of interesting things to see and do:

March 7 -- "Fat Tuesday" Mardi Gras on Cannery Row
Live broadcasts from New Wave radio stations and a "Doo Dah" parade featuring clowns, samba dancers, floats and lots of costumes. Venues along Cannery Row will offer entertainment throughout the evening.
Fee: Free Time: 7pm-12am Phone Number: (831) 372-2259

March 19 - 21 -- Monterey Symphony
Brahms, Shostakovich, Glinka. Alexander Anissimov, Conductor. John O'Conor, Piano. Concerts performed at the Sunset Theater, Carmel.
Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: (831) 624-8511

March 30 - April 2 -- Monterey Wine Festival
The biggest and most celebrated wine event in the country. Famous names from the world of wine and food come to Monterey for testing, tasting and comparing good wines. Lectures, seminars and gourmet dining with wine. Cooking Demonstrations. Opening night will be held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and winemaker dinners, winery tours and other activities will take place at locations throughout the beautiful Monterey County, including historic Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey.
Fee: Call for various ticket prices Time: Call for various events Phone Number: (800) 656-4282 or (831) 656-WINE

Weather Forecasts
Check out this site for weather predictions, choose the San Francisco area:

more events
For more events in the Monterey area for the rest of 2000 please look through our extensive Events Calendar:

Editor's Note

One of the more unique aspects about the town of Monterey is the beautifully restored adobe buildings. Having grown up in Monterey before and during the so-called Urban Renewal of the '60's, I remember what the adobes looked like before restoration. You can get an idea of that time and how they looked when people lived in them from the old photos in the Pacific House Museum, on the Custom House Plaza next to Fisherman's Wharf.

Dirt roads, chipped lime plaster exposing the earth of the adobe blocks, piles of brush stacked against the south side of the buildings because the storms blow up from the coast of Mexico, just like today. Empty, weedy lots. Rustic walls enclosing gardens. In some of the photographs you'll see men wearing suits, ties, vests, jackets and hats! And women in long dresses with full petticoats that brushed along the dirt.

They've cleaned things up quite a bit since then, it's called "restoration" and is necessary to preserve the sun-dried blocks of clay-rich dirt that would melt back to the earth given half a chance. But, I miss the signs of age: looking through the blue-green, wrinkle-y glass windows, 15 layers of paint peeling on the sill like ribbon candy, broken steps worn thin by the feet of generations with the comings and goings of friends, children, suitors and guests. The shreds of straw, bits of rock and sometimes china, exposed in the wall recalling the summer day in 1840 when that brick was made, was it foggy that day, too?

Three of my favorite adobes are: The Larkin House:
Open everyday with tours at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Casa Soberanes Adobe:
Open everyday with tours at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Stevenson House:
Open everyday with tours at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Tickets, which will get you into all the California State Park adobe exhibits and museums are $5.00/day and can be purchased at the houses.

A 90 minute walking tour which doesn't go into any of the houses but paints a picture of the people who lived here and their important roles in California history, begins in the Stanton Center lobby, located in the Custom House Plaza.
For more Information, Call (831) 649-7118
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily - Closed on major holidays

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