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Downtown Monterey is a walkable neighborhood of historic adobe buildings, restaurants, shopping and entertainment options.  Parking lots and hotels provide plenty of places to leave the car and walk streets and venture into the nearby Monterey Wharf area.

The main Portola Plaza Hotel & Spa backs to the Wharf where the historic Custom House, Monterey Museum and the Adobes of Monterey meet at a central courtyard.

The Monterey Conference Center and several large hotels are immediately in the vicinity, as well as the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the City Hall, Main Public Library, MOMA and the historic parks and homes settled in the 1700-1800's era of Monterey.  

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Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

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Discover the charming coastal town of Carmel and savor a series of tantalizing food and wine tastings on this 3-hour guided walking tour. Your passionate guide will share stories about the history, culture and architecture of Carmel as you stroll to popul


Home Free Vocal Band

Friday, October 27, 2017 • 8:00pm

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission

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Dive into an underwater world of mystery, beauty and awe at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of the stunning California coastline. With your all-day admission ticket, you???ll come face-to-face with ocean animals from sharks and rays

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Galante Vineyards Tasting Room

Ocean Ave & 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93922

A Great original wine tasting room of Carmel by the Sea with history dating back to the original founders who are Jack Galante's grandparents. A great wine grown in Carmel Valley and know for reds.


Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA 93940


Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

1000 Aguajito Rd, Monterey, CA 93940

The Hilton Hotel Garden Inn is one of the Carmel/Monterey areas most beloved hotels, with guests seeking refuge among the majestic pines of Monterey Bay.


Pink Martini & China Forbes

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Ron White

Thursday, October 26, 2017 • 8:00pm

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Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940


Monterey Beach Resort

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