Yes, there really is a Knight in Shining Armor in Carmel-by-the-Sea! Come to the Carmel Canine Cottages Competition

 

Fairytale Castle by Jeff Crockett Bldg & Design and J. Stepanek Construction
Fairytale Castle by Jeff Crockett Bldg & Design and J. Stepanek Construction

Carmel Canine Cottages Competition August 13th-16th at Alain Pinel Realtors 10-4pm in Carmel on Junipero between 5th & 6th          Benefit for the SPCA

I know many of us as young girls dreamed of meeting a knight in shining armor (or maybe even being a damsel in distress) and being whisked away to his castle on horseback – do you think our doggie friends have similar dreams?  During “Car Week” which is just beginning Alain Pinel Realtors decided to do something different.  Local architects, designers, and builders were invited to imagine and create “Canine Cottages” in different architectural designs pairing our love of both homes and our pets.

"The Tudor" designed by Helen Okada and built by Jim Yates Construction
“The Tudor” designed by Helen Okada and built by Jim Yates Construction

These “doghouse masterpieces” are being auctioned off at Alain Pinel Realtors through Tuesday August 16th via a Silent Auction manned by SPCA volunteers.  All monies collected go to the SPCA to help fund their efforts in caring for animals and currently they are very busy attending to animals misplaced by the Big Sur fire keeping them fed and safe and providing homes.

SPCA event chair (on right) and a volunteer
SPCA event chair (on right) and a volunteer

Today’s young women aren’t into fairytales so much so perhaps a more modern theme would work for today’s modern pooch!

Contemporary designed by Sterling -Huddelson & constructed by Carrol & Strong Builders, Inc.
Contemporary designed by Sterling -Huddelson & constructed by Carrol & Strong Builders, Inc.

You can bid on these Canine Cottages from 10am-4:00pm from Saturday August 13th – Tuesday August 16th.  Then on Tuesday from 4:00pm-7:00pm there will be a grand reception at Alain Pinel Realtors  where the Best of Show will be awarded and the results of the Silent Auction will be announced.  Don’t miss this event of the Season! Entry fee is $50 ~ all proceeds benefit the SPCA.

Green/Smart home designed by Jeselnick architect & construction by Hare Construction
Green/Smart home designed by Jeselnick architect & construction by Hare Construction

Then for the thoroughly modern and politically correct pooch we have the Green/Smart home complete with a natural roof and fountain.

Jeselnick Architect & Hare Construction
Jeselnick Architect & Hare Construction

 

Colonial by Bakker Construction - modeled from a historic home in Pacific Grove
Colonial by Bakker Construction – modeled from a historic home in Pacific Grove

Our Monterey Peninsula is filled with history and historic homes and this next doggie abode has a history of its own.  It is a colonial design and patterned off a real historic home in Pacific Grove on Central Avenue that was remodeled by Bakker Construction.

Doggie treats and playthings in the lid.
Doggie treats and playthings in the lid.
Note the side door entrance for our doggie.
Note the side door entrance for our doggie.

Ok, I guess you are all wondering which is my favorite? What can I say, I’m a “fairytale/castle girl”!

Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors admiring the Castle.
Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors admiring the Castle.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to help the SPCA and have fun at our grand reception!  Tickets available at our offices or online.

And, if you should need a home yourself?  Call me!

Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors 831-320-6801

 

 

It’s a Dogs World in Carmel-by-the-Sea~Carmel Canine Cottages Competition

Carmel Canine Cottages Competition

Carmel-by-the-Sea   August 13th-16th from 10:00am – 4:00pm Alain Pinel Realtors on Junipero between 5th & 6th

Benefiting the SPCA

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It’s happening this weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea, the first annual Alain Pinel Realtors Carmel Canine Cottages Competition!  This event will benefit the SPCA with a silent auction of uniquely designed canine cottages.  Local architects and designers and builders have teamed up and created some amazing “canine cottages” or as some people call them – doghouses.  But these are no ordinary doghouses!  We have one that is a “colonial” built by Bakker Construction, a “contemporary” designed by Sterling-Huddelston and built by Carrol & Strong Builders, and if that isn’t enough a “castle” — Yes, I said a castle, by Jeff Crockett Building & Design and J. Stepanek Construction.  And, of course, the really discerning pooch will demand a “Green/Smart Home” so we have one of those too thanks to Jeselnick Architect and Hare Construction!  And last but not least, being in Carmel we had to throw in a “Tudor”so Helen Okada and Jim Yates Construction created a “Tudor” for the event.

Many thanks to all our architects, designers and builders!contractors

To bring one of these fabulous Canine Cottages home for your beloved pet, join us in a silent auction or just come and see these amazing structures at Alain Pinel Realtors on Junipero between 5th & 6th (across from Bruno’s) August 13th – 16th.  All funds collected from the silent auction will go to the SPCA and there is no charge to view.  As many of you know, the SPCA in addition to their usual good work is very busy saving all kinds of animals that have been displaced by the Soberanes fire.  They need our support now more than ever!

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Every event needs a fantastic finale so be sure to come to the reception on Tuesday, August 16th from 4:00-7:00pm after viewing the cars at Concours On the Avenue in Carmel.  Entry tickets to the event can be purchased for $50 at Alain Pinel Realtors or online.  All funds collected will go to the SPCA.  On Tuesday the SPCA will have some wonderful doggies in front of Alain Pinel Realtors that are looking for a loving home so if you’re looking for a furry friend, we can help!

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This is going to be a FUN EVENT!!  Come on by!

ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “A” is for AT&T Pro Am Golf Tournament

Welcome to the ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula, a 26-part series all about the Monterey Peninsula from A -Z.  Posts will be published every Friday and Tuesday evening until we get to “Z”!

ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula     “A”  is for the AT&T Pro Am Golf Tournament ~ February 6-12 2017

AT&T Pro Am Golf Tournament ~ Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach
AT&T Pro Am Golf Tournament ~ Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach against a back drop of Carmel Beach

This photo epitomizes the AT&T Pro Am experience.  Picturesque holes, golfers photographed with the back drop  of the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful white sands of Carmel Beach.  When my husband and I lived in San Francisco we came down to the AT&T numerous times.  The weather was often cold and foggy or rainy,  but we didn’t care.  I don’t know if it’s global warming or not, but the last five years the weather has been much better in the beginning of February and we often now enjoy sunny skies and fairly warm temperatures.

Pebble Beach Golf Links Photo taken by Bob Borden
Pebble Beach Golf Links Photo taken by Bob Borden

Now that we’ve lived on the Monterey Peninsula for 17 years we still love to watch the golf tournament, but now sometimes it’s from the couch.

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Pebble Beach Golf Links taken by Bob Borden

The AT&T Pro Am Golf tournament that started as the “Crosby Clambake” 79 years ago to raise money for charity never fails to bring thousands of visitors to the Monterey Peninsula hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrities on the course where the greens meet the sea.

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood

Over the years playing to the camera have been celebs like Ray Romano, Kevin Costner, Chris O’Donnell, Andy Garcia, Bill Murray, Huey Lewis,Kenny G, Don Johnson, and Clint Eastwood.  Added to the mix are sports figures from many sports including  football and baseball stars.

Pebble Beach Golf Links ~ photo by Bob Borden
Pebble Beach Golf Links ~ photo by Bob Borden

Millions of dollars are raised every year at the tournament which are distributed by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation to numerous charitable organizations.  In 2015  a total of 9.1 million dollars was awarded to local non-profits in the tri-county area in that year alone.

Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach Golf Links

The tournament is played on three courses; Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shores Course, and Pebble Beach Golf Links. On Saturday, most of the celebrities play on the  world renown Pebble Beach Golf Links where they are photographed and interviewed as golf enthusiasts watch from the course or from home.

MPCC Shores Course
MPCC Shores Course

When the weather is sunny and gorgeous, you couldn’t ask for a better advertisement to promote the beautiful Pebble Beach area as seen from the Goodyear Blimp.

Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach Golf Links

So SAVE THESE DATES in your calendar February 6-12, 2017 and plan to come see the AT&T Pro Am in person this time.  We’ll pray for our good weather to continue so you will take home delightful memories of blue skies, sunlit courses, and crashing waves, after bearing witness to some great golf.

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Ray Romano
Ray Romano

If you want more . . . read my two 2013 posts in the Archives relating some of my experiences from the 2013 AT&T – particularly the one about Ray Romano – between a rock and a hard place. Enjoy!

The “Belles Fleurs” of Carmel

The Beautiful Flowers of Carmel

Ingrid Bergman rose

I visited Carmel many times before moving here and I always went home with the striking image of flowers in my mind.   Everywhere I went in Carmel, there were aways flowers.  In people’s yards, hanging from their houses, in restaurants, in the plaza, in the park, in  the retail stores and even in front of real estate offices.

Alain Pinel Realtors
Alain Pinel Realtors

I would go home determined to plant more flowers in my yard, which I usually did.  I’m not sure there is anything else that is a growing thing that can put me in such a delightful mood!  I love asparagus, but it does’t make my heart sing like flowers do.  So enjoy some of the “belles fleures” of Carmel.

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‘Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”                                      ~Luther Burbank

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“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”          ~Henri Matisse

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“I must have flowers, always, and always.”  ~Claude Monet

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“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”  ~Theodore Roethke

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“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.”
~Edna St. Vincent Millay

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“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
~Victor Hugo

I will end with my favorite flower.  Talk about making my heart sing – gazing at, experiencing it, and smelling it -a rose makes my heart sing Handel’s Hallelujah chorus of the Messiah.

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So I urge you, stop and smell and enjoy and savor the roses and all the other beautiful flowers of Carmel.  If you’re somewhere else, smell the sweet gifts of nature wherever you are!  But we hope you’ll come to Carmel soon!