Category Archives: ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula

ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “C” is for “Car Week” Carmel~Pebble Beach~Pacific Grove~Monterey

ABC’S of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “C” is for “Car Week”

Carmel ~ Pebble Beach ~Pacific Grove ~ Monterey

Every August one of the biggest events of the Monterey Peninsula rolls along.  Mid August on the Monterey Peninsula is “Car Week” and it’s going on right now in 2017!

Every year car enthusiasts converge on the Monterey Peninsula (which includes the towns of Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, and Monterey)  from all corners of our nation and beyond to attend a week of events, road rallies, parades, parties, fashion shows, racing, and car auctions.

The week culminates on Sunday with the prestigious Concours d’ Elegance in Pebble Beach.  But first on Thursday there is a Tour D’Elegance and Display on Ocean Avenue in Carmel- a free event.

A number of the cars showing on Sunday do a Road Tour of the Monterey Peninsula and stop in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch in the park and have their vehicles on display on Ocean Avenue.  How cool is that?

Wow! Love that color!

“Car people” look forward to this week with its events and parties all year.  For the locals it is just great fun to partake of some of the events and enjoy the “Car Eye Candy” on the streets of Carmel and Pebble Beach!

Antique cars polished to perfection, Ferrari’s, Corvettes, Porsches,

Bentleys – you name it and its here!

Owner polishing to perfection

The owners  furiously polish their cars because soon the judges will appear and their car will be judged for prizes – and who doesn’t like to win!

Every year new events are added and the menu becomes more and more diverse,  plentiful and delightful! For instance this year there was a new event called the “Prancing Ponies” which happened on Wednesday.  It was a group of Women Ferrari owners showing their cars and raising money for charity.  Now that’s a club I’d like to join!

Maybe next year??

There is something now for everyone’s tastes and pocketbook.  Many of the events, also, raise thousands for Charity ~ so that’s a good thing.

Other than the Thursday  Tour D’Elegance, another favorite event of mine is on  the Tuesday of “Car Week”  and is called “Concours on the Avenue” (Tuesday August 15th  this year from 10:00am-5:00pm) which takes place on Carmel-by-the-Sea’s world famous Ocean Avenue and is FREE!

This is the newest large event founded by Doug and Genie Freedman.  Sixteen blocks of downtown is filled with collector cars including Luxury Cars, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, and Sporting Cars.

The spit and polish needed to prepare these automobiles for showing and judging is incredible!

Tiffany will be on hand with beautiful trophies for the winners and, of course, those famous “blue boxes”! This impressive presentation is free to spectators and benefits the Carmel Foundation that provides a wide variety of services to local seniors.

Tiffany trophies waiting for the lucky winners.

To add to the fun the merchants up and down Ocean Avenue have decorated their show windows with displays that depict the car industry.  Be sure to check out our Alain Pinel Realtors window display at the NW corner of Ocean and Dolores.

A Morgan unbelted!

It’s impossible to mention every event there are over 50.  There are the auctions, the car displays, auto road rallies, racing out at Laguna Seca, reunions of car clubs, Concours Italiano, and even Concours D’Lemons.  No matter what there is enjoyment and fun for all – so take your choice this week and the years to come.

If you are planning for next year,  The Concours D’Elegance will take place on the 4th Sunday August 26th and Car Week activities running from August 20-26th.

And if you fall in love with the Monterey Peninsula while you’re here and would like to find your Dream Home, give me a call!

Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors, 831-320-6801













ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “B” is for Beach!

 ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “B” is for Beach

Carmel ~ Pebble Beach ~Pacific Grove ~ Monterey

Susan on Carmel Beach
Susan walking down Carmel Beach

A beach has always been a draw for most everyone and I’m no different.  I’ve always loved the beach –  the sound of the waves, the squawk of the sea gulls, the salt air, the feel of sand between my toes

Carmel Beach
Carmel Beach

 . . .  and yes, in my youth even enjoyed slathering on suntan lotion and baking in the sun – not recommended.  Of course, our beaches in northern California are quite different that the ones I spent time at in my earlier years – Cape Cod, the Gulf Coast of Florida, and Hawaii.

Carmel Beach
Carmel Beach

Even though it is not “hot” here in the summer time residents and visitors alike throng to Monterey Peninsula beaches.  The white sands of Carmel Beach with a backdrop of the Pebble Beach Golf Links attract hundreds of people any time of year.

Carmel Beach - kite flying is a fun activity at the beach!
Carmel Beach – kite flying is a fun activity at the beach!

When prospective buyers are thinking of purchasing a home here, a question I hear over and over again is, “How far is it from the beach?”

Roof top view of Carmel Beach
Roof top view of Carmel Beach ~ from this house it was just a block away!

For dog lovers it is heaven since this beach is famous for allowing dog owners to allow their pets freedom from the leash.  It’s a great place for picnics or a beach party and beach fires at this time are still allowed in certain areas and certain days – though many people would like to change that.

River State Bch
Carmel River State Beach, Carmel CA

The other beach in Carmel is Carmel River State Beach and is also a beautiful long “walking” beach where you can enjoy fabulous views.

Carrmel River State Beach
Carrmel River State Beach                                                              

Pacific Grove, also, has a wonderful beach on Lover’s Point that many flock to on a sunny day.

Lover's Point Beach in Pacific Grove
Lover’s Point Beach in Pacific Grove

When we have our warm spells, it tends to look like Coney Island with people sitting on their beach blankets packed together like sardines.  The Recreation Trail between Lover’s Point and the Hopkins Marine Station is a favorite walk or bike ride for those who want to enjoy the rocky, rugged coastline – like me!  I walk it almost every day.

Stanford Hopkins Marine
Stanford Hopkins Marine

Every spring the harbor seals have their baby pups who hang out at either the Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station beach or the 5th Street beach where the babies can be safe in the protected cove.

harbor seals
5th Street Beach.  A protected cove where baby harbor seals are born every spring.

Of course, the Pacific Grove coast in spring is special not only for the Harbor seal pups being born, but for the “Pink Carpet” that bursts into bloom in April and May!

"Pink Carpet' blooming in spring along the Pacific Grove coast.
“Pink Carpet’ blooming in spring along the Pacific Grove coast.

Pebble Beach has many wonderful beaches like Asilomar Beach (a lovely place to watch a sunset) on the boundary line of Pacific Grove

Asilomar State Beach
Asilomar State Beach

and Spanish Bay Beach complete with picnic tables.

Spanish Bay beach in Pebble Beach
Spanish Bay beach in Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, also, has a phenomenal coastline.

pb coast

Monterey boasts Del Monte Beach, the long walking beach that goes for miles.  Whether you are walking, enjoying a sunset . . .

Sunset from Del Monte Beach
Sunset from Del Monte Beach

or hang gliding, this beach is a gem and not known by all visitors.  I didn’t discover it until I moved here even though I had visited the Monterey Peninsula most of my life.

Hang glider about to take off from Del Monte Beach

Ok, ready to go to the beach?  Pick one and have fun!  Surf’s up!

Surfers on Carmel Beach
Surfers on Carmel Beach

Visit me on my Business Facebook page.

Do you dream of living on the Monterey Peninsula?  Share your dream on ProjectShareYourDream.

Enjoy the beach!!

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.

golf shot
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.

PB golf-ocean

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!

Memories of the 2013 AT&T Pro Am Golf Tournament – Pebble Beach (Part 2) Ray Romano Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Ray Romano between a rock and a hard place.

Ray Romano trying to get out of the sand trap

As the hardy ones who sat out on the patio with cool temperatures and cloudy skies we buttoned our down vests and waited for the next golfers to appear at this year’s AT&T Pro Am Golf Tournament.  First, a golf ball landed in the sand trap in front of us and then a marshal made his way through the rough and placed an orange flag by the ball in the trap.  Uh, oh . . .someone’s in trouble.  Then, making his way towards the trap to check out the location of the ball was Ray Romano.  Ray is slight of build and not nearly as tall as he appears on his TV show.  As he looked at the golf ball he saw it was wedged close to a rock.   I can imagine what he was saying to himself since there was no way he could hit that ball where it was located.  Getting the nod that it was OK to move the rock, he tried, but the stubborn rock would not budge.  He looked around and a fellow hurried over and helped him move the rock.

Ray walking around the sand trap to his ball
Ray getting some help moving the rock











He took his shot.  Ohhhh . . . into the sand again.  As he diagnosed the situation he realized he needed to walk all around the sand trap in order to enter leaving the least amount of tracks for his caddy to rake over.  As he walked right past us he glanced our way and I gave a silent wave.  He said, “I’ll get out of here eventually.”  Little did he know at the time how challenging it would be.

He wasn’t about to land in the sand again so this next time he swung with determination . . . this time his ball sailed over the green, hit a tree high and his ball fell into a heavy rough.  Sometimes you just have a bad hole!  Luckily Eric Compton, his pro partner, had a better score on the hole.  No need for Ray to go on suffering.  The marshal picked up his ball from the very deep grass and handed it to Ray.  As the group left the hole, we waved to Ray and hoped his next hole would be so much better in the 2013 AT&T Pro Am Golf Tournament.