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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













Feast of the Lanterns ~ Pacific Grove, CA

Feast of the Lanterns! July 26 -29th

Feast Court – From left to right: Bottom Row: Princess Ruby Juliana Aliotti, Princess Sapphire Jenna Hall, Princess Amethyst Serena Paci Top Row: Master Rooster Thor Birch, Princess Tourmaline Rachel Sands, Queen Topaz Caroline Evans, Princess Emerald Caroline Coen, and Master Horse Elias Yevdash                                                                                                                                       This is one of the  big festivals during the year held in Pacific Grove – that is SO Pacific Grove.  PG, as we locals call it affectionally,  is called “Americas Last Hometown”,  because it’s like the hometown that many of us grew up in across America in an earlier day.  And, yes, it’s still pretty much like that now.  
Pacific Grove coastline

My hometown was kind of like Pacific Grove – but lose the coastline.  Now I live 4 blocks away from the water and love it – matter of fact it’s my Xanadu!  In my estimation, Pacific Grove has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world – and I’ve seen a lot of them – but that’s really a different subject!

Feast of the Lanterns – Opening ceremony

Back to Feast of the Lanterns.  I’ll let you click the link to learn all about the story and the wonderful young women and men who are lucky enough to land on the court.  They will spend all year doing service for their community and receive academic scholarships.  I have to give a shout out to Juliana Aliotti who is the daughter of Dominic and Mary Aliotti who own the very popular Pacific Grove eatery known as “Victorian Corner”.  Not only great food (you will find my husband and I there most Saturday and Sunday mornings), but just a welcoming atmosphere that never fails to make you feel like you just walked into “Cheers’ and everyone yells your name.

Dinner at the Beach House

Another place we love is the “Beach House” and love to take advantage of their Sunset Special (read Early Bird special by 5:30PM).  As I looked out onto the beach this evening as we were being seated, I literally asked my husband to sit in the chair that faced the beach, so I wouldn’t have to look out at all the blankets that some people have put down 3-4-5 days before the event — so they can have a front row seat. It drives me crazy!  The event isn’t until Saturday night 2 days from now and the blankets have been on the beach for days!

Lover’s Point Beach covered with blankets by people saying Me First!

I know this may be a controversial subject, but it raises the hair on the back of my neck every year!  I usually try to stay away from controversial matters on my blog, but my Social Media Guru, Katie Lance, says one shouldn’t stay vanilla on your blog – express your opinion – so here goes.  Look at this photo above.  There are 20-25 people who have spread out blankets -as they do every year – 3-4 days – maybe more – before the big Saturday night event and fireworks. They have decided, Me First – doesn’t matter if someone might actually want to enjoy the beach this week like our locals and the many visitors that bring income to this lovely resort town.

I am really interested in how you feel about this.  Am I the Lone Ranger here?  I would love to hear your comments and what you think on the subject.

But don’t worry, I’ll get over the angst of the beach taker overs and enjoy Saturday night and the fireworks! I love this town!

Thinking of buying or selling in Pacific Grove?  I’m your gal. I love it here and know you will too!

Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors 831-320-6801





Do you feel like living in Paradise? Pacific Grove, CA

Pacific Grove residence offered for sale $799,000

Imagine living 7 blocks away from this view – every day!  I do and I love it, do you think it would fit your lifestyle?  I’ve just listed a very special property 3 blocks from the historic downtown Pacific Grove and close to the Pacific Grove coast and Recreation Trail.

311 Congress Avenue, Pacfic Grove 2BR/2BA 1400 SF


Views of Monterey Bay!


Seven blocks from Lover’s Point

Open House Saturday 3/18/17   1:00 – 4:00PM 

Sunday 3/19 11:00am – 1:00pm

If you would like to know more . . .

Contact Susan  if you would like more information.  

Susan Clark ~ 831-320-6801 ~ sclark@apr.com