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March 4, 2002

Welcome To Monterey

The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to discover exciting new events, attractions and more, every time you log on. It's easy to plan your visit with usbe it a romantic getaway, a family outing, or a tour of our dramatic coastal scenery.

Our site has information on every aspect of a Monterey County vacation. Our free E-Newsletter will keep you abreast of exciting events, day-to-day activities, and great deals on accommodations, dining and sightseeing. You could even win $1000: just click the red button!

Enjoy your virtual tour through Monterey County.

Gospel Spirit Comes to Monterey

Come Have a Whale of a Good Time
She was one of the world's greatest gospel singers, yet she grew up in a shot-gun shack in New Orleans and faced all the discrimination and prejudice the 'old South' could throw at her. Yet Mahalia Jackson rose to the pinnacle of fame through the magic of her voice and the exuberant force of her personality.

Mahalia: A Gospel Musical celebrates her life and music in an unforgettable evening of song. One performance only: March 7. For ticket prices and more information, call 831-582-4580, or visit
Winter is whale-watching season off the Monterey coast. From now through May, a vast underwater procession of gray whales glides beneath the Pacific's surface, as they make their way from their winter breeding grounds around Baja California to the Bering Sea.

Whale-watching boats set off daily (weather and seas permitting) from Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey and Moss Landing. They are escorted by naturalists who help guests spot and identify whales and other ocean inhabitants, including orca whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea lions.

Click here to learn more about whale-watching cruises in Monterey County.

Photo courtesy of Sanctuary Cruises.

News & Events
Especially Romantic Offers
Click here to view getaway packages with a romantic ambience, available during the month of March.
Upcoming Events
Dixieland MontereyMarch 1-3, Monterey, 831-443-5260.
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For YouMarch 6-April 14, Carmel, 831-622-0100.
Mahalia: A Gospel MusicalMarch 7, CSU Monterey Bay, Seaside, 831-582-4580.
Colton Hall's 153rd BirthdayMarch 8, Monterey, 831-646-5640.
Amadeus TrioMarch 8, Carmel, 831-625-3637.
Spring Floral Design WorkshopMarch 10, Carmel Valley, 831-624-2600.
Monterey Symphony OrchestraMarch 17-19, Pacific Grove and Salinas, 831-624-8511.
Sea Otter Classic Cycle RacesMarch 21-24, Monterey, 831-649-6690.
Monterey Easter Egg HuntMarch 30, Monterey, 831-646-3866.

For a further description of these and other upcoming events, click here.
Steinbeck Centennial
A major retrospective and program of events celebrates the 100th anniversary of John Steinbeck's birth. Look for films, lectures and exhibitions at the National Steinbeck Center, and special offers at Monterey County hotels and attractions. Start by visiting our Calendar of Historical Festivals and Events.
Ready for a Visit?
Book a room online. Over 60 of our 200+ hotels are ready to take your reservations. Visit our Lodging section for a complete listing of accommodations by type.

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