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  February 2005  

Welcome to the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau's free, monthly email newsletter. We hope you'll find it handy and informative when you plan your next visit to Monterey!

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Romance by the Bay
Monterey is Still 'Wild for Nature'
February Events 2005
Advance Planning
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Romance by the Bay

Are you and your sweetheart looking for a very special Valentine's getaway? Check out the sweet deals and romantic activities on our Special Valentines Values page, and get ready to sweep someone off their feet.

Delight in dinners á deux at intimate restaurants, with candlelight and fine wines, and overnight stays with chocolates, roses and special spa treatments. You might dance the night away at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or sneak a peek at the intimate love lives of lions, tigers and bears that are "wild by nature" (18 years and older only!).

Can't make Monday the 14th? Don't give up on romance: there are events and offers available all through the month of February.

Monterey is Still 'Wild for Nature'

February is also a great time to go wildlife watching. Though our days are mild, with daytime temperatures averaging 55°F, leafless trees make spotting birds including bald eagles easier. Gray whales are migrating through the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and sea otters gambol in the shallows. To see them for yourself, book a getaway through our Monterey's Wild for Nature promotion.

There are 26 participating hotels, including one that puts exotic animals on your doorstep. And choose from a dozen activities designed to get you out and about in the great outdoors, from bicycling to boat trips, kayaking and much more. Go whale watching, take a safari boat tour on Elkhorn Slough estuary, or hike with an experienced naturalist.

February Events 2005


180 top tour professionals (including Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, and Rookie-of-the-Year Todd Hamilton) and 180 star-studded celebrity amateurs (Donald Trump, Kevin Costner and Samuel L. Jackson among them) are limbering up their swings for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (February 7-13). Making it easier to enjoy the competition without parking hassles: Monterey's Chamber of Commerce offers a low-cost trolley shuttle to whisk spectators between convenient parking lots and the courses at Pebble Beach.


It's perhaps the world's leading international summit of the best food and wines. February 17-20, the 19th Annual Masters of Food and Wine presents tastings of rare wines and food prepared by the best chefs in the world, plus cooking demonstrations, great meals and more. • Not so much a 'treasure hunt' as 'treasure found,' the Wine Passport Weekend, February 18-20, invites wine-lovers to explore the county's wine routes, sample the region's great appellations, and dine with winemakers.


CalState University Monterey Bay presents two innovative performances in February: Imani Winds, an ensemble that bridges European and African musical traditions (February 2), and Axis Dance Company (February 22), a group that celebrates physically integrated dance and the possibilities of movement. • One of the most important vocal groups to come out of the dark days of South Africa's apartheid, Ladysmith Black Mambazo brings their dazzling harmonies to the soaring arches of Sunset Center, February 8; call 831-620-2040 for details.
Photo credit: Andy Mogg, Axis Dance


Ever dreamed you could get up-close-and-personal with a shark? Shark Days, February 26-27 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, offers the perfect opportunity, with special auditorium programs and shark-feeding shows.
Photo credit: Masa Ushioda/


A new exhibit at the Maritime Museum of Monterey, entitled Treasures of the Manila Galleons, opens February 5: it's stocked with treasures including porcelain and gold doubloons. • February, 2005, marks the 150th anniversary of the construction of Point Pinos Lighthouse. Events, re-enactments and readings (February 5 and 12) at the historic lighthouse bring its story to life. • Celebrate the life and works of Salinas-born, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck on his birthday (February 27) at the National Steinbeck Center.


Don't let showery weather keep you from staying fit when you travel. The Monterey Sports Center, located in Old Monterey close to Fisherman's Wharf, offers cardio workout machines, a weight-training room, and two swimming pools one of which has a 112' waterslide that kids just love. All for a $6.50-a-day visitor fee.


During A Day of Romance (February 12), actors in 19th-century costume recount the romantic and true tales of four Old Monterey homes Larkin House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, Diaz Adobe and the Sherman Quarters. • Come hear a selection of newly minted songs being polished at the 2nd Annual Listening Room International Songwriters' Retreat, on February 19 at the Henry Miller Library.


If the glamour of the Oscars isn't enough to inspire you, then attending an Oscar Night Gala just might! Glam it up with a facial and make-up session at one of the wonderful Day Spas on the Monterey Peninsula.

Advance Planning: March 2005

• Calling all girlfriends especially those in need of a pampering getaway together! In March and April, our Girls' Goodlife Getaway will give you great rates on hotels and inns, relaxing spa treatments and get-you-moving activities. (You might have such a good time, you'll come back with your favorite guy!)

• Hearken back to the Roaring Twenties with the authentic music of Dixieland Monterey, March 4-6, when dozens of good-time dance and dixie bands come to Monterey.

• The sweet voices of the Vienna Boys Choir resound at Carmel's Sunset Center, March 10.

Lily Tomlin, the artist whose comedic talents have been celebrated far and wide, continues her "Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe" in Carmel with an evening of her classic characters.

Advance Planning: April 2005

• The Monterey Jazz Festival turns the spotlight on young, up-and-coming musicians with the newly expanded Next Generation Jazz Festival (April 8-10). Branford Marsalis, the tenor sax-playing brother of trumpeter Wynton, will be the Artist-in-Residence.

• If it's got two wheels, you can ride it in the Sea Otter Classic, held April 14-17 at Laguna Seca. Sign up for family fun rides, road and mountain bike racing, BMX, kids events, and a large expo.

• Enjoy some of California's finest wines at the Monterey Wine Festival, April 28-30, as almost a thousand wines are poured for tasting.

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