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MONTEREY COUNTY'S TOP 10 STEALS & DEALS IS A NATURAL FOR FAMILIES SEEKING TO BOND WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

— Kids of All Ages Can Channel Their Inner Explorer with Savings Across the Board —


Put a new spin on "family values" this summer with an adventure in Monterey County. Few regions size up better when it comes to delivering Mother Nature on a grand scale — from 99 miles of scenic California coastline to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the beautiful outback of Big Sur and pit stops such as Point Lobos, Pinnacles National Monument and the nation's top-ranked aquarium.

New this summer, Monterey County "Top 10 Steals & Deals" offers ten hot trots for families June 1 - August 31, 2007. From kayaks to ponies, bears to bonfires, these deals are certain to redefine the concept of "family vacation."

TOP 10 STEALS & DEALS IN MONTEREY COUNTY


  1. "ROCKIN' IN THE REDWOODS FAMILY HIKE" WITH BIG SUR HIKING GUIDES
    Boasting stunning primary redwood forests backed with rockin' views of the crashing surf, humpback whales and sea otters plying the coast, Big Sur puts families front and center with what could easily be the last of the wild, wild West.
    Deal: Rockin' in the Redwoods Family Hike: Receive one complimentary 2 1/2 hour adult hike delivering the greatest meeting of land and sea for every three hikes booked ($60.00/ea.). Added bonus: Up to four kids hike free! For an added $15.00/per person, enjoy a catered lunch along the Pacific at a pristine beach teeming with sealift.
    Steal: Save $60.00 or 25%.
    Book: 831-594-1742; www.bigsurguides.com.

  2. "FAMILY FREE REIGN" AT HOLMAN RANCH
    Budding Annie Oakleys can get their fix at this wonderful state-of-the-art equestrian facility ideally situated on 400 prime acres in the Carmel Valley. Established in 1928, the Ranch sports a string of quarter horses and expert guides ready to ride off into the sunset on trails that Clark Gable and Marlon Brando once trod.
    Deal: Family Free Reign Package, receive a complimentary one-hour horseback ride with three one-hour bookings ($60.00/ea.). For an extra $20.00, enjoy an alfresco picnic for four.
    Steal: Save $60.00 or 25%. Kids 10+ can saddle up, depending upon experience.
    Book: 831-659-2640; www.holmanranch.com.

  3. "KIDS ROAR FREE" AT WILD THINGS
    Lions, tigers and elephants... Take a walk on the wild side and meet kangaroos, primates, reptiles and bears on the daily tour led by a trainer/naturalist on this magical site tucked deep in Steinbeck Country.
    Deal: Kids Roar Free, receive one free child admission with purchase of one full-priced adult admission ($10.00) at the daily one-hour tours.
    Steal: Save $8.00 or 45%.
    Book: No reservations required; tours at 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. daily. 831-455-1901; www.wildthingsinc.com.

  4. "FAMILY FLY TIME" PACKAGE AT MONTEREY BAY AVIATION
    Seeking to bond at 5,000 feet above the surf? Grab your goggles and ply the airwaves in a four-seat Cessna 172 for the ultimate outback adventure, family style. The one-hour flightseeing tour traverses the beautiful Big Sur coastline and Carmel-by-the-Sea, swoops through the "Salad Bowl of the World" and finishes with a birds-eye view high above the remote Cachagua Valley.
    Deal: Family Fly Time Package, receive one free children's tour with purchase of one full-price adult tour ($225.00).
    Steal: Save $50.00 or 22%.
    Book: 831-375-2359; www.montereybayaviation.com.

  5. "KIDS TEE FREE" AT LAGUNA SECA GOLF RANCH
    Tap off steam this summer with a relaxing round of golf at this 71 par, 6161-yard dream course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and Jr., overlooking the scenic Santa Lucia Mountains. For an added plus, teens can tackle the course's 13-acre natural grass practice facility (voted Monterey County's finest) before going green.
    Deal: Kids Tee Free, adults receive a reduced rate of $50.00 (including cart) for 18 holes; for every paying adult, one teen plays for free.
    Steal: Save $28.00 on adult green fees/cart or 35% and $78.00 per teen or 100%.
    Book: 888-Laguna9; www.lagunasecagolf.com.

  6. "S'MORES ON THE SHORE"
    What's summer at the beach without a booming bonfire and instant setup for s'mores? Enjoy an instant family party at Carmel Beach or Monterey State Beach including take-home comfy blankets, cooler with soft drinks, ready-made bonfire with extra wood, s'mores kit and long handled roasting sticks.
    Deal: S'mores on the Shore, book one family of four ($149.00) and receive a 20% discount. Available Sun.—Thurs.
    Steal: Savings of $30 or 20%.
    Book: 888-871-3248, ext. 1; www.romanticroomdesigns.com.

  7. "FAMILY FISHING ADVENTURE" ABOARD RANDY'S FISHING TRIPS
    Cash in on some reel family time via an on-water adventure suited to anglers of all ages. Summer is prime fishing time for rock cod, especially in the shallow waters of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Departing from Monterey's historic Fisherman's Wharf, Randy's Fishing Trips deliver fun, sun and plenty of excitement during the 4-8 hour excursion with the added bonus of reeling in dinner.
    Deal: Family Fishing Adventure, receive one free children's ticket for every full-price adult ($55.00), excludes equipment/license.
    Steal: Save $30.00 or 100%.
    Book: 800-251-7440; www.randysfishingtrips.com.

  8. "SEALIFE TOGETHER" KAYAK NATURAL HISTORY TOUR WITH MONTEREY BAY KAYAKS
    Discover the wonders, big and small, of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with a kayak tour of the Bay or Elkhorn Slough, a 1,400-acre biosphere with 400+ plant species, 80 kinds of fish, 340 types of birds, including such rare species as the Peregrine Falcon and Snowy Plover, sea otters and sea lions. The two-hour naturalist-led tour of this region's ecosystem and wealth of wildlife is a great adventure for adults and kids of all ages.
    Deal: Sealife Together Kayak Tour, receive 50% off one children's tour (ages 3 and up) for every full-price adult ($50.00). Summer tours daily.
    Steal: Save $15.00, or 50%.
    Book: 800-649-KELP; www.montereybaykayaks.com.

  9. "REEL FAMILY FUN" TOURS VIA MONTEREY MOVIE TOURS
    Cut to leisure time with a fun-filled tour of Monterey movie sites. From The Parent Trap to Junior, nearly 200 films carry Monterey County credits from the scenic 17-Mile Drive to the lunar-scaped dunes of Marina and pristine Point Lobos, which has been featured in 40 films to date. Hop on Monterey Movie Tours for a three-hour take through the county's celluloid past. Bandits, A Summer Place, Captains Courageous, Star Trek IV and National Velvet round out the tour.
    Deal: Reel Family Fun, receive one free children's tour (under 15) for every full-price adult ($49.00).
    Steal: Save $35.00, or 100%.
    Book: 800-343-6437; www.montereymovietours.com.

  10. GOLF & SPA ESCAPE/KIDS ON BOARD AT QUAIL LODGE
    Quail Lodge Indulge in world-class golf and the bountiful beauty of Carmel Valley with a luxurious guestroom, breakfast and either two rounds of 18-hole golf, two spa treatments or one round of golf and one spa treatment. Kids play free.
    Deal: Golf & Spa Escape/Kids on Board, receive one free 18-hole round for teens after 1:00 p.m., (under 17 years) with this package.
    Steal: $25.00, or 100%.
    Book: 800-828-8787; www.quaillodge.com.