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De Tierra Vineyards hosting Summer BBQ in the Vineyard

De Tierra Vineyards will be hosting their Summer BBQ in the Vineyard  – Vino with the Vindegard at the Russell Estate Vineyard at the end of Corral De Tierra Road in the heart of the Salinas Valley in Coastal California. Their Second Annual Vino with The Vindegard event will be on July 11 from 1 – 4 PM and will celebrate the Summer Season and impending harvest.

“We are so excited when guests join us at the vineyard,” states Anna Russell, General Manager of De Tierra Vineyards. “This event gives everyone the opportunity to get a taste of what we do from vine to wine; while drinking, eating, and relaxing with our beautiful vineyard as the backdrop.”

Vino with the Vindegard

July 11 Summer BBQ at De Tierra!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vindegard is the De Tierra’s talisman who stands watch above the Estate vineyard. You might hear the Russell’s whisper, that he brings them luck and a bountiful harvest each year. Much work and preparation goes into the fall hand-harvest of De Tierra Vineyards; many times harvesting the same vineyard multiple times in order to ensure each row is harvested at the optimal level of ripeness. This Summer BBQ is a way to thank De Tierra’s friends and family who have helped through out the year as well as welcome new guests to the De Tierra family.

Known for being family owned and sustainably operated winery that produces SIP certified limited production, estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah, De Tierra is pleased to announce the release of two new wines that will be launched at The Vino with the Vindegard event: De Tierra’s 2013 La Estancia Riesling and 2013 Monterey Rose Wine that will be poured. In addition De Tierra’s 2012 Russell Estate Chardonnay, the 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, the 2011 Puzzler Red Blend, the 2009 Estate Merlot, and the 2012 Mesa del Sol Syrah will round out decants.

The menu, crafted and executed by friends of De Tierra, Chefs Kathleen Robison and Matthew ‘Gus’ Gustat, will paired perfectly with the wine and give guests the true family feel that permeates the Russell Estate Vineyard.

The afternoon will start with passed hummus with cucumber spears, blue cheese stuffed dates, pita triangles with chèvre and sundried tomato spread. Guests will then enjoy grilled beef Tri-tip and grilled boneless marinated chicken thigh strips with Tabbouleh salad made with quinoa, the classic mixed beans and red onion salad and a dinner roll. Dessert will tempt attendees with date-walnut-oatmeal bars and sorbet made with De Tierra’s Ekem Late Harvest Riesling.

In addition to the wine and paired menu, fun friendly competition will also ensue. Known throughout the Salinas Valley for working hard and playing hard, this family-run operation could not host an event with out a little prize package that goes along with it. Guests will have the chance at games of skill and winning t-shirts and bragging rights for competitions that include trivia, a blind tasting competition, and more!

Tickets are on sale now and are $65 General Admission and $55 Wine Club Members please purchase tickets online at detierra.com by Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Tickets will sell out, so be sure to order online now; under the events tab or RSVP to Chris at chris@detierra.com or 831.622.9704.

Quiz: What Type of Wine Drinker are You?

Ever wonder how you stand up to other wine drinkers? In this day and age it’s difficult to know everything about wine (because it’s such an enormous topic), so people choose to focus around the parts they love the most. You could be the best at buying value grocery store wine or be very skilled at understanding what wines cellar the longest. Take the simple 6 question quiz below to find out where you stand!

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Blog post from: http://winefolly.com/update/types-of-wine-drinkers/

Types of Wine Drinkers

  1. Wine is a Grocery

    Wine is part of your life in the same way as toilet paper, coffee or bread. You love it, but mostly for its effects. Some say you’re lazy, but you could care less.

     What to watch out for:

    Yellow stickers. Just because a wine looks like it’s discounted doesn’t mean you’re getting a great tasting wine. A wine like this may have actually declined in flavor (e.g. a 5 yr old Prosecco) or was initially marked up in order to fool you. Yep — This kind of thing happens all the time.

  2. Wine Geek

    You are a wine min-maxer: minimum expense, maximum experience. You seek out hot value regions and learn new things in order to have a great time.

     What to watch out for:

    Bad information. There is a lot of faulty information online and off that can mislead your choices.

  3. Wine Snob

    You spare no expense with your wine habit and your obsession makes you look like a snob. To be fair, you’ve worked very hard to get where you are.

     What to watch out for:

    Ratings and reviews that appeal to your high-brow tastes, not all that glitters is gold… some is just hype.

  4. Wine is Art

    You love how wine bottles look and the colors of wine… maybe even more than the actual wine.

     What to watch out for:

    Beautiful labels and bottles catch your eye; make sure it’s something you want to drink before buying it.

Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ Hosts Wine Crawl Mixer

Carmel Wine WalkThe Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ will be hosting their annual Wine Crawl Mixer with the Carmel Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 20th from 5 – 7 PM.

The cost of the event is $10 Carmel Chamber Members, $20 Community Members.

Carmel Wine Walk by-the-SeaThe Wine Crawl will start at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th and 6th and guests will have the opportunity to sample two tastes at any 5 (of the 10) tasting rooms of their choosing.

The Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea™ is a group of ten vintner and grower tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea village that have banded together to market and promote walkable, small lot, Monterey County wine tasting in the 1×1 square mile village of Carmel.

Wine Crawlers have the opportunity to choose from two pours at any 5 of the 10 tasting rooms of Caraccioli Cellars, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Cellars, Blaire Estate, Shale Canyon, Scheid Vineyards, Wrath Wines, Vino Napoli and DeTierra Vineyards.

For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/carmlewinewalkbythesea or follow them on twitter @CarmelWineWalk.

Sunset at Bixby Bridge

Sunset at Bixby Bridge.

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Taste Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea via LA Times

The quaint coastal European-style enclave of Carmel-by-the-Sea has everything you need within walking distance — most notably, its seven wine tasting rooms. Within one square mile, visitors can stroll along cobblestone sidewalks and down hidden pathways on their way to discovering a wide variety of boutiques, gourmet restaurants, world-class art galleries, spas, charming inns and beautiful parks and courtyards — all while enjoying the region’s best local wines and spirits. 

The self-guided tour offers guests the opportunity to purchase a Wine Tasting Passport for $50, providing them with one $10 flight at each tasting room. Here’s what to expect at each:

http://www.latimes.com/custompublishing/travelinstyle/la-ss-centralcoast-winewalk,0,5143404.story

 

Plans for this weekend? Try the Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea!

The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a self-paced self-guided stroll to the tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea, which are all within a block of each other on the south side of Ocean Avenue. They are Caraccioli Cellars, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Wines, Scheid Vineyards, Wrath Wines and Vino Napoli.

The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is pleased to offer a Wine Tasting Passport for $50 which entitles the buyer to one $10 flight at each of seven tasting rooms (a $70 value) on the Carmel Wine Walk.

Carmel Wine WalkThe passport can be used in one day or spread out over a weekend, several weeks, or even months. The Wine Tasting Passport is available for purchase at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th & 6th in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Carmel Wine WalkCarmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea offers the opportunity to savor superior still and sparkling wines without ever having to think about transportation, parking, or even dinner plans.

Each tasting room on the Wine Walk will offer recommendations for dinner or call to make reservations. As an added bonus, corkage will be waived for bottles purchased at a Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea tasting room at participating restaurants for one bottle per visit, per party.

Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea

The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is pleased to offer a Wine Tasting Passport for $50 which entitles the buyer to one $10 flight at each of seven tasting rooms (a $70 value). It can be used in one day or spread out over a weekend, several weeks, or even months. The Wine Tasting Passport is available for purchase at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th & 6th in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Carmel Wine WalkThe Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a self-paced self-guided stroll to the tasting rooms which are all within a block of each other on the south side of Ocean Avenue. They are Caraccioli Cellars, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Wines, Scheid Vineyards, Wrath Wines and Vino Napoli.

Carmel Wine WalkCarmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea offers the opportunity to savor superior still and sparkling wines without ever having to think about transportation, parking, or even dinner plans.

Each tasting room on the Wine Walk will offer recommendations for dinner or call to make reservations. As an added bonus, corkage will be waived for bottles purchased at a Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea tasting room at participating restaurants for one bottle per visit, per party.

Explore the Treasures of Carmel-by-the-Sea with a fall lineup that will delight visitors with live performances, film, art, food, wine, shopping and weather

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, CA — Tucked between Big Sur and Pebble Beach—with bohemian roots reaching back over a century, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a retreat offering respite to travelers and lives up to its well earned reputation as one of America’s top travel destinations. With a host of exciting fall events and the best weather of the season— it’s time to start planning.

Visitors can unveil the treasures that Carmel-by-the-Sea has to offer in the walkable village packed with art galleries, spas, shopping boutiques and the best food and wine on the Monterey Peninsula. Guests to the area will note the quirky laws still in effect: prohibited are—neon signs, billboards and hot dog stands; the village has no street lights or parking meters and businesses, cottages and houses have no street numbers. In the charming village a permit is required to wear high-heeled shoes (even though it’s not enforced). However, dogs are welcome, so bring the pet and prepare to be pampered.

With over 60 courtyards and 100 art galleries, shops and entertainment to explore all within walking distance, visitors will be able to spend the entire day perusing the galleries and enjoying a tasty bite at one of the fashionable restaurants, cafes or pubs that pepper the landscape of the treasure known as Carmel-by-the-Sea, shining this fall. Be sure to be a part of the excitement— for a full listing of fall events, itineraries and travel ideas visit http://www.carmelcalifornia.com.

Sunset Center, various events — September—ongoing
The distinctive, Gothic-inspired arches of the theater ceiling create a graceful, acoustically magnificent venue. The now famous, proscenium arch accommodates full orchestras and chorus’. The Sunset Center hosts more than 50 performances and welcomes artists from around the world to its stage from comedians, musicians, light shows, and entertainers. Enjoy the Mo town sensation of The Temptations (9/15/11). The Bacon Brothers (9/29/11) style of gritty blues mixed with folk and rock ’n’ roll and a touch of Philly soul. Sit back and relax to the sounds of the St. Petersburg String Quartet with Anton Nel, Piano (10/1/11). Enjoy the critically acclaimed, hugely entertaining theatrical production of Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack (10/7/11). Despite his fame on Deal or No Deal, or as a judge with Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Howie Mandel (10/20/11) manages to keep his stand-up act sharp with over 200 shows a year throughout the year, see him in October in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Experience the ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute Show in this live musical performance starring House of Floyd and their incredible laser light show (10/22/11). Other acts include MOMIX BOTANICA (11/10/11), David Sedaris (11/15/11), Paula Poundstone (12/16/11) and an eclectic mix of performers such as or The Peking Acrobats (1/20/12), and Joan Rivers (2/10/12). For a full listing of events visit http://www.sunsetcenter.com

Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival —September 23-25, 2011
In 2011 the 5th annual Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival will bring to Carmel-by-the-Sea more than 35 award winning authors and speakers, including authors of New York Times best-sellers, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, and winners of virtually every prestigious literary award and much more. http://www.carmelauthors.com

Concerts in Carmel at Carmel Plaza—Through September 30, 2011
Produced by Carmel Plaza, the debut of the 2011 Concerts in Carmel concert series draws both locals and visitors to what has become a community tradition evolving from four fantastic years of the Jazz at the Plaza concert series. The concert series began August 5 and concludes on September 30. New for this year is the expansion from providing pure jazz to many other genres appealing to the diverse music tastes of the Monterey Peninsula. Musicians that specialize in creating a vibrant, danceable atmosphere are the primary focus while introducing local breweries into the traditional food and wine ticket package. Each night The Carmel Plaza highlights a different local non-profit, showcasing what they do for the local community. http://www.carmelplaza.com

Taste of Carmel — Oct. 6, 2011
The Carmel Chamber of Commerce hosts its popular annual fete, the Taste of Carmel, in the courtyard of the beautiful Carmel Mission the evening of Oct. 6, when nearly three dozen local restaurants offer small bites and 20 Monterey County wineries pour their best selections. Each year, the Taste of Carmel takes on a theme, and organizers selected “Footloose & Fancy Fare” for 2011, encouraging attendees to don ’80s attire for an evening under the stars. Dancing and an abundant silent auction round out the event. http://www.tasteofcarmel.com

Carmel Art & Film Festival — Oct. 12-16, 2011
The kaleidoscope of ideas ensues in the five jam-packed days of independent film, presented in a half dozen unique venues including the world famous Carmel Beach, a two-day outdoor fine art fair, a photography exhibition, tech expo, music café, lectures, gallery art openings, and an art auction round out the artistic adventure, which is then wrapped in a finely spun cocoon of fine wines and inventive cuisine from a region widely recognized for both. The Carmel Art & Film Festival will transform the town into a compelling venue Oct. 12-16, kicking off with an opening night reception and concert at the Sunset Center. Musicians will play in outdoor courtyards, galleries will host receptions, and the two-day show in a downtown park will afford painters and sculptors a unique opportunity to display and sell their creations. A photography exhibition in a nearby gallery will include the works of 50 artists. Organizers of the internationally renowned Sundance Film Festival will bring their talents and selected pieces to Sunset Center, where features, documentaries and shorts will be shown throughout the entire festival, each followed with a talk by the director. http://www.carmelartandfilm.com

Pacific Repertory Theatre Season
PacRep’s season features a collection of plays and musicals that span the spectrum of stories from gripping and intense to romantic to family classics to witty naughtiness and comic bedlam – delivering a diversity of live theatre unmatched in the Central Coast Region. At the Outdoor Forest Theater until September 30 is Annie followed by Romeo and Juliet from September 30-October 16. Circle Theatre hosts a fast-moving, irreverent comedy, Every Christmas Story Ever Told November 10 through December 18. The Golden Bough Theatre’s Tribute Concert runs December 28 through January 1. http://www.pacrep.org

Carmel-by-the-Sea’s 41st Annual Homecrafters’ Marketplace (November 19)
One of the most anticipated events of the holidays, the city’s Homecrafters’ Marketplace features 100 vendors from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties selling their own handmade crafts and artwork. Each has been subjected to a jury panel for selection, ensuring high-quality goods and a wide range of unique offerings. The sale takes place in the parking lots of the city’s Sunset Cultural Center 9th and 10th Avenues in Carmel-by-the-Sea. http://www.ci.carmel.ca.us

With so much to do and see in Carmel-by-the-Sea, isn’t it time you designed your visit? To start, find us at http://www.carmelcalifornia.com to begin planning now.

Top 10 things to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Consider all top 10 options as verbs, and you will go far! Enjoy!
1. Dine – The 1×1 square mile of Carmel has over 50 restaurants to choose from.
Some sure things:
At Cantinetta Luca, the look, feel, and taste of Old Italy come tantalizingly to life in this classic yet contemporary establishment where everything is fresh and home-made. Watch your food being prepared in a 4-sided, open kitchen with an authentic, wood-burning pizza oven. Much of the menu is served family-style.
Grasings, Master chef Kurt Grasing offers creative coastal cuisine paired with outstanding Central Coast wines and a newly expanded lounge.
Just a stroll across Ocean Avenue, Aubergines’ Executive Chef Christophe Grosjean focuses on making the most of fresh, natural farm products delivered daily-with spontaneity being a key ingredient. The intimate, 12-table restaurant features an underground wine cellar with a 4,500 bottle collection.
2. Drink (wine)- More than an ocean lover’s paradise, Carmel is also heaven for the wine epicurean. A host of local wineries, wine merchants, restaurants, and gourmet markets offer superior wines and champagnes from around the corner and around the world. Take a self-guided walking tour that lets you sample a cornucopia of vineyard riches. All of the following establishments feature daily tastings.
The Cheese Shop is world renowned for their expertise cheese, coffee, gourmet food, wine and spirits.
Vino Napoli is an Italian wine bar with a cozy fireplace, tapas menu, and selection of fine wines to enjoy at your leisure.
Mundaka, a tapas-centric restaurant inspired by northern Spain, offers international wines at their hip, standing-room only bar where every night is like a dinner party.
Cima Collins, hand-crafted, small-lot wines from the family that owns the Carmel Valley and Monterey County Vineyards.
La Bicyclette, serving rustic European family-style cuisine along with tastings of cheese, pate, and local wines.
Galante Vineyards, known for producing ultra-premium, 100% estate-grown wines since 1994.
Nielsen Brothers Market, an old-fashioned grocery store with an extensive wine room, features rare wines, fine foods, fresh produce, and meats and cheeses.
3. Walk- Unwrap over 60 hidden courtyards by taking a fascinating self-guided Courtyard Tour through the less-explored parts of enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea that invites visitors to explore. With many of them leading to surprising gardens, restaurants, theatres and galleries tucked away among the shops. Window boxes, garden benches and potted and hanging baskets flourish, adding a gift of Mediterranean color year round.
4. Beach- Take an early morning stroll along pristine Carmel Beach, ranked as one of the nation’s cleanest and most beautiful. The remarkable blue water and white sand beaches transport visitors to the captivating coast. If surfing is more your style, there are local hot spots at Scenic and 8th, but don’t tell them we mentioned it.
5. Hunt for history- Tour the beautifully restored Carmel Mission, a historic landmark since 1771. Visit famed poet Robinson Jeffers, Tor House and Hawk Tower, that he built stone by stone for his wife Una in the early 1900’s.
6. Celebrity Spotting – Head over to former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood’s nearby Mission Ranch for an unforgettable dinner or drink — and to take in the majestic mountain and ocean views. Continue along the “Clint Eastwood Trail” with a visit to Carmel-by-the-Sea’s City Hall, originally built in 1921 as All Saints Church. It was here that Mayor Eastwood served his term.
7. Art – Guests will be beguiled by the city’s artistic roots which are a century old . With over 100 art galleries featuring the likes of, local son, Ansel Adams, Carmel-by-the-Sea boasts the works of innumerable artists seduced by the land and light. All of this is offered in a neat bundled package in a one-by-one square mile. The continental village is a glistening jewel box in the heart of the Central Coast of California waiting to be opened.
8. Performing arts – Performing arts are in the blood in Carmel-by-the-Sea; once a school auditorium, the Sunset Center, http://www.sunsetcenter.org, is a converted state-of-the-art cultural center hosting world-class performances. Other venues include the Golden Bough Playhouse and Circle Theatre that host ongoing lineups of symphony, ballet, plays, and more.
9. Shop – From outdoor malls to family-owned boutiques, Carmel offers a shopping environment that wants for nothing but infinite time to explore it. Be sure to stop in and let Carmel Plaza’s White-Glove Concierge Center make your visit here a true celebration. Stroll Ocean Avenue and experience the finest shopping this side of The Riviera or Rodeo Drive. Fashion, jewelry, antique, gift, and furniture boutiques are yours to explore along tree-lined streets, secret passageways, charming courtyards, and curlicue-roofed shops.
10. Spa- Carmel spas and salons are purveyors of the town’s most abundant resource— rejuvenation. They each afford an opportunity to be reawakened and realigned in a place reputed for its harmonic convergence of land and sea. Carmel has an array of well-appointed facilities, offering a range of facials, body treatments, massages and salon services.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: the jewel of the Central Coast

The Côte d’Azur is closer than Californian’s think. Stroll the streets in the quintessential Mediterranean Carmel-by-the-Sea and be swept up in the architecture, the art, the food and wine and the community. The remarkable blue water and white sand beaches transport visitors to the captivating coast, right in their own backyard.www.carmelcalifornia.com

Ocean Avenue is the entrée into the jewel box by which everything spreads out. Open up the precious package and find glistening restaurants and inns, ready to serve your every need. After parking your car, shake off the city and stress and breathe in the fresh ocean air. Check in, and ease into your stay with a glass of wine and a friendly chat with locals at Vino Napoli. Then stroll across the street to La Bicyclette, newly expanded and offering seasonal fare as well as a friendly ear by famed owner Walter Georis. Perhaps hit the Georis sons’ restaurant, Mundaka, after dinner for live music and a cocktail.

Did we mention Carmel is a haven for food and wine lovers? With no fast food restaurants in the city, the city’s charming eateries and tasting rooms offer a full range of cuisine and wine tasting all within walking distance from the over 40 hotels and inns. From Wine Spectator award-winning restaurants to casual eateries and pubs, great dining is abundant. Upon waking up, head to the newest “it” spot at Pastries & Petals for a breakfast, a latte and friendly company. Later in the afternoon perhaps retrace the steps of 2010 US Open winner, Graeme McDowell, by heading to Brophy’s Tavern for a pint and friendly chatter.

If you are traveling with fido, certain restaurants cater to your four legged friend and so does the Cypress Inn. Just inside the revered adobe lodge, owned in part by animal-lover Doris Day, a welcoming jar of dog biscuits greets guests waiting to check in. Portabella restaurant seats canine companions with their masters in its covered patio, and a dog or two are always visible under the tables in the open-air patio at the Village Corner restaurant.

European style, 4-star service, and innovative Italian cuisine have brought Casanova world acclaim with its fresh pasta, changing menu, and hand-dug wine cellar, and it is also known as Carmel’s most romantic restaurant. Bouchée Restaurant, Wine Bar and Wine Merchants offers exquisite California cuisine, a deep wine list, and retail sales of rare and hard-to-find wines. At Cantinetta Luca, the look, feel, and taste of Old Italy come tantalizingly to life in this classic yet contemporary establishment where everything is fresh and home-made. Watch your food being prepared in a 4-sided, open kitchen with an authentic, wood-burning pizza oven. Much of the menu is served family-style. At Grasings, Master chef Kurt Grasing offers creative coastal cuisine paired with outstanding Central Coast wines and a newly expanded lounge. Just a stroll across Ocean Avenue, Aubergines’ Executive Chef Christophe Grosjean focuses on making the most of fresh, natural farm products delivered daily-with spontaneity being a key ingredient. The intimate, 12-table restaurant features an underground wine cellar with a 4,500 bottle collection.

Guests will be beguiled by the city’s artistic roots which are a century old and closely tied to world-class shopping and dining, with the finest in fashion, jewelry, and boutiques this side of the Riviera. With over 100 art galleries featuring the likes of, local son, Ansel Adams, Carmel-by-the-Sea mirrors the famed French Riviera that boasts the works of innumerable artists seduced by the land and light. All of this is offered in a neat bundled package in a one-by-one square mile. The continental village is a glistening jewel box in the heart of the Central Coast of California waiting to be opened.

Unwrap over 60 hidden courtyards that invite visitors to explore.With many of them leading to surprising gardens, restaurants, theatres and galleries tucked away among the shops. Window boxes, garden benches and potted and hanging baskets flourish, adding a gift of Mediterranean color year round. From outdoor malls to family-owned boutiques, Carmel offers a shopping environment that wants for nothing but infinite time to explore it. Be sure to stop in and let Carmel Plaza’s White-Glove Concierge Center make your visit here a true celebration. Treat yourself to a visit to the Cottage of Sweets with cottage rooftop and awnings and storybook architecture that make this a quintessentially sweet Carmel spot.

Performing arts are in the blood in Carmel-by-the-Sea; once a school auditorium, the Sunset Center, http://www.sunsetcenter.org, is a converted state-of-the-art cultural center hosting world-class performances. Other venues include the Golden Bough Playhouse and Circle Theatre that host ongoing lineups of symphony, ballet, plays, and more.

While some opt to take a picnic basket down the beach, from Carmel Plaza’s Cheese Shop, with a bottle of chilled wine and artisanal cheeses from around the world with a box of wood to light a fire under the star light, other visitors like the idea of being served a four-star meal while on vacation. Both options are suitable and available in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The jewel box we call Carmel-by-the-Sea contains fine wine, dining, gothic inspired architecture and envied sound system at the Sunset Center, all with the backdrop of the Cerulean blue water and white sand beaches, Comstock cottages, shopping, spas and art galleries. All offered within walking distance to renowned inns and hotels that roll out the red carpet for visitors, and favorite four-legged friends. What are you waiting for? http://www.carmelcalifornia.com

For a full listing of specials, restaurants, hotels, inns, art galleries, shopping and more visit http://www.carmelcalifornia.com