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Monterey off-season

November is the beginning of off-season tourism around Monterey, California. Traditionally November means the start of the California rain season where five to six months offer rain showers and potential for major Pacific storms on the Central Coast of California. This year, November simply seems like the sixth consecutive month of dry and warm weather…

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InterContinental Monterey pool view room, he jokingly bragged

A pool view room with balcony at InterContinental The Clement Monterey, a 70,000 points IHG property on the Pacific Ocean waterfront of Monterey’s Cannery Row, seemed like an opportunity to celebrate a big score for my free Chase credit card anniversary free night. Last year rules changed limiting the Chase IHG free night to hotels…

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Monterey in May means seal pups and humpback whales

Plentiful sunshine is a gift of Monterey in May. These are the weeks before peak summer tourism season days really ramp up and makes driving Highway 1 south to Carmel and Big Sur a drag for local residents. And these are the weeks before the peak summer fog days of June, July and August settle…

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Monterey Jazz Festival Hotel Reward Nights challenge across loyalty programs

One of the best known events in Monterey, California is the annual Monterey Jazz Festival and the weekend of September 21-23 is the 61st annual jazz fest. This post compares hotel reward rates as an alternative to the high priced room rates prevalent that weekend. The results will likely surprise you. My reward rate analysis…

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No bag fees Allegiant $39 Monterey to Las Vegas for Frontier $37 Miami flight

Frontier Airlines has a fare sale about three times per week. Last November, I took the bait during a 99% off fare sale to buy a $37 one way ticket for Las Vegas to Miami. My return flight Miami to Las Vegas was $24. The real motivation to fly to Miami was not the cheap…

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Come see cars, whales and otters in Monterey this week

August is here, which means car week on the Monterey Peninsula during the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’elegance. Tens of thousands of tourists descend on Monterey for this August event. Honestly, I did not even know Concours d’elegance was happening this week in my hometown until I found myself breaking up a race car rally…

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In Monterey, January is gray whale watching season

One truism for my travels is I never feel too sad about coming back home to Monterey after a trip. The Monterey Peninsula region and central coast California is one of the world’s top tourist locations. Monterey and Carmel-by-the-sea attract a staggering number of visitors numbering in the millions for small towns with populations under…

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Road Trip Las Vegas to Monterey in 28 annotated photos

The clarity of light in the cold months of California and the desert Southwest epitomizes the phrase ‘on a clear day you can see forever’. Plus, California looks slightly green in places after days of November rain. These were nice days for a 1,000+ miles road trip from Monterey to Vegas over Thanksgiving week. Point…

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10 of 16 Monterey area hotels offer Choice Privileges FlexRewards

Choice Hotels International recently launched a redesigned website with some new program features like Choice Privileges FlexRewards for points discounts on reward nights during slower periods of the week. Slower hotel traffic on weekends is the typical pattern for some places like city business districts and airport hotels, where business travelers make up a large…

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