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Nov222019

Wine tasting with dogs in Carmel-by-the-sea, California

Dog friendly spaces, scenic beauty and more than a dozen wine tasting rooms steps apart in the middle of the city center commercial blocks are attractions for this small community of 5,000 residents on California’s Central Coast in Monterey County. Carmel-by-the-sea or simply Carmel, the name generally used by locals, is the upmarket residential community…

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Oct092019

Hotel Review – Comfort Inn Carmel-by-the-Sea 48,000 points gave $1,000 added value

October is the best month of the year weather-wise for Central Coast California with most reliably the warmest days and least fog. Several members of my family came to Monterey over the past week for a visit. I booked my sisters into Comfort Inn Carmel-by-the-Sea for the weekend at 12,000 points per night. The four…

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Aug272019

Carmel, California weekend hotel reward deal

My home base on the Monterey Peninsula is a place where many California travelers visit. Hotel rates frequently double on Friday and Saturday nights. So it kind of blows me away that for the second year in a row Choice Privileges offers low reward rates during our peak season for good weather in September and…

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Aug062019

Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur-Santa Cruz

Monterey Allegiant Airlines Monterey’s cheapest flights for tiny packers (May 15, 2019) Monterey in May means seal pups and humpback whales (May 3, 2019) Monterey Bay where the wild things still live (Nov 2, 2018) Monterey Jazz Festival Hotel Reward Nights challenge across loyalty programs (Sep 11, 2018) Monterey or North Wales marine mammal sightings.…

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Jul012017

Choice Privileges points deal for Carmel-by-the-sea summer

Today I share a Choice Privileges deal for travelers coming to my area of California – Monterey Peninsula and specifically Carmel-by-the-sea. Monterey Peninsula is known as a vacation destination with a fine selection of hotels like The Lodge Pebble Beach, Hyatt Highlands Inn, InterContinental Monterey The Clement and nearly 200 other lodging choices. Luxury hotels…

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Jul262015

Humpback whales bubble netting off Carmel Beach in July

After 96 hours of us acting incapacitated after 22 days travel, I coaxed Kelley out for a walk at Carmel Beach. The roads were less crowded than anticipated for a perfect 70 degrees Saturday just before noon time in Monterey. Fog looked to be moving in at the ridge on the northwest side of Monterey…

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Jun232015

New Hyatt Carmelo Resort and Spa Uruguay

Four Seasons ended its management contract with the Carmelo Resort & Spa on March 31, 2015 and now the property has rebranded as a Hyatt Resort & Spa in Uruguay beside the Rio de le Plata, two hours ferry ride from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The hotel is a small intimate resort with only 20 bungalows…

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Sep302014

Pebble Beach hiking trails Carmel Bay to Spanish Bay

Pebble Beach, California is a vacation playground for the rich and famous with $1,000 per night hotel rooms and $500 rounds of golf and spa treatments. There are three hotel resorts in Pebble Beach with The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Casa Palmero and The Inn at Spanish Bay. Off-season package rates for November 23 to…

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Jan222014

Hyatt Carmel Highlands Big Sur Coast townhouse and view

Hanging out in the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn usually feels close to home for me. The hotel location is set above Highway 1 on the hillside with a sea cove view to Point Lobos State Park in the north and a sea view to a few very expensive homes on the rocky point in the…

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Jan292013

Monterey County Wineries and Hotels: Carmel Valley Road

There has been a buzz these past few weeks about Monterey County listed as a Top Ten Wine Travel Destination 2013 in the February 2013 issue of Wine Enthusiast. Three items over the internet got me thinking about Monterey County wineries this week. First was Points, Miles & Martini blog where I saw this Top…

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