Monterey Peninsula: The Golden Age: From the building of Hotel Del Monte in 1880 to the completion of the Pacific Coast Highway in 1937, connecting the peninsula to the redwood forests of Big Sur and San Simeon beyond, the history of the Monterey Peninsula is the story of the development of a collection of coastal communities-each with its own unique character. Click here for more info.
We were lucky enough to get one of our bucket lists items achieved this month with a trip to see comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s live performance at the Golden State Theater in Monterey. What a performance! He does not disappoint. Love this guy. His Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee show on Netflix is one of our favorite shows.
These National Historic Landmarks can be toured daily on the marked yellow tiles embedded in the sidewalk “Path of History” throughout the downtown area. Monterey has the largest public collection of historic buildings west of Williamsburg. Here is a link to an informative map and cellphone tour.
Monterey’s Waterfront: On Monterey’s waterfront the words sardine, salmon, mackerel, pompano, albacore, abalone, flounder, and squid were music to the ears of fishermen. With its deep underwater canyon, Monterey Bay hosted a sealife jamboree long before the native Rumsien set out in small tule boats to harvest its bounty. Chinese fishermen pioneered modern commercial fishing in the 1850s, clustering in villages along Monterey’s rugged coast. Click here for more info.
Cooper Molera Barns site includes two adjacent adobe homes(dating back to 1827), a corner store, an adobe warehouse, and a barn complex, all on roughly 2.5 acres surrounded by a historic adobe wall. The entire project was renovated in 2018, now is being utilized by catering events by Events by Classic Catering, bakery and cafe, restaurant and museum. Read about the history and shared use partnership and revitalization project here.
Portola Hotel and Conference Center
Located at the end of Alvarado Street, is the Portola Hotel & Convention center. The hotel’s name was named after Gaspar de Portola, a soldier in the Spanish Army and later in 1768 Governor of Las Californias. Outside the main entrance of the hotel is a beautiful statue of Portola. Recently renovated, the hotel offers a variety of environmentally conscious amenities and features and was honored to be the first truly “green” hotel in Central California in the “Existing Building” category by the LEED® Certified by the U.S. Green Council. Located on the 2nd floor of the Convention Center is the Alvardo Gallery who showcase local artists and sculptures. I was lucky enough to be chosen to have a two-month art show there May thru July 2019.