Monday, November 20, 2017

Coming Soon! Big Sur Foragers Festival January 12-14, 2018

Big Sur Foragers Festival is excited to announce the return of their feature venue, the Fungus Face Off, to longtime partner, Ventana Big Sur, for 2018.

Salinas, CA, November 21, 2017 - Big Sur Foragers Festival is excited to announce the return of their feature venue, the Fungus Face Off, to longtime partner, Ventana Big Sur, for 2018. The community's non-profit, Big Sur Health Center, will receive the proceeds from all of the festival events to help support the continued presence of local healthcare services in the Big Sur area.


2018 Includes:

Friday night dinner series with local restaurants giving a percentage of the proceeds to the Big Sur Health Center.

Several local restaurants will host winemaker's dinners.

The sixth annual Fungus Face Off will take place at Ventana Big Sur Ocean Meadow Lawn. The Big Sur Health Center is looking forward to returning to Ventana Big Sur for 2018.

Tickets On Sale Now

Participants Include:

Chefs/Restaurants
Roy's
Carmel Valley Ranch
The Sur House at Ventana Big Sur
Alvarado Street Brewery
A Taste of Elegance
Wineries and Breweries
Mesa del Sol
Morgan Winery
Bernardus Winery
Comanche Cellars
Mad Otter Ale
Boony Doon Vineyards
Blair Wines
Baker and Brain
Paul Lato Wines
Fillipponi Winery
Alvarado Street Brewery
Fly Wheel Wine
Chappellet Vineyards

Marketplace Vendors and Tastings:
Carmel Honey Company
Quail and Olive
Percy Pies

Wild Mushroom Walk and Talk
Details To Be Announced

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.bigsurhealthcenter.org/

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel Announces Special Packages for 2018

The Hofsas House Hotel, a 38-room boutique family-owned inn in the heart of Carmel, is pleased to announce the launch of its special packages for 2018.

The packages appeal to a wide variety of guests, from art and wine lovers to dog owners, chocolate lovers and those looking for a relaxing spa experience. To book any of these packages during your stay, call (831) 624-2745 or email info@hofsashouse.com.

Hofsas House Packages for 2018

Get Artsy Package
For decades, Carmel, California has been a haven for artists, from authors, poets and actors to painters and sculptors. Today there are more than 80 art galleries within walking distance from the hotel. The Hofsas House is part of that artistic tradition and has been touched by one of the world’s most famous artists. Did you know that artist Maxine Albro was commissioned by Donna Hofsas to paint the welcoming mural and the headboard featured in Room 47 of the Hofsas House? In the 1940s and 1950s, Maxine was living in Carmel and was friends with Donna. After the main four-story addition to the Hofsas House was completed in 1957, Donna asked Maxine to paint the mural and add other highlights to the front of the building to enhance the hotel's Bavarian theme. Maxine also painted the three pictures now hanging in the lobby.

The Hofsas House celebrates Carmel's artistic legacy by offering guests its special “Get Artsy Package.” This package includes a stay in the Room 47 — the very room Maxine Albro painted! Mention the Hofsas House “Get Artsy” package with the code “HHArt” and receive a gourmet cheese tray and bottle of wine upon arrival.

Carmel continues to be an artist colony and attracts some of the world’s most famous artists, including painters, sculptors, and photographers. Hofsas House can help arrange a tour of Carmel's art galleries and artists' studios with Carmel Art Tours. Discover secret passageways, visit hand-picked galleries, both the internationally acclaimed and the hidden gems. There's also an opportunity for a chance encounter with an artist at work in a Carmel studio. Cost is $25 per person, reservations are required, and participants meet for the tour at Carmel Visitors Center. Info at www.carmelarttours.com, 800-979-3370.

Wine and Chocolate Package
Upgrade your stay at Hofsas House with a four pack of handcrafted artisanal sea salt caramels from Monterey's Lula’s Chocolates and a bottle of award-winning Monterey County wine.

Monterey County wines are now on par with California's other legendary wine regions such as Napa and Sonoma. In fact, Wine Enthusiast magazine named Monterey County as one of the world's top 10 wine destinations — ahead of the Napa Valley and in the company of the other famed wine-growing regions around the world.

Monterey County produces 42 different varietals of high-quality, award-winning wines, especially Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. For this special package choose either a Monterey County Chardonnay or Pinot Noir from a personally selected list of wines.

Lula's Chocolates, founded by Scott Lund, are made the old-fashioned way, using recipes passed down from Scott's grandmother, Lula herself. To this day, Lula's makes sure each hand-dipped, small batch, deliciously fresh chocolate is an experience worth savoring.

Cost for this wine-and-chocolate package is $25. Use the code HHChoc when booking this package.

Tail-Wagging Package
Hofsas House is one of the most dog-friendly hotels in Carmel. Guests receive a complimentary “Doggie Welcome Package” upon arrival that includes:
Hofsas House dog Frisbee
Hofsas House collapsible dog bowl
Special dog bed
Letter from Tank, our onsite Pet Concierge
Special dog amenities package
Tips and recommendations for your four-legged friend’s stay
Walking trail and hiking guide
A package of treats
Coastal Canine Magazine — offering the best four-legged options for visiting Carmel

This package requires a minimum two-night stay, $30 fee per night for one dog and $50 per night for two dogs.

Relax at Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel
Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel is the French cosmetic company's first and only Cinq Mondes spa in the United States and serves as the company's flagship location in the U.S. Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel combines tradition, beauty, authenticity, and luxury, allowing guests to enjoy a soothing sensory voyage of the five different worlds in the nearby Crossroads Shopping Center in Carmel.

Cinq Mondes has gathered a selection of traditional treatments from around the world that are remarkable for their quality, authenticity and ceremonial traditions.

Hofsas House is partnering with Cinq Mondes to offer guests a relaxing and soothing spa package that includes a 60-minute massage or facial. Cinq Mondes' signature facial is the "Ko-Bi-Do" for its unique use of Dermapuncture, or "acupuncture without needles,” as an anti-aging facial and its signature massage is the Moroccan massage. Price is $120 per massage or facials. All Hofsas House guests will get a special gift from Cinq Monde

This special package must be booked at least 72 hours in advance and is subject to availability.

About Hofsas House
The Hofsas House Hotel is a boutique family-owned inn with 38 uniquely decorated, spacious rooms, many with ocean views overlooking the pines in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Dutch doors appoint each room allowing our guests to enjoy the fresh ocean air. Our guests watch glorious sunsets over the Pacific Ocean from the privacy of the inn's decks or rooms. Some rooms and most suites have fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars or kitchens.

The Hofsas House is located three blocks north of Ocean Avenue, eight blocks from the picturesque white sand Carmel beach and one block from a child-friendly City park. There is plenty of off-street parking and guests delight in walking everywhere in Carmel from the inn. Enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning with French roast coffee, tea, fresh pastries delivered from a local bakery, juice, yogurt and fruit.

Other amenities include a heated swimming pool, dry saunas, view deck areas and free wireless Internet access. Some rooms are dog friendly. Casual elegance, personal service and traditional family hospitality are the trademarks of Hofsas House Hotel.

Hofsas House Hotel
Between 3rd & 4th Ave on San Carlos Street.
P.O. Box 1195
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 624-2745
info@hofsashouse.com
HofsasHouse.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.HofsasHouse.com

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) Announces Exhibition and Events Schedule for 2018

The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) is pleased to announce a full slate of exhibitions, lectures, pop-up dinners, tours, workshops and fundraisers for 2018.

Monterey, CA, Oct. 29, 2017 — The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) is pleased to announce a full slate of exhibitions, lectures, pop-up dinners, tours, workshops and fundraisers for 2018.

The 2018 calendar also includes the Art in Bloom Gala on April 28, Family Days in February, June, August, October, and December; along with the Museum’s popular, Miniatures exhibition November through December, “Brews for A Cause" fundraiser in November and “Christmas in the Adobes” in December.

Exhibitions slated to open in 2018 include: 
2018 Weston Scholarship, Coburn Gallery, May 10-July 8
Our Ocean’s Edge, Outcalt Gallery, June 14-Sept. 10
E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit, Work and Outcalt Gallery, May 24-Aug. 27
The New Domestic (part 1), Coburn and Entry Galleries, July 20-Oct. 28
Salon Jane, Outcalt Gallery, Aug. 16-Nov. 11
The New Domestic (part 2), Work Gallery, Sept. 13-Oct. 28
Miniatures, Work Gallery, Nov. 16-Dec. 16

Programs for 2018 and the months in which they will be held are listed below. Dates are subject to change.
Pop-Up Dinner - January
Lecture Series – February
Family Day – February
Pop-Up Dinner - March
Art in Bloom Gala – April 28th
Lecture Series - May
Family Day – June
Family Day – August
School Tours – Aug  to May
Afternoon Art Clubs – Aug to May
Annual Docent Training – Sept/Oct
Family Day - October
Fall Lecture Series – Oct/Nov
Miniatures – Nov-Dec
Pop-Up Dinner – November
Past Trustees Luncheon - November
Brews for A Cause Fundraiser – Nov or Dec

About The  Monterey Museum of Art
The Monterey Museum of Art expands a passion for the visual arts and inspires appreciation of California Art — past, present, and future. The Museum recently hosted the exhibition, Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist as the opening venue, and debuted, Who Shot Monterey Pop! Photographs from the 1967 Music Festival on June 2, 2017.

The Monterey Museum of Art connects art and community, with an emphasis on participatory experiences built around the Museum’s strong collection of California and regional art. Exhibitions and programs of the highest quality are designed to engage and inspire visitors.

The Museum was established in 1959, to uphold the artistic legacy of the region by collecting, preserving and presenting the art of California and the Central Coast. Originally a chapter of the American Federation of the Arts, MMA remains the only nationally accredited museum between San Jose and Santa Barbara.

Visit montereyart.org for additional information on the Museum's exhibitions, programming and events.
 

Media Inquiries: pr@montereyart.org or 831.372.5477 x101

Photography

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.montereyart.org

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hyatt Regency Monterey Launches November be Thankful Pinterest Contest


November is all about being thankful and giving back. We look forward to this time of year and love to find new ways to celebrate the season.

Monterey, CA, October 25, 2017- November is all about being thankful and giving back. We look forward to this time of year and love to find new ways to celebrate the season. Pinterest has wonderful ideas to inspire you- from thankful quotes to activities your family can enjoy together to learn about gratitude. Create your own board and enter to win a two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Monterey!  

To Enter The Contest Simply Pin It To Win It:

  • ·         Follow us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/montereyhyatt
  • ·         Create a board titled: In A Hyatt World
  • ·         Add a minimum of 5 pins with your favorite thankful quotes, activities and crafts!
  • ·         Make sure to use the hashtags #GiveThanks #InAHyattWorld
  • ·         Email a link your board to: marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com
  • ·         One lucky winner will receive a two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Monterey!
  • ·         Winner will be announced December 5th.

·         *Contest runs from November 1st - November 30th. Does not include airfare.  The trademark HYATT and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©2017 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tres Amores Punta Mita Luxury Resort Villa on Mexican Coast Now Available for Holiday Rentals

Staying at a high-end luxury resort on the coast of Mexico is an enticing experience, but why share that experience with hundreds of other people, when you can share a sleek and modern luxury villa with 11 of your closest friends and family?

Punta Mita, MEXICO, October 24, 2017 — Staying at a high-end luxury resort on the coast of Mexico is an enticing experience, but why share that experience with hundreds of other people, when you can share a sleek and modern luxury villa with 11 of your closest friends and family?

Tres Amores Punta Mita, located just 26 miles from the coastal resort city of Puerto Vallarta, on one of the most beautiful, scenic and exclusive areas on the coast of Mexico, is a luxurious and stylish four-bedroom resort villa that is as welcoming as it is intimate.

Now imagine spending the holidays with your family and friends at this luxury villa that boasts panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, is just steps away from gorgeous white-sand beaches, two championship golf courses, four beach clubs and a wide variety of outdoor activities.

In fact, it is one of the few villas in Punta Mita that has access to all four beach clubs — Residents’, St. Regis, Kapuri and Playa Fortuna beach clubs — and both golf courses, Pacifico and Bahia.

Tres Amores is available for rent during the holidays through VRBO, TripAdvisor and AirBnB.


 Located just 28 miles from the colorful coastal resort city of Puerto Vallarta, the Punta Mita peninsula is one of the most beautiful, scenic and exclusive areas on the coast of Mexico. The villa at Tres Amores, which can accommodate up to 12 people, features a long list of inclusive amenities, including chef service for breakfast and lunch, daily housekeeping and laundry service, an inviting saltwater infinity pool, hot tub, marble-front bar, gas barbecue, and an on-site private concierge who can help arrange your activities and excursions. There's even a deluxe golf cart guests can use to get around the peninsula for excursions, outings, dining and shopping.

With its proximity to the Punta Mita Pier, Tres Amores is the perfect home base to launch an ocean adventure, whether you're into standup paddleboarding, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, fishing or whale watching. With its spectacular views, impeccable service and its stylishly modern, yet relaxed style, Tres Amores is a popular destination for honeymooners, family vacations, golf getaways or those who just want to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Rooms at Tres Amores
The main house at Tres Amores features four bedrooms, all with their own style and flair. The combination of warm-toned wood, soft bedding and upholstery and contemporary decor gives each of these suites a modern, yet welcoming feel. Two bedrooms come with King-size beds, one with two Queen-sized beds and the fourth  has two Queen beds and two Twin bunkbeds. All bedrooms have in-suite bathrooms.

Amenities at Tres Amores
Your everyday worries will melt away once you step into Villa Tres Amores for your vacation. You'll find personal chef service at breakfast, lunch and for afternoon snacks, as well as an on-site personal concierge who can arrange your outdoor activities of shopping or sightseeing excursions. Tres Amores also features daily housekeeping and laundry services.

Not only that, but guests at the Villa are welcome at the pools, spas, restaurants and tennis courts at the four nearby beach clubs, as well as golfing at the Pacifico and Bahia golf courses. The villa is one of the few on the peninsula with guest access to all four beach clubs and both golf courses.

Of course, if you'd prefer to relax in private, the Villa features its own resort-quality outdoor patio with panoramic views of the ocean, an inviting saltwater infinity pool, hot tub, gas barbecue grill with outdoor dining table and shaded lounging and dining areas.

The expansive, bright and open indoor/outdoor combined living and dining room that looks out over the patio, pool and ocean beyond, is the perfect area for entertaining the whole family or just to relax and relive the day's adventures. The spacious living/dining area, which features modern designer furnishings, opens up to the terrace by way of fold-away glass door.

The in-house iPad can stream a variety of music for entertaining throughout the house or in a specific room. Refreshments can be served on the spacious patio or on the island in the large, fully equipped, modern kitchen. Adults will find themselves congregating around the custom-designed bar for some fine spirits, cocktails, conversation and perhaps a savory cigar to cap off an amazing day.

AMENITIES

Indoor Features:
Fully equipped kitchen featuring Sub Zero & Viking appliances
Dishwasher
Icemaker
Formal dining area with seating for 12
Satellite 4D television per room
Surround sound system with individual controls per room
In-house iPad with Sonos playlist
Media room/Formal Bar
Wifi
Air conditioning with individual controls in each room
Ceiling fans
Washer/Dryer
Iron/Ironing board
Nespresso coffee machine
Ultra Luxe bamboo cotton linens and towels
Bulgari bath amenities

Outdoor Features:
Saltwater infinity swimming pool
Hot tub
Alfresco dining area
Gas barbecue grill
Large terrace
On-site parking
Panoramic ocean views
Beachfront
Sun loungers
Outdoor living area
Deluxe golf cart for guest use

Villa Policies:
Maximum 12 guests
Non-smoking villa
Pets not allowed
Children welcome
Social events permitted (upon request only)
Additional bedding (upon request, at extra cost)
Check in: 3:00 p.m.
Check out: 12:00 p.m.
Security deposit applies

Staff & Services Included:
Daily housekeeping
Laundry
Cook service (for breakfast & lunch)
On-site Private Concierge

Guest access to:
St. Regis Beach Club
Playa Fortuna Beach Club
Kupuri Beach Club
Residents’ Beach Club
Pacifico Golf Course
Bahia Golf Course

Extra Cost (May require advance notice):
Villa pre-stocking
Food & beverages
Chef services
Airport transfer
Activities and excursions
Spa services
Babysitting service

Activities at Tres Amores
Punta Mita is a resort getaway with countless options, whether you're looking just to relax or go out on an exciting, heart-pumping adventure.

Three of Mexico’s finest and most exclusive resorts are also located in Punta Mita, including the luxurious St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and the Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort. Punta Mita also boasts four beach clubs, three golf courses and three five-star spas.

Activities:

Surfing
At Tres Amores, your personal on-site concierge can arrange surfing lessons for the beginner or for the experienced surfer, an excursion to nearby Sayulita, renowned for its surf breaks the world over.

Golf
Tres Amores is home to the Bahia Golf Course and Pacifico Golf Course. And for a larger course, it's just a short 20-minute ride to Litibu Golf Course.

Shopping
Guests wanting to do a little shopping can find unique shops and boutiques in the village of Punta de Mita or many high-end shops in nearby luxury resort hotels.

Sayulita & San Pancho
A short distance north of Punta de Mita lies Sayulita and San Pancho (also called San Francisco) home to rich culture, local shopping, inviting beaches and hidden treasures. These two coastal villages are a must-visit for any lover of white-sand beaches and colorful beach towns. Your concierge can plan a trip to these two locations as well make dining reservations for you.

Whale Watching
Your on-site concierge can arrange an ocean escapade for whale watching during your stay.

Spas
Within the gates of Punta de Mita there are three five-star spas, or, if you would like to have a spa experience in-house, your concierge can also arrange this for you.

Luxury Diving Adventures 
Your on-site concierge can arrange an exciting fishing or spearfishing adventure as well as arrange free diving lessons and snorkeling and scuba excursions.

Sailing
If you'd like to take to the Pacific Ocean on a private yacht, your concierge can make arrangements for an exciting day on the water.

Testimonial:
"I just never wanted to leave this place. Everything about this house, the staff, the food was amazing. I only stay at the best 5-star hotels in the world and this makes the Four Seasons look shabby which is hard to do. Thanks so much for a wonderful holiday and we will for sure be coming back! The fact that concierge handled buying groceries for my kids, fancy dinner reservations for my husband and booking spas for my sister meant I could actually enjoy my vacation stress free!” — Tatiana, May 2017

To book this property go to:
VRBO at xxx.
TripAdvisor at xxx.

Tres Amores Punta Mita
Porto Fortuna B6
Punta Mita, Mexico


1-833-TRESAMORES
or
1-833-873-7266

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Monterey County Fair and Event Center Offering Discounted Mid-Week Rate For Its Meeting Rooms


 Monterey County Fair and Event Center has announced that it is offering reduced rates for mid-week meetings at its facilities at the fairgrounds.
Monterey, CA, Oct 24, 2017 — Monterey County Fair and Event Center has announced that it is offering reduced rates for mid-week meetings at its facilities at the fairgrounds.

If you book a meeting for your company, organization or group, large or small, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the rate will be $299. Regular rates range from $750 to $1,100, depending on the room. Use of a kitchen is a separate rate.

The following rooms are available under this mid-week rate at the event center at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey:

Monterey Room
7,000 square feet
Max seated occupancy: 400
Max occupancy: 1,000
Carpeted
Permanent dance floor
P/A system
Built-in Bar
Kitchen

Salinas Room:
7,000 square feet
Max seated occupancy: 400
Max occupancy: 1,000
Non-carpeted
Tall vaulted ceilings
P/A system
Electrical drop boxes

King City Room:
7,000 square feet
Max seated occupancy: 400
Max occupancy: 1,000
Non-carpeted
Tall vaulted ceilings
P/A system
Electrical drop boxes

Seaside Room:
7,000 square feet
Max occupancy: 300
Carpeted
P/A system
Built-in bar
Large commercial kitchen

Floor plans and event request forms are available at montereycountyfair.com. For more information or to book a meeting room, contact the Event Coordinator at (831) 372-5863.


The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 
2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455