Feb 12

Pfeiffer Beach Big Sur is a beautiful, well preserved beach that is popular with locals, somewhat anonymous among tourists, but well worth a visit. The beach offers beautiful offshore views holding rocks, sea stacks and some nice surfing waves. The specialty of this beach is curious purple sand, from manganese garnet particles rinsing down the hillside creeks. As you go further north on the beach, the sand seems to get extra purple. The West side grips some beautiful and spectacular sunset photographs and covered with offshore rocks.

Hours 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM 7 days a week
Entrance Fee: $5.00

Pfeiffer Beach Big Sur is a family-friendly beach with lots of sand for kids to play and one of the prettiest beaches along the coast. Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel when you bring your family to experience Pfeiffer Beach, only a few miles away from our Monterey hotel. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Feb 05

Bixby Creek Bridge Monterey is one of the largest single-arch concrete bridge in the world. Situated 13 miles south of Carmel in Monterey County, it is 714 feet long with a main arch span of 320 feet, and is 285 feet high above Bixby Creek, hence the name Bixby Creek Bridge.

The Bixby Creek Bridge Monterey which was built in 1932, was built to connect the unconnected to the rest of California. This historical bridge is a popular subject for photographers and sightseeing. The arches are almost 9 feet thick and are 5 feet wide. It is one the most-photographed manmade structures on the West Coast.

This is a really gorgeous scenic drive and a must see destination in Monterey County.  Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Jan 29

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is located just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea in Monterey County. It is often quoted as a “greatest meeting of land and water in the world”. The area is geologically unique and encloses a rich and varied plant and animal life both on shore and in the water. It is the site of a historic marine reserve and contains a number of hiking trails, headlands, coves and Rolling Meadows, and a small number of beaches.

Wildlife at the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve includes seals, sea lions, sea otters and migrating gray whales and sea lions are great fun to watch as are the many different kinds of birds and marine life. The offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world popular with divers.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a “must” when visiting the Carmel and Monterey area. Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Jan 22

One of the region’s best parks almost about 2,000 acres, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park exemplifies the Big Sur experience and a perfect introduction.  The park has two parts, south is the main parking lot with the 5-mile-long Ewoldsen Trail, and Big Sur’s most popular attraction, McWay Falls drops over a cliff 80 feet, and is a short trail.

To the north 5-mile-long Tan Oak Trail and the popular short trail to Partington Cove are located. Park includes idyllic trails, waterfalls, underwater parks, historical gems, riparian hardwood forests, mystic redwood groves with ancient growth trees, and deliriously beautiful scenery. Offer a dramatic summit of land and sea as it attracts most of visitors, writers, artists and photographers from around the world.

One of the best ways to preserve nature and beautiful landmark. Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel when you experience Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Jan 15

Sand City Monterey is a city in Monterey County perfectly located on the shores of Monterey Bay, and surrounded mostly by the larger city of Seaside. It is a green conscious and artistic community that lives, works and plays by the sea. Tourists alike enjoy biking through the town or spending the day shopping and visiting one of the local eateries, artist studios or magnificent coastal amenities.

Sand City Monterey also features California’s largest sand dunes that cover 40 square miles along the Monterey Bay and also and you’ll see a sky full of para gliders.  The West end area of Sand City, which was once an industrial area, hosts a growing artists’ colony. Cultural and recreational attractions around city includes 2 golf courses, beaches, parks, hang gliding, rock climbing, camping, concerts, dining, car races and more.

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel when you visit Sand City Monterey, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Jan 08

Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary located on tip of the Monterey Peninsula, opened from late October to February where thousands of butterflies make a stop in a Pacific Grove eucalyptus grove, the preferred Monarch butterfly habitat, during their migration to warmer climates.

The trees are the perfect microclimate for the monarchs with the appropriate humidity, light, shade, temperature, and shelter from wind. Basketball-sized clusters of what at first appear to be brown leaves rustle and stir. Their migration to Pacific Grove is so unitique and inspiring that Pacific Grove is nicknamed “Butterfly Town, U.S.A. The Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary is free of charge, and visitors are invited to visit, watch, admire and take Monarch butterflies photos, videos to view this incredible natural display.

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Dec 18

Fort Ord Dunes State Park is a newly opened state park which features expansive views of the Monterey Bay. This recently opened state park has a 1,500 foot trail to 4 miles of ocean beach for hiking and bicycling roads and shoreline. Opened in 2009, the park, which spans almost 1,000 acres, has gorgeous panoramas.

Eight educational panels have been installed that will inform the public about the natural and cultural history of the park. You can use your cell phone to learn more about the history of Fort Ord and its cultural and natural features. There is also a boardwalk taking you to the top of a bluff where there is a viewing platform. Formerly used as a weapons firing range the dunes are now home for many endangered birds and other wildlife.

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge when you visit Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Dec 11

Point Pinos Lighthouse is the oldest and continuously operating lighthouse anywhere on the Pacific Grove, Monterey. Technically, it is the second lighthouse ever built after Alcatraz but was never destroyed or decommissioned while Alcatraz is somewhat older and its lighthouse demolished so, later it was rebuilt outside the prison walls.

Built in 1855, the Point Pinos Lighthouse is on the northernmost tip of the Peninsula. The light is a third-order Fresnel lens with lenses, prisms and mechanism. The present light source is located 89 feet above from sea level, is a 1000 watt bulb, which is amplified by the lenses and prisms to produce a 50,000 candlepower beam visible under favorable conditions up to 15 miles distant. The Point Pinos was named by the Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602 during an exploration of the California coastline for the Count of Monterey.

Hours: Thursday-Monday, 1-4pm

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge hotel , and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Dec 04

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a cemented road racing track in central California intended for both auto racing and motorcycle racing. It was originally build in 1957 near Salinas and Monterey, California and was previously known as Laguna Seca Raceway.

One of the most popular race tracks in the country and the 11 turn, 2.238 mile course is best known for the legendary Corkscrew turn that drops an equivalent of 5 1/2 stories. The challenging and demanding track attracts all forms of motorsport from the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am to historic racing and MotoGP. A variety of racing, exhibition and entertainment events are held at the raceway, ranging from super karts to sports car racing to music festivals.

If you are curious to know more about the motor races then come and stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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Nov 27

The Monterey County Fairgrounds is a vigorous versatile event center located in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula. It is home to the Annual Monterey County Fair, Jazz Festival, Reggae Festival and California Roots Music & Arts Festival, as well as many wonderful concerts, trade shows and expos on the Central Coast.

It can facilitate over 30,000 square feet space with 4 large banquet rooms, 3 small meeting rooms, 2 outdoor concert venues and an array of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites idyllic for all types of events. Situate on 22 beautifully landscaped oak-studded acres and major tourist attractions and within walking distance of hotels, restaurants and shops.  Fair features great food, live music, games, rides and many more.

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge and book directly on the hotel’s website for the lowest possible rate: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/

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