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MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019 (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

 
MONTEREY/17 MILE DRIVE/CARMEL TOUR
SUGGESTED TIMING: 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

At 8:45 a.m., one (1) deluxe highway minicoach will arrive for boarding with departure at 9:00 a.m., to take your guests on a tour of the Monterey Peninsula.

This exciting and enlightening tour begins with a short overview through Monterey’s Cannery Row, known to all as the setting of John Steinbeck’s famous novel, which spotlights the legendary lane during its industrial heyday….but whose true story begins long before canneries lined the former Ocean View Avenue. From Native American, Asian and European settlement, through the boom and bust of the whaling
and sardine industries, to structural and economic despair followed by restoration and re- development, the tale of Cannery Row – so renamed by Monterey officials 13 years after the release of Steinbeck’s novel – continues to fascinate guests. Here, past and present alike influence the architecture, cuisine and attractions as Cannery Row continues to celebrate the unshakable spirit on which it was founded. As they continue along “Sardine Street”, they will see the actual places that he wrote about: the sardine canneries, Doc Rickett’s Lab and Wing Chong’s General Store.

The tour then winds along the coastline and the 17 Mile Drive with its famous coastal scenery…the beautiful and majestic estates…and the seven beautiful golf courses, including the three on which the annual AT&T National Pro-Am is played: Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hills and Pebble Beach Golf Links. The 17 Mile Drive, with its famous coastal scenery, runs through the Del Monte Forest, comprising roughly 5,200 acres of land. You will find yourself traveling among age-old Cypress, wooded forests, green meadows and miles of shoreline. To mention a few points of interest,
you will travel past Point Joe, where during the earliest sailing days, mariners, mistaking Point Joe for the entrance to the Monterey Bay, have been shipwrecked and gone to their graves.

They will visit Seal and Bird Rocks, which are homes of countless shoreline birds, as well as offshore herds of Sea Lions, leopard seals and harbor seals. Also on this tour, they will witness a magnificent stand of Monterey Cypress, thought to be the oldest in the world. Along the coastline, upon nearly bare rock, they will witness one of California’s most familiar landmarks; The Lone Cypress – its stark beauty has inspired countless artists, photographers and sightseers.

A stop for lunch and shopping on their own in the quaint European style village of Carmel is next before heading back to the hotel.

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Returning to the hotel, we will pass the Carmel Mission, which was founded as one of the original twenty-one (21) missions in 1771 by Father Junipero Serra who canonized by the Catholic Church in 2015, and which is also his burial site of Father Serra.

Following this enjoyable and inspiring tour, your guests will be returned to the Hyatt Regency Monterey, arriving there by approximately 1:00 p.m.

INCLUDES:

  • Round trip transportation via deluxe highway minicoach (x1 Total)
  • Professional, uniformed CCM&E guide to provide a narrated tour
  • Entrance fees into Pebble Beach
  • Limited a la carte luncheon in Carmel to include all taxes and gratuities
  • All coordination by CCM&E Destination Services

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2019 (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

 
CARMEL WINE VALLEY EXPERIENCE
SUGGESTED TIMING: 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

At 9:45 a.m., one (1) deluxe highway minicoach and professional, uniformed CCM&E staff will arrive at Hyatt Regency Monterey for boarding, with departure at 10:00 a.m. to Carmel Valley, where your guests will have the rare opportunity to experience some of Monterey County’s premier wineries and most fabulous local wines! Our first stop today will be at Bernardus Winery Tasting Room.

Bernardus Winery Tasting Room….The focus of Bernardus is to create wines that flatter the palate and stimulate the imagination. Our Marinus Estate Bordeaux-style red wine is the centerpiece of Ben Pon’s dream. It is complemented by Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from cool coastal climate vineyards. We also offer limited bottlings of small production and vineyard designate wines, which are available exclusively through the tasting room and wine club…taste a dream. Owner Ben Pon appreciates wine as an art – a form of art that transcends the ordinary. His dream with Bernardus is to make a red wine equal to the finest from Bordeaux. To achieve this purpose, Ben, a Dutchman who could have planted vineyards anywhere in the world, has chosen the Carmel Valley for his estate vineyards and winery. Since the early 1970’s, there has been a growing awareness of the outstanding potential for Bordeaux varieties from this new viticultural appellation. The Bernardus estate vineyards of Marinus and Featherbow Ranch are located in the Cachagua region of the Carmel Valley. We have been told that Cachagua is the Spanish word Native Americans used for deep or hidden water. It has been said that Native Americans believed that all things in nature were sacred and interrelated. Their respect for balance in nature is carried on in the vineyards of Bernardus. More than 300 live oaks have been preserved to thrive among carefully planted vines.

Of the 220 acres, 50 acres have been planted to vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Bernardus ventures forth as the fifth winery to establish vineyards in this sacred valley. While growing Bordeaux-style varieties in our estate vineyards, at Bernardus we are committed to cultivating Chardonnay in cool coastal climates, specifically the Monterey County growing region. Grapes from other superior coastal appellations in California are used to add nuances to the Bernardus blend. The vineyard components are then complemented by many different yeasts and oaks during the winemaking procedure.

Next on our agenda, your group will enjoy a very special experience at the Cima Collina Winery Tasting room in Carmel Valley Village.

“Local flavors are as diverse as the Monterey County landscape. From the rugged Big Sur coastline to the prairie lands of Arroyo Seco, every vineyard develops its own set of diverse flavors. It is our passion to discover these local flavors and produce unfined, unfiltered wines that reflect a sense of place. Our meticulous, artisan approach preserves and enhances these local flavors from the finest Monterey County vineyards. You’re invited to taste our award winning wines at our Carmel Valley tasting room.”

Annette Hoff, Winemaker Producing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet blends

Cima Collina is a small family-owned vineyard and winery that takes great pride in its association with the early history of Carmel Valley. Our tasting room is located in an old creamery constructed by one of the Valley’s early pioneers, William Hatton, in the late 19th century. Some of the earliest Monterey Jack cheese was made here.

Cima Collina roughly translates to “hill top” and draws its name from the Hill Top ranch owned by the Lumpkin family. The vineyard was planted in 2002 and our first harvest was in 2005. There are approximately 4 acres of Pinot Noir vines and about one half an acre of Pinot Gris. The warm days and cool nights are ideal for nurturing Pinot Noir grapes. Not only the climate, but the soil and the chalk rock contribute to the unique favors of the wines produced from the grapes grown in this region.

Cima Collina also purchases grapes from extraordinary growers – Chardonnay from the Salinas Valley and Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. These are carefully hand picked and processed in our winery in Marina with careful attention to extracting the most exquisite flavors for their signature wines.

Cima Collina Winemaker Annette Hoff Danzer is no newcomer to wine production, and she will tell you that her entire winemaking career has been a consistent march toward Monterey, that each stop along the way has prepared her for the opportunity to apply her artisan’s approach to producing the purest expression of Monterey County wines. She will also tell you that she is an unabashed seeker of quality whenever life has that to offer….but let’s talk about the wine first.

Our next stop today will be for lunch at one of Carmel Valley’s most popular spots, Café Rustica. As the name implies, Cafe Rustica specializes in country-style dishes. The influence is French and Italian, with a menu that moves seamlessly from escargot, country soup and eggplant Napoleon starters to steamed clams, egg salad sandwiches with smoked salmon, Hungarian goulash and spinach raviolis for entrees.

The main attractions, however, are the thin-crusted, wood-fired gourmet pizzas, which come with a variety of ingredients you’ve likely never seen on a pizza before. No wonder this place is wildly popular with locals.

After lunch, our last stop will be for yet another unmatched experience at the Joullian Winery Tasting Room.

Joullian Vineyards was created by the Joullian and Sias families of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with the goal of producing estate-crafted wines with the complexity, finesse and ageability characteristic ofthe finest wines of the world. The partnership soon engaged Ridge Watson, with international winemaking experience, to seek and develop the unique combination of land, vineyards and winery facilities necessary for fine wine production. Early in 1982, Joullian Vineyards, Ltd. purchased 655 acres of hillside bench land at an elevation of 1400 feet, in the heart of the remote Carmel Valley viticulture appellation. Following extensive contouring and terracing, 40 acres of high density-spaced vines were planted in the rocky Arroyo Seco series loam. The planting emphasized Bordeaux varieties and allocated two-thirds of the vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet
Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with the balance saved for Carmel Valley’s first Zinfandel, which was personally planted by owner Dick Sias.

Pursuing complexity in the wines, Watson planted multiple clones of each varietal from reputed sources such as Mount Veeder, 3 Palms, Diamond Mountain, Sterling, Ventana, Brandling, St. Peter’s Church and Lytton Springs. Chardonnay grapes are now sourced from the finest cool climate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey. The Winery, completed in the spring of 1991, was designed to handle each vineyard block separately to insure that the complex subtleties and nuances produced in the field could be transferred into the bottle.

In 2015, Joullian Vineyards, Ltd. was acquired by the Hammler Wine Corporation. Owned by husband-and-wife team Tom and Jane Lerum, Hammler Wine Corporation is committed to carrying on the legacy of the Joullian brand and will continue to focus on crafting exceptional wines. With strong ties to both Oklahoma and California, the Lerums are working hard to build upon Joullian’s historical success and ensure its sustainability for generations to come.

After thirty-five fruitful years as Joullian’s head winemaker, Ridge Watson stepped down in the beginning of 2017 in order to spend more time on his golf game (so that he can someday compete with his wife, D’Tim). He was succeeded by Matt Piagari, who had proven himself crafting some of Central Coast’s most prized wines. Building on an already successful winemaking career, Piagari will continue to deliver on Joullian’s commitment to quality as head winemaker.

Following this amazing oenological extravaganza, your guests will be returned to Hyatt Regency Monterey arriving there at 5:00 p.m

Includes:

  • Round trip transportation via deluxe highway minicoach (x1 Total)
  • Professional, uniformed CCM&E Escort/Guide to provide a guided tour and monitor the day
  • All Wine Tasting fees as described above to include all applicable taxes and gratuities
  • Limited a la carte luncheon to include all taxes and gratuities
  • All coordination by CCM&E Destination Services

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019 (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

 
BIG SUR/VENTANA WILDERNESS TOUR
SUGGESTED TIMING: 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Big Sur sits along the California coast, two and a half hours south of San Francisco, five and a half hours north of Los Angeles, and a world and a half removed from both. It was here that writer Henry Miller escaped the “air-conditioned nightmare” of the city and learned to say “amen”. And it’s here that visitors, watching waves crash on empty beaches or strolling through cathedrals of redwoods, find themselves at a loss for any words at all.

The postcard appearance that is Big Sur’s trademark comes from a union of the Pacific Ocean with Santa Lucia Range. Steep cliffs plunge to rocky beaches. Creeks meander through forests. The land opens up in natural springs. It is a place of spas and healing centers, hiking centers, hiking trails that lead to vistas, and galleries that lure you into their hours of browsing. Big Sur’s serenity has long attracted artists seeking inspiration and enticed overworked urbanites in search of calm retreat. You can’t buy peace of mind here, but you can sample it for the day today……

The next stop could be at the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to see the waterfall. This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well-respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged coastline is available from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1.

A last stop may be a visit to the Coast Gallery, a unique building, housing the handcrafted items of local artisans and such well-known people as Henry Miller and Emile Norman.

Following this fabulous day, your guests will be returned to the Hyatt Regency Monterey, arriving there by 5:00 p.m.

INCLUDES:

  • Round trip transportation via deluxe highway minicoach (x1 Total)
  • Professional, uniformed CCM&E guide to provide a narrated tour
  • All coordination by CCM&E Destination Services

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2019 (9:30 AM – 1:30 PM)

 
A MORNING IN CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
SUGGESTED TIMING: 9:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

At 9:15 a.m., one (1) deluxe highway minicoach will arrive for boarding with departure at 9:30 a.m. for a morning in the quaint and fascinating Carmel-by-the-Sea. Carmel is often noted for its picturesque qualities and charm. The diversity of the historical buildings, established urban forest and landscaping within the village create unique visual qualities. Much of the architecture is reminiscent of rural European and early California styles. The variety of building types and placement with interesting architectural designs and feeling of openness contributed to by trees, landscaping and numerous courtyards have melded to present this special village atmosphere. Prominent design features such as pitched and rolling rooflines, large windows complete with flower boxes and arcades abound.

With the help of a professional local guide, the unique charms of Carmel-by-the-Sea will enchant your guests upon first glimpse of the one-square mile village, tucked into an exhilarating coastline and the central ridge of wooded hills. As they walk, they will discover the uniqueness of the art galleries, craft shops, jewelry stores and boutiques. Explore the alleyways, arcades and courtyards that hold hidden treasures and surprises.

The interior of the village lies in a park-like setting with narrow, winding streets curving around oak, pine and cypress trees. There is a strong interest on the part of Carmelites to preserve trees – so they have a City Tree Preservation Ordinance!

Carmel has been the gathering spot for artists of all types for decades and particularly since the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Today, you will find over 70 individual art studios, galleries and antique stores on the tree-lined streets and in the cozy courtyards of the village alone. All of these invite and encourage browsing and many feature artists who can be seen creating works on the premises, while others present the works of masters from all over the world!

While Carmel-by-the-Sea is only one square mile, the entire Carmel area also holds boundless wonders.

After your guests have had time for strolling and shopping, they will enjoy a luncheon in one of the popular Carmel spots before returning to the Hyatt Regency Monterey by 1:30 p.m.

INCLUDES:

  • Round trip transportation via deluxe highway minicoach (x1 Total)
  • Professional, uniformed CCM&E Escort/Guide to provide a guided tour and monitor the day
  • Limited a la carte luncheon to include all taxes and gratuities
  • All coordination by CCM&E Destination Services

*NOTE: Please note that most of the shops in Carmel Village do not start to open until 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

 

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