2010 BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit in Monterey

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By • Jul 12th, 2010 • Category: California Hot Spots

Boasting 99 miles of prime Pacific coastline, the 5,312 sq. mile National Marine Sanctuary and nation’s top-ranked Monterey Bay Aquarium, the county’s newest addition: The 2010 BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit. Set for August 25-29, this global ocean-focused event will whet everyone’s whistle with the screening of 60+ award winning ocean films, photography and visual arts exhibits, line-up of seminars and special tribute to Jacques Yves Cousteau at 100. www.bluefilmfest.com.

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If you are planning to attend this great event, the good people at See Monterey have helped make your hotel-search easy, by providing a list of really fair hotel deals. For the full list of “Deep Blue Deals” at www.SeeMonterey.com.


From Lover’s Point to Pebble Beach, an enticing escape is on tap September 1 through November 30, 2010*. Here is a snapshot of the top 10 hotel deals.

Pacific Grove Inn – Cuddle up in an ocean view room with a gas fireplace in this historic 16-room Victorian inn combining two buildings — the Buck Mansion and Tuttle Cottage. Queen Anne meets modern as guests unwind with afternoon wine, evening cookies and a full hot breakfast for as low as $102.00/double. Pop for a weekend suite for just $144.00/double. www.pacificgroveinn.com.

Tally Ho Inn – Everything about this hidden gem reflects luxury, from the stellar views to the heated bathroom floor, 42″ plasma television, fireplace, Jacuzzi tub and Bose Wave radios. Add a private deck with views of Point Lobos Nature Reserve and Pebble Beach, complimentary breakfast and parking and this city by the sea never looked so alluring. Deep Blue Deal starts at $199.00/double including a $20.00 per person credit at adjoining Il Fornio restaurant. www.tallyho-inn.com. Call 800-652-2632 and mention “Deep Blue Deal.”

Martine Inn – The sweeping ocean views of this 100-year old mansion on Monterey Bay are just the start. Add museum-quality antiques – like a signed Chippendale Revival bedroom set – fine linens, claw foot tubs, wood burning fireplaces and fresh florals and a stay at this inviting bed & breakfast is the perfect blend of relaxation and rejuvenation. Guests can peruse the 1000-book library, wander amidst the collection of vintage MG cars and enjoy daily gourmet breakfast on a selection of stunning Sheffield silver. Whale watching tour for two is in included in the ocean view guestroom Deep Blue Deal (new bookings only) starting at $339.00/double, two night minimum. www.martineinn.com/deepbluedeals.html.

Monterey Bay Inn – Film buffs can’t get any closer to the deep blue ocean than contemporary Monterey Bay Inn, overlooking the national Marine Sanctuary, one of the world’s richest marine regions. Otters, seals, whales and seabirds are on view from the sleek-styled inn’s guestroom decks, and the roof top hot tub is the spot for stargazing in the evenings. This 49-room gem complete with feather beds, expansive bathrooms and evening turn-down offers a Deep Blue stay by the bay starting at $219.00/double with complimentary continental breakfast. www.montereybayinn.com.

Spindrift Inn – For a romantic romp, the Spindrift Inn is an ideal getaway. Completely renovated in fall/2008, this distinctive 45-room inn on Cannery Row overlooks the Pacific. Gracious appointments, including custom-designed canopied feather beds, wood burning marble fireplaces, polished hardwood floors and 37-inch flat screen TVs make for a restful stay. Other perks include nightly turndown and silver-tray continental breakfast served in-room starting at $259.00/dbl. Cannery Row view rooms start at $179.00/double. www.spindriftinn.com.

Hofsas House – Tuck away in a quiet residential area of Carmel-by-the-Sea surrounded by fragrant Monterey Pines at the charming 38-room Hofsas House. Here, European-style design and hospitality set the stage for a restful retreat, including guestrooms with prime ocean views, fireplaces, a heated pool, continental breakfast and a view deck to catch the sun sizzling into the sea. Pack the poodle, just eight short blocks away lies one of the state’s most dog-friendly beaches, Carmel Beach, with views of Pebble Beach and beyond. Doubles start at $139.00. www.hofsashouse.com. Call 831-624-2745 and mention “Deep Blue Deal.”

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa – Step things up a notch this fall at Monterey’s only Forbes Four-Star rated property. Draped along the Pacific with clean Mediterranean-style decor and a stunning “you’ve arrived” lobby, this 290-room Cannery Row classic with two restaurants and gracious guestrooms perched over Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is offering a two-night escape along with a $100.00 resort credit which can amply be applied to the rooftop Vista Blue Spa starting at $189.00/double. www.montereyplazahotel.com

Asilomar Conference Grounds – Set on 107 acres of natural forest, sand dunes and coastline this is the stop for architectural buffs and outdoors enthusiasts with its direct access to the 17-Mile Drive, Asilomar State Beach, Point Pinos Lighthouse and miles of biking and hiking trails. The 313-room property offers the simple comforts of rustic historic structures designed by acclaimed Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan. Tap into this timeless escape for $144.00/double including a day car pass to all four Big Sur state parks and a box lunch for two. www.visitasilomar.com/deepbluedeal.

Green Gables Inn – Step back in time with a stay in this classic Queen Anne Victorian, built in 1888, standing front and center overlooking Monterey Bay. Spend the morning tucked next to the fireplace — binoculars in hand — for the show of the season in one of 11 antique-appointed guestrooms. As the afternoon unwinds, pop onto Monterey Recreation Trail fronting the hotel for a ride to Cannery Row, enjoy a $50.00 certificate for dinner at Fandango or Passionfish restaurants, a signature Four Sisters Inns breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres starting at $195.00/double. http://www.greengablesinnpg.com/deepbluespecial.htm.

Pine Inn – This classic Carmel property has a rich history, from the days of Upton Sinclair opting for his morning juice here to the hotel’s legendary relocation in 1903 by being rolled down Ocean Avenue on logs. Built in 1889, all 49 guestrooms have been carefully restored yet retain the charm of an era gone by. Rooms feature pillow-top beds, antiques, marble bathrooms, free Internet and when the sun rises, guests can dive into a full American breakfast buffet. Doubles start at $169.00, including a $20.00 per person credit at adjoining Il Fornio restaurant. www.pineinn.com. Call 800-228-3851 and mention “Deep Blue Deal.”

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