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Cypress Boutique is pleased to introduce our vegan felt Panama hats and wide brim wool felt Panama hats. These are chic, sophisticated, but casual. Visit us at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey, or view them on our website.

Vegan Felt Panama Hats
These stiff brim hats in fall colors contain an adjustable inner drawstring for the perfect fit. Brim is 2.75 inches.

Wool Felt Panama Hat
This hat offers a sleek silhouette with a flat 4-inch brim and a vegan leather band.

Poppleton's Fine Furnishings and Interiors is pleased to introduce the work of a new manufacturer to our showroom, DellaRobia. This California based furniture company has been creating contemporary interior environments for the past 40 years. All pieces are proudly made in the United States.

DellaRobia combines the latest in technology, materials, and tailoring and maintains a hand crafted quality to achieve effects that are timeless, contemporary, and classic.

Poppleton's is located at 299 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

New Snowboards at On The Beach

Posted on November 4th, 2021 by On the Beach Surf Shop

Are you ready to blast into winter? On The Beach Surf Shop has new snowboards in stock from Lib Technologies, including Orcas, Golden Orcas, and T.Rice Pros in a variety of sizes. The cosmic new graphics will make you king/queen of the hill or a predator in the terrain park.

Several Tahoe resorts are already open. Come see us at 693 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey to help you kickstart shred season.

Lilify Garments in Linen, Canvas, and Denim

Posted on November 4th, 2021 by Lilify

Lilify's signature silhouettes, including capes, aprons, and jackets, are always available in gorgeous shades of linen. Now, they're also available in caramel cotton canvas and indigo denim!

Hand sewn in Monterey, our garments are timeless and effortlessly refined. We designed these pieces to be elevated staples and we really love how they translate to these new fibers.

Caramel canvas is a heavy textile made from cotton. The compact, firm weave is hearty and structured. Our canvas is U.S. sourced.

Indigo denim is a textile made from cotton. The weave creates a fabric that is sturdy and offers a soft structure. Our denim is U.S. sourced.

We can’t wait for you to explore our stunning new fabrics. Visit our shops at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey or peruse them on our website.

It's pie time! Come to Alta Bakery and Cafe and preorder pies for your Thanksgiving festivities. We have 3 delicious options: classic pumpkin pie ($29), pecan-honey pie ($32), and apple galette ($30). Visit us at 502 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey and fill out a form to order yours, or place your order online. Pickups available on Tuesday, November 23, and Wednesday, November 24.

Monterey County Mask Mandate Begins November 5

Posted on November 3rd, 2021 by lighthouseave

Throughout Monterey County, face masks are required to be worn indoors in public spaces as of Friday, November 5, 2021. This is because Monterey County reached the “substantial” community transmission level of Covid-19 according to the CDC. For details, please read this short article in Monterey County Weekly by Pam Marino.

There are some exceptions to the mask mandate, all covered in the article. These exceptions include indoor dining, situations in which a mask would “impede a medical or cosmetic procedure,” or at a meeting where all vaccinated people have shown proof of vaccination (unvaccinated people still have to wear masks).

We thank you for your patience, your compassion in these unusual times, and your continued support of the Lighthouse District's small, locally-owned businesses.

Monterey County Mask Mandate Begins November 5

Posted on November 3rd, 2021 by omba

Throughout Monterey County, face masks will be required to be worn indoors in public spaces beginning Friday, November 5, 2021. This is because Monterey County has reached the “substantial” community transmission level of Covid-19 according to the CDC. For details, please read this short article in Monterey County Weekly by Pam Marino.

There are some exceptions to the mask mandate, all covered in the article. These exceptions include indoor dining, situations in which a mask would “impede a medical or cosmetic procedure,” or at a meeting where all vaccinated people have shown proof of vaccination (but unvaccinated people still have to wear masks).

We thank you for your patience, your compassion in these unusual times, and your continued support of Downtown Old Monterey's small, locally-owned businesses.

Santa Claus will take time out of his busy holiday schedule to make this special annual event at the Campbell Community Center! Parents participate with their child/children. Santa will read a holiday story and children will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa. This activity is popular and spaces are limited, so please register early! For more information or to register, visit www.campbellca.gov/santa.

Sometimes dairy-free ice cream tastes like...dairy-free ice cream. (If you know, you know...) But Revival Ice Cream is proud to create dairy-free desserts that EVERYONE will enjoy! It's truly delicious ice cream that just tastes great.

Revival has dairy-free choices available in the scoop case every day, and our signature dairy-free flavors are also available for nationwide shipping. Come into the shop at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey to try one of these delectable flavors, or visit our website to place an order for home delivery.

Pictured here: Revival's dairy-free cold brew coconut ice cream

Did you know you can use Fleet Feet Monterey as your home base for any run during our regular business hours? Just drop off your keys and belongings in one of our lockers and take off! After your run, you can make use of our Recovery Zone in the store. Fleet Feet is located at 472 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Presidio of Monterey Museum Reopens!

Posted on October 29th, 2021 by lighthouseave

The Presidio of Monterey Museum has reopened after nearly 600 days of closure! Located at the Lower Presidio Historic Park, the museum is free and open to the public, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. There is no entrance fee.

The museum shows visitors the military history of Monterey from the indigenous peoples of the area to the modern-day Presidio and Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.

After your visit, take a walk up to Presidio Hill to find one of the best views of the Monterey Bay and visit the towering 111 year-old Sloat Monument. For more information, check out this great new article by the U.S. Army.

The Presidio of Monterey Museum is located at 76th Artillery Street & Corporal Ewing Road, Bldg. 113, in Monterey near the Lighthouse District.

For years, artist Mai Ryuno, owner of Play Full Ground, has been making her signature Happy Monterey Sardine pillows to bring people joy. Each sardine has been a handmade, one-of-a kind piece.

Now, you can make your own Happy Monterey Sardine! Mai has recently published a step-by-step instruction video on her YouTube channel and provided a downloadable sewing pattern here. It's a new way to own, gift, and enjoy these fun, colorful fish.

You can make your own sardine(s) as a solo sewing project or with your family and friends! And you can keep it for yourself or give it as a handcrafted, unique gift for the holidays and other special occasions.

Check out the video, download the pattern, and have fun making, playing, and sharing.

Do you want to learn about sewing in a more personal and interactive way with Mai by working with her on a project like this or one of your own? Consider signing up for Play Full Ground's Creativity-Based Learning Program and learn how to sew, make, and explore your creativity!

Monterey State Historic Park is excited to announce that our guided tours of Larkin House and Stevenson House have returned! House tours, lasting 45-60 minutes, are now offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Stevenson House tours are offered at 10am on those days; Larkin House tours are offered at 2pm.

Tickets are $10 for adults; free for children 17 and under. Tickets can be purchased on location starting 15 minutes before the tour. Group size is limited to 8 people per tour. For more information, please visit our website or contact the Pacific House Museum at 831-649-2907. (Pacific House, located at 10 Custom House Plaza, is open Tuesday - Sunday,10am-4pm.)

Monterey State Historic Park House Tours showcase both the buildings’ important roles in Monterey’s history along with the impressive art work and antiques located inside each home.

Stevenson House (530 Houston Street) was a temporary home of the world-famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson in 1879. Though he only spent a few months staying in the boardinghouse that occupied the adobe structure at that time, his family later donated many of his personal possessions to the building, where they are currently on display. It is now one of the best collections of Stevenson artifacts found in the world today. The building’s rich history includes a stint as the hub of Monterey’s art scene in the 1920s and as a showroom for interior designer Frances Elkin after that.

Larkin House (464 Calle Principal), built in 1835, is a two-story adobe brick building that is known for being one of the area’s best examples of Monterey Colonial architecture. It is also notable for being the home of Thomas Larkin, the first and only U.S. consul to California during Mexican rule. Its interior is furnished with striking artwork and furniture from around the world.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seeks Volunteers

Posted on October 25th, 2021 by MontereyBayAquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium is looking for people passionate about conservation of the ocean for several volunteer opportunities.

Please register here to attend one of our info sessions:

Virtual session
Wednesday, November 10
7pm–8:30pm

In-person session
Saturday, November 13
8:30am-10 am

As of October 7, 2021, open volunteer positions include:

Seasonal Aquarium guide
Help inspire conservation of the ocean by sharing Aquarium exhibits with our guests from around the world.

Animal care volunteer
Help us care for animal collection whether it is working in our food room, assisting with the care of our shorebirds and penguins or caring for and feeding our fish and invertebrate collections.

Otter care volunteer
Help us care for abandoned, ill or injured sea otters and release them back into the wild.

Learn more on Monterey Bay Aquarium's volunteer page.

Monterey Tree of Hearts Exhibit at Alvarado Gallery

Posted on October 25th, 2021 by omba

Alvarado Gallery at Monterey Conference Center has a new art exhibit - the community "Tree of Hearts" are now on display to enjoy. You're invited to browse the collages made up of hundreds of paper hearts, each featuring a special message from a community member to fellow residents and their loved ones, originally created in March 2021 to hang on a tree in front of City Hall to commemorate the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in Monterey.

Alvarado Gallery is open to the public weekdays, 8am-5pm, and located on the mezzanine of Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey. Masks are recommended. (We believe that the exhibit will be on display for the rest of 2021, but a formal decision has not yet been made - stop by soon if you don't want to miss this remarkable historic snapshot.)

Happy Hour at Melville Tavern

Posted on October 23rd, 2021 by Melville Tavern

Melville Tavern invites you to join us for Happy Hour, Sunday - Thursday, 4pm-6pm, featuring food, beer and wine specials. We're located at 484 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Happy Hour Specials include $4 bottled beer, $5 draft beer, $6 & $8 glasses of wine, plus a delightful array of eats including pork mole tacos, garlic-parmesan tater tots, fried artichoke hearts, chili-cheese fries, chicken wings, and bacon-wrapped hotdogs.

Melville Tavern is open daily for indoor and patio dining for both lunch and dinner. On weekends and holidays, we offer brunch 10am-3pm with bottomless mimosas! Come watch your favorite sports on our TVs (including our 10 ft. big screen).

The Old Monterey Business Association would like to congratulate the 29 Old Monterey businesses and organizations that won Monterey County Weekly’s Best of Monterey County 2021. Click the links to read what the Weekly’s writers and editors had to say about each business.

Alta Bakery and Cafe
Best Coffee Shop
Best Cappuccino / Latte

Alvarado Street Brewery
Best Local Beer / Brewery
Best Bar for Gen X'ers
Best Place to See and Be Seen

Ambrosia India Bistro
Best Indian Restaurant

Bagel Bakery
Best Bagel

Britannia Arms
Best Place for Karaoke

Crown and Anchor
Best Pub / Best Late Night Hangout

Easy Street Billiards
Best Place to Shoot Pool

Euphoria Salon and Spa
Best Salon - Women

Federico's Shoe Service
Best Shoe Repair...Read More

The New Monterey Business Association would like to congratulate the 15 Lighthouse District businesses that won Monterey County Weekly’s Best of Monterey County 2021. Click the links below to read what the Weekly’s writers and editors had to say about each business.

Crystal Fish
Best Japanese / Sushi Restaurant

Escape Room 831
Best Place for a Birthday Party

First Awakenings
Best Breakfast
Best Huevos Rancheros

Gianni's Pizza
Best Pizza

Gold Coast Tattoo
Best Tattoo Parlor

Goodwill
Best Thrift Shop

Hula's Island Grill
Best Bartender (Maddie Malmo)
Best Happy Hour
Best Restaurant - Monterey
Best Appetizers / Small Plates

International Market and Deli
Best International Market

Monterey Bay Aquarium
...Read More

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