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MPA Watch in Need of Volunteers

Learn How to Support Today

Monterey, CA, May 15, 2018 — California’s scenic and spectacular 840-mile coastline and ocean are among the country’s most treasured resources and is central to the state’s identity, heritage and economy. California also leads the nation and the world in ocean protection, ensuring the preservation of important ecosystems along its coastline.

Volunteers are often the lifeblood of the many and varied organizations, both public and private, that help preserve and protect the coast and ocean. One of those organizations is MPA Watch, a citizen science monitoring program that trains volunteers to observe and collect unbiased data on human uses of coastal and marine resources both inside and outside of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

By involving local communities in this important work, MPA Watch programs inspire and empower stewardship of the coast and ocean, and educate community members about California’s ocean ecosystems.

MPA Watch programs across the state of California are continually training a network of volunteers to monitor resource use inside and outside these protected areas. Volunteers use standardized protocols to collect relevant, scientifically rigorous, and broadly accessible data.

Not only do local volunteers learn about their coastal environment and become “citizen scientists” and stewards of the area, but they generate large quantities of monitoring data that would not be possible under the current state budget.

Citizen-science, also known as community science, is research conducted by trained volunteers from the general public who are interested in science, monitoring, and conservation of the marine environment. But, you do not need any scientific background to collect data for these surveys.

Volunteers will be trained to collect valuable data on ocean users and their activities, such as surfing, kayaking, fishing, boating, running, etc. Specifically, the MPA Watch volunteers will observe and record both consumptive and non-consumptive offshore and onshore activities in and around MPAs, which will improve our understanding of how people are using these new MPAs.

Data are meant to inform the management, enforcement, and science of California’ MPAs and allow us to see how human uses are changing as a result of implementation of these MPAs.

From 2010 to 2015, more than 850 MPA Watch volunteers were actively engaged in surveying MPAs from Mendocino County to San Diego County, resulting in more than 10,000 surveys.

Organizations in your community are always looking for volunteers to do this important work. To get involved, contact organizations that are operating MPA Watch programs in your area. Current organizations and their contact persons include:

Heal the Bay – Los Angeles County (Land-Based)

Jenna Segal, jsegal@healthebay.org

Los Angeles Waterkeeper – Los Angeles County (Boat-Based)

Michael Quill, mquill@lawaterkeeper.org

Orange County Coastkeeper – Orange County

Ray Hiemstra, ray@coastkeeper.org

Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) – Marin County

Morgan Patton, morgan@eacmarin.org

California Academy of Sciences

Rebecca Johnson, rjohnson@calacademy.org

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper – Santa Barbara County

Penny Owens, penny@sbck.org

WILDCOAST – San Diego County

Angela Kemsley, angela@wildcoast.org

Greater Farallones Association – San Francisco and Surrounding Counties

Kirsten Lindquist, klindquist@farallones.org

Eagle Eyes of False Klamath Cove – Del Norte County

Ruthie Maloney, ruthiemaloney@gmail.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.mpawatch.org

Have you ever thought about a career in Hospitality?

The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel is looking for talented people to become part of one of the most dynamic hotel teams in Monterey.

Monterey, CA, May 15, 2018 – We are nestled within 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pine on Del Monte Golf Course. We are a destination hotel providing the most discerning traveler with an experience that is second to none.

We work hard but believe that we should enjoy where we work.

We know that relationships are key to our success, so we value them.

We love what we do, and it shows.

We strive for greatness because mediocre is not okay.

Hospitality isn’t just our job, it’s our way of life.

Are you ready?

Current

Career Opportunities

MANAGEMENT

Assistant Front Office Manager

Asst. Banquet Manager

Event Planning Manager

Sales Manager

Remote Sales Manager (Sacramento Area)

Executive Sous Chef

Sous Chef

FULL-TIME

Bellperson/Valet

Housekeeper/Room Attendant

Front Desk Agent

Bus Staff – Tusca

Barista – The Market

Bartender – Fireplace Lounge

Servers – Knuckles

Servers – Fireplace Lounge

Stewards

Cook

Operations Trainee

Apply online at: www.hyattregencymonterey.com

Click “careers at this hotel” link Scroll to bottom of page and search Monterey CA

AA/EOE M/FD/V

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com

Carmel Academy of Performing Arts Elevates Its Dance Training With Continuing Affiliation With Highly Regarded Royal Academy of Dance Program

The Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, which has been providing unmatched dance, acting and vocal music training in the area for almost 65 years

CARMEL, CA, March 04, 2018 – The Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, which has been providing unmatched dance, acting and vocal music training in the area for almost 65 years, improved even more with its ongoing association with the highly regarded Royal Academy of Dance training program.

“Four years ago we became a Royal Academy of Dance-certified training facility, the only training facility of its type between Los Angeles and San Jose,” says Carol Richmond, owner of CAPA. “RAD sets standards in classical ballet and we now have three teachers who are trained in the RAD system. It’s solid, current technical training that is age-appropriate.”

Initially founded in 1920 to reinvigorate dance teaching in the United Kingdom, RAD has expanded its influence and activities worldwide with more than 1,000 students in its teacher training programs. The RAD examination syllabus is taught to more than a quarter million students in 79 countries, helping teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass their knowledge on to their students. RAD has about 14,000 members worldwide and is considered one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organizations in the world.

According to its website, “The RAD promotes the knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally. We seek to accomplish this through promoting dance, educating and training students and teachers and providing examinations to set standards and reward achievement.”

To Richmond, affiliating with RAD strengthens and elevates the training programs already in place at CAPA. What she stresses is that affiliating with RAD does not make CAPA a training facility for professional dancers.

“There’s this misunderstanding that this is pre-professional training. It’s not about launching a pro career,” says Richmond. “This is solid, proper training that all classical ballet should be. It’s a method taught by syllabus for both boys and girls where you know the child is ready to commence to the next level because they know the work. Standardization is vital with technical training and also allows a high level of artistic ability.”

CAPA currently has three RAD-certified dance teachers: Sandra Burnham, Philip Pegler and Kelly Pegler (detailed bios below). Burnham has 50 years experience as a dancer and teacher and was an international ballet examiner for RAD in London. Philip Pegler first took classical ballet when he was 5 and was a teacher at Elmhurst School for Dance and director of the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance, among others. Kelly Pegler is a certified Pilates teacher, has a bachelor’s degree from RAD and was a teacher at The Royal Ballet School.

Richmond believes 2018 is a “tipping point year” for CAPA. She wants to continue to educate the public about the value of their affiliation with RAD, but also shed some light on CAPA’s upcoming summer programs, which also involves RAD-certified dance classes.

Registration begins Feb. 26 for the seven-week summer camps, June 11-Aug. 3, including sewing camp, aerial silks camp, vocal camp, contemporary jazz dance camp, competitive dance camp, classical ballet, and more.

For more information on RAD and CAPA’s summer programs, call (831) 624-3729.

CAPA Royal Academy of Dance Teachers:

Sandra Burnham

British born Sandra Burnham has 50 years’ experience as a professional dancer, teacher and examiner of classical ballet. She opened and ran her own highly successful ballet school in beautiful North Yorkshire for 20 years, during which time she became an international ballet examiner for London’s Royal Academy of Dance.

She has taught and examined in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Shanghai, Hong Kong, the Carribean, Canada and the United States. She teaches summer schools, intensives, and coaches dancers for Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).

Her teaching is noted for its careful combination of technique with interpretation, and for her disciplined care for and compassion with her students.

Philip Pegler

Born in England in 1974, Philip Pegler began his study of Classical Ballet at age five. In 1986, he embarked on his professional training, at the Bush Davies School, followed by The Vaganova Academy, The Legat School, and The Harid Conservatory in Florida, where he graduated in 1992. Later that year, Philip was accepted into The Royal Ballet School where he completed his training as a dancer and teacher.

After graduating, Philip became Ballet Master and Soloist Dancer with Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina, appointed the following year as Artistic Director of the South Carolina Dance Theatre. In 1998, he became Director of the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance where he taught notable students such as Cameron Adams, Dusty Button, Brooklyn Mack, Sara Mearns, Joseph Phillips and Joy and Christian Tworzyanski.

In 2002, Philip was appointed Professor at the University of Florida where he created a new curriculum for the University’s Ballet program as well as serving as a pre-performance lecturer at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. From 2009-14 Philip taught at Elmhurst School for Dance before returning to the U.S. He is currently the Ballet Director of the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts and a faculty member of Los Angeles Ballet Academy.

Kelly Pegler

Kelly was born in Palos Heights, Illinois and as a young child moved south with her family to live on Florida’s Gulf Coast. She began dancing soon after, and at the age of 12 decided to focus on training in Classical Ballet. From 2004-2007, Kelly was a student at the American Academy of Ballet in New York where she studied under many respected teachers and former dancers including, Olga Dvorovenko, Jay Jolley, Sara Knight, Stephanie Saland and Violette Verdy.

During her time in England, Kelly gained her bachelor’s degree from the Royal Academy of Dance and taught at many schools throughout London. She was also chosen to partake in the making of BBC film “Margot” and relished in the experience of working alongside actress Ann-Marie Duff and theater legend Sir Derek Jacobi.

From an early stage in her dance training, Kelly used Pilates as a form of body conditioning. Her love of Pilates led her to train with Master Pilates Teacher Alan Herdman in London, where she became certified as a comprehensive Pilates teacher. While on the course, Kelly was fortunate to study with physiotherapist Shirley Hancock, gaining an invaluable insight on rehabilitation for clients of all ages.

After completing her Pilates certification, Kelly was invited to teach the girls Body Conditioning at The Royal Ballet School. Through this position at the school, Kelly was able to observe and work with dancers from The Royal Ballet. Whether it be for rehabilitation or maintaining a well-balanced, healthy body, Kelly is eager to continue developing her practice and sharing her love of the life changing way of Pilates.

Carmel Academy of Performing Arts

Mission Street & 8th Avenue

Carmel, CA 93923

(831) 624-3729

www.carmelacademyofperformingarts.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.carmelacademyofperformingarts.com

Palo Alto Luxury All-Inclusive Hotel, Clement Palo Alto, Celebrates its Two-Year Anniversary With ‘Two to Tango’ Complimentary Guest Package for March and April

The Clement Palo Alto All-Inclusive Luxury Hotel celebrates its second anniversary by offering a complimentary guest stay by booking a room on a weekend.

Palo Alto, CA, Feb 28, 2018 — The Clement Palo Alto All-Inclusive Luxury Hotel celebrates its second anniversary by offering a complimentary guest stay by booking a room on a weekend.

The “Two to Tango” package, stay at The Clement on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and receive one complimentary guest ($150.00 value), will be available in March and April in honor of The Clement’s second anniversary at the end of March.

When The Clement Palo Alto opened its doors March 2016 it was one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the country. With its all-inclusive services and amenities and 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, The Clement Palo Alto set a new standard for personalized luxury accommodations in a contemporary residential-style atmosphere.

To book this special two-for-one package, call (650) 322-7111 and ask for the “Two to Tango” package.

The Clement Palo Alto’s all-inclusive services and amenities include:

·All-inclusive breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

·All-inclusive wine, beer and cocktails (charges apply for premium brands)

·All-inclusive in-room dining

·All-inclusive mini-bar

·All-inclusive fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock

·All-inclusive Business Center

·All-inclusive valet parking

·All-inclusive twice-daily housekeeping services

·All-inclusive overnight shoe shine services

·All-inclusive high-speed Internet

·All-inclusive personal concierges

·All-inclusive gratuities

“With a focus on hands-on management and exclusive luxury features rarely found elsewhere, The Clement is a very unusual hotel,” writes travel writer Emma Krasov of realtraveladventures.com. “It offers all-Inclusive resort-like stays in one of the most business-oriented locations in the nation, and provides highly personalized service by anticipating and meeting the guests’ every request.”

The Clement Palo Alto Hotel

711 El Camino Real

Palo Alto, California 94301

650.322.7111

www.theclementpaloalto.com

About The Clement Palo Alto

While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive concept, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest’s choice.

All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest’s favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.

In fact, The Clement Palo Alto is more than all-inclusive, it is all-exclusive, catering exclusively to the guest’s personal tastes and desires.

The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.theclementpaloalto.com

Tour Operator launches Online Booking for Nairobi City Tours and Luxury Safaris

Nairobi, Kenya, 2018-Mar-01 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Kenya’s tourism industry is booming in business and 2018-2021 is looking even better after recovery for a long time. Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya’s strength in packaging tours and committed service delivery is expected to increase in the future.

Undoubtedly, Kenya is the best African country for safari experience with lots and lots of wildlife viewing. For a long time Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya, has taken travelers to various destinations within Nairobi and tourist destinations within Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.

The Tour Operator has for years utilized the distributions of International brands to marketer and distribute their tours on commission basis. The distributors had a competitive advantage in that the clients could read and book tours online to the last stage. They will still continue distributing through their online partners.

Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya saw this as an opportunity to exploit and dive into the big ocean of international brands. This challenge has been overcome and now this Online Tour Agency (OTA) and operator have launched their online tours booking platform in collaboration with payment getaway PESAPAL which is verified by VeriSign International. PESAPAL accept credit cards VISA and MASTERCARD and mobile money as well.

‘Delving into the online market is worth the risk, because Nairobi is become the hub for multi-national corporations, we believe we shall make significant strides in terms of sales revenue. Our service delivery remains top-notch and continuous priority as you can read from the trip advisor page and other pages. Just Google Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya’ says Susan the Tourism Manager.

Some of the tours they offer in for a start on their online tours platform in Nairobi are:
Elephant Orphanage TourElephants Orphanage And Giraffe CenterNairobi National Park MorningNairobi National Park AfternoonNairobi National Park Tour And Elephants OrphanageNairobi National Park Tour, Elephants Orphanage And LunchNairobi National Park Tour, Elephants Orphanage And Giraffe CenterNairobi National Park Tour, Elephants Orphanage, Giraffe Center And LunchFull Day Tour To Lake Nakuru National ParkFull-Day Safari Tour To Amboseli National Park From Nairobi, Some of the overnight safaris they offer are only related to Luxury travel lodges and one fly’s by Air (Safaris by Air). The destinations includes Masai Mara Safari to Governors CampMasai Mara Safari to Eagle View Luxury CampKeekorok LodgeAirport Transfers from Airport to Nairobi HotelsAirport Transfers from Airport to Other Hotels listedFull-Day Stone Town And Prison Island Tour In Zanzibar – Central Hotels And FumbaFull-Day Stone Town And Prison Island Tour In ZanzibarFull-Day Stone Town And Prison Island Tour In Zanzibar- Stone Town HotelsSpice Tour Of Zanzibar – South HotelsSpice Tour Of Zanzibar – North East And CentralSpice Tour Of Zanzibar – Stone Town HotelsSpice Tour Of Zanzibar – North HotelsZanzibar Arrival Transfer: Zanzibar Airport To Hotel

However, there are more packages available in their main website with several detailed tailor made safaris by road ranging from 1 (one) day to 15 (fifteen days) safaris. www.cruzeiro-safaris.com

We wish you happy holidays, great experiences in Kenya and book through Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya.

About Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya
Cruzeiro-safaris.com is established in Kenya, incorporated in 2004. Its core business is safari packages and day tours complemented by air travel. It has a well established wealth of experience in arranging memorable tours and safaris and has established a client base who provide with repeat business year after year. Join us on facebook, twitter and youtube. Safaris in Kenya may be tailored to the tourist taste and can extend to Tanzania and Uganda.

For further information and reservations, Contact;
Claudia Kabui
Email: info@cruzeiro-safaris.com
Website: | https://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com and https://cruzeiro-safaris.com/nairobi-tours/
Mobile : +254-(0) 722-370833 (Kenya)
Sales: + 254 (0) 710-729021 (Kenya)

 

ADVENTURE KINGS SOLAR PANEL RANGE – HOW MUCH POWER DO I NEED?

Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2018-Jan-15 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — When you need to recharge yourself and your 12V system, look no further than an Adventure Kings Solar charging system.

We have pioneered a range that starts from a simple 10W USB solar charger to a fully fledged 250W output array with MPPT Regulation for absolute maximum output to give you the options to power your setup no matter what you take camping with you.

All Adventure Kings Solar panels use Monocrystalline silicone cell construction which is the most efficient panel design available remaining lightweight and compact whilst still outputting effective power for use at home or in the bush.

We have fully standalone systems that include a solar regulator in both hard framed designs or the more flexible folding solar blankets which are excellent for space saving in the back of your vehicle or for emergency use.

We even have a fully customisable 110W Hard mounted system that includes fittings so you can easily and permanently mount it to your vehicle, camper trailer, campervan, caravan or boat with your choice of solar regulator.

We stock both the easy to operate low cost PWM style of regulator that has become the standard across the industry, or you can upgrade to one of our high efficiency, high output MPPT style regulators which gives you up to 30% more efficiency in cloudy or overcast conditions ensuring you get the most out of your solar setup no matter what the weather conditions.

Adventure Kings maintains its reputation for supplying functional camping setups whilst also still offering some of the most affordable solar setups available to the Australian market!

Whatever your 12V setup, Adventure Kings has a Solar charging system to efficiently top up your batteries and run accessories, with zero running costs and zero noise, whilst you kick back and relax and enjoy your favorite campsite in peace and quiet….When you are looking for a solar panel setup, you can’t look past an Adventure Kings Solar setup.

When you’re building a tourer or planning a campsite in your head, solar panels should always be a consideration – they are a source of free, limitless power after all – but how do you know what panel to choose!?

Luckily Adventure Kings has a wide range of panels, that won’t break the bank.

There are two main considerations to make when choosing a solar panel – how much power you use and how much space you have to pack your panel/s.

First, to calculate your requirements, consider how many 12 volt accessories you use at camp.

Generally all electrical products will have a wattage listed (check for a sticker near the power cord) you can use this wattage to calculate the real-time amps the product will use while it’s on. Some products may also list an Amp/Hour rating which simply gives an average on the total amount of amps used per hour the product is turned on. For example, the Adventure Kings 60L fridge/freezer is rated to use less than 1 amp/hour when the interior is set at 5°C and the outside temperature is 32°C.

So let’s work through an example:

You arrive at camp at 6pm on Friday, and it’s 32°C – your fridge is down to temperature at 5°C thanks to being plugged in while you drive and you’re ready for an icy cold beverage while you light the campfire, roll out your swag and set up the awning. Then you set up an Illuminator Strip Light and as the sun sets you turn it on and wind it down for ambient light.

As the temperature drops into the night your fridge will use less power, but every time you open it for a bevvy it has to work to cool back down again, so we’ll assume the fridge is using the rated 0.83Amp/Hours all night and into the morning. 6pm to 8am the fridge has used around 12 amp hours. The Illuminator strip light was on for 5 hours total and uses 0.4A at its low level for a total of 2A

So between 6pm and 8am you used 14 Amps total – whether you have a 98AH or 115AH deep cycle battery you’ve still got plenty of juice.

But throughout the next day your fridge will continue to use power. Between 8am Saturday and 8am Sunday it will use another 24 Amps. Add another 5 hours of strip light use for 2Amps and add in a phone charge using a cig socket USB adapter rated at 12W – that’s another Amp per hour your phone is on charge. In this case your phone is charged in 2 hours so that’s another 2Amps. Plus you use your Thumper to inflate some inner tubes to relax and float in the river – you use your Thumper for 15 minutes. To calculate the amps used per hour, you find the instantaneous power listed on the sticker (45Amps) and because you’ve used it for a quarter of an hour, calculate one quarter of 45. For this example we’ll call it 12Amp/Hours.

So Saturday to Sunday morning 8am you’ve used 40Amp/Hours – combine this with the Friday night total 14Amps and you’re looking at 54Amp/Hours – at this point your Deep cycle battery has used over 55% capacity if you’ve got the 98AH battery, and over 46% capacity if you’re using a 115AH battery.

You’re planning to leave camp at 4pm so the fridge still needs to be powered by your battery for a further eight hours. That’s another 8Amp/Hours, bringing the total weekend use up to 62Amp/Hours. 63% of your 98AH battery and 53% of your 115AH battery – you should definitely add a solar panel to keep those batteries charged!

Now you can look at the output of the different solar panels available.

4WD Supacentre offers a 110W fixed solar panel, a 120W Folding Solar blanket (with PWM regulator) a 160W Folding solar kit (with PWM regulator) and a 250W folding solar panel kit (with PWM regulator). The table below shows their maximum charging amperage (assuming the same PWM regulator for all panels) as well as the estimated total Amp/Hours after 6,8 and 10 hours of sun light.

So even six hours of sunlight on the Saturday and Sunday and your battery will have recharged at least 72A/H with a 110W Fixed Solar Panel (with added PWM regulator.) This would cover your power usage and keep your batteries charged. Of course, this is only a guide and your actual consumption may vary depending on many factors including, but not limited to, the outside temperature, fridge temperature, battery condition, wiring size and condition, solar panel angle and position etc etc.

The second consideration is the amount of space you have in your vehicle – for smaller vehicles, a 120W portable Solar blanket is perfect as it packs down to a compact size and still packs a punch.

For permanent mounting solar panels, the choice is obvious – a 110W fixed solar panel (or two!) These feature a thicker aluminium frame and don’t come with a regulator so you can connect your own, use a DC to DC charger and even connect multiple.

For bigger vehicle where space is less of a priority a 160 or 250 watt folding solar panel is ideal. You can set these at varying angles to catch the sun, and they mean you can park in the shade and have your panel in the sun doing the hard work! They also provide plenty of power for bigger camp setups or hotter conditions where your fridge is working more to keep your drinks cool.

Contact-Details: OJ Aba
Jaba@4wdsupacentre.com.au
https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au

 

A Sweet Experience

Join Carmel Honey Company in a unique, one of a kind honey experience for the senses.

Salinas, CA, October 05, 2017 – With over 300 varietals in the United States alone, we hand pick a sample flight of REAL honey, explain how honey is made and share with you the importance of pollinators and their critical role in our environment.

Our half hour $35 per person journey includes:

•Three honey varietal samples and special honey small bite pairings

•Educational experience with the owners of Carmel Honey Company

•Family friendly relaxing environment

•Instore 15% off voucher for day of shopping

Our full hour $50 per person journey includes:

•Six honey varietal samples and special honey small bite pairings

•Educational experience with the owners of Carmel Honey Company

•Family friendly relaxing environment

•Instore 15% off voucher for day of shopping

•Honeycomb tasting

•Pollen tasting

Carmel Honey Company logo gift

Walk-in requests may be available, but for the best experience please email info@carmelhoneycompany.com to schedule in advance.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.carmelhoneycompany.com

The Clement Palo Alto Offers Guests ‘A Suite Deal’ with Special Extras Package Through Dec. 15

Guests at The Clement Palo Alto Hotel can now get a sweet deal when they book one of their luxurious suites through Dec. 15, enjoying extra room, extra comforts and extra amenities.

Palo Alto, CA, October 03, 2017 — Guests at The Clement Palo Alto Hotel can now get a sweet deal when they book one of their luxurious suites through Dec. 15, enjoying extra room, extra comforts and extra amenities.

Guests enjoy luxurious accommodations, attentive personalized service and an amazing local dining scene at the 23-suite luxury hotel And now with “A Suite Deal” Package, they can enjoy even more.

A Suite Deal

Our guests enjoy luxurious accommodations, attentive personalized service and an amazing local dining scene when staying at The Clement Hotel. And now when you book one of our luxurious suites through December 15th, you’ll enjoy extra room, extra comforts and extra amenities.

This Package includes a $100 Gift Certificate to La Belle Spa, a bottle of wine from one of our featured wineries and Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Beverages. Offer valid for stays on Friday, Saturday or Sunday prior to December 15th, 2017. Blackout dates include November 24th, 25th and 26th and additional blackout dates may apply. This special offer is based upon availability.

Please call (650) 322-7111 to book this special package or email reservations@theclementpaloalto.com.

About The Clement Palo Alto

The Clement Palo Alto opened its doors March 2016 and is one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the country.

With 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, The Clement Palo Alto sets a new standard for personalized luxury accommodations in a contemporary residential-style atmosphere.

While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive concept, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest’s choice. All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest’s favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.

In fact, The Clement Palo Alto is more than all-inclusive, it is all-exclusive, catering exclusively to the guest’s personal tastes and desires.

The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.

The Clement Hotel

711 El Camino Real

Palo Alto, California 94301

650.322.7111

www.theclementpaloalto.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.theclementpaloalto.com

Hyatt Carmel Highlands Introduces Special “Less is more … Love is all” Elopement wedding package

The acclaimed Hyatt Carmel Highlands, which overlooks the Big Sur coast and features 48 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, announced a special elopement package for lovebirds looking for an intimate ceremony in a romantic location.

Carmel Highlands, CA, August 15, 2017 — The acclaimed Hyatt Carmel Highlands, which overlooks the Big Sur coast and features 48 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, announced a special elopement package for lovebirds looking for an intimate ceremony in a romantic location.

The special “Less Is More … Love Is All” elopement package starts at $4,000 for up to 10 persons (plus taxes and fees) and includes:

· Wedding ceremony in The Gazebo overlooking the Big Sur coastline (one-hour ceremony and two-hour set-up).

· Three-hour reception in California Market at Pacific’s Edge Wine Room.

· Reception menu includes two preselected entrees, a signature cocktail, unlimited beer and wine, and two bottles of sparkling wine.

Perched high above the rocky cliffs of the Big Sur coast with an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, The Gazebo is the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies. The Gazebo’s spacious redwood deck, which is surrounded by lush gardens and cool ocean breezes, offers ample seating for up to 120 guests, each of whom will be talking about their memories for years to come. As a stunning venue for a buffet lunch, The Gazebo can accommodate up to 40 guests.

Other reception venue options and guestroom packages are available for an additional cost.

As part of the package, Hyatt Carmel Highlands also offers a list of approved vendors, including officiants, floral designers, wedding cake providers, photographers, and hair and makeup specialists.

To book the “Less Is More … Love Is All” elopement package, call +1 831.620.1234, or for more information visit hyattcarmelhighlands.com.

Adjacent to the property is the Hyatt Residence Club Carmel, Highlands Inn, which includes 94 one- and two-bedroom units each with wood-burning fireplace, private balcony, and ocean or garden view. For more information, visit hyattresidenceclub.com.

About Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, Hyatt Carmel Highlands features 48 luxuriously renovated guestrooms, including 11 suites, 32 ocean view rooms and five garden view rooms.

Situated only 4 miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, bridal couples, honeymooners, and privileged travelers for a century. Hyatt Carmel Highlands has been recognized among the world’s finest hotels as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500” World’s Best Hotels.

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Marci Bracco Cain

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Salinas, CA 93901

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Hottest Trend in Interactive Immersive Entertainment, Escape Rooms, Opens on Cannery Row in Monterey

Save the Date for The Escape Room Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting with the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, September 26th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Details to Be Announced Soon. Open To the Public

Monterey, CA, August 15, 2017 — Imagine being closed in a room with a half a dozen other people and you’re given just one hour to figure out — through clues, codes and suggestions scattered throughout the room — to solve a murder.

Change the scenario to a bank heist, a hostage situation, a kidnapping, a prison, pirate ship, a space station, and much more, and you have one of the hottest trends in interactive or immersive entertainment — Escape Rooms. They’re based on escape-the-room video and online games, as if the classic board game “Clue” became a live-action game you play with others in real locations.

And now Monterey has its own version — Exodus Escape Room on Cannery Row — founded by entrepreneur Christina Riddoch of Monterey.

“My granddaughter Andrea and I would play these games online together,” says Riddoch, who opened Exodus Escape Room the first weekend in August. “We were walking around Union Station in Kansas City and we saw a live escape room. We did it and we had so much fun. I said, we need to do this in Monterey, so I started looking into it.”

She contacted an owner of an escape room in Los Angeles to discuss franchising and even attended an escape room conference in Niagara Falls. But it was that first experience with a “live” escape room in Kansas City that sealed it for her.

“I was literally on a high from it for days,” she says. “You feel alive again, it was such an experience, it got us outside of ourselves.”

She talked the escape room operator in L.A. into franchising, found a suitable location above and behind The Whaling Station restaurant on Wave Street in Cannery Row, set up two escape rooms there and opened to capacity crowds — “It was nonstop until 11:30 at night that first night,” she says.

Exodus has two rooms, Sherlock’s Study (recommended for four-10 people) and Masquerade Manor (recommended for four-eight people), with the simple goal of working together with other players, crack codes, solve cyphers and study clues within 60 minutes to escape the room.

In Sherlock’s Study, in the midst of a murder investigation, Sherlock Holmes has been kidnapped by the very murderer he was trying to catch. It’s up to the players to piece together the evidence he has left behind in his study. Will you be clever enough to step into Sherlock’s shoes and solve the mystery?

In Masquerade Manor, wealthy and famous composer Ludovico Manin is the prime suspect in a recent, high-profile crime. That night, during his annual Masquerade Ball, is the best chance to look for evidence against him. Disguised as guests, players must infiltrate the ball, find proof of Manin’s guilt, and leave without being detected. Can you find the stolen object and escape in time?

The rooms are monitored by video cameras with audio. If players fail to solve the mystery and escape, they can return to take another crack at it for half-price. Riddoch says she hopes to open a third room with a bank heist theme.

“Ours is family-friendly since we’re on Cannery Row,” says Riddoch, referring to some of the more gruesome or frightening escape rooms out there. “I think Cannery Row needs this.”

Originating in Japan as Real Escape Game (REG) in 2007, Seattle-based Puzzle Break became the first American-based escape room company in 2013. They are patterned after video or online games such as Zelda, Myst and Crimson Room. There are estimated to be more than 3,000 escape room venues worldwide. There’s even a website directory of escape rooms (escaperoomdirectory.com) and people who are fans of the games are called Escape Room Enthusiasts.

“There is a growing consumer demand for social play experiences that are live and unique and can’t be repeated,” Sam Roberts, assistant director of the Interactive Media and Games division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, told the Los Angeles Times. Roberts says that immersive entertainment will be the next frontier of gaming — “the future of play spaces,” he says.

“It’s just so much fun,” says Riddoch. “It’s great for team-building, it’s fun playing it together with friends. It’s such a great experience.”

Exodus Escape Room

765 Wave St., between Irving and Prescott, Monterey

Monterey@exodusescaperoom.com

(831) 324-0513

http://exodusescaperoom.com/monterey

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Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.exodusescaperoom.com