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The ‘greatest meeting of land, sea and sky’ in the world, the Monterey Peninsula is an ideal place to create new traditions with family and friends. Kick things off with a fabulous Thanksgiving Feast, followed by these offerings sure to leave you rested, relaxed, and satisfied. (Feature photo: Michael Troutman/www.dmtimaging.com)


Don’t stress over cooking the perfect Thanksgiving dinner this year! Instead start a new tradition at one of Monterey County’s best restaurants for a hearty, memory-filled meal. All of these offerings take place Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Portola Hotel & Spa Thanksgiving

Portola Hotel & Spa is offering a traditional Thanksgiving feast in their Grand Ballroom.  Thanksgiving feast for the entire family will be held in their grand ballroom on Thursday, November 23, 2017, 12pm to 7pm. Indulge in a spectacular display of California cheeses and cured meats, peel and eat shrimp, carved to order turkey, prime rib and maple glazed country ham, whipped potatoes, candied garnet yams and more including a decadent dessert display with classic pecan and pumpkin pie. While enjoying a feast to remember among family and friends, Dave Conely will be live on piano from 12:30pm to 7:30pm.
Portola Hotel & Spa DeAnza Ballroom

Portola Hotel & Spa DeAnza Ballroom

Portola Hotel & Spa

Portola Hotel & Spa


Jacks Monterey

Jacks Monterey will be offering a three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner in addition to the menu on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 11:30am to close.  Jacks three course prix-fixe menu includes:

First Course: Coke Farm Red & Golden Beet Salad

Second Course: Turkey and Gravy with Mashed Potatoes, Traditional Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole & Cranberry Sauce

Third course: Pecan or pumpkin pie

Jack's Monterey Bay

Jack’s Monterey Bay Salmon hoisin vegetables, shiitakes, opal basil, sprouts, vermicelli

Jacks Monterey

Peter B’s Brewpub

If you’re looking for a more casual Thanksgiving offering, Peter B’s will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving plate on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 11am to close. The plate will include the below items for $16.95:
  • Turkey and gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green bean casserole
  • Traditional stuffing
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Slice of pumpkin pie
Peter B's Brewpub

Harris Ranch New York Strip & Frites at Peter B’s Brewpub


Spa on the Plaza, Monterey

After a hard day’s work, it’s time to relax, rejuvenate and revive with a luxurious treatment at Monterey’s first and finest spa. Spa on the Plaza, Monterey is a full-service salon located at Portola Hotel, offering more than 40 spa treatments, a relaxing lounge, and comfortable locker rooms with steam rooms.  Spa services include massages, enhancements, treatments, facials and waxing. Fall specials are on until November 30th, and include:

  1. Stressless Massage, Relax & Let Go.  80 mins $155.00 . This relaxing massage focuses on stress points on the back, feet and neck. Steamy hot towels are applied and includes fine essential oils to alleviate tension.
  2.  LED/ Microcurrent Facial & Oxygen Therapy. Vitamin C&E Serum Concentrate. 80 mins $175.00 Micro-current, LED infrared light and concentrated oxygen are a potent trio when it comes to revitalizing damaged skin cells. Leave the spa with healthy skin & radiant glow.
Spa on the Plaza Couples Tub

Spa on the Plaza Couples Tub

Spa On the Plaza Wet Room

Spa On the Plaza Wet Room

Comedy Night in Big Sur

It’s time to let all the laughs go!  Fernwood Resort Bar & Grill will host Comedy Night on Black Friday from 10pm to 12am, and this show is for adults only.

Fernwood Resort and Mark Serritella present:

Comedy Night in Big Sur
Black Friday 11/24/17
Doors 9pm Showtime 10pm

Time: 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Price: $20.00 in advance $25.00 at the door
Call Fernwood 831-667-2422 for advance tickets $20.00 or $25 at the door
This show will contain adult content 21+

Phone: (831) 667-2422


Yoga In The Vines

Saturdays are made for yoga.  And after a holiday filled with family, friends, food and drinks, it’s time to stretch.  Classes are $20, which includes the cost of the class and a complimentary glass of Folktale wine afterward!  Classes take place in the Rose Vineyard.

Folktale Winery 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA 93923 . Phone: 18312937500


Marina’s Farmers’ Market

Sunday is the perfect day to stroll around at the Marina’s Farmer’s Market.  Stock up on the best produce and artisanal goods at this sprawling Farmer’s Market, recurring weekly on Sundays from 10am – 2pm,

Location: Marina, 215 Reservation Rd., Marina, CA

Time: From: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Address: 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Photo: Michael Troutman/www.dmtimaging.com