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County Offices, local leaders taking aim at Bay-Delta Plan

By  Jonathan Whitaker
May 19, 2016

Local pressure has been mounting over the State Water Resources Control Bar’s pending update to the Bay-Delta Plan that reportedly includes increases — perhaps as high as 35 percent — in unimpaired flows from the Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Rivers.      MORE>

Carmel Valley Village:
The best wine tasting experience is closer than you might imagine

By  Jonathan Whitaker

Here's a bold-but-worthy suggestion for Central Valley wine lovers and travelers: Skip the madness of Napa, the lengthy travel time to Sonoma, and the congestion of the northern Bay Area, and head over to the nearby Central Coast for some fantastic tastings, picturesque countryside and some down-to-earth tourism encounters.
For starters, head to Carmel Valley Village.

Wine-themed Vendange Carmel will leave you wanting to try more

By  Jonathan Whitaker

The Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites represents a new vision for Carmel’s hospitality scene, and the hard work of some up-and-coming entrepreneurs who grew up in the area.
Just four years ago, the Lee family invested in a run-down 86-year-old hotel in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Brothers Jonathan and Brian Lee set their sights on remodeling the entire place for the modern, adult tourist, with local culture in mind.

Hyatt Carmel Highlands undergoing major updates

By  Jonathan Whitaker

If you have already experienced the hideaway coastal treasure that is the Hyatt Carmel Highlands — or if you’ve always wanted to — this year is a prime time to consider a new visit.
This magnificent, cliff-side inn, overlooking the spectacular Big Sur coast, is going through some major updates in preparation of its 100th anniversary celebration.
Most notably, the hotel’s highly acclaimed and award-winning Pacific’s Edge Restaurant is expanding, and welcoming the addition of the California Market eatery, which is moving upstairs.

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By Jonathan Whitaker

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