Weekend Escape: Family Fun in Monterey Bay, CA Matt Villano over at Fodor's has taken the guess work out of your next family vacation and has mapped out your excursion to the Monterey Bay. Your 3-day itinerary includes a stay at the Mariposa Inn & Suites, visits to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, MY Museum and the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary and dining at Rosine's. Big Sur, CA: A Western Road Trip Like No Other Looking to take a road trip out West? Take Peter's advice and don't forget to add Highway One through Big Sur to your list of "must-sees." Peter even throws in a history lesson about the ruggedly beautiful destination and recommends a side trip to the Carmel Mission for an even more historical jaunt. California Dreaming: Carmel-by-the-Sea Carmel-by-the-Sea has a ton of hidden gems including its famous 1986 mayor, its pet-friendly attributes and its numerous art galleries but its newest draw is the Carmel Wine Walk. Chris highlights some of the newest tasting rooms popping up on the cobblestone streets including Galante Vineyards and Wrath Wines. Cheers! Monterey Bay Swimming > Super Bowl I have got to hand it to the Kelp Crawlers of Monterey Bay; you won't be finding me in the frigid waters of Monterey Bay in February. Read about one brave soul's arctic swim in the cold water without a wetsuit! Jade Diving in Big Sur: Going for the Green Jade Cove didn't get it's name for nothing. This Big Sur diving hot spot makes good on it's name and provides all sorts of opportunities to gather your own green bounty. The article points out that jade diving is not all fun and games, risks are involved for capturing the alluring jewel including sharks, cliffs and tough ocean swells. Sweetheart Deals: Romantic Ideas for Valentine's Day and Beyond Just a friendly reminder that Valentine's Day is this Tuesday! Be a romantic hero and plan a getaway to Monterey County. Here are some sweet tips and deals guaranteed to score you some points in the love department. Travel Photography: Monterey Bay Aquarium Alice Kung has a knack for photography especially when it comes to the cute creatures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. See some of her amazing shots of jellies, seahorses, leopard sharks and more. Photos from AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am: Celebrity Shoot Out Wishing you were stargazing at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this weekend? Check out our flickr photo set with some of the participating celebs including George Lopez, Bill Murray, Don Cheadle, Kenny G and Huey Lewis. Tweet of the Week

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