The Events by Classic Group’s venues and services are located in Monterey County, on the Pacific Coast just south of San Francisco. Described as the greatest meeting of land and sea, encompassing some of California's most stunning scenery while offering world-renowned attractions and recreation, Monterey County offers an ideal destination choice for weddings, conventions and retreats.
One of those towns is Pacific Grove, where our intimate venue, Gatherings, is located. Pacific Grove, or “PG” as the locals call it, is where life’s simple pleasures abound – a quiet stroll, a good book, a nap. You can probably do everything there is to do here in a day, but as Great Getaways reports, “That would be missing the point.” Even without binoculars, you’re likely to spot loads of sea lions, sea otters, and harbor seals as well as schools of dolphins, acrobatic humpbacks, and the occasional orca in the Bay. Between July and October, the Bay plays host to one of the largest gatherings of blue whales in the world. Arriving in October, Monarch Butterflies cluster together on the pines and eucalyptus trees of our “Butterfly Sanctuary.” The butterflies’ migration to Pacific Grove is so unique and inspiring that Pacific Grove is nicknamed "Butterfly Town, U.S.A." And for a place to take that nap, there are numerous lovely Inns, B&B’s, spas or hideaway resorts in “PG,” as well as along the neighboring coastline.
Monterey, where The Perry House, a Monterey landmark venue with spectacular bay views, is located, is a waterfront community as well as one of the most historic cities in California. Original adobes are found on many street corners. Some are open for tours while others house contemporary businesses. Visitors can wander through Monterey's rich past, from California's first theatre to Colton Hall, where the state's original constitution was written. A visit to our world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium should always be included with your visit, and just outside the Aquarium is Cannery Row, where John Steinbeck drew inspiration for his novel about life in Monterey during the heyday of the sardine canning industry. Today "the Row" is lined with hotels, shops and restaurants and features fun activities for the entire family.
And if that isn’t enough, other activities include world-class golf courses, rodeos, theaters, Fisherman’s Wharf, the famous scenic 17-Mile Drive, the National Steinbeck Center, wine tours & tastings, as well as outdoor activities such as nature trails, kayaking, tide-pooling and horseback riding. But if your style of a vacation destination is not so “small town,” Monterey County is home to four internationally famous events that draw people from all over the world:
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is not a contest of speed, but of excellence. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style. About 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf — the famed eighteenth fairway at Pebble Beach. This event has grown into the top-ranking collector car show in the world. People from all over the globe come to compete in or simply enjoy the event here at Pebble Beach.
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, held annually on three different courses in Pebble Beach, currently Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The event was originally known as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Amateur. The Crosby name was dropped after the 1985 event, and AT&T Corporation became the title sponsor in 1986. It is organized by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation with the mission: To stage the world’s premier PGA TOUR pro-am that brings the community together with global leaders in sports, entertainment and industry to raise charitable funds which create opportunities for success.
The Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, matching 250 acclaimed wineries and 75 celebrity chefs to create a hedonistic four-day destination on one of the most picturesque strips of coastline in the world. The event offers the pinnacle of culinary and wine talent at wine tastings, cooking demos, and some of the most exclusive, unique dining opportunities available in the world.
Mazda Raceway’s Red Bull United States Grand Prix MotoGP Premier Motorcycle Racing World Championship, an 18-race series visiting 14 countries and four continents comes once a year to our Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway. Boasting the largest spectator attendance of any race held at Mazda Raceway, it is three-days of adrenalin rushes and heart-pounding racing as the world’s best motorcycle riders challenge one of the most technically-demanding race tracks on the international18-race MotoGP schedule.
As for our weather, the mild climate of the Monterey Peninsula ensures the highs are never too high and the lows are never too low, making it a beautiful destination for all special occasions. However, please keep in mind the Monterey climate is regulated by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and can be cool and foggy at times. But even on cool and foggy days, the beauty of the area shines through, just in a different “light.” It is best to dress in layers. Note that it rarely rains between April and October.
A favorite link of ours to find out more about the area and what is going on in Monterey County is the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau website.