Next Stop: Monterey

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Epic Whale Watching with Princess Monterey Whale Watching Tours, Carmel Valley Village, Joyce Vineyards, Cafe Rustica, Portola Hotel & Spa, The Only Craft Brewery in Monterey, Monterey Jazz Festival











NEXT STOP MONTEREY-Transcription Season 3


00:00-00:07 JON: Hi, I’m Jon Olson and welcome to Next Stop from another fantastic destination whose motto is ‘Grab life by the moments’


00:21-00:38 JON: Welcome to magical Monterey California. On this episode we will bring you two of it’s most popular attractions, the Monterey bay Aquarium and the Monterey jazz Festival. We will take you whale watching and wine tasting, and introduce you to some of it’s passionate locals. All this and more on Next Stop Monterey. The fun starts now!

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00:41 JON: When you visit Monterey, you’ve got to check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium, it’s all about education and entertainment. We begin our tour of the Monterey Bay aquarium at the kelp forest, which is quite impressive Jessica.

JESSICA: It is. We are the first aquarium to ever have live kepl on exhibit, it’s really our crown jewel here.

JON: This is impressive, the sardines there, lit up by the sun, it is a sight to see.

JESSICA: It is beautiful, we have about 3,000 sardines in here, sometimes they will put in anchovies too, and it’s always fun to see if they school together or not.

JON: So we are going to see the sardines being fed.

JESSICA: That’s going to be over at out other exhibit, and to see that many sardines moving together like that, the colors bouncing off of them, and the light, it’s pretty amazing and breathtaking.

JON: So this is pretty authentic, it feels like we are outside on the beach.

JESSICA: Yes, so here we are in our wave crash exhibit, a very popular exhibit for families and kids, we bring in about 80,000 school children a year for free, and they don’t have to pay for it, but this is one of their favorite places.

JON: Is that why they call it the wave crash?

JESSICA: That’s why, exactly why, very popular for photo opportunities, you are underneath the wave.

JON: Babies!

JESSICA: Babies. This is the nursery for a lot of our bat rays, and leopard sharks. This here is a shovel nosed guitar fish

JON: I’ve never heard of that, it looks funny.

JESSICA: You can see there is several different sizes of bat rays in here, the one that is only about 6 inches from wing to wing. In this aviary, all of our birds are rescued for whatever reason from the wild, they wouldn’t be able to survive out there, so they’ve got a sanctuary here with all the food they can eat, no predators, excellent health care. They are definitely diving birds, we throw crickets in the water for them, and also pellets, to they sink and they can dive down for that too.

02:41 JON: And now for the touchy feely section.

JESSICA: Yes, this is where you get your hands pretty cold and pretty wet, but it’s definitely worth it.

JON: I’m in.


JESSICA: So many different types of seaweed here that we have, but if you start digging through the seaweed and the kelp, you are going to find some pretty interesting animals.

JON: Like that?

JESSICA: Like this one. This is what we call a decorator crab, again, pretty harmless animal,. they have very small pincers, but they are called a decorator crab because they are going to take all this seaweed and algae, and they are going to decorate themselves with it as camoflage

03:19 JON: This is kind of the zen room.

JESSICA: Yes, here we are in the world of jellies, so many different species, but all found in Monterey Bay, so many different colors to them the orange sea nettles, purple stripes, pretty amazing animals, Heartless, brainless and spineless.

JON: I’ve described a few people like that too.

JESSICA: Ex boyfriends of mine.

JON: Haha, heartless, spineless, brainless, they are amazingly beautiful though.


JON: This building is awesome, it actually feels really authentic, it actually feels like I am in a cannery right now.

JESSICA: Which is important to us, that history of canning so many sardines, we are the sardine capital of the world here in Monterey.

JON: Well congratulations on that.

JESSICA: Thank you. Now we put sardines in exhibits, we don’t can them anymore, but the beautiful picture that we still have here really speaks to that history.

JON: Now the slogan for Monterey is ‘Grab life by the memories’, did you know that?

JESSICA: I didn’t.

JON: Grab life by the moment, what does that mean to you, grab life by the moment?

JESSICA: Learn, explore. We are right here in Monterey Bay, go explore the ocean.

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04:35 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, Northern California’s hidden gem, Carmel Valley Village

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04:47 JON Carmel Valley Village is a little piece of heaven located just outside of Monterey. Fine wines, great food, and a step back in time. I love a good story, especially when it talks about wine. Russell has a great, not only about your vineyards, but about the whole area, it’s kind of maintained a really nice growth.

RUSSELL: Yes, Monterey was such a wonderful place to grow up that I think it became, it almost got looked past a little bit. You know, I grew up enjoying the ocean, and scuba diving and surfing, and all these great different things, but growing up on a vineyard here in Monterey really kind of showed me, wow, Monterey really is a diverse place because I was able to do all these different kinds of activities, and then to pursue what my true passion, which was wine making. We just had 5 wines rated in the Wine Enthusiast. They’re great, they are all in the high 80’s and 90’s, this is a dry riesling. I think typically you think of a lot of the California domestic rieslings as being big, you know, and sweet,  viscus and kind of sappy, a lovely summertime wine. This is our 2012 Gamay Noir Rose, you know, kind of strawberry, rhubarb, you know, great acidity.

JON: I taste the fruit.

RUSSELL: Again, on the lower end of the spectrum on alcohol, about 12 ½ percent alcohol. Looks like we have some visitors.

JON: Well you don’t see that everyday in a wine tasting room

RUSSELL: This is something we experience daily here in Carmel Valley, just kind of showcases the relaxed atmosphere that’s out here.

JON: What are we having now?

RUSSELL: I’m going to pour you some of the famous San Lucie Islands Pinot, so this was one of the wines that was rated in Wine Enthusiast, a nice delicate expression of Pinot, California Pinot Noir, you’ll notice the pretty transparency

JON:  I love this, I can see why this one is an award winner. I love your wines, but I think it is time to pair with some food, you mentioned some good food around here, what do you recommend?

RUSSELL: Yes. First on my list would be Cafe Rustica

JON: It doesn’t get more local that this.

07:10 JON: When the locals recommend it, you know it’s gotta be good. Russell recommended it, TerrI recommended it, lots of other friends have said you have to go to Cafe Rustica. Julien, thanks for having us first of all, what makes this place special?

JULIEN: This place is special because we make everything from scratch with fresh and local produce, and everyday we try to keep it consistent, real good food, not too heavy so people can enjoy it everyday.

JON: Well that’s great, I don’t even know where to start on this table right now, what are we looking at?

JULIEN: Well you can try with the eggplant napoleon, that is the classic, we do have the escargot, clams is always a nice appetizer, the special tonight is a fresh sole, it’s been suteed with caper mushrooms provence, pasta rustica is also very good because it is a lot of fresh vegetables, grilled eggplant.

JON: So Russell, you’ve  been here many times, obviously.

RUSSELL: Many, many times.

JON: What’s the experience like for you?

RUSSELL: MOst importantly to me, is we are going to get great food, and it’s going to be great every time. It’s not one of those spots that you go to experience the food and it’s hit or miss.sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s mediocre.Every time it is the best, and that is what I love about the place, is it’s always the best.

JON: You’ve got a really special part of the world here that you don’t see around anymore.

RUSSELL: It’s almost like taking a step back in time, like we chatted about earlier, with the wine, and food like this, you just can’t go wrong.

JON: You can’t. Cheers.

ALL: Cheers.

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09:13 JON: Up next, a fantastic hotel featuring the only craft brewery in Monterey, and epic whale watching.

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09:25 JON: Monterey is one of the few places in the world where you can see whales year round. Today we are at the Princess Monterey Whale Watching to do just that.

09:38 KATHERINE: Welcome aboard the Greatland, my name is Katherine, I’m your naturalist biologist on this ship today. Now, as we head through the harbor we are taking a look at the California sea lions, they are everywhere, it turns out we have thousands of them here. Sea lions are up and out of the water, on the buoys, they’ll be all over the rocks, wow, what’s going on with those sea lions, they are getting out of the water because it’s freezing in there. You might notice, these whales are supposed to be shiny, ebony black maybe with white bellies, but you notice they are kind of dusty gray, what’s going on there? Well, they are beefing up and pigging out so fast they are sloughing skin. If you were to run your fingertips across the whales body, the black skin would come off on your fingertips. You might even notice just forward of the blow holes you’ve got these weird bumps peppering their faces, No whale has a face like a humpback whale, these white shells digging into their skin with the brown fleshy animal coming out of the shells, they are just filter feeding, they get a great free ride off of these whales, so they are hitchhikers. Left side, left side, what coming up right there, nice! Left side! Unbelievable, yeah> Trip of a lifetime.

11:15 KATHERINE: So to get some perspective out there about how big these whales are, 43, 47 feet in length, oh, their eyeball is the size of a small childs head, that is how big the eyeball is on a humpback whale, it’s huge! There’s the pec fins coming out, big long, wing like pec fins, ooooh, nice, yes that was a nice tail. Wow, look at that fish run for it’s life, so cool, holy smokes, thats fish in the bubbles. These humpback whales are tool users, they are releasing bubbles to freak the prey out, nice job!

11:56 JON: It’s always great to be passionate about your job. Katherine here defines passion. You love your job.

KATHERINE: I love this job, it’s fantastic out there.

JON: Today was really special, not your typical day, right?

KATHERINE: Today was off the charts, it’s a moment in time getting to be surrounded by 20 humpback whales racing around the boat, it was crazy, right?

JON: It was really crazy, you got all excited, I’ve never seen someone get so excited.

KATHERINE: It was fantastic!

JON: Tell us about Sophie.

KATHERINE: Sophie is our gull, and she actually layed eggs this season on the roof and she raised 3 chicks right there and at one point Sophies chicks decided to go on a whale trip. They hopped on the bridge, went out with the ship and stayed with us the entire time watching whales to be redelivered back to mom at the end of the day

JON: What do you love the most about Monterey?

KATHERINE: Monterey, I love the wildlife, I love the ocean, I love the trees, the people here are fantastic, good eats in restaurants all over the place.

JON: And you love your job.

KATHERINE: I love my job, I love my job!

JON: And we love you!

KATHERINE: Thank you, I love you too!

JON: Thank you, thanks for having us.

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13:04 JON: It’s always such a pleasure to meet someone in local tourism who gets it, and Terri here from the Portola Hotel and Spa she gets it. She has been our Monterey show champion, and first of all, thank you.

TERRI: It’s pleasure, thank you so much for being here, you and your team have been really outstanding at capturing of the great experiences you can have here in Monterey.

JON: It kind of films itself.

TERRI: It does, that’s true, there is so much to experience here, and the new branding for our convention and visitors bureau as you know is grab life by the moments, and that is really what we do here in Monterey.

JON: I love that. This location is perfect.

TERRI: It’s idealic, you can walk to everything, I mean if you are an outdoor, action packed person we have Del Monte beach just footsteps away, right outside the door an 18 mile recreational trail, a mall for dining and art is just a short drive away, well we’ve actually got an art gallery on site

JON: Nice. Now, I love the old fishermans wharf too, it’s kind of a little mini San Francisco.

TERRI: Yes, the fishermans wharf, and we have a new attraction that we have as well is the wharf marketplace which has just opened up. You know we are the first LEED EB Silver certified hotel on the central coast, we are very proud of that Jon, and so..

JON: I saw that.

TERRI: Everything we do, our sustainable practices have to do with we work with the local dairymen, the ranchers, the farmers, we take a great sense of pride in that from our guest rooms, right down to our cuisine.

JON: The property itself is beautiful, it’s quite large.

TERRI: Thank you. Yes.

JON: There are a lot of rooms in this hotel, how many different room types?

TERRI: Yes, well we have several different room types and suites, we have 379 all total, up to 60,00 square feet we can be for groups, we also have great intimate spaces as well.

JON: There is some great dining options in the area, and you have Jack’s right here which is a great restaurant, in fact, tonight there is a wine reception.

TERRI: That’s right.Well every Friday we do feature the winery of the month.

JON: Tell us about Peter B’s.

TERRI: Peter B’s. we are the only crafted brewery in Monterey.

JON: I don’t have a watch on, but I think it might be beer thirty.

TERRI: I think you are right, I will take you there.

JON: Let’s go.

15:21 JON: This is a cool place, you know I was down here the other night and it was just packed. It’s kind of like the Cheers of Monterey.

KEVIN: It truly is, we have a fun crowd in here.

JON: Why do you think the locals like this place so much, because it is literally packed every night.

KEVIN: It’s tucked around the back side of the Portola Hotel and Spa, it’s a quiet serene little spot.

JON: And I noticed all of these mugs back here, I would assume you have some pretty loyal followers here.

KEVIN: We do, we have a lot of loyal followers, we have a mug club that folks come to enjoy.

JON: I like that a lot, and I know I am going to like your beers.

KEVIN: We will start on the right hand side, this is our Fort Ord wheat beer, it’s an american style wheat that we brew with orange peels that are thrown right into the kettle and it gives it an orange zest to it as well as that wheat style that people really enjoy. Really easy drinking, definitely has a rounder palette.

JON: Really smooth.

KEVIN: The next in line is our amber ale, I will use a touch of chocolate malt

JON: I like that color

KEVIN: Crystal

malt, yeah, it’s a deep ruby color to it, and it is more of a medium full bodied beer, really classic amber style beer. This is a chocolate porter that I have aged in pinot, I know that pinot definitely pairs well with chocolate, you can definitely pick out some of that oak, some pinot inther as well

JON: Yeah. Now the slogan here is grab life by the moment. What does that mean to you?

KEVIN: There are a lot of excellent moments to be had around here, there is climbing, there is surfing, there is backpacking, there is ocean life, everything.

JON: Thanks for everything. See you guys soon.

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16:54 JON: The city of Monterey is located on the south edge of Monterey Bay, on central California’s pacific coast. MOnterey had California’s first theater, printing press, and newspaper, and was the only port of entry for taxable goods in California from 1711 to 1846 when California became a state. Among Montereys popular tourist attractions are Old Fishermans Wharf, The Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and coming up on Next Stop, the world famous Monterey Jazz Festival.

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17:29 JON: Timing is everything in life, and we are fortunate to be here in MOnterey for the 56th MOnterey Jazz Festival. Some of the best musicians from all over the world are right here.


17:48 JON: A man who needs no introduction, Mr. George Benson.


18:14 JON: How did this start 56 years ago? It’s kind of an interesting history.

TIM: Yeah, Jimmy Lyons, our founder, was a jazz DJ here in the Monterey Bay area. He probably took a cue from the NewPort jazz Festival from Newport Rhode Island, about a big outdoor festival on the sea, under the trees, in the sun, and it was a great shoulder season activity for the tourist community, hence, the Monterey Jazz Festival was born, because 67 Monterey business people each gave 100 dollars, so 6,700 funded the first MOnterey Jazz Festival.

JON: So what has kept it so successful, this is the 56th year, that’s crazy.

TIM: Well, we have a very loyal audience, very loyal patrons. We are true to the music, and we present a really great festival that we work really hard on.

JON: Kids need something like this too. In the day where all the music programs are falling by the wayside in schools, you guys are helping keeping it alive.

TIM: We invest over 600,000 a year in local regional, national and even international educational programs.

JON: What is your best memory in the time you have been associated with the festival?

TIM: You know, I think it just boils down to relationships with certain artists, particularly when we do the commission pieces because those are the things that the Monterey Jazz Festival is commissioning and premiering so we have a deep involvement with the whole process, it’s very fulfilling.


19:44 JON: From Oakland California, the California Honeydrops.

19:59 JON: we got to the fairgrounds today and our guide said ‘You’ve got to go check out the California Honeydrops,  they are bringing it, the crowd is loving it, man, you guys are fun Lech.

LECH: That’s what we do man, we have fun and we make other people have fun whether they want to or not.

JON: Describe your music, I can’t really put a finger on it, it’s awesome

LECH: It’s amazing, It’s our own little thing you know, it’s our own little style but we take from a lot of Bay area and west coast blues and R&B, and we kind of mix it with a lot of New Orleans music.


JON: So of course there is music from all over the world at the MOnterey Jazz Festival, but there is also food from all over the world. All the way from Ghana. Phillip brings his tasty delights.

PHILLIP: The unique thing about it is it is coming from Ghana, it is not your everyday food that you find at music festivals.

JON: You have an interesting day job too.

PHILLIP: Yes, I am a social worker by trade, so I work with the social services agency that provides services to the homeless, the mentally ill, and low income individuals and families, but this is what I do on the side because I am a music lover and I thought there is something that I need to bring to the music scene and that is food from Ghana


21:05 JON: Local boys from Santa Cruz, the North Pacific String Band


21:26 JON: Thanks for joining us on Next Stop from magical Monterey. The locals are passionate about their destination and for good reason, this place is awesome. Thanks to this shows sponsor, the Portola Hotel and Spa, especially Terri, we could not have done it without you, thank you so much. Thanks also to our shows title sponsors and good friends, Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines VISA Signature Card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.

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