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Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms
Find out what you can eat in the woods! We'll hike in the lovely Santa Cruz mountains where I'll guide you on a beautiful, quiet 1-2 mile walk in the unique coastal oak & redwood forest. Together we'll learn the ancient ways of identifying edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants, roots, flowers, nuts and seeds (depending on the season. Mushrooms come out after the rains and fruit through winter, sometimes into spring). Along the way we'll discuss proper harvesting and preparation techniques while connecting to the beauty and abundance of our ecosystem. This experience is a fun, hands-on way to connect to what can feed, heal and harm us in the wild. You'll walk away with a whole new appreciation and understanding of nature! The hike is doable for all skill levels. See you on the trail! Other things to note: Secure your own transportation to The Buttery and we'll caravan to the hike start. Bring: layers (it can get chilly in the redwoods), water bottle and comfortable hiking shoes. Optional: hiking poles, camera, hat, sunglasses. Interested in a private group or offsite for your business team? Get in touch with me at info@MountainSeaAdventures.com
Beginner Surf Lesson - Santa Cruz
Beginner Surfing l is our popular 2.5-hour group surf clinic. So what will you be learning? This clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on their own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching waves! There will be a short land-lesson to start, and after that we'll head out to catch some waves. You'll get approximately 1:30-2 hours of "water time" in the 2.5-hour class. Maximum ratio of 4 students per instructor. FAQ: Why are some of these class times SOOO early?! Answer: When it comes to surfing, mother nature sets a lot of the rules - that's what makes it such a unique sport. If we don't go on the right tide, we won't get any waves! While those early morning sessions might be hard to wake up for, they are also truly magical. Great surf conditions, no wind, no crowds - it is about as epic as it gets. If you make the commitment go early, we can promise you'll be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime!
Tune In to Subtle Realms of Redwoods
NEW WINTER HOURS! 12-3:PM THE WARMEST PART OF THE DAY Is the Redwood Forest calling you? Would you like to know it in a new way? In this guided experience you will make a personal connection with the Subtle Realms of the Redwood Forest. Because of changing Covid protocols, we are only booking friends, co-workers, and family who come together as a group. Kids are 1/2 price. Great for groups! We specialize in team bonding and building for work groups. We will tailor our experience to suit your needs. Please message us. If you are booking for yourself alone, you are a SOLO adventurer, and you MUST book as a "Private Group" with a price of $176. We will meet in Santa Cruz, and then caravan to the trailhead in the heart of Redwood country. Going into the Redwood Forest together, we will walk, pause, energize all our senses, and attune with the Subtle Realms of Nature. The gift of music will set the tone, and our loving presence will open the way. We will call on the Elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water to bring us to a new understanding of the aliveness and interconnectedness of the natural world. We will spend a few minutes writing about our experience to help you to recall how to connect with the Subtle Realms back home. As we complete our time in the Forest together, you can choose to stay longer on your own, fully energized with a new vision of our interconnectedness.
Wings and Wine, A Falconry Experience
We will take a hawk for a walk thru a local vineyard. Our trained hawk will fly from your gloved hand to fly free over the vineyard and come back to you again. We will spend at least an hour interacting with the birds. You will meet a falcon, “Jack” the eagle owl (who you will fall in love with) and a Harris hawk that we will free fly in the vineyard. Afterwards we will go wine tasting the wine from the vineyard you were in. The winemaker “Larry” is a fun person to talk to as he will explain how he makes his wine and help you to enjoy his naturally grown grapes that make his wine unique. Other things to note This is an outdoor experience so dress appropriately. Rain or extreme winds will cause cancellations.
Evening Sail and Wildlife
We'll set sail from the Santa Cruz Harbor aboard the classic Westsail 42' Nomad, and head out into the Monterey Bay in search of smooth water, fair winds, and wildlife. We'll be in search of gray, humpback whales, and dolphins. Experiencing sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and myriad sea birds are virtually guaranteed. Later in the evening we'll take leisurely tacks back to the harbor. At this point you are in an ideal location to take a walk on the beach or have dinner at an excellent restaurant. If you select the Private Experience button Nomad is yours for the experience, this is a private charter. This is the price for up to 6 passengers for 2 hours.

All activities near Monterey County

Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms
Find out what you can eat in the woods! We'll hike in the lovely Santa Cruz mountains where I'll guide you on a beautiful, quiet 1-2 mile walk in the unique coastal oak & redwood forest. Together we'll learn the ancient ways of identifying edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants, roots, flowers, nuts and seeds (depending on the season. Mushrooms come out after the rains and fruit through winter, sometimes into spring). Along the way we'll discuss proper harvesting and preparation techniques while connecting to the beauty and abundance of our ecosystem. This experience is a fun, hands-on way to connect to what can feed, heal and harm us in the wild. You'll walk away with a whole new appreciation and understanding of nature! The hike is doable for all skill levels. See you on the trail! Other things to note: Secure your own transportation to The Buttery and we'll caravan to the hike start. Bring: layers (it can get chilly in the redwoods), water bottle and comfortable hiking shoes. Optional: hiking poles, camera, hat, sunglasses. Interested in a private group or offsite for your business team? Get in touch with me at info@MountainSeaAdventures.com
Party with the animals at Bluebird Farm
At Bluebird Farm we offer an intimate family-friendly experience for all ages. When you arrive we will say hello, go over the farm rules, give a quick tour of the property and amenities then the fun begins. There's no strict timeline, you can enjoy the 3 hours at your own pace. You can meet all the animals like our alpaca, Scottish Highland cows and calf, horses, goats, mini horses and mini donkeys. We have a small critter corner where you can hang with a bunny, ducks, a tortoise, guinea pigs and chickens. Mini horse rides are available for kids (75lb weight limit) and a hayride is available for everyone! ***mini horse rides and hay ride NOT included on discounted weekday tours*** Kids can roam and use their imagination at the outdoor play area. There's a mini farmers market, play house, flower shop, garage with power wheels, mini garden, mud kitchen, sandbox and swings. Make sure to bring your own lunch and snacks. Between the activities you can sit down at the picnic tables and enjoy your lunch under the oak trees. There's an outdoor hand washing station and bathroom available. We ask you please wash your hands before and after petting and feeding the animals.
Alpaca Experience - Learn and Hike with Furry Friends
Less than a 30 minutes from Monterey Bay, this experience, for 12 years olds and up, includes learning about alpacas then a trek/hike around the farm while leading your own alpaca! We begin in the Tuscan inspired barn, housing our horses and friendly donkey, "Jack". "Alpacas 101"-a 45 minute interactive talk regarding: origin, use, fleece, biology, breeding & behavior, helps you become an "Alpaca Expert"! Next each person pairs with an alpaca to start our trek. The trail starts through a wooded ravine, across a bridge, then adjacent to a 2,000 acre ranch where you will see beautiful vistas of the surrounding hills and mountains of Carmel Valley. We stop under a large oak trea for refreshments where we interact with the alpacas. Continuing on the trail we go back to the pastures, passing horses, alpacas, goats and more stunning views of the Valley. There will be ample opportunities to engage with your furry friends and take photos of the landscape as well as the alpacas. Other things to note: the Alpaca Trek is not suitable for children under 12. Must be able to physically walk/hike up a moderately sloped trail while leading 150+ pound alpaca. Wear proper shoes for hiking. Running shoes/sneakers are ok. We will still go on the trek if there is light rain-so if this is the forecast bring rain hats/ponchos. Be sure to bring your camera or smartphone to take lots of photos!
Back-to-Eden Farm & Animal Experience
Book a tour and/or book the venue to celebrate your birthday. We will meet at the drive-way and proceed to: 1. Visit and feed our beautiful variety chickens and collect eggs. (chicks-seasonal) 2. Visit and feed the ducks, watch them swim and frolic play 3.. Visit with our talkative geese and photoshoot with "Good Boy" our handsome male goose (depending on his mood) 5. Visit with our adorable newborn baby goats, pet, let them nibble from your hand and take them on a little walk. 6. Visit and feed the cows, be surprised by how their tongue feels when they take the hay off your hand and perhaps watch their calves nurse ( calves-yes!) 7. Visit with our gorgeous rabbits and cuddle them. 8. Visit with our adorable young and gentle alpacas Have your birthday with your friends on the farm surrounded by amazing scenery and peaceful surroundings- please inquire For stay at our guest houses after the tour: https://airbnb.com/h/back-to-eden-guest-house https://airbnb.com/h/havilahland-guest-house
Macaron making with a Master Chef - Carmel by the Sea
Macarons are incredibly popular, pricey and one of the most difficult pastries to master. When I started, it took months of trial and error with the recipe, preparation, baking and temperatures. You begin with learning what a great macaron is and then exactly how to create them from scratch. All the tips and tricks and common pitfalls are discussed. The idea and aim is that you should be able to create beautiful macarons at home! We create macarons from the 4 basic ingredients and discuss how your macaronage (macaron batter) should look when it is ready to be piped. We move on to how to perfectly pipe your macarons and how they should feel when properly cured and ready for the oven. Do not worry if you have never used a piping bag - I will teach you how! We then fill our macarons discussing flavors, others types of fill. In all, about 1.5 to 2 hours of solid, professional instruction. All tools, ingredients and recipes will be supplied. You will leave with a full dozen macarons! PS - An optional Macaron Kit $25 is available for purchase - includes: Silicone baking mat, piping tip, macaron piping bag, and buttercream piping bag. Once you sign up, message me and I will have a kit ready the day of your class.
Memorable Monterey Photoshoot
Capture your memories with a photoshoot along the Monterey coast! If you are visiting or want to take pictures for a special occasion, I will help you capture your special moment. In this 1-hour photoshoot, we will start at Lover's Point Mural where I will walk you through the picture-perfect poses! We will take a walk along the Monterey Coast where we will take pictures and enjoy the famous Californian views of the ocean, rocky shores and cypress trees. I understand that taking professional photos can be nerve-wrecking sometimes, but I will help guide you and help you feel comfortable throughout the photoshoot. After the photoshoot, I will send you 20-30 high quality and edited photos within 7 days. If you are looking for a personalized and private photoshoot, please contact me so we can start planning. I'm available for: private weddings, maternity, secret proposal, family photoshoot and more :) I will be happy to help you on your special occasion with a tailor-made tour! Other things to note: * For the Private Experience please book “Group Experience” otherwise other guests will join the photoshoot ** 1 ticket purchase is valid for 1 guest If more than 1 person is accompanying you (18+ and older), another ticket in addition to yours would NEED to be purchased. *** If you are looking for a custom and private photoshoot, you will need to book a private/group experience.
Santa Cruz Redwoods Forest Bathing
Release tension and stress and sync with the calming rhythm of the redwood forest. Great for families, teams, couples and solo travelers alike. Forest Bathing is a meditative experience that calms the mind while increasing your connection to the natural world. Embrace the present moment in the majestic, ancient Redwoods. The Santa Cruz Redwood Forest is world renown and is part of one the most delicate biospheres on earth. Walk among the worlds tallest trees and allow nature to bring you to a state of peace and equanimity. We will meet at a safe parking lot in one of Santa Cruz County's beautiful state parks and will immediately enter the ancient redwood forest. The experience includes a guided meditation and short sequence of yoga immersed in the beautiful redwoods. We have all experienced the profound feeling of being truly absorbed in nature and the sense of calm that washes over the mind. The echoing bird song, the aroma of the trees natural oils, the cool soft touch of a mossy tree trunk - as we let the daily rush slip away, we feel relaxed and supported by the forest. Forest Bathing has been shown to reduce stress and worry, strengthen the immune system, enhance positive moods, and increase energy & vitality. An opportunity to lower your screen time while enjoying the natural world. **Covid safe and greatly distanced**
Sharing Sacred Space with Horses
We invite you to come & share space with our wonderful rescue horses. We currently have 6 rescues on an 8 acre pasture. Our horses: Mollie, Leo, Phoenix, Rio, Majesty, and Harmony, enjoy grazing, moving about the property freely doing natural horse activities as a herd. They are incredibly fun, beautiful and educational! Each have a story to tell. You will have an opportunity to feed treats, groom them & learn each of their unique stories & personalities. We are a non-riding facility. Our hope, is to share the beauty of horse, human relationships, based on mutual trust & understanding. We share how the horse is a valuable teacher, companion & confidant. Come enjoy the incredible wisdom of the horse, while walking among them, as they roam free on their beautiful pasture.
Goat Walk on The Beach
We are hosting a goat walk on the beach with two or more goats in our herd for individuals and groups. A few hours before our meeting time we prepare and transport our trained goats from our herd all the way down to the beach from our sanctuary to walk alongside you for a unique, once in a lifetime experience. Our goats are very special goats nurtured from birth by Billie and her interns to develop a strong trusting relationship with people. Our goats love people and are very interested in getting to know the people they meet. We will meet at the trail head that leads to a very magical and less frequented beach location. When we meet at the trail head location we will talk for about 10 minutes with tips on goat safety. We will also talk about goat companionship, interspecies communication, and the history of humans and goats plus lots more while we walk the trail to the beach guiding the goats along side us stopping to munch a bit. The path to the beach includes a beautiful forested landscape and a few flights of stairs so be prepared to walk some stairs. The walk down to the beach takes about 15 minutes. We will spend about 40 minutes on the beach with the goats. This walk may be canceled if there are less than 4 guests booked. So invite friends! Children are welcome to attend with adult supervision. The whole experience will last no longer than 90 minutes.
Old Monterey Walking Food Tour
Join us for Old Monterey’s original culinary walking adventure! We’re proud to be Monterey’s first and only walking food tour, and we’d love for you to experience it with us! On this tour, we’ll take you through 5-6 different restaurants and food shops along the side streets of downtown Monterey. You’ll taste some of the culture embedded here, from French pastries to Greek, Italian and Mexican food, all while supporting local businesses including wineries, breweries and a very unique ice cream shop. We’ll also familiarize you with some local history, go over some of California’s firsts in Monterey, and fill you in on some things the locals hardly even know! You better come hungry when you join this tour, because you’ll quickly find there’s a lot more going on downtown than expected, so come on board and have the time of your life! Other things to note We walk at a moderate pace and cover 1-2 miles. Tours last approximately 3-3.5 hours.
Beginner Surf Lesson - Santa Cruz
Beginner Surfing l is our popular 2.5-hour group surf clinic. So what will you be learning? This clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on their own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching waves! There will be a short land-lesson to start, and after that we'll head out to catch some waves. You'll get approximately 1:30-2 hours of "water time" in the 2.5-hour class. Maximum ratio of 4 students per instructor. FAQ: Why are some of these class times SOOO early?! Answer: When it comes to surfing, mother nature sets a lot of the rules - that's what makes it such a unique sport. If we don't go on the right tide, we won't get any waves! While those early morning sessions might be hard to wake up for, they are also truly magical. Great surf conditions, no wind, no crowds - it is about as epic as it gets. If you make the commitment go early, we can promise you'll be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime!
Scenic eBike Tour along Seventeen Mile Drive in Pebble Beach
On our electric fat-bikes, we wind our way along the rugged coastline and through thick cypress groves, stopping at all the amazing viewpoints. We'll share about our area's unique ocean wildlife and iconic landmarks...the Lone Cypress, Point Pinos Lighthouse, Lover's Point, Asilomar Beach, 17-Mile Drive. We cruise at a comfortable 15-20 mph. In the open air you'll smell the ocean & hear the waves. And as we explore this most scenic stretch of ocean from Cannery Row to Ghost Tree, look for deer, seals, otters, sea lions, and whales! Our tours are great for anyone comfortable riding a bike. Though you have to be over 14 years and 4'10" to ride solo, we can accommodate younger children as passengers with a parent on our e-Tandem bikes for $59 each. Or for younger children we have cargo e-bikes with back seats they can ride on for $29 each. If you are traveling with children, please call to discuss the exact nature of our ride to make sure everyone is comfortable and safe. If joining a tour with others, single riders will be regular price. If no one else joins your requested time, you can pay $30 extra for a solo tour or choose a different time or cancel. Other things to note Pack a layer. It can be chilly on sections of the ride! You may want to pack a snack. Look for free street parking on Sunset Drive or nearby Crocker Ave.
Private Surfing Lessons With A Pro!
Come jump in the beautiful ocean with your own professional surfing instructor! I am a trained professional that has unique insight on the best surfing locations guaranteed to provide optimal waves for surfing. During your lesson I will demonstrate and explain the techniques you'll need to learn to become a master surfer. You will then practice those techniques under my guidance on the beach until you feel comfortable with the fundamentals . Once you and I are both confident that you know how to do each technique on land we will venture out into the water to put your skill to the test under my supervision and assistance. After the lesson we will review your progress and talk about the next steps in your surfing journey. This experience is designed to shorten your learning curve, I will try to provide you with all the tips and tricks I have discovered during my 20 years in the waves so you can continue surfing on your own. Every lesson I teach is focused on safety, comfortability in the water, and or course ENJOYMENT! Other things to note People taking a surf lesson with me should feel confident renting equipment from a surf shop after completing their lesson. Occasionally I might be unavailable due to life events, in which case I will provide a substitute instructor (Hawaii raised surfing buddy with over 10 years teaching experience).
Medicinal Plant hike with a local Herbalist in Monterey
There's plant medicine all around us! Come meet some of our plant allies while taking a leisurely stroll through nature. We'll meet several local plants and learn their properties and uses. Some are medicine, some are food...some are both! Learn how plant medicine can be used to manage or improve health. Find out about the ancient relationships that some plants have with humans. Also learn how plants communicate with each other and with us! We will be meeting at a local cafe first, and then guests will need to drive themselves 5-8 mins to the hiking location. It will be a leisurely 1 mile walk, little to no elevation gain. We will be pausing frequently along the hike to discuss the plants we find. ** We hike Rain or Shine, so dress for the weather, and have simple rain gear if rain is expected.****
Charcuterie Board Making Class and Picnic in Garden Setting
Learn how to create a professional looking charcuterie board and enjoy your board in a garden picnic setting after! I will teach you how to create a classic charcuterie board from start to finish, including what components to include, what flavors pair well together, and will share design tips on how to arrange each ingredient on the board for maximum aesthetic and flavor. Vegan, vegetarian and GF options are always available. I will provide all of the food, drinks and picnic decor. Feel free to bring any additional drinks (wine/beer/cocktails if over age 21) to pair with your board if you'd like! This experience lasts about 75-90 minutes. The first 5-10 minutes include intros and refreshments. The following 30-40 minutes consist of the charcuterie-making class, where I will dive into each component, share fun design techniques & each guest will make their own board. During the last 30-40 minutes, you get to eat our masterpiece in a backyard picnic setting, try new flavor pairings and enjoy each other's company. I will take pictures throughout the experience and will send to each guest at the end as well! If you cannot finish your board, you will be able to take home the rest on a to-go board. Whether you are celebrating a bachelorette, birthday, anniversary, or just want a fun, memorable experience, I will do my best to make your afternoon as enjoyable as possible.