Once a year all of the most amazing cars in the world and their devoted fans
gather for a week filled with events to honor and celebrate car design. It
is the ultimate week of car events in the world. Being married
to a hard core car enthusiast Pebble Beach week is a must so of you love cars
here are the insiders tips and tricks to make sure you get a ringside seat.
1) Book Accommodations Early:
The Pebble Beach Auto week is always the third week of August. You need to
book your hotel in January. We used resort 2 me which is a great local
service. Renting a house? Better
look now because most of them are already gone. Yes, I am writing this
only one month after the 2014 show.
2) Know and book the best events:
A) Gordon McCall’s Motor works revival; This is a night of
champagne, caviar, jets and supercars. Dress to impress. The people watching is great fun and who can
resist the opportunity to tour multiple private jets? Cocktail attire
suggested. Always wanted to see what it
would feel like to sit in a 2 million dollar Pagani? Here you can do
B) The Quail: This is basically an outdoor garden party
with incredible cars and lunch. There
are awards given to best of show etc.. But it is really all about being able to
enjoy the California sun and have a picnic next to 6 Bugatti’s and every car
you could dream of. This event is
limited to 3000 people and the tickets go fast.
I have to say if you cannot get tickets the parking lot is worth seeing
since the amount of super and rare cars littered throughout the grounds is
unlike anything you will see anywhere else.
The dress is prep lawn party and anything goes
C) The Auctions: This year we saw a Ferrari go for 38 million
dollars!!! It is amazing to be in a room, with a car when that type of money is
being spent. There is a lot of cheering and excitement. As a
lender I am always wondering what they do for a living etc… Check out Bonhams and Sothebys for locations
3) Enjoy the local
Bernadus in Carmel Valley is both a great place to stay
and eat. It is right in the thick of
quite a few of the events and the food is very good. It is a great place to recharge in between
auctions and test drives.
For dinner I would highly suggest Casanovas. Nestled in Carmel by the sea and a bit of a
challenge to find in the dark since it seems Carmel is opposed to street
lights. Also if you are in heels hold
on tight to your date or companion as the streets are very uneven and in the
dark you could easily take a spill. Casanovas is Caramels most romantic
restaurant. The food and wine are divine
and the ambiance is enchanting.
For breakfast I
would suggest La Bicyclette, also in Carmel by the sea. The food is awesome and this is coming from a
NYC and Healdsburg food spoiled gal.
4) Bring the right clothing: For ladies the only event you can wear stilletos at is the Mccalls' event. Everything else is on lawn or surrounded by lawn. There is nothing worse then runing a great p[air of shoes by sinking two inches. I would strongely suggest sundresses with cardigans or a light jacket as the weather in Carmel can go from chilly to warm fairly quickly. .
THE FINALE: The Pebble Beach Concours
This is the Grand event capping off a week of fun. Imagine California crisp coastline., lush
pebble beach and over a billion dollars of cars laid out on the lawn. Seriously there were over a billion dollars
in cars. Ferraris worth 20 million you
could walk up to and pose next to. It is
like nothing you will see anywhere else.
After a full week of super and rare car overload you hit the last event
with a seriously what else could they show me attitude and leave going
Below are some links to help you plan your trip! Have fun!