Sparky, Mad Jack, and Ogre, the shop's trio of automotive technicians, strive to source their vehicular upgrades and implants exclusively from American and Canadian manufacturers. Sparky—an electrical engineer with experience developing laser technology—illuminates roadways with seven-color light kits, while Mad Jack, the master fabricator, bolts on custom vertical doors and instills leather seats with the gift of life. Ogre rounds out the distinctive team with an aptitude for rugged modification designs for cars from British racers to off-road utility vehicles. Autos roll off the lot with fresh features⎯from low-profile body kits to kick panels⎯designed to reflect the personality of each motorist.
Watsonville Auto Body’s technicians bring diverse training and certification—ASE and I-Car Gold Class Professionals, to name a few—to every damaged car that limps into their facility. Seldom do vehicles limp out, though, thanks to the techs’ meticulous collision repair and finish matching that returns frames, finishes, and fenders to their straight-from-the-factory glory. Structural ailments aren’t the only ones they remedy, though; onsite detailers also combat aesthetic blemishes on the inside and outside with washing, waxing, and buffing services. Watsonville Auto Body offers a lifetime warranty on all of their repairs as well as courtesy transportation within the immediate vicinity.
Carmel Village Inn hosts visitors amid the scenic, seaside village of Carmel with spacious king rooms and a welcoming bottle of burgundy vintage. Wanderers luxuriously collapse onto down comforters, which are bolstered by a row of five pillows marching along the casual country headboard, or ease into full baths to transform organic bath products into soap-bubble tiaras. Come morning, chefs whip-up a breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., consisting of warm and cold dishes such as ham frittata, waffles, and sliced pineapple. Guests can dine alongside a flickering gas fireplace at clusters of wicker tables or grab a coffee or gourmet tea for a trip down Ocean Avenue to the Carmel Beach City Park for a one-on-one volleyball match.
On occasion, whales surface near the hulls of Monterey Bay Sailing’s boats, eliciting oohs and ahhs from passengers aboard. On a more regular basis, dolphins, porpoises, and sea lions swim abreast the vessels, vying for attention and tins of sardines. These aquatic creatures represent just part of Monterey Bay's vibrant ecosystem—an ecosystem that has been lauded as the most bio-dense and bio-diverse on the U.S. Pacific coast. On daily bay sailing cruises, captain John navigates these waters while giving each passenger the chance to sail the boat. Monterey Bay Sailing is Monterey's only ASA-certified sailing school.They also offer their popular Introduction to Sailing Course, which teaches aspiring seafarers the basics of sailing and gets them familiar with common sailing equipment.
At A-Plus Auto Service Center's 9,000-square-foot facility, ASE-certified techs twist off lug nuts to install new brake pads and pinpoint under-hood problems with the latest diagnostic technology. Their expertise extends to repair services such as overhauling engines as well as routine maintenance such as draining dirty oil and running smog tests that aren't multiple-choice. With connections to dealerships as well as access to parts from factories across the globe, they usually have all parts needed to complete the job on-hand. Those jobs, as well as most of the parts, are covered by their nationwide 24-month or 24,000-mile warranty, which includes roadside assistance.