Gateway Thunderbird Motel

1909 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA, 93955
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Fort Ord

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The former US Army installation called Fort Ord covers some 28,000 acres in the cities of Seaside, Marina, & Del Rey Oaks, as well as Monterey County. The area of the fort was first used by the army during the Civil War, and it became an official Army post in 1917. This was one of the Army's major training facilities for soldiers leaving for World War II and Vietnam, with an estimated 1.5 million soldiers trained here from the 40s to the 70s. In 1991 it was announced that Fort Ord would close, and its gates were shut in 1994.

Since closure, the base has been turned over to the local communities for redevelopment. The largest tenant of the old fort is Cal State University at Monterey Bay, while the area along the beach is now Fort Ord Dunes State Park. Other sections of the old base are being developed into community housing, retail, and hotel space. Many of the old structures from the 1940s are still standing on the base, and may be reused or removed over time. The largest area of the base will be preserved for native habitat conservation.

Fort Ord was named for Major General Edward Ord who served for the Union in the Civil War at such campaigns as Vicksburg, Richmond-Petersburg, and Appomattox when Lee surrendered. As a Lieutenant, Ord was stationed at what is now called the Presidio of Monterey in 1947 when California first became part of the US.

Perhaps the most famous soldier stationed at Fort Ord was California native and former mayor of Carmel, Clint Eastwood. He served here during the Korean War.

Sand City's West End Celebration

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Sand City's West End Celebration is one of the smaller local festivals and one that is attended mainly by locals. At the same time, it is one of the more fun local events and certainly worth a trip (much better than Monterey's Turkish or Greek Festivals, or the Cannery Row Block Party).

The West End Celebration is a festival for the area's growing collection of painters, photographers, sculptors, glassblowers, and other artists. To make it even better they have some great local restaurants and bars on site to deliver Monterey seafood and tasty beer and liquor from one of the best local bars! Yes, you heard right, this event allows open containers on the street during the festival as long as you get your drinks from within the festival perimeter.

This festival in 2008 had 50 or more local artists, numerous local food vendors--including one of my favorites Sea Harvest, and of course a full bar from Carbone's the best neighborhood bar in Monterey (it might help that Sal lives in Sand City!). The festival also had lots of live music--at least eight bands on three or four different stages. Just outside the festival area is the Ol' Factory Cafe, Sand City's best (and only) bar and restaurant that happens to be located in a smelly old factory (ok, it's not smelly, despite the misleading name).

The West End Celebration is held on a Friday and Saturday in late August each year.


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