Date Restrictions

If a location seems unlikely to be affected
by some of the special events listed below…

Know that discounts are indeed allowed at many locations on these dates. It’s fine to phone ahead and ask.  (Find their phone number easily by referring to the Quick Reference Guide posted on the HER Helmet Thursdays listings/FAQs page.)

Restricted holidays, 2014

Federal legal holidays mean Thursday discounts do not apply on:

  • Independence Day – Thurs, July 4, 2014
  • Thanksgiving Day – Thurs, Nov 27, 2014

Restricted Thursdays during special event weeks, 2014

Monterey County has special events throughout the year that impact many businesses and organizations in the various cities.  Normally, the Thursday discount does not apply during these especially busy weeks.  However, many individual establishments are happy to waive the date restriction.   Remember, it’s fine to phone ahead and check!

  • Feb 3-9 – AT&T Pebble Beach Nat’l Pro-Am Thurs, Feb 6, 2014
  • July 17-20 – California Rodeo Thurs, July 17, 2014      
  • July 19-Aug 2- Carmel Bach Festival Thurs, July 24 and Thurs, July 31, 2014
  • Aug 13-17 – Concours d’Eleganceand Aug 14-17 – Rolex Historic Auto Races Thurs, Aug 14, 2014  
  • Sept 19-21 – Monterey Jazz Festival Thurs, Sept 18, 2014   

What happens when lots of bicycle fans come to town?

Green light! No date restriction! Even if there’s another special event on that same Thursday.

As Sea Otter Classic knows, Bicycling Monterey and the HER Helmet Thursdays project love encouraging people to bike when they visit Monterey County, as well as encouraging locals to bike too.

We wouldn’t dream of restricting the HER Helmet Thursdays discounts on the Thursday that is the opening day of Sea Otter Classic!  HER Helmet Thursdays  discounts apply as usual. This provides a special welcome for the  approximately 10,000 pro and amateur athletes and 65,000 other bicycling enthusiasts expected to gather for  Sea Otter.

That’s right, on Open Day of Sea Otter Classic, Monterey County will have our special red carpet out for people who bike!

Lodging – some additional restrictions

In addition to theproject-wide date restrictions listed above,some individual participants in the H/Hotels/lodging category find it necessary to also restrict additional busy periods.  When this is the case, those added restrictions will be specified in the individual participant’s detailed listing.

Property blackout dates

With a very few participants (e.g., Wickets at Bernardus Lodge), property blackout dates may apply, when the entire property is scheduled for a private event.  If this could come up, that possibility will be clearly noted (“Property blackout dates may apply”) in their individual detailed listing. Simply phone ahead to ask them about a specific date.