Date Restrictions – HER Helmet Thursdays

blank-HER-logo-web-100px HER Helmet Thursdays discounts are on Thursdays year-round, with some date restrictions. Restricted dates are the federal holidays and local special event weeks listed below.

Some locations are unaffected by some of the special events, so they’re happy to waive a date restriction. It’s fine to phone ahead and ask them. (Some may have so advised their staff, via a staff reference sheet.) Phone numbers are included in the Quick Reference Guide, found on the listings/FAQs page.

Restricted holidays, 2015

Federal legal holidays mean Thursday discounts do not apply on:

  • Thanksgiving Day – Thurs, Nov 26, 2015

Restricted Thursdays during special event weeks, 2015

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 9-15 – AT&T Pebble Beach Nat’l Pro-Am Thurs, Feb 12, 2015
  • July 16-19 – California Rodeo Thurs, July 16, 2015      
  • July 18-Aug 1- Carmel Bach Festival Thurs, July 23 and Thurs, July 30, 2015
  • Aug 10-16 – Monterey Auto Week Thurs, Aug 13, 2015  
  • Sept 18-20 – Monterey Jazz Festival Thurs, Sept 17, 2015   

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. 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.