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Heading for Monterey or Mendo for the big night? Find your go-outs.



    2012 HELLO: Yep, there are a few ways to welcome the new year 'round the city, whether you like your masquerade balls or your casual drinks. But not everyone keeps to home over New Year's Eve, especially given the fact that NYE 2011/NYD 2012 falls on a Saturday and Sunday. Yep, that says road trip to us, meaning we're going to take a peek down the coast, and up, to see what's what.

    MONTEREY: First Night Monterey and a Noon Year's Eve party for the young'uns are part of the celebrations. And there's a Boardwalk Ball in Pebble Beach, too. Oh yeah. Greeting a fresh year in Pebble Beach. We think that might be the ticket.

    MENDOCINO: There's a party at the Little River Inn that intrigues. And lots of local bands and music, too.

    NAPA VALLEY: Board the Napa Valley Wine Train for the Black, White, and Pink Ball, or make for the Uptown Theatre for some Ozomatli-style tuneage.

    SONOMA VALLEY: Is Safari West throwing a Romp with the Beasts to say hello, or rrowr, to welcome 2012? Indeedy they are. There's also cabaret in the mix, frou-frou dinners, and wine.