The running of the Big Sur Marathon is this Sunday, April 29th just a hop, skip, and a jump from our Monterey CA Bed and Breakfast! The Big Sur Marathon is considered by marathoners as one of the “Bucket List” races to complete during your running career, and has been named as the “Best Destination Marathon in North America”. Considered one of the top three marathons in the country (along with Boston and New York), Big Sur will host 4,500 runners in the 26.2 mile marathon (sold out year after year), and approximately 11,000 runners all told in the other weekend events which include a marathon relay, 21 miler, 10.6 miler, 9 miler, and a 5K. That’s a lot of people running up the coast by our Monterey Bay bed and breakfast next to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world! I am happy to say I will be one of the 4500 runners competing in the full marathon which begins by Pfeiffer State Park and ends the 26.2 mile jaunt in Carmel (pretty nice place to finish!). This will be my first Big Sur Marathon, and my eighth marathon overall. I am just as nervous every time, but I think I am ready! We would love to have you comecheer us on!
Well, I just sent a few of our Monterey Bed and Breakfast guests to go Sea Kayaking out at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and decided with the warm weather we are expecting this week and weekend, it was perfect timing to write a few words about! We like to send our guests to the Monterey Bay Kayak company (very helpful and friendly) and there are two main locations you can paddle your kayaks from. One location is out on the Monterey Bay, starting at Monterey Beach by Fisherman’s Wharf, and the other location is the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing about 20 minutes north of our Monterey Bed and Breakfast. The Elkhorn Slough is the location I have paddled from, and as a beginning kayaker I must say it was absolutely fabulous! The kayak company provides all of the equipment, right down to the waterproof pants and jackets (your feet will get wet though!) and instruction on the beach before you set out. The Slough is one of California’s last remaining tidal estuary reserves, and wildlife is everywhere! The water is crystal clear and calm (and not nearly as cold as I thought!), and the scenery is beautiful! We had sea otters popping up right next to our kayaks, harbor seals sleeping in the sun all along the shores, sea lions barking on the docks and swimming all around us. It is a very fun and memorable experience to take in during your stay at Old Monterey Inn!
We have a great kayak package available at our Monterey Bay Bed and Breakfast, and we would love to see you soon!
We are so fortunate to have our beautiful Inn in Monterey, California! Not only are we located in one of the most scenic spots on the West Coast, but we are lucky enough to have an ongoing calendar of world class events to enjoy while you are visiting! There really is something for everyone!
First I must mention the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival, touted as “The Culinary Event of the Year”, coming to the area April 12 through April 15th. Sip award winning wines and rub elbows with some of the most famous chefs in the world: Thomas Keller, Jacques Pepin, and Masaharu Morimoto, to name just a few! It is an extravaganza of food and wine in one of the ultimate settings in the world: Pebble Beach, just a few short minutes from our Monterey Bay Inn! It doesn’t get much better than that!
For outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the Sea Otter Classic is held at Laguna Seca Raceway from April 19th to April 22nd. Billed as one of the largest cycling events in the world, over 10,000 cyclists (beginner to elite, mountain and road) compete in every cycling category imaginable. Sea Otter is also home to the largest consumer bike expo in North America, and draws close to 50,000 cycling fans. It is a great event to watch or compete in!
The weather is great, and we would love to have you join us for any of these events, or just to get away to our Monterey Bed & Breakfast!