Chrysler’s Chrysler — Debut at 2014 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance

As Classic Car Week and the Concourse d’Elegance once again transform the Monterey Peninsula into the greatest car show on earth, we at the Old Monterey Inn are fortunate to be right in the mix of things! We feel extremely honored to play host to several very prominent guests who return to us year after year to enjoy our beautiful location and all that the week has to offer throughout the area. Our guests range from experts from the show “American Pickers” to classic race car drivers, some of which have been staying at the Old Monterey Inn for decades to enjoy the festivities! Breakfast is always an interesting time to listen to our knowledgeable guests chat about their daily activities.

Chrysler

This year, one of our notable return guests has a fabulous car to be featured at the actual Concourse event at Pebble Beach! Known as “Chrysler’s Chrysler,” the immaculately restored 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 Town Car will make its show debut this week! The seven passenger limousine was built for Walter Chrysler himself as a gift for his wife. Proud owners Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kroplick have had the automobile painstakingly restored to mint condition. After well over a year, and countless labor hours of work, this historically significant Town Car is ready to show! You can check it out for yourself at its’ very own website at www.vanderbiltcupraces.com and you can check out all of the events and results at www.pebblebeachconcours.net

We hope for the best for our special guests during this years’ event!

Classic Car Week     Pebble Beach    

The Best Way to Experience Whales in the Monterey Bay

As summer slowly comes to its final days and the weather turns to fall, Monterey is just heating up as our summer season takes off in August and with it comes the local wildlife, such as the migrating Humpbacks.

These creatures of the deep sea depths migrate up and down the coastline year after year searching for krill along the canyon walls, some reaching the length of a bus and weighing in at about 40 tons. These are one of the few varieties of whales that visit Monterey that have the most unusual behavior.  Unlike most pods, these whales breach, fin slap, and play amongst each other in the kelp forests which are rarely seen by the public. They’ve been known to chase schools of anchovies inland trapping them where the schools eventually suck up all the oxygen resulting in mass amounts of dead anchovies washing up. These whales are also romantics at heart as the males engage in love songs to attract their mate whom can hear it from miles away as it echoes off the sea walls.

However, the best way to experience these encounters of course is on the water, not but a few feet away from them as they breach from the ocean spraying water and bubbles above the surface. Incidentally, we at the Old Monterey Inn would be more than happy to arrange an opportunity for a whale watching excursion or perhaps a package that includes not only a whole days’ worth of Kayaking, but a small burlap bag of snacks, towels, and your choice of enjoying a day in the bay or out in a wetland sanctuary known as Elk Horn Slough. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, then perhaps a dining certificate included within this package will top off your exhausting day sea bound. This certificate can be used at three wonderful dining places located on our website. We hope to see you soon as this experience of a lifetime won’t last for long!

Elk Horn Slough

 

Best Beaches in Monterey

It’s that time of the year again and summer is upon us, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy Monterey’s wonderful beaches and relax without having to worry about finding that perfect sandy spot.

Monterey has plenty of beach areas up and down the entire coastline littered with historical sites as well as bountiful and lush foliage.

Carmel Beach

Have a dog that enjoys playing in the water? Then Carmel Beach may just be the place for you! Meet some of the Carmel locals and their lovely pets.

Carmel Beach

Casa Verde Beach

If bonfires and social settings are more of your thing, Casa Verde beach between Monterey and Seaside is perfect for those BBQ outings.

Casa Verde Beach

Point Lobos

If exploring and hiking tickles your fancy, then Point Lobos State Park off of Highway 1 heading South is spectacular as you can explore the old Whaling Cove, peer down on baby harbor seals, or hike along the trails and discover all the little sea critters curled within the cracks of remote tide pools.

Asilomar Beach

If a nice stroll or run feels more comfortable, then Asilomar beach near 17 mile drive is a beauty. A mile of soft white sand and parking galore, this is a wonderful spot to walk the beach hand in hand with your significant other as the sun sets on the horizon.

Asilomar Beach

Lover’s Point

However if you’d rather enjoy a sunrise over the bay, Lover’s Point near Pacific Grove not only offers a scenic route of flowers and lush landscape, but it’s also the only point on the peninsula where visitors can watch the sunrise or sunset over the bay.

Lover's Point

No matter which beach you choose, Monterey never ceases to amaze those that visit it and neither will a stay at Old Monterey Inn. Only a couple miles from the beach and chalk full of surprises. Let us dazzle you with a goodnights rest complimented by a gourmet breakfast and a departing gift as you begin your beach day adventure!

 

Tour Carmel Valley Wineries

Carmel Wineries TourTreat yourself and someone special to a day of bliss touring the wine country surrounding Monterey!  Our Chauffeured Wine Tour Package includes wine tasting at four of the best Carmel Valley wineries, plus lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants. Our guests rave about this popular package!

“This wine tour made my trip!” ~ Allison C.

Book Now & Save: $599 $680

Use Promo Code: Jwine 

(2 night room reservation required* in addition to Package)

To Book: Choose your favorite room for 2 nights from our online availability calendar then click “Book Now.” Choose the “Chauffeured Wine Tour Package” in the next step and complete your reservation, and enter promo code with credit card information in the final step. Package price will be included in quoted rate. We will contact you to confirm reservation details.

Sample Wine Tour Itinerary:

Your 5 hour tour for two begins at our Monterey bed and breakfast when your Tour Carmel Valley Wineries
driver will arrive at 10:45 am to whisk you off to Carmel Valley for the day’s adventure! You will enjoy VIP tasting at four Carmel Valley wineries with a break for lunch midway at either Café Rustica or Corkscrew Café – two local favorites! Your driver will return you home to Old Monterey Inn at approximately 3:45 pm, just in time for complimentary evening wine & hors d’oeuvers at the Inn!

The wineries included on your tour may include the following:

Château Julien Wine Estate ~ “Try our Silver Medal Private Reserve Merlot”

The winery boasts breathtaking vistas of the lush green valley surrounded by the majestic Carmel Valley Mountains. The vineyard is highlighted throughout the seasons – from the breaking buds of spring to summer’s lush leaf canopy and the abundant grape cluster display of fall.

Heller Estate ~ “Organic Wines That Dance On Your Palate!”

The 120 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir are planted at an altitude of 1200 – 1500 feet, producing rich, luscious grapes, which result in outstanding premium wines. The vineyards are certified 100% organic.

Carmel Valley vineyardsBernardus Winery ~ “Try the Marinus Red Wine – 92 Points!”

Owner Ben Pon appreciates wine as an art – a form of art that transcends the ordinary. His dream is to make a red wine equal to the finest from Bordeaux. At Bernardus the textural element-”the mouth feel’-is the most important expression of wine.

Parsonage Village Vineyard ~ “Rated Best Tasting Room in Monterey”

The south facing slope acts as a natural heat sink providing moderate heat for an extended growing season and perfect ripening. The focus is not on high yields, but the health and maintenance of every vine. The vineyard is harvested as each section is ready, ensuring powerful flavors from physiologically ripe fruit.

Book Now & Save: $599 $680

Use Promo Code: Jwine 

(2 night room reservation required* in addition to Package)

*Valid for stays from June 1 to July 31, 2014. This offer cannot be combined with other promotion or discounts and is not available during holidays and special event periods. Subject to availability, no third party gift certificates, must book directly with the Inn; online or by phone. Taxes not included, all other Inn policies apply. Wineries and restaurants subject to change.

55th Castroville Artichoke Food and Wine Festival Takes Over Monterey!

Artichoke Festival

 

A tradition for over half a century, the Castroville Artichoke Festival takes over Monterey County Fair and event center on May 31st and June 1st of 2014. Gates are open from 10am to 9pm on Saturday and 10am to 7pm on Sunday.

This commemoration of all things artichoke has travelers from far and wide captivated as they get to enjoy artichokes prepared in every way imaginable! Be able to experience the touring of artichoke farms, cooking demos, artichoke-themed sculptures, plus a contest to make art out of actual artichokes! Come explore the farmer’s markets or race through the artichoke fields.

Monterey Wine and Food Festival

 

There’s something for everyone as this festival hosts outstanding live musical acts headlining both days with everything from rock n’ roll, country, swing, to mariachi.

If you happen to be driving down Highway 1, from Castroville to Monterey, you’ve already been able to experience a little festival spirit as you pass hundreds of acres of artichoke fields. With celebration on our minds Katy and I join in on the fun, as we recently planted several artichokes of our own. With a little luck and Katy’s green thumb, we will have home grown artichokes this year!

If you get a chance to join the festivities, and look forward to a peaceful nights rest after a day of artichoke exploration, join us at Old Monterey Inn for a relaxed evening by the fireplace, and let our elegant Old English ambiance complete your Monterey experience.

Castroville Artichoke Festival

The Amgen Tour of California Comes to Monterey

The Amgen Tour of California comes to Monterey on May 14th for Stage 4 of the race!  If the Amgen Tour is new to you, it’s a Tour-de-France-esque road race that rides along California’s Central Coast and through more than ten famous coastal towns.   Whether you’re in town to watch the race or participate in it, we’d love to welcome you to the Old Monterey Inn!

This Amgen Tour is near and dear to our hearts because Katy Havlick, the owner, is a seasoned and accomplished downhill and cross country cyclist.  She’s not one to brag, so we’ll do it for her!  She holds a national title in Women’s Expert Downhill, and has placed first in many more nationally recorded races. She was also named to the 2001 United States Master’s World Cup Cross Country Championship Team.  Now she bikes whenever she has a break here at the Inn and cycling remains one of her top passions, in addition to gardening and running.

Because we have an avid cyclist among us here at the Old Monterey Inn, we are excited for the Amgen Tour and excited to welcome you and yours to our Inn for the race in May.  Katy will enjoy talking to you about the race and the rest of us non-cyclists will be in awe of your accomplishments, cook you delicious food, offer you local wines, and make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed (except when you’re biking, of course!).

Call us today to make your reservation!  Happy riding!

Central Coast California Bed and Breakfast Amgen Tour California

Monterey Kayaking Package

Sea Otter-2Kayaking, Picnic & Dinner Package 

Discover adventure and romance as you explore the Monterey Bay coast together on a kayaking trip! See harbor seals, playful sea otters, sea lions and shorebirds up close and personal!

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 Our Monterey Kayaking Package includes:

  • Kayak rental for two, including orientation, wetsuits, paddle jackets, life vests, backrests, and safety equipment
  • Picnic basket complete with towels, fresh fruit, snacks, and drinks
  • Dinner for two at one of the restaurants of your choice from our dining packages selection

$175 per couple for package 

(Room Reservation is in addition to Package)

Choose from two kayaking trips:

  • Explore Monterey Bay
  • Discover the Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Sanctuary

To Book: Choose your favorite room from our online availability calendar then click “Book Now.” Choose the “Kayak Adventures” package in the next step and complete your reservation. Package price will be included in quoted rate. We will contact you to confirm your choice of trip, restaurant and reservation details. Subject to availability, must book directly with the Inn; online or by phone. All other Inn policies apply.

Fabulous Sights and Activities in Monterey

Monterey Peninsula b&b

Are you a history and literature buff?  If so, Monterey is the place for you! The Monterey Peninsula is home to writers like Henry Miller, John Steinbeck, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and was the first city of California, the only import-receiving port in California for many years, and the home of the first theatre, brick house, publicly funded school, public library, and printing press. We are so proud of our history, in fact, that along certain streets you’ll find little yellow tiles upon which you’ll see the words “Path of History.”  Only every fifth tile will be in English though—Monterey is home to the Defense Language Institute and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, both of which produce graduates fluent in languages other than their mother tongue. But back to history—walk along the streets of downtown Monterey, and you’ll see:

•             Colton Hall, built in the 1840s and has been in continuous use since then, serving as a public school, a city hall, the sheriff’s office, and Monterey police headquarters;

•             Cooper-Molera Adobe, a house built over three generations that today boasts nearly two acres of gardens in the heart of downtown Monterey;

•             Larkin House, built during Monterey’s “Mexico Period” to serve as both a personal residence and general store, and even served as governmental headquarters!

The list goes on and on. Check out HistoricMonterey.org for more information including current ownership and public viewing times.

After strolling around downtown Monterey and getting your fill of our Spanish, Mexican, Colonial, and now international influences, you’ll be ready for a mid-afternoon nap!  Come back to our Monterey inn (we are just blocks away from downtown Monterey) and relax in your private Jacuzzi tub before our daily wine and hors d’oeuvres.

If, on the other hand, you are ready to explore more activities in Monterey, hop in the car, drive to Cannery Row, and with John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row in hand, walk up and down the street that is now steeped in history and literary mystique. You’ll see Ed Ricketts lab, the Bear Flag, and even Lee Chong’s grocery.

Hiking Big Sur

We imagine that after exploring Cannery Row, you’ll most certainly be ready for some first class relaxation at our romantic Monterey bed and breakfast, but if you defy the odds and are ready for more immersion into Monterey’s cultural past, get back in the car and drive south along CA Highway 1 to the Henry Miller Memorial  Library. Check out their website first and try to time your visit so that it aligns with one of their events!

Monterey bed and breakfast

By then, you’ll definitely be ready for some first-class pampering—let us arrange a massage for you in our on-site spa, or a romantic beach bonfire on picturesque Carmel beach!  We are so looking forward to your visit and hearing about all of your adventures!

Check out our fabulous Spring Specials!

Celebrate Spring : Wine, Dine & Jazz!

Wine, dinner coupleLive jazz, great food and amazing savings add up to the perfect spring getaway in Monterey! Our beautiful Monterey bed and breakfast is the perfect home base for exploring all the central coast has to offer. Visit the elephant seals in Ano Nuevo State Reserve or take a scenic drive to Big Sur, then return the Inn for evening wine and hors d’ oeuvres before walking downtown to enjoy live music and dinner.

Special off-season rates or our VIP Monterey Jazz Festival package make it easy to get away, whether you are coming for the jazz or just some well-deserved rest and relaxation! Don’t hesitate – festival dates are filling up fast!

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Exceptional Winter Rates

winter ratesBook a romantic winter getaway and SAVE $90 per night!

  • Low winter rates starting at $199!
  • This special offer includes any available guestroom or suite!

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Expires March 31st – Book Now or Call 831-375-8284 now to reserve!

Available thru March 31st 2014, new reservations only. Cannot be combined with other offers or third party gift certificates. Subject to availability, not valid during holiday periods and may require a two night stay. Must book directly with the Inn; online or by phone. Any price adjustment will be made at check in. All other Inn policies apply.

Monterey Jazz Festival Package 2014

Join us in March for great live jazz performances, or just a getaway, and enjoy dinner on us!

  • Monterey Jazz Festival Package2 Nights luxury accommodations
  • Gourmet breakfast each morning
  • Bottle of local California wine: Chardonnay, Cabernet, or Merlot
  • $80 dinner certificate to Fandango, Sardine Factory, or Restaurant 1833
  • Evening wine and hors d’ oeuvres reception

Starting at $607.00

Choose your favorite room then select our Monterey Jazz Festival lodging package!  Save $45 with Promo Code: jazz14

Choose Your Luxury Room

Available March 1-31 2014, new reservations only. Cannot be combined with other offers or third party gift certificates. Subject to availability, not valid during holiday periods. Must book directly with the Inn; online or by phone. Use promo code jazz14. Any price adjustment will be made at check in. All other Inn policies apply.

Historic Tor House on the Monterey Peninsula

In an earlier blog post, we discussed the historic adobes here—there are even more historic sites in Monterey, so history buffs, perk up your ears!  Have you heard of poet Robinson Jeffers?  Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, he moved to Carmel, California as a young man, and upon arriving to the rugged, unique Central California his soul breathed a sigh of relief—he was home!

He spent most of his adult life writing in the morning and building the Hawk Tower and the Tor House.  He built the Tor House for his family, a wife and two sons, and constructed the Hawk Tower as a retreat for his wife and a magic place for his two sons.  He used granite boulders to construct both the house and the tower.  The Hawk Tower is indeed a feat and a definite marvel of the historic sites in Monterey—completed in less than four years, he used wooden planks, and block and tackle to build the tower (which he built almost completely by himself).  The site is also home to a beautiful English Cottage garden. 

The Tor House offers tours at $10/adult, and because the tours are private, they must be reserved in advance.  In spite of being so beautiful, the Tor House remains somewhat unknown, so you’ll become one of special few who has visited the historical and stunning home.

 The house is a ten-minute drive from our romantic Monterey Inn, and would be a perfect mid-morning trip.  Enjoy a two-course, gourmet breakfast at 9:00, spend a few hours wandering around Tor House, enjoy a picnic lunch along Carmel’s beautiful coast, come back to our Monterey bed and breakfast for an early-afternoon nap, and then drop down into our parlor for wine and hors d-oeuvres!  We sure think it sounds like an eventful and relaxing day—and certainly a way to get to know the Monterey Peninsula’s history and beauty more personally.

historic sites in Monterey, CA

The beautiful Hawk’s Tower and Tor House.