Ghost Tour Old Monterey

Get in the spirit this Halloween and take a Ghost Tour of Old Monterey. The trolley tour starts at some of our most notoriously haunted buildings. You will visit the oldest church in California, Monterey’s historic cemetery and old legendary houses as part of the tour.

Haunted House

Tours are Saturday nights at 8:00 PM. Tickets must be reserved and can be purchased online. Bring warm clothes and your cameras! Please be advised that no children under 5 are allowed on this tour.

Make it a truly entertaining weekend and let us pamper you after a night of being spooked, or we can help you plan a romantic outing on Sunday at our Old Monterey Inn.

California International Airshow Comes to Salinas in Monterey County

Get ready for an event of epic proportions as the California International Airshow (CIA), http://salinasairshow.com, comes to Salinas on September 27th and 28th starting off the fall season with a big roar! Established in 1981, this event has been showcasing aviation excellence for over 30 years, all while raising about $8 million for local charities!  Its main purpose is not only intended to entertain those that come to watch, but also meant to create memories of community involvement through showcasing local business venues and volunteer groups.

U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds

This event is packed full of surprises as it includes everything from fireworks, jet cars, monster trucks, and fire-breathing robots, to of course the top dogs of the sky. Entertainment from U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, C-47 Normandy, Liberty Jump Team, Clay Lacy Lear Jet Aerobatics, Sean D. Tucker Oracle Challenger, the award-winning aerobatic pilot Melissa Pemberton, Vicky Benzing with Aerosports, World War II B-25 with Mitchell Bomber, Metal Mulisha with motocross experts, and of course the Monster Truck team including Kelvin Ramer’s “Time Flys” along with”Wild Flower” driven by Rosalee Ramer.  With generous contributions from loyal sponsors and 12 months of planning, this event is sure to amaze all that attend.

California International Airshow

Doors open at 9:00 am, all ages are welcome, and parking tickets can be bought online. So what are you waiting for? Come help support our troops all while watching them soar through the sky.  If you’re planning on attending both days, there are plenty of accommodations as well as transportation throughout the Salinas-Monterey Peninsula, but if you’re looking for some peace and quiet after an eventful day among crowds and fireworks, then Old Monterey Inn may be the escape you’re searching for. Tucked away on Martin Street in Downtown Monterey, centrally located to wonderful restaurants and tourist attractions. So make the most of your visit and don’t be shy to stop by!

Wine tasting

Best Jazz Festival on the Monterey Peninsula

Monterey, Ca. is home to many wonderful annual events celebrating art, food and music but perhaps none is more anticipated than the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival; September 19-21, 2014.

With over 500 artists on 8 stages spread over 3 days, it attracts all the top names in jazz and big band, boasts several inspiring and original art exhibits and provides educational opportunities through clinics and seminars throughout the weekend.

Held every September at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center since its founding in 1958, it is an easy 10 minute drive from our top rated Monterey bed and breakfast and is an awesome way to simply indulge in fine food and music as happy crowds gather to dance and sing a-long, enjoying what has been voted as ”the best jazz festival in the world” by readers of Jazz Times Magazine.

Monterey weather can be a bit cooler on September evenings so a warm sweater and a hot dish such as Monterey’s famous fresh calamari could be just the pairing you need as you stroll down the thoroughfare, listening to some of the best live jazz you’ll find anywhere.

Gates open at 6pm on Friday, 11:30am Saturday and Sunday. Non-stop, live music entertainment will continue until approximately midnight. More information and tickets can be found at www.montereyjazzfestival.org

Start your morning with a gourmet Old Monterey Inn breakfast; then you enjoy a leisurely stroll through our flower gardens and the traditional English-style hedge garden, maybe even catching a glimpse of a deer or a buck.  Late morning, you wander down to the Jazz Festival and enjoy a day of exquisite live music and afterwards, perhaps a fantastic dinner at one of our local gourmet restaurants. At night you relax in your room at the Old Monterey Inn, nestle up close to your own personal fireplace and relive the magic of the day.

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Oktoberfest in Monterey 2014

If you are an October fest aficionado like we are here at Old Monterey Inn, you’ll be thrilled that the annual Monterey Oktoberfest is coming up on September 13th and 14th at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

As always, this traditional German party is a beer-aplenty, fun-loving, outdoor celebration of fall, good friends, good brews, and good times; starting with the Opening Parade led by Ms. Oktoberfest and the St. Pauli Girls.

This year’s Monterey Bay Oktoberfest has many new fun-filled activities like the Beer Stein Holding Contest, Dachshund Races, Porsche Vintage Car Displays, Sport’s bar with TV and a Jr. Ms. Oktoberfest Contest.  For the kids, a Petting Zoo and bounce houses.

As you browse through the fairgrounds to enjoy select arts and crafts vendors and a great big stein of Munich Oktoberfest brew, be sure to stop and sample the delicious mouth-watering Oktoberfest food: Bratwurst, Calamari, Bavarian-style Turkey Legs, German Pretzels, Apple Strudel and more.

Here’s another wonderful combination: attend Monterey Bay Oktoberfest while staying at the Old Monterey Inn!  Oktoberfest’s festive garden party and the Old Monterey Inn’s serene and breathtaking gardens will provide you with ample opportunity to enjoy a taste of cultural diversity and provide you with a relaxing haven a few miles away from the excitement of Oktoberfest. Advance Oktoberfest tickets are available online at www.oktoberfestmontereybay.com. Old Monterey Inn information and reservations can be found at www.oldmontereyinn.com.

We are excited to welcome you to the Monterey Peninsula as you join the Oktoberfest festivities and indulge in the relaxation, luxury, and elegance of the Old Monterey Inn.

Oktoberfest Monterey

Oktoberfest Monterey

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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!

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