This weekend will mark the 242nd birthday of the wonderful City of Monterey! Our beautiful city is actually one of the most historic locations in California; Colton Hall is where the State of California was born. Monterey served as the Capital City under both the Spanish and Mexican flag from 1777 to 1846. The U.S. flag was ultimately raised over California at the Customs House next to famous Fisherman’s Wharf, less than a mile from our Monterey bed and breakfast! The city of Monterey boasts California’s first theatre, public building, public library, publicly funded school, printing press, and newspaper! At our Monterey Peninsula B&B we offer brochures to a self-guided walking tour called the Path of History, which starts just down the street. The California State Park system also offers fully guided tours of these same attractions. For tour schedules please call (831) 649-7118.
I came across some really fun events happening very close to our Monterey bed and breakfast just a few weekends away on Friday June 1st, and Saturday, June 2nd. The “Wine Trolley” will pick up passengers Friday the 3rd at 11:00 am, a few blocks from here at the Portola Plaza, and take them on a memorable 5-hour tour of the fantastic local wineries!
You will climb aboard “Hattie the Magnificent Trolley”, and visit the best wineries in the area. Besides the fabulous vino, the scenery en route in Carmel Valley is magnificent! Cool and fun event!
Next on the list, that same weekend, are the awesome Ghost Tours of Monterey! This 90-minute trolley tour (which also picks up at Portola Plaza) tells epic tales of the Old Town and times of romance, drama, and intrigue! Visit ancient burial grounds, the ghost in the garden (not our garden!), hauntings, hangings, and frequent ghostly sightings! For more info click on the links above or call (831) 624-1700.
We hope to see you soon at our bed and breakfast in Monterey!
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!
Lawrence and I are happy and proud to be writing our first blog post, announcing our brand new website! We want to thank the Jumping Rocks photographers and our website designers, White Stone Marketing! We think they have done a fabulous job with our site, and helping us to ‘show off’ our beautiful Monterey Inn and all of the hard work we have been doing around the property. Thank you! We hope you check it out when you get the chance!
Meanwhile, spring is in the air here in Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur. The coastal recreation trail has been packed with runners, cyclists and walkers. What a perfect place to train, or just get out and enjoy the stellar weather we have been having. Lawrence and I enjoyed the beautiful weather and took a quick trip out 17 Mile Drive to Pebble Beach last weekend to enjoy lunch on the patio at the Stillwater Café. The restaurant sits right off the 18th green at Pebble Beach. The food and service are as phenomenal as the setting! We can highly recommend that as a day trip while you are staying with us here at our bed and breakfast in Monterey, CA.
We would love to have you join us, as we enjoy spring here in Monterey, and we hope to see you soon. Let us help you plan your visit, as you discover the fantastic Monterey activities around our inn!
Katy and Lawrence Havlick
Old Monterey Inn