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!

 

Romantic Beach Getaways Perfected at our Monterey Bed and Breakfast

beach getaways perfected at our Monterey bed and breakfastPicture this: As you walk along the beautiful white sands of Carmel Beach, you see the Pebble Beach Golf Course off in the distance. The sun begins to set over the deep blue water of Monterey Bay, and off in the distance you see a crackling bonfire. A satisfied smile comes to your face because you know you are living the ultimate of all beach getaways as a private bonfire is set up for you because you took advantage of our Monterey Inn Specials! You approach the fire and on a mat before you is a bouquet of roses, an ice bucket, gourmet snacks, and all the fixings for s’mores. There is even a cozy blanket for two to snuggle under. It’s as if you have stepped into your very own scene of the Bachelor—seamless romance, stunning scenery, and most importantly someone you love sitting on the mat next to you.

beach getaways perfected at our Monterey bed and breakfastIf the Romantic Sunset Beach Bonfire isn’t enough or the beautiful Cypress trees of the Monterey Bay, we also offer an array of spa services in our on-site massage room! No matter which of our fantastic treatments you choose, a specially trained and experienced team of massage therapists are ready to provide you with the ultimate spa treatment. So seep into deep relaxation knowing that a professional  massage or a facial are only a few steps from you room at our luxurious and romantic Monterey Bed and Breakfast. Check our Inn and Spa in Monterey Page for more details or ask an innkeeper for more details.

The Old Monterey Inn understands the importance of romance and we are here to help you enjoy life’s most romantic moments. Whether for a special occasion or a special someone, we are pleased to set up personal bonfires, spa treatments, and many other romantic experiences for our guests. You are welcome to call us for more details.

 

The 27th Presentation of the Big Sur Marathon!

monterey ca bed and breakfast marathon

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!