23rd Annual Winemakers Celebration :: Monterey County Wineries

The Winemakers Celebration is just a 10 minute drive from the Old Monterey Inn, where you can enjoy some relaxation at our beautiful property while also enjoying some of the best wine Monterey county has to offer. In 2013 Wine Enthusiast named Monterey County one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations” in the world. Napa County did not make the list that year; neither did any location in France.

Monterey, CA Wineries

Monterey County has more 43,000 acres of vineyards, producing not only amazing Chardonnay and Pinot, but also many other different varietals. Fifty three different types are grown in the county; Monterey produces 7 percent of California’s grapes.

Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) will offer their wines for tasting at the Winemakers’ Celebration. Try rare wines – including library, reserve, and limited release labels – while rubbing elbows with the winemakers themselves.

Wineries in Norther California

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm there will be plenty of food from local restaurants and live music along Dolores Street in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Don’t miss the fantastic silent auction including lifestyle packages, special wine items, photo sessions, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates and more! For more information and tickets, please visit montereywines.org

Relaxing in the gardens of the Old Monterey Inn with your favorite varietal is the perfect way to end a great day of wine tasting on the Monterey Peninsula. 

Wine tasting in Monterey County


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

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

B&B Near Pacific Grove


Napa California Earthquake

Upon hearing the devastating news that has occurred in Napa, we at Old Monterey Inn thought it would be appropriate to give travelers a little insight about earthquakes throughout our Pacific Coast in order to relieve those that are either visiting, or planning on visiting,

This earthquake, which affected the Napa region of our West Coast, thankfully did not result in any lives lost, however it did manage to wreak havoc in the beautiful Napa community. We feel for those whose lives and businesses were disrupted by the quake. We wish our friends and fellow innkeepers all the best, and we are confident that repairs will be made quickly. California is no stranger to earthquakes and is well prepared to respond to these natural disasters. Some hotels were severely damaged while others required only superficial repairs. Our friends at the Beasley House and Inn on Randolph (both had minor damage) never missed a beat, and even served breakfast on time; just hours after the quake!

Earthquakes of this magnitude and scale are normally quite rare and typically isolated to a specific area. In Monterey we were unaware of the Napa earthquake until we heard about it on the news. As a native Californian, I grew up with quakes and am not overly bothered by them, while tornados on the other hand scare the heck out me! My wife grew up in the Midwest and does not seem to be concerned about tornados; go figure.

The news reports seem to always show the worst damage. Most of of the Napa restaurants, wineries, shops and other establishments have already recovered and are open for business. If you are planning a trip to Napa, contact the Inn on Randolph or the Beasley House, they both will take great care of you. Oh, and tell them the Old Monterey Inn says “hi!”

Beasley House

Beasley House

Inn on Randolph

Inn on Randolph

Napa Valley

Old Monterey Inn

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.


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    

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 my mind I join in on the fun, as we recently planted several artichokes of our own. With a little luck 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!

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.  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 Events : Pebble Beach Food and Wine

On April 10-13th, Pebble Beach has their annual “Food & Wine”!  Come to the Monterey Peninsula, and enjoy some of the best food and wine in a truly breathtaking setting.  The Opening Night Reception features more than 20 executive chefs and more than 200 wines for sampling.  Over the four days, there are more than 21 wine seminars for wine connoisseurs and amateurs alike!  Another true delight factor of this event is the cooking demonstrations where more than five chefs demonstrate their special skills and masterpiece dishes.  In the past, we’ve walked away with new techniques to use in our own kitchen.

Monterey bed and breakfast

We enjoy this event because of, well, all of the food and wine!  And spending time on the stunning Pebble Beach golf course doesn’t hurt, either!  Our Monterey bed and breakfast is located just 20 minutes from Pebble Beach, giving you easy access to Pebble Beach Food and Wine event and a change of scenery for your accommodations.

Imagine returning to our acre of lush, beautiful gardens after spending the day amid the manicured, clean lines of the Pebble Beach golf course—you’d be in two very stunning gardens in one day!  Each of our rooms is uniquely decorated, has its own fireplace, and comes with wine and hors d’oeuvres every afternoon (though you might be wined out) and a gourmet breakfast each morning.

We are looking forward to Pebble Beach Food and Wine, and we are especially excited to welcome you to Old Monterey Inn so that you can experience the class and cuisine of Pebble Beach, and the warmth and casual elegance of our Monterey lodging.

Monterey lodging near Pebble Beach Food and Wine


Christmas in Monterey

Wintertime in Monterey might be everything you’ve ever dreamed of—without the snow!

At our Monterey Bed and Breakfast you can enjoy fireside wine and hors d’oeuvres, a soak in the Jacuzzi tub, a relaxing couples massage in our on-site spa room, and a warm, delicious two-course gourmet breakfast in the morning.  You’ll stay warm and cozy!

Throw on a jacket and enjoy all that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer holiday travelers.  Here are a few things we think are particularly wonderful: 

The Monterey Peninsula is home to the world-famous Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, and on December 11, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M., it opens its door to cyclists.  Rent a bike from any of the bike stores here on the Peninsula, and then enjoy 300-foot climbs and awe-inspiring descents on the famous raceway!  It’ll be exhausting and fun and very memorable.  Check out more information here: http://www.mazdaraceway.com/twilight-cycling

The Carmel Valley Airfield puts on a wonderful annual event: Santa’s Fly-In!  What is that you ask? Well, Santa and Mrs. Claus are helicoptered in, and walk through the crowd to a sleigh pulled by reindeer!  Santa and his sleigh participate in the parade through the Carmel Valley Village.  It’s a quirky, fun-filled event and will put you and your travel companion alongside locals as we enjoy this 55-year old tradition!  More information can be found by visiting: http://santasflyin.webs.com/

If the Twilight Cycling was up your alley but you’re particular about your bike and won’t be travelling with one, there is another active event on the Monterey Peninsula for the entire month of December: outdoor ice-skating!  That’s right, an outside rink in California!  Right in the heart of historic Monterey, the holiday ice rink will give you an opportunity to experience the chill and charm of the wintertime months, and give you an excuse to enjoy hot cocoa in front of your own fireplace when you return to our bed and breakfast in Monterey!  For more information, visit: http://www.iceskatingbythebay.com/

A final wintertime event that we are excited about is the Dance Kids performance of the Nutcracker at the Sunset Center in neighboring Carmel.  The stage is filled with over 150 pre-professional dancers, many of whom are already being scouted by dance academies in San Francisco and New York.  This event is so popular, in fact, that tickets are likely to sell out.  The show is on Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14.  Visit http://www.sunsetcenter.org/e-dance_kids_presents_the_nutcracker_night_one_136.htm for more information and a few videos of Dance Kids’ past performances!

Stay tuned for updates on more of our favorite happenings on the Monterey Peninsula.  We look forward to welcoming you to our elegant, cozy, and romantic Monterey Inn and giving you lots of suggestions to help make your holiday season special!

Monterey bed and breakfast Christmas

Gingerbread town.

holiday lodging in Monterey

Grab your hot chocolate and join us by our Christmas tree!

christmas lodging in monterey, ca