Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance :: Monterey Car Week

Monterey Car week is coming soon. Starting on Monday August 10, 2015 and ending with a bang Sunday August 16, 2015. Enjoy a cornucopia of classic to exotic automobiles all week long, on the Monterey peninsula. With different venues and exhibits happening every day with the grand finale being the world’s greatest car show, the Concours d’Elegance. All week long and all over the peninsula there are many different car shows taking place. From the Little Car show in Pacific Grove to the numerous auctions and industry events throughout Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove. Come see and perhaps bid on rare and classic cars in one of the live auctions. Last year, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder sold for $11.8 million. Concours d’Elegance is held every year in Pebble Beach, come and enjoy the festivities as well as the beautiful, rare and sought after collector cars gathered in Pebble Beach. Only the 175 best collector cars get a spot on the prestigious 18th fairway, and fewer still will receive official recognition for style, technical merit and historical accuracy.

Monterey Car week    Car show in California

If you are headed to the Monterey Car Week to take in the sites and enjoy all the beautiful cars, please give the Old Monterey Inn a call.  Normally we are booked a year in advance but with a rare last minute cancellation we now have 1 room available (five night minimum).  Come relax at our fabulous Bed and Breakfast all week, while discovering all the fantastic automobiles along the Monterey Peninsula.  Enjoy a great breakfast with us in the morning, depart to take in the sites and return for complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from 4pm to 6pm; either in our parlor or our beautiful gardens and share your day’s adventure with fellow auto enthusiasts.  Book online or by phone 831-375-8284.

Lodging in Monterey, CA

Fourth of July Celebration in Monterey

Independence Day also known as the Fourth of July is right around the corner.  If you are looking for something to do, you have found it.  Come to the Monterey Peninsula, for fun and activities all day long.  With so many different things happening during the Fourth, you won’t have a chance to get bored.  Come to Monterey, where there will be a Fourth of July parade.  At 10am, come down to Alvarado and Calle Principal and watch the festivities.  Afterwards stick around for the annual lawn party on the grass in front of Colton Hall on Pacific Street from 11am to 4:30pm.  With non-stop music, carnival games, face painting and food stands.

Or you can head over to beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea.  Starting at 12pm in Davendorf Park on Ocean Avenue, the park will transform into red, white and blue.  All day long enjoy amazing live music, food, fun and games.  Or just relax in the park and enjoy the classic rock stylings of Cheeky Spanks.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Pacific Grove is also throwing a party for the Fourth of July.  Come to “America’s Last Hometown,” enjoy BBQ and live entertainment at Caledonia Park from 11am to 3pm.  With live music from The Firefly Band and Tom Faia & the Juice,  as well as games, popcorn, snow cones and old-fashioned BBQ.

With so many awesome things happening during the Fourth of July, why haven’t you already planned your trip to come stay at the Old Monterey Inn?  Located in the center of Monterey, we are the perfect place for you to stay during this amazing holiday.  Just a 5 minute walk from all the festivities happening in Monterey and only a 10 minute drive from Carmel or Pacific Grove.  Go out and enjoy the Fourth of July, then return to the Old Monterey Inn to relax and wind down, with complimentary wine and Hors D’oeuvre’s from 4pm to 6pm and a beautiful garden to enjoy them in.  So come stay with us over at the Old Monterey Inn and we promise to make your stay here a memory you will never forget.


The 39th Annual Monterey Wine Festival

With so many wonderful things taking place in the Monterey Peninsula, it isn’t a surprise that there is yet another spectacular event beginning to unfold.  The 39th annual Monterey Wine Festival is scheduled to take place June 6th through June 7th at the Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey.  With a spectacular view of the harbor and bay, you can enjoy your day sampling the fantastic eats and of course the world class wine.

An addition to the festivities there will also be the 6th Annual West Coast Chowder Competition.  With chefs from Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, and many other places coming to take on the local chowder kings of the Monterey Peninsula.  Guests can sample or buy a cup of chowder, and vote for their favorites for the people’s choice award, comparing their pallets with that of the judges.

Monterey Wineries


With a history of serving local wines, from our wine cellar, we at the Old Monterey Inn are the perfect place to stay for this fabulous event.  Centrally located on the Monterey Peninsula, close to Carmel and Pacific Grove, and Located just a short walk from the Custom House Plaza; we are perfectly located so that you don’t miss a minute of the festival. Go enjoy the great food and wine, then come back and relax in our gardens at the Old Monterey Inn, with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from 4-6pm.  We aim to make your stay as memorable as possible, and truly hope you choose to stay with us.

Monterey Peninsula Festivals

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

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),, 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 Old Monterey Inn information and reservations can be found at

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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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 and you can check out all of the events and results at

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