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.

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    

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!

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

Oktoberfest in Monterey

If you are an October fest aficionado, you’ll be thrilled that our Monterey Oktoberfest is on September 14th and 15th this year, so after your Oktoberfest celebration here at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, you can head north to San Francisco to enjoy another Oktoberfest celebration a few short weeks later.

Fun at Monterey Oktoberfest

This traditional German party is a beer-aplenty, fun-loving, outdoor celebration of fall, good friends, good brews, and good times. This year’s Monterey Bay Oktoberfest will feature the tunes of The Flying Dutchman, the renowned Bay Area band The Internationals, and Monterey’s Naval Postgraduate School’s brass band, the Del Monte Brass. Join the party, join the dancing, and join the fun!

Montery CA Octoberfest

Here’s another wonderful mixture: attend Monterey Bay Oktoberfest while staying at the Old Monterey Inn. The combination of Oktoberfest’s rowdy garden party and the Old Monterey Inn’s serene and breathtaking gardens will provide you with ample opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer while giving you a taste of our cultural diversity and providing you with a relaxing haven a few miles away from the noise and frenzy of Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest in Monterey CA

The Monterey community is devoted to improving the lives of others, so it is no surprise that even as you boogie on the Oktoberfest dance floor; you are helping improve our world. The Oktoberfest website details the cause it will support this year: “Thousands of children in the Philippines go without fresh water or a nutritious meal every single day, making learning and growth challenging. [In order to affect positive change in this region,] Monterey Bay Oktoberfest has partnered with the Monterey Rotary Club to build on the Rotary Club’s current water and nutrition projects in the region and around the globe. By supporting Oktoberfest, you could help to build water wells and provide healthy, balanced meals for children at schools in the Philippines.” What a cause! We’ll drink to that!

We are so 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.

Photo Credit: Michael Troutman/www.dmtimaging.com

Farmers Markets are bountiful in the Monterey Peninsula

The Monterey Peninsula is world-renowned for its animal and plant diversity and its rich cultural heritage.  Equally wonderful but less well-known is the abundance of fresh, local, and often organic food that abounds along California’s Central Coast.  If you’re like us and you’re excited about food, Monterey is the place for you. 

On Monday, from 3-7, neighboring Pacific Grove has a California Certified Farmer’s Market at the corner of Central and Grand Ave.  Stroll along and sample fresh, locally sourced food.

On Tuesday from 9-1 at the Barnyard Shopping Village in neighboring Carmel there is yet another opportunity to enjoy all the richness that the Central Coast has to offer: 25 farmers and vendor have a variety of produce, grass-fed meat, seafood, organic eggs, flowers, local honey (which is good for combatting Central Coast allergies), and potted flowering plants.  Another opportunity for a dazzling mid-morning stroll through picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Once you’ve walked around Carmel’s farmer’s market, chances are you’ll be ready for a nap before setting out once again.  Return to your garden oasis room at the Old Monterey Inn for a nap, a soak in a Jacuzzi tub, and sip of wine at out complimentary Wine and Hors d’oeuvres. 

Later on that same Tuesday, downtown Monterey closes its main street to cars, and opens it up to pedestrians and vendors for the Monterey Farmer and Artisan Market! From the Old Monterey Inn to the Monterey farmers market is only a five minute walk.  Enjoy flowers, music, color-chancing mugs, sweaters, fresh (delicious) pasta, produce and more!  An hour or so will give you plenty of time to sample most everything, make a few purchases, and find your way to a local restaurant like Montrio or Restaurant 1833.  A wonderful, relaxed evening indeed!

Believe it or not, there are even more farmers markets within 10 minutes of the Old Monterey Inn—On Friday from 10-2, the Monterey Peninsula College hosts over fifty farmers and vendors (most of whom are certified organic/and or sustainable).  The market boasts a selection of grass-fed meat and poultry, fish, oysters, cheeses, olive oil, fresh (delicious!) pasta and homemade sauces, organic juices, artisan bread and baked goods, organic honey, mushrooms, eggs, flowers, seedlings, herbs, vegetables, and nuts.  You’ll wish you could conjure a wheelbarrow out of thin air to carry everything you want to buy!

And last, but certainly not least, on Sunday morning from 8-12, the Del Monte farmers Market welcomes visitors with an equally stunning selection of produce, artisan baked goods, and flowers.  After enjoying a decadent breakfast at the Old Monterey Inn, the Del Monte Farmers market would be a perfect stroll.

If the farmers markets are any indication, there is food and flavor aplenty on the Monterey peninsula, and we are excited to share our bounty with you!

Farmers Market in Monterey

Jazzing Up the Bay : Monterey Jazz Festival

People visit our Monterey Bed and Breakfast from all over the world and pack their itineraries with any number of activities. Indeed, the Monterey Peninsula has it all: whale watching, kayaking next to the sea otters, fine wine, fresh seafood, Pebble Beach golf courses, John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, Henry Miller’s library, picturesque Big Sur, the list goes on… We wanted to give you yet another reason to come visit us at the Old Monterey Inn: Dixieland Monterey’s Jazz Bash by the Bay! coming to the city in the beginning of March.

March 1st through March 3rd, the Monterey Peninsula will come alive with this Monterey Jazz Festival featuring more than 26 live acts featuring youth bands, big bands, and a program that highlights trends in jazz: traditional jazz, zydeco, swing, gypsy jazz, blues, and ragtime. There’s something for everyone in that musical lineup!

Dixieland Monterey was founded in 1980 and begun as a humble addition to the annual Monterey County Fair. Since then, it has become its own main event and brings jazz enthusiasts from all over the world together to enjoy traditional jazz and swing bands and more!

John Keller, the founder of Dixieland Monterey explains the success of the event: it is in a “prime location: who can resist the beauty of the Monterey waterfront? The real reason people return each year is because they love the music. Dixieland Monterey offers them the opportunity to experience live jazz performed by some of the world’s most talented musicians. Essentially, Dixieland Monterey continues to thrive because it gives people what they want — great music — and great music never goes out of style.”

The Portola Plaza, in historic downtown Monterey, is a 10-15 minute walk from the front door of our Inn. Picture this: your morning starts 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; you retire to your room for a soak in the Jacuzzi tub or a mid-morning nap. Around noon, you walk downtown, stopping for a quick bite on your way to Dixieland Monterey. You enjoy hours of exquisite live music and afterwards, you enjoy a fantastic dinner at one of our local gourmet restaurants. Night falls, and you nestle up close to your own personal fireplace and relive the magic of the day. That is Dixieland Monterey. That is the Old Monterey Inn.

Monterey Jazz Festival