The Monarch Butterfly Migration Comes to the Monterey Peninsula

monarch butterfly migration comes to montereyThis week’s Old Monterey Inn Blog is a tribute to the beautiful Monarch, and the annual butterfly migration through the Monterey Peninsula!

The Monarch Butterfly is one of the more stunning creatures in nature, and here on the Monterey Peninsula, we have the extreme fortune of being one of the stopping spots on the butterfly’s annual migration south. Every year, as many as 10,000 Monarchs stop at specific spots in the area, most notably the Monarch Grove Sanctuary on Ridge Road in Pacific Grove.

The monarchs arrive to us starting in October, with the majority of them here mid-November through March. This perfect butterfly habitat consists of mainly Monterey Pines and Eucalyptus trees. The beautiful creatures cluster together to keep warm, and then when the morning sunlight hits them, they open their wings and create a stunning display of color! The Butterfly Sanctuary is free, and guests are encouraged to take photos and video!

Holding to tradition, Pacific Grove (also known as Butterfly Town, USA) celebrates its annual Butterfly Parade and Butterfly Bazaar on the first Saturday of every October. In addition there is also a Historic Home Tour that opens up classic Victorian homes in Pacific Grove for people explore!

Traditionally, during this joyous and whimsical occasion, local grade school children will don costumes specific to the grade they are in. Kindergarteners wear the iconic butterfly costumes, second grade as otters, third graders in traditional Native American garb, fourth graders as pioneers, and fifth graders as clowns!  Let’s call it a Carnival of sorts. The Butterfly Parade begins and finishes at the Robert H. Down School on Pine Avenue and follows Fountain Ave, Lighthouse Ave, and then finally 17th Street. The Butterfly Bazaar begins as soon as the parade concludes.

We would love to welcome you to our award winning Monterey bed and breakfast for your accommodations while you’re enjoying the butterfly migration. Also, we would so enjoy seeing your photos of the various Monarch Butterflies you encounter by sharing them on the Old Monterey Inn Facebook page or our Trip Advisor listing!

 

One of our Favorite Monterey Events: Monterey County Fair is Here!

Monterey eventsThe Annual Monterey County Fair is this Labor Day weekend 2012! Actually, the fair begins Wed., Aug. 29th with Kid’s Day as all kids under 12 are free on Kid’s day! Then, Thurs., Aug. 30th is Senior’s Day & Dollar Day. On Fri., Aug. 31st, we honor our Military with a day where all active and retired military enter free with valid ID. The Junior Livestock Auction Events will be occurring on Sat., Sept. 1st. Then, on Sun., Sept. 2nd is Fiesta Day, and the fair ends with Picnic day on Labor day! For a complete and detailed list of events each day, see the daily schedules.

As always, the Monterey County Fairgrounds will be hosting a myriad of shows, rodeos, cowboy bootcamp, contests, carnival rides, concerts, family entertainment, and after-hours fun, and much more for all ages to enjoy! For all information regarding one of the best Monterey events, the Monterey County Fair website has it all. 

Here at the Old Monterey Inn, a favorite Monterey bed and breakfast getaway, we are big fans of community events that bring people from our neighboring, agricultural towns and cities together. If you are in town staying with us or have future plans to do so, check out what’s going on for the week! Enjoy the Fair, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Cannery Row while you are in Monterey. We look forward to seeing you!  

Engaged at our Romantic Getaway in Monterey!

romantic getaway in MontereyThe Old Monterey Inn is popularly regarded as a romantic getaway in Monterey for many couples celebrating anniversaries, weddings, and even engagements.

As a matter of fact, on Saturday, July 21st, Joel Hamilton and Paula Prakash stayed in our lovely and romantic Brighstone Suite. That night, Joel found the perfect moment to propose to Paula, and she said “Yes”!  She was so excited that she sent us an email with a darling photo of her and her new fiancée.

We feel honored that people choose to spend such special moments with us, and we take every opportunity to ensure a memorable occasion for all of our guests, including couples desiring a romantic Monterey getaway. Best wishes to Joel and Paula!

Monterey County Celebrates 20th Annual Winemakers Celebration!

monterey county b&bWith so many events around the Monterey Peninsula, wine tasting at our outstanding wineries of Monterey County deserves to be high on the list! Few people realize that Carmel Valley, which is just a few short miles from our Monterey B & B, is home to 39,300 acres of vineyards, which produce grapes for 83 wineries (per WinesVinesData).
The heart of the tasting rooms for Monterey County is located in the tiny village of Carmel Valley about 12 miles off of Highway 1, and luckily enough, Monterey County’s 20th Annual Winemakers Celebration is coming on Saturday, August 11th from 1 to 4 pm at the Barnyard Village Shopping Center in beautiful Carmel is the location which will host over 40 Wineries providing 150 wines. Great food, live music, and awesome scenery await you! Lawrence and I definitely want to join you there!
If you want to make a weekend of it while you are enjoying the Monterey County Annual Winemakers Celebration, we would love to have you stay at our luxury Monterey County b&b while rooms are available!

Happy Birthday Monterey!

Monterey Peninsula b&bThis 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.

We would love to share more information with you! Come visit us soon at our romantic Monterey bed and breakfast!

Fun and Out of the Ordinary Events in Monterey!

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!

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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!

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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!

Katy