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Explore the Monterey Peninsula during your stay at our luxurious Monterey bed and breakfast. To enhance your visit we have personalized itineraries available to guide you to the coast, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Monterey and Big Sur. Below you will find the top things to do in Monterey, California.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers exhibits on happenings in the Monterey Bay such as the new outer bay million-gallon tank with its schools of fish and special species, such as sun fish, shark & tuna. Other exciting exhibits include jelly fish, sea otters, a three-story kelp tank and the kids’ favorite “touching pool”. This is a real educational experience for all ages. View our VIP Monterey Bay Aquarium discounted tickets.

Cannery Row

Cannery Row is one of Monterey’s many historic sites. The area features retail shops, restaurants, a factory outlet center, wine tasting, galleries and historic tours. This is also the jumping off spot for scuba divers.

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Monterey's Historic Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf features whale watching tours, fishing excursions, restaurants, souvenir shops, as well as the wonderful tall ship, California, which visits in the spring.

Downtown Shopping District

The downtown shopping district offers many coffee houses and casual eateries for an easy lunch.

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Monterey State Historic Park

Monterey State Historic Park features over a dozen early California historic buildings and museums, plus the new Maritime Museum. Walking tours are available 3 times daily.

Monterey Museum of Art

The Monterey Museum of Art has exhibits from early California, in addition to contemporary and traditional American artists.

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ADVENTURES BY THE SEA

Adventures by the Sea features kayak, bicycle and in-line skate rentals to work off your inn breakfast on the water or on the recreational trail.

Monterey Sports Center

Monterey Sports Center is an absolutely sensational facility for any folks that wish to partake in swimming, weight lifting and cardiovascular exercise.

Lodging near Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach is renowned for its world class golf courses, equestrian center and 17-mile drive, not to mention the spectacular scenic beauty and the Lone Cypress.

Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove is known for its picturesque shoreline “The Three-Mile Drive” and tide pools at Hopkins Marine Station. Between November and March thousands of orange and black Monarch butterflies live in the trees in and around Washington Park. Quite a Sight! See beautifully restored Victorian houses while touring the residential side streets (on tour the first weekend in October).

Point Lobos Reserve

Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos State Reserve is called, “the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world.” Take one of our picnic baskets and spend an entire day at the reserve enjoying the wildlife, walking trails, museum, tide pools, and the scenic water views. For many, this is the highlight of their visit.

Big Sur

This spectacular stretch of coast line can be experienced by taking a leisurely one hour drive south from our romantic hotel in Monterey. Be sure to ask us for our Big Sur letter to guide you along the way. Tapes are also available to borrow providing an audio tour of the cultural and natural history.

Monterey Outdoor Activities

Ano Nuevo State Reserve

Ano Nuevo State Reserve is located about 20 miles north of Santa Cruz and from December to March is the breeding grounds for elephant seals. Reservations are required with a guide. More than 3,000 seals arrive, as large as 14 feet long, weighing some 5,000 lbs. each. You need to know the rules! (A good, fun day out on a windy cold beach.)

Elkhorn Slough Reserve

This marvelous nature sanctuary is within a 30-minute drive from our Monterey luxury lodging. Guided kayak tours in this tidal estuary provide a glimpse of a unique habitat for shorebirds, harbor seals, and otters. Birdwatchers will especially enjoy visiting during the spring and fall. It is a peaceful relaxing paddle for beginners.

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Carmel By-The-Sea

Carmel is an international shopping haven. Carmel also boasts of more than 70 wonderful art and photography studios as well as the marvelous Carmel Mission on Rio Road.

Forest Theater (outdoor amphitheater) and Golden Bough Theater

These theaters offer Shakespeare, world class dramas, light musicals, and films on the big screen.

Monterey Golf Courses

For the Active Guest

We have 18 golf courses in the Monterey Peninsula area open to the public. There are 12 tennis courts within a quarter of a mile from our romantic Monterey hotel. For the walkers and hikers, there are 18 trails between Monterey and Point Lobos, 11 south to Big Sur and 22 other trails in Monterey County. For “peddlers”, we have 9 peninsula bike rides. Horseback riding is available at Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach and in the north county.

Tor House

The Tor House was built by poet Robinson Jeffers for his family home. While still in use by the family, the medieval structure and attractive gardens are open to small groups on guided tours Friday and Saturday. Advanced reservations are required.

Things to do in Monterey

Carmel Beach City Park, Carmel River State Beach & Carmel Middle Beach

Get ready for some of the best walking in the world. These beaches boast terrific views, super sunsets, great wave action and a lot of people and dog watching.

Wineries

Monterey County has been designated a “one-of-a-kind” wine growing district. Cooling ocean breezes, fog and refreshing winds from the surrounding mountains provide the perfect climate for producing world-class wines. Many of the wineries are within easy driving distance and some have tasting rooms in Carmel Valley Village. We have a “Personalized Day’s Itinerary” available at the inn for our guests to experience a Wine Tasting Adventure.

For more information and maps of local wineries visit www.montereywines.org.

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Join us daily for breakfast, wine and afternoon appetizers.

The Monterey Peninsula boasts over 300 restaurants, which provide a variety of choices for your dining experience. We always have a current list of “Guest Restaurant Favorites” available. You can access this information through your email confirmation. Wherever possible, we have included the restaurants’ email addresses for your information.

When you arrive at our romantic Monterey hotel, you will have access to the printed menus for the “Guest Favorites” to assist with your choices.

We are more than happy to make your dining reservations and provide you with directions to the restaurant.

The Old Monterey Inn is south of San Francisco. Visitors can choose either the direct or scenic routes. Both are an easy drive to the Monterey-Peninsula.

The SCENIC COASTAL ROUTE takes visitors through wooded hills to Half Moon Bay-along the edge of the Pacific ocean-then inland through rich farmland to the majestic Monterey Bay – Approximately 3 hours. For information on the distances to other California Destinations, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

The DIRECT ROUTE guides visitors through and out of urban San Francisco to freeways, then across artichoke farmland to sights and sounds of Monterey Bay. Approximately 2 1/2 hours.

From Highway 1
  • Traveling SOUTH on Hwy 1, pass the Monterey exit and follow signs to Carmel/Pacific Grove. Take the next exit which is SOLEDAD-MUNRAS AVE exit (399 C).
  • Cross MUNRAS AVE, go RIGHT on PACIFIC ST, about 1/2 a mile to MARTIN STREET.
  • Turn LEFT on MARTIN STREET. The INN is on the RIGHT, behind the tall trees.
  • The Old Monterey Inn sign is above the driveway and 500 is on the brick post.
  • Traveling NORTH on HWY 1, take the MUNRAS AVE. exit (399 B).
  • At the signal, make an immediate LEFT on SOLEDAD DR.
  • Go 1 block, then RIGHT on PACIFIC ST. Proceed 1/2 mile to MARTIN ST.
  • Turn LEFT on MARTIN STREET. The INN is on the RIGHT, behind the tall trees.
  • The Old Monterey Inn sign is above the driveway and 500 is on the brick post.
From San Francisco: Direct Route
  • Ask for directions from your Hotel to PARK PRESIDIO BLVD. or 19th AVENUE SOUTH (both are Hwy 1). Using Park Presidio Head South through Golden Gate Park, exit onto 19th Avenue going South.
  • On 19th AVENUE you will pass through a residential area with some shopping centers and a university (SFSU). Follow the signs to HWY 280 SOUTH.
  • Stay on 280 SOUTH for about 43 miles.
  • Exit on HWY 85 toward GILROY for about 18 miles until it joins HWY 101 SOUTH.
  • Continue another 42 miles, exit on HWY 156 WEST to the MONTEREY PENINSULA.
  • You will drive about 5 miles with artichoke & strawberry fields on either side until it joins HWY 1 SOUTH.
  • Pass the Monterey exit and follow signs to Carmel/Pacific Grove. Take the next exit which is SOLEDAD-MUNRAS AVE.
  • Cross MUNRAS AVE – go RIGHT on PACIFIC STREET, about 1/2 a mile to MARTIN STREET
  • Turn LEFT on MARTIN STREET. The INN is on the RIGHT behind the tall trees. You will see the SIGN above the driveway and 500 on the brick post.
From San Francisco Airport: Direct Route
  • When exiting the airport, follow the signs to HWY 280 SOUTH.
  • Follow Steps 3 – 9 above.
From San Francisco: Scenic Route
  • Follow steps 1 – 2 on San Francisco THE DIRECT ROUTE.
  • Exit to HWY 92 to HALF MOON BAY, about 20 minutes after 280 SOUTH begins.
  • At the end of HWY 92, you will turn LEFT on to HWY 1 SOUTH towards SANTA CRUZ.
  • The drive from HALF MOON BAY along the coast to MONTEREY is about 92 miles. (Beautiful)
  • 33 miles from HALF MOON BAY – is the New Davenport Bed & Breakfast Inn – This is a good spot to stop for food, refreshments or to peruse their interesting gift shop.
  • Leaving Davenport, continue along the coast – travel through SANTA CRUZ – pass WATSONVILLE, and the artichoke and strawberry fields, shortly after you will glimpse MONTEREY BAY.
  • Follow steps 7-9 in DIRECT ROUTE
From San Francisco Airport: Scenic Route
  • Watch for HWY 92 to HALF MOON BAY, about 15 minutes from the airport.
  • Follow steps 2-6 above.
  • Pass the Monterey exit and follow signs to Carmel/Pacific Grove. Take the next exit which is SOLEDAD-MUNRAS AVE exit.
  • Cross MUNRAS AVE – go RIGHT on PACIFIC STREET, about 1/2 a mile to MARTIN STREET. Turn LEFT on MARTIN STREET. The INN is on the RIGHT behind the tall trees. You will see the SIGN above the driveway and 500 on the brick post.
From San Jose Airport
  • Follow the Airport Terminal signs to exit on AIRPORT PARKWAY.
  • After passing through an Industrial Business area, make a RIGHT on OLD BAYSHORE.
  • Follow signs for HWY 101 SOUTH towards LOS ANGELES.
  • Enter ramp HWY 101 SOUTH.
  • Follow steps 5-9 THE DIRECT ROUTE.
From Monterey Peninsula Airport
  • Exit airport – RIGHT on HWY 68
  • It feeds into HWY 1 SOUTH.
  • Follow directions 7-9 in THE DIRECT ROUTE to the Old Monterey Inn