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Plan Your Stay

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.

Monterey Bay Lodging

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.

Lodging near Carmel CA

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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Del Monte Golf Course

Del Monte Golf Course is the oldest course in operation west of the Mississippi. Designed by Charles Maud in 1897, this inland course has a classic feel with a fairly tight layout. While playing shorter than most it will challenge your course management skills as the fairways are plotted with mature pine, oak and cypress trees. The greens are guarded by an array of bunkers and hold multiple tiers that are hard to read. Del Monte Golf Course is currently owned by the Pebble Beach Company so you can expect a well maintained facility with the highest level of customer service.

This challenging course was the original host of the California State Amateur to which it is still played. Del Monte Golf Course is also one of three courses which the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational tournament is played.

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Pacific Grove Golf Links

Located along the beautiful coastline of the Monterey Peninsula, Pacific Grove Golf Course is a well-maintained municipal course that offers old-world charm. Pacific Grove Golf Links is actually two nine-hole courses. It was Initially designed as a nine-hole course by former U.S. Amateur champion Chandler Egan in 1932. The front-nine leads you through tree-lined residential area of Pacific Grove. The re-routing caused by the opening of the back-nine in 1960 created an interesting start to the course which is characterized by beginning the round with two par three holes (#1 and #2) followed by two par fours (#3 and #4) and then two par fives(#5 and #6.)

The famous golf architect Jack Neville, who also crafted Pebble Beach Golf Links, designed the back-nine to perfection in 1960. The natural terrain of the rocky peninsula appears untouched, as if the only task required to create this course was to sow the seed. The 12th through 15th offer classic links style golf on the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula, surrounded by Pacific Ocean. The back-nine surrounds the Point Pinos Lighthouse, which opened on September 28, 1855, making it the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Hole #16 offers an elevated tee box with panoramic views that plays down to the rugged coastline with Crespi Pond (a fresh water pond pictured in the photo above) to the right of the green. Pacific Grove Golf Links has a reputation for being one of the best municipal golf courses in the State of California and is dubbed “the poor man’s Pebble Beach” for good reason! It can be crowded on the weekends but weekdays are almost always open.

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Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach Golf Course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, opening on February 22, 1919. The original layout has changed very little over the years. Prior to the 1992 U.S. Open, Jack Nicklaus made a some alterations, including rebuilding the 4th, 5th and 7th greens. The most resent change occurred in 1998 when Jack Nicklaus designed a replacement for the par 3, 5th, which is now positioned along the cliff above the beach at Stillwater Cove.

Ranked the #1 public course in America by Golf Digest Magazine along with a #1 rating among the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S.” by Golf Magazine, Pebble Beach Golf Links is arguably the greatest course in the world. With the amazing combination of unmatched coastal beauty, remarkable architecture and legendary golf history, it is hard to disagree. Featuring nine holes (#4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #17, #18) directly on the bluffs over looking the majestic Pacific Ocean, Pebble Beach is one of the greatest meetings of land and sea ever created by mother nature. Holes #8, #9, and #10 are positioned on cliffs over looking Carmel Bay and are considered the most difficult stretch of holes on the course. Course management is imperative to playing well at Pebble Beach Golf Links. With narrow fairways and well-protected postage-stamp greens, golfers experience a wonderful challenge throughout the round.

Pebble Beach has played host to a number of world-class tournaments over the years as well as co-hosting the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am with Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shores Course and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. A total of 11 USGA championships have been contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links, five of which where U.S. Open championships held in 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000 and 2010. Pebble is also scheduled to host it’s sixth U.S. Open in June of 2019.

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Poppy Hills Golf Course

Poppy Hills Golf Course offers a spectacular layout created by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. in 1986. This hidden gem is located in Pebble Beach, California, hiding under the radar compared to its world renowned neighbors. Positioned deep in the Del Monte Forest, Poppy Hills Golf Course feels like it is worlds away from civilization. Pine tree lined fairways require accurate, premeditated drives to set up your approach to large undulating greens that are well guarded by bunkers. The front-nine zig-zags on a ridge in front of the clubhouse with many dog-legs and one pond that comes in to play on #5 and again on #7. As you journey to the back-nine, you will find yourself moving deep into the Del Monte Forest. The solitude combined with the echos of singing birds will make you question your location. The 10th hole is a magnificent par five with a carry over a large pond that boarders half the green, so make sure you take enough club. One interesting fact about the course is that it has five par three holes and five par five holes, compared to most other golf courses that normally have four, at the most!

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The Links at Spanish Bay

Nuzzled among the undulating sand dunes on the western tip of the Monterey Peninsula sits The Links at Spanish Bay. Designed in 1987 by a team comprised of Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum, The Links at Spanish Bay was modeled after an authentic Scottish course. With the prevalent marine layer, rolling sandy dunes, blistering wind and rugged coastline, Spanish Bay golf course evokes the original Scottish feel of the game. Tom Watson who shot a 65 opening day said, “you can almost hear the bagpipes,” and you actually can most evenings as a bagpiper serenades the sun as it sets into the Pacific.

A majority of the front nine, including the closing five holes, are played among the sloping dunes. Views of the Pacific Ocean are dramatic while the extremely undulating, multi-tiered greens, will have you testing your imagination. Throughout the links are patches of environmentally sensitive areas which are off limits to golfers in order to protect the endangered dune vegetation. Course rules allow for a free drop if you end up astray in the protected locations. When the northwest trade winds are up, it makes for a challenging round.

Golfers are required to lodge at one of Pebble Beach’s hotels if they want to book a tee-time more than one month in advance.

Combining beautiful vistas of the open ocean surrounded by fog overhead and an immaculate course at your feet, Spanish Bay Golf Links is truly a wonderful golf experience.

Romantic Monterey Hotel

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