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 montereywines.org

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


Fisherman’s Wharf 2015 Monterey Whalefest

Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, California

Starting Saturday the 24th and continuing through Sunday the 25th of January, Monterey welcomes the Monterey Whalefest being held at Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Custom House Plaza centered in the downtown district of historic Monterey. This two day festival celebrates the migration of the majestic grey whales as they make their way across the peninsula following the coastline.  These particular species of whales have the longest migration of any animal as they travel over 12,000 miles from the Bering Sea to the breeding grounds of Baja California. They are normally spotted with their young ones beside them and hug the coastline in order to product themselves from predators like Killer whales or Great whites. The grey whales can easily be seen breaching with pods ranging from 2-10 all with distinguishing features, but similar in gray color, white mottling, and sometimes covered in barnacles. They can reach up to 45 to 49 feet in length which is equivalent to an average sized school bus and are a sight to behold!

a gray whale blowing bubbles

So don’t miss out on this exciting chance to experience the wonder of these magnificent creatures as they travel through the Monterey area! Not only is it a once in a lifetime opportunity, but during this two day festival you will also get into enjoy an array of events. Everything from live entertainment, face painting, educational exhibits, historic walking tours, sidewalk art, and restaurants galore! The event starts at 10 am and ends at 5 pm on both days.

A Breaching Baby Gray Whale in San Ignacio Lagoon, in Baja Mexic

If that’s not enough to get you pumped and ready for some one on one whale watching fun, then we at our Monterey bed and breakfast can make it just a little bit more exciting by adding on our exclusive Kayaking Package. If you book this package with us, it not only includes an afternoon of kayaking, but also a picnic bag full of goodies, and a dinning certificate for two at any one the three restaurants offered on our website. Feel at ease in luxury along with a good night’s rest and then awake to a two course gourmet breakfast in the morning complimented with a stroll down to the wharf. With so much to see and so little time to experience it all, we at Old Monterey Inn would be more than delighted to assist with any of your upcoming planned adventures.

Fisherman's Wharf at Monterey Bay California

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), http://salinasairshow.com, 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

Best Jazz Festival on the Monterey Peninsula

Monterey, Ca. is home to many wonderful annual events celebrating art, food and music but perhaps none is more anticipated than the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival; September 19-21, 2014.

With over 500 artists on 8 stages spread over 3 days, it attracts all the top names in jazz and big band, boasts several inspiring and original art exhibits and provides educational opportunities through clinics and seminars throughout the weekend.

Held every September at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center since its founding in 1958, it is an easy 10 minute drive from our top rated Monterey bed and breakfast and is an awesome way to simply indulge in fine food and music as happy crowds gather to dance and sing a-long, enjoying what has been voted as ”the best jazz festival in the world” by readers of Jazz Times Magazine.

Monterey weather can be a bit cooler on September evenings so a warm sweater and a hot dish such as Monterey’s famous fresh calamari could be just the pairing you need as you stroll down the thoroughfare, listening to some of the best live jazz you’ll find anywhere.

Gates open at 6pm on Friday, 11:30am Saturday and Sunday. Non-stop, live music entertainment will continue until approximately midnight. More information and tickets can be found at www.montereyjazzfestival.org

Start your morning 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.  Late morning, you wander down to the Jazz Festival and enjoy a day of exquisite live music and afterwards, perhaps a fantastic dinner at one of our local gourmet restaurants. At night you relax in your room at the Old Monterey Inn, nestle up close to your own personal fireplace and relive the magic of the day.

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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

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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 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    

The Best Way to Experience Whales in the Monterey Bay

As summer slowly comes to its final days and the weather turns to fall, Monterey is just heating up as our summer season takes off in August and with it comes the local wildlife, such as the migrating Humpbacks.

These creatures of the deep sea depths migrate up and down the coastline year after year searching for krill along the canyon walls, some reaching the length of a bus and weighing in at about 40 tons. These are one of the few varieties of whales that visit Monterey that have the most unusual behavior.  Unlike most pods, these whales breach, fin slap, and play amongst each other in the kelp forests which are rarely seen by the public. They’ve been known to chase schools of anchovies inland trapping them where the schools eventually suck up all the oxygen resulting in mass amounts of dead anchovies washing up. These whales are also romantics at heart as the males engage in love songs to attract their mate whom can hear it from miles away as it echoes off the sea walls.

However, the best way to experience these encounters of course is on the water, not but a few feet away from them as they breach from the ocean spraying water and bubbles above the surface. Incidentally, we at the Old Monterey Inn would be more than happy to arrange an opportunity for a whale watching excursion or perhaps a package that includes not only a whole days’ worth of Kayaking, but a small burlap bag of snacks, towels, and your choice of enjoying a day in the bay or out in a wetland sanctuary known as Elk Horn Slough. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, then perhaps a dining certificate included within this package will top off your exhausting day sea bound. This certificate can be used at three wonderful dining places located on our website. We hope to see you soon as this experience of a lifetime won’t last for long!

Elk Horn Slough


Best Beaches in Monterey

It’s that time of the year again and summer is upon us, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy Monterey’s wonderful beaches and relax without having to worry about finding that perfect sandy spot.

Monterey has plenty of beach areas up and down the entire coastline littered with historical sites as well as bountiful and lush foliage.

Carmel Beach

Have a dog that enjoys playing in the water? Then Carmel Beach may just be the place for you! Meet some of the Carmel locals and their lovely pets.

Carmel Beach

Casa Verde Beach

If bonfires and social settings are more of your thing, Casa Verde beach between Monterey and Seaside is perfect for those BBQ outings.

Casa Verde Beach

Point Lobos

If exploring and hiking tickles your fancy, then Point Lobos State Park off of Highway 1 heading South is spectacular as you can explore the old Whaling Cove, peer down on baby harbor seals, or hike along the trails and discover all the little sea critters curled within the cracks of remote tide pools.

Asilomar Beach

If a nice stroll or run feels more comfortable, then Asilomar beach near 17 mile drive is a beauty. A mile of soft white sand and parking galore, this is a wonderful spot to walk the beach hand in hand with your significant other as the sun sets on the horizon.

Asilomar Beach

Lover’s Point

However if you’d rather enjoy a sunrise over the bay, Lover’s Point near Pacific Grove not only offers a scenic route of flowers and lush landscape, but it’s also the only point on the peninsula where visitors can watch the sunrise or sunset over the bay.

Lover's Point

No matter which beach you choose, Monterey never ceases to amaze those that visit it and neither will a stay at Old Monterey Inn. Only a couple miles from the beach and chalk full of surprises. Let us dazzle you with a goodnights rest complimented by a gourmet breakfast and a departing gift as you begin your beach day adventure!