Monterey Kayaking Package

Sea Otter-2Kayaking, Picnic & Dinner Package 

Discover adventure and romance as you explore the Monterey Bay coast together on a kayaking trip! See harbor seals, playful sea otters, sea lions and shorebirds up close and personal!

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 Our Monterey Kayaking Package includes:

  • Kayak rental for two, including orientation, wetsuits, paddle jackets, life vests, backrests, and safety equipment
  • Picnic basket complete with towels, fresh fruit, snacks, and drinks
  • Dinner for two at one of the restaurants of your choice from our dining packages selection

$175 per couple (add-on to room reservation)

Choose from two kayaking trips:

  • Explore Monterey Bay
  • Discover the Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Sanctuary

To Book: Choose your favorite room from our online availability calendar then click “Book Now.” Choose the “Kayak Adventures” package in the next step and complete your reservation. Package price will be included in quoted rate. We will contact you to confirm your choice of trip, restaurant and reservation details. Subject to availability, must book directly with the Inn; online or by phone. All other Inn policies apply.

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.

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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.

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Fabulous Sights and Activities in Monterey

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Are you a history and literature buff?  If so, Monterey is the place for you! The Monterey Peninsula is home to writers like Henry Miller, John Steinbeck, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and was the first city of California, the only import-receiving port in California for many years, and the home of the first theatre, brick house, publicly funded school, public library, and printing press. We are so proud of our history, in fact, that along certain streets you’ll find little yellow tiles upon which you’ll see the words “Path of History.”  Only every fifth tile will be in English though—Monterey is home to the Defense Language Institute and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, both of which produce graduates fluent in languages other than their mother tongue. But back to history—walk along the streets of downtown Monterey, and you’ll see:

•             Colton Hall, built in the 1840s and has been in continuous use since then, serving as a public school, a city hall, the sheriff’s office, and Monterey police headquarters;

•             Cooper-Molera Adobe, a house built over three generations that today boasts nearly two acres of gardens in the heart of downtown Monterey;

•             Larkin House, built during Monterey’s “Mexico Period” to serve as both a personal residence and general store, and even served as governmental headquarters!

The list goes on and on. Check out for more information including current ownership and public viewing times.

After strolling around downtown Monterey and getting your fill of our Spanish, Mexican, Colonial, and now international influences, you’ll be ready for a mid-afternoon nap!  Come back to our Monterey inn (we are just blocks away from downtown Monterey) and relax in your private Jacuzzi tub before our daily wine and hors d’oeuvres.

If, on the other hand, you are ready to explore more activities in Monterey, hop in the car, drive to Cannery Row, and with John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row in hand, walk up and down the street that is now steeped in history and literary mystique. You’ll see Ed Ricketts lab, the Bear Flag, and even Lee Chong’s grocery.

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We imagine that after exploring Cannery Row, you’ll most certainly be ready for some first class relaxation at our romantic Monterey bed and breakfast, but if you defy the odds and are ready for more immersion into Monterey’s cultural past, get back in the car and drive south along CA Highway 1 to the Henry Miller Memorial  Library. Check out their website first and try to time your visit so that it aligns with one of their events!

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By then, you’ll definitely be ready for some first-class pampering—let us arrange a massage for you in our on-site spa, or a romantic beach bonfire on picturesque Carmel beach!  We are so looking forward to your visit and hearing about all of your adventures!

Check out our fabulous Spring Specials!

Monterey Jazz Festival 2014 : Event Schedules & Special Offers

If you love jazz, Monterey is the place to be! Learn more about upcoming Monterey jazz festivals, musician lineups, and special events. Award-winning jazz festivals are hosted in Monterey Jazz Festival PackageMonterey every year, and even if you cannot make it for a festival, there are several local Monterey jazz clubs that feature great local talent year-round.

Check out our special Monterey Jazz Festival Package, offered any time during the month of March, which includes a fabulous dinner for two! >> Learn more

Dixieland Monterey’s Jazz Bash by the Bay

  • Dates: March 7 – 9, 2014
  • Location: Monterey Conference Center

Enjoy the best in early jazz, big band, swing, ragtime, blues, zydeco and gypsy jazz on the Monterey waterfront!

Click here for the 2014 Jazz Bash by the Bay schedule.

Next Generation Jazz Festival

  • Dates: March 28 – 30, 2014
  • Location: Monterey Conference Center

Every year the Monterey Jazz Festival invites top student musicians ranging from middle school to college from around the world to participate in 3-day music festival and competition. Come support the next generation on jazz!

Click here for more information.

Monterey Jazz Festival 2014

  • Dates: September 19 – 21, 2014
  • Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds

The World’s #1 Jazz Festival as voted by JazzTimes readers! Enjoy over 500 artists performing nonstop on 8 stages for 3 nights and 2 days!

Tickets will be available soon! Stay tuned for details!

Top Monterey Jazz Clubs

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Check out our Jazz & Dinner package for a fabulous night out! Low Winter Rates thru March 31st!

Cibo Ristorante Italiano - Voted by locals as the “Best Club for Jazz” in Monterey for years! Enjoy cocktail jazz on Sunday evenings and soulful jazz/funk to Latin jazz on Wednesday through Saturday nights.

Fireplace Lounge – Another Monterey hot spot, this is a great place to enjoy a cocktail, small plates, and live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Celebrate Spring : Wine, Dine & Jazz!

Wine, dinner coupleLive jazz, great food and amazing savings add up to the perfect spring getaway in Monterey! Our beautiful Monterey bed and breakfast is the perfect home base for exploring all the central coast has to offer. Visit the elephant seals in Ano Nuevo State Reserve or take a scenic drive to Big Sur, then return the Inn for evening wine and hors d’ oeuvres before walking downtown to enjoy live music and dinner.

Special off-season rates or our VIP Monterey Jazz Festival package make it easy to get away, whether you are coming for the jazz or just some well-deserved rest and relaxation! Don’t hesitate – festival dates are filling up fast!

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Exceptional Winter Rates

winter ratesBook a romantic winter getaway and SAVE $90 per night!

  • Low winter rates starting at $199!
  • This special offer includes any available guestroom or suite!

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Expires March 31st – Book Now or Call 831-375-8284 now to reserve!

Available thru March 31st 2014, new reservations only. Cannot be combined with other offers or third party gift certificates. Subject to availability, not valid during holiday periods and may require a two night stay. Must book directly with the Inn; online or by phone. Any price adjustment will be made at check in. All other Inn policies apply.

Monterey Jazz Festival Package 2014

Join us in March for great live jazz performances, or just a getaway, and enjoy dinner on us!

  • Monterey Jazz Festival Package2 Nights luxury accommodations
  • Gourmet breakfast each morning
  • Bottle of local California wine: Chardonnay, Cabernet, or Merlot
  • $80 dinner certificate to Fandango, Sardine Factory, or Restaurant 1833
  • Evening wine and hors d’ oeuvres reception

Starting at $607.00

Choose your favorite room then select our Monterey Jazz Festival lodging package!  Save $45 with Promo Code: jazz14

Choose Your Luxury Room

Available March 1-31 2014, new reservations only. Cannot be combined with other offers or third party gift certificates. Subject to availability, not valid during holiday periods. Must book directly with the Inn; online or by phone. Use promo code jazz14. Any price adjustment will be made at check in. All other Inn policies apply.

Valentine’s Day in Monterey, CA

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When done right, Valentine’s Day can be the most romantic day of the year.  Here at the Old Monterey Inn, we are helping you do Valentine’s Day right! Our Inn is nestled amid more than an acre of beautiful gardens, and each room boasts its own private fireplace—some rooms even have a two-person Jacuzzi tub!  Perfect for cuddling up, relaxing, and enjoying a moment away with your Valentine!

Your stay at our romantic Monterey Bed and Breakfast will start with wine and hors d’oeuvres, served from 4-6 pm, a tour of our award-winning property, and then some quiet moments with each other. Let us know ahead of time and we can have a bouquet of flowers, champagne, and chocolates in your room upon arrival!

As the sun sets on the Monterey Peninsula, you can curl up together in front of your own private fireplace and sip on a glass of port before heading out to enjoy a meal.  Let us know what type of food and ambiance you would like, and we will make suggestions and take care of reservations for you.  We’ll even give you a card with directions to the restaurant of your choice.  Let us handle the logistics so that you can share a relaxing and romantic stay with your Valentine!

In the morning, our two-course gourmet breakfast can be enjoyed in our dining room, or can be delivered to your room.  Curl up in front of your own private fireplace and enjoy a delicious breakfast brought right to your room!

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Once you’ve enjoyed breakfast, you can stroll around our lush, beautiful gardens and can even get a relaxing couples’ massage in our on-site spa.  Let us know what massage treatments you desire, and we’ll make all of the arrangements for you—just be in your room in the robe and slippers we provide for our guests, and our massage therapists will find you.  It’s sure to be a relaxing and romantic day—just what Valentine’s Day should be!

If you’re joining us for a two night getaway, you might like to venture out onto the Monterey Peninsula on the second day.  Ask one of our expert concierges to propose an itinerary for you and make sure that it meets all of your expectations.  Here are some of the things that we think are particularly delightful:  a wine trolley that visits many different vineyards and comes with a box lunch, a whale-watching trip to enjoy the natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula, kayaking in the calm waters of Elkhorn Slough, driving along the 17-mile-drive, hiking in Point Lobos and down through Big Sur, exploring the historic adobes of Old Town Monterey, and wandering along Carmel Beach.  The list goes on, but what’s most important is that it fulfills all of your Valentine’s Day dreams!  Describe for us the type of day you’re looking for, and we’ll take care of the details!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Old Monterey Inn and helping you do Valentine’s Day in Monterey right so that it is the perfect romantic getaway for you and your Valentine.


How is a Bed and Breakfast Different than a Hotel?

Inn in Monterey Inn in Monterey breakfast table at our inn in montereyWe often hear the question, “What is a bed and breakfast, and how is it different than a normal hotel with a continental breakfast offering?”  This is a question we are proud to answer because we are proud of what sets us apart at our bed and breakfast inn in Monterey

Well, to start, we put out fresh cookies at 2:00 P.M. each afternoon.  Just two hours later, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, we serve wine and hors d’oeuvres in our parlor—usually a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon from a local Carmel Valley vineyard, and a selection of artisan cheeses.  The following morning we serve a two-course, gourmet breakfast and you can either join other guests at our beautiful dining room table, or you can enjoy breakfast in your room on trays. Breakfast at our inn in Monterey is served at 9:00 and the guests that join us in the dining room have commented that it feels like Thanksgiving dinner—and perhaps even better than Thanksgiving dinner because we do the dishes! Rest assured you will receive warm hospitality from our staff and the opportunity to interact with guests from around the world.  In fact, we’ve had guests from Switzerland, England, Australia, China, Spain, Brazil, Canada, and all regions of the United States just to name a few.  Wherever you are from, we are so excited to welcome you to the Old Monterey Inn, and make you feel like you are at home in one of the finest romantic getaway spots!

Our inn in Monterey provides a sense of camaraderie, and the opportunity to meet and chat with other guests.  We’ve seen many wonderful friendships begin at our breakfast table: one couple was staying with us to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, and upon announcing this at the breakfast table, they were greeted with a warm serenade of “congratulations!”  Later that evening, a couple from another room approached our Innkeeper, Catherine, with a bouquet of flowers and asked if she could put the flowers in the room of the 10th anniversary couple when they were at dinner.  The note on the flowers said, “Congratulations on your 10th wedding anniversary—it’s something to be proud of, and we are so glad to have celebrated this event with you!” Cool!

 Apart from breakfast, what sets us apart? The property of our inn in Monterey embodies privacy and peace and quiet on more than an acre of lush gardens.  The custom half-timbered English Tudor mansion remains true to its original form and beauty with all the 21st century conveniences added in, and a warm and welcoming ambiance that will make you feel like you’ve arrived at home! 

The Old Monterey Inn is enshrined in beauty, luxury, relaxation, and most importantly, kindness.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Inn!

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:

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:

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:

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 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!

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Gingerbread town.

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Grab your hot chocolate and join us by our Christmas tree!

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Historic Tor House on the Monterey Peninsula

In an earlier blog post, we discussed the historic adobes here—there are even more historic sites in Monterey, so history buffs, perk up your ears!  Have you heard of poet Robinson Jeffers?  Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, he moved to Carmel, California as a young man, and upon arriving to the rugged, unique Central California his soul breathed a sigh of relief—he was home!

He spent most of his adult life writing in the morning and building the Hawk Tower and the Tor House.  He built the Tor House for his family, a wife and two sons, and constructed the Hawk Tower as a retreat for his wife and a magic place for his two sons.  He used granite boulders to construct both the house and the tower.  The Hawk Tower is indeed a feat and a definite marvel of the historic sites in Monterey—completed in less than four years, he used wooden planks, and block and tackle to build the tower (which he built almost completely by himself).  The site is also home to a beautiful English Cottage garden. 

The Tor House offers tours at $10/adult, and because the tours are private, they must be reserved in advance.  In spite of being so beautiful, the Tor House remains somewhat unknown, so you’ll become one of special few who has visited the historical and stunning home.

 The house is a ten-minute drive from our romantic Monterey Inn, and would be a perfect mid-morning trip.  Enjoy a two-course, gourmet breakfast at 9:00, spend a few hours wandering around Tor House, enjoy a picnic lunch along Carmel’s beautiful coast, come back to our Monterey bed and breakfast for an early-afternoon nap, and then drop down into our parlor for wine and hors d-oeuvres!  We sure think it sounds like an eventful and relaxing day—and certainly a way to get to know the Monterey Peninsula’s history and beauty more personally.

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The beautiful Hawk’s Tower and Tor House.


Give a Gift of Indulgence

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Indulge in the ultimate relaxation at our Monterey bed and breakfast.

In November and December, the deal gets even sweeter! Through December 31st, we are offering a $50 discount per person on singles’ and couples’ massages in our on-site spa in Monterey. Book a two-night stay, let us know what date and time you’d like your massage, and we’ll make all of the arrangements for you! Our massage therapists are expertly trained, and we are sure that you will achieve new levels of release and relaxation at our bed and breakfast in Monterey!

There are many different massage options: a traditional Swedish massage that applies light pressure and promises to relax you; a deep tissue/sports massage which uses more pressure than the Swedish massage and will release tight muscles and knots; an aromatherapy massage which will stimulate and relax you with various essential oils; a hot stone massage that uses heated black stones and iced ancient stones to create a soothing, nurturing, balanced massage experience; an exfoliating aromawrap massage which wraps you in a warm cocoon that nourishes and moisturizes your skin; and an aromafacial massage that cleans, firms, revitalizes and tones your face and treats your body to a relaxing Swedish massage. You’re sure to find exactly what you are looking for at our on-site spa! Check out the drop-down menu on our website!

We are so excited to help you survive and even enjoy the winter this year with our cozy fireplaces, hot cocoa, and professional massages, all at our beautiful bed and breakfast in Monterey. We look forward to seeing you soon, and stay warm in the meantime!

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After your massage, unwind with a drink in front of the fire in our Monterey bed and breakfast lobby.