Monterey Beaches: The Best of the Best

When you’re ready to venture away from the luxurious amenities and breathtaking ambiance of our California inn and see what else Monterey has to offer, try the beach. Nothing beats an afternoon in the fresh air and California sun with your special someone.

Overwhelmed by numerous scenic beaches around Monterey? We want to let you in on a few of our favorites. No matter which beach you choose for a romantic day out, you won’t be disappointed. Each of these beaches promises spectacular views, a peaceful atmosphere, and the perfect outing for your fairy tale getaway.Walking on BeachDel Monte Beach

This may be our number one pick for that quintessential romantic walk on the beach. With boardwalk pathways, sand dunes, beautiful strips of beach, and perfect picnic areas, Del Monte Beach has it all.PicnicSan Carlos Beach

If you’re looking for the perfect scenic view to go with your romantic picnic, you must try San Carlos Beach. You can explore your adventurous side with a scuba diving excursion, which would make a great memory on any honeymoon or romantic vacation.Monterey BayLovers Point Park and Beach

The name of this one says it all. A historically popular beach for enjoying the coastline views, this 4.4 acres of lush grass, native wildlife, and stunning views of Monterey Bay will quickly become a favorite. Only a 10 minute drive from Old Monterey Inn, your comfortable room won’t be far away when you’re ready to head back to paradise. Happy Beach CoupleCarmel Beach

Carmel Beach is located at the foot of Ocean Avenue and is a tourist favorite. This dog-friendly beach boasts beautiful white sands and is the perfect location for a destination wedding or honeymoon. This beach also offers a scenic gravel pathway along Carmel Beach, under Monterey cypress.

Any of these incredible beaches would be the perfect addition to your trip while staying at Old Monterey Inn. Whether you spend a day, an evening, or just a few hours at the beach, your luxurious room at Old Monterey Inn will be waiting for you, just a short drive from any of these beaches.

Monterey, California B&B :: A Favorite Romantic Getaway

Are you looking for a way to spice things up in your relationship, or maybe to surprise the one you love? Plan a romantic getaway to Monterey, CA, with a memorable stay at our charming Bed and Breakfast. Old Monterey Inn of Monterey will take you back to the days of courting, when an innocent crush turned into a blossoming relationship. Our sole focus is on serving you, so that you can focus on each other.

romantic getaway in MontereyThroughout the year, our cozy Inn attracts couples from all walks of life. Some say it is the homey environment we have created, from cozy fireplaces and vintage furnishings, while others come for the peacefulness of our sweet-smelling outdoor gardens. Watch the starry skies without the lights of the big city interfering with your view, and throw open your shutters on the private balcony to the sound of birds chirping and singing.

Whether you are in a new relationship or just want to reconnect with your true love, a romantic getaway in Monterey at Old Monterey Inn is sure to make you feel as though you are in a fairytale! Your story will come with a happy ending, especially when you try one of our gourmet breakfasts in the morning, served upon fine china and elegant crystal.

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Bring your wine glass on a stroll through the gardens, where you can talk and hold hands on a walk together. Share your dreams and remind yourselves why you chose one another in the first place.

If you can tear yourself away from your suite and venture out into Monterey while on your romantic getaway, the entire area has a plethora of romantic choices to spend your time. The local vineyards offer some of the season’s best choices in vino, or you can watch the rolling waves and catch the sunset of the Pacific Ocean from Monterey’s jagged coastline. Get lost together in an enchanted forest, or take a kayak ride for two.

The nearby Elkhorn Slough Reserve offers a Safari ride on a large pontoon boat, where you can find fascination in the majesty of Mother Nature. This 1,400 acre park has over 340 bird species and 400+ different types of plants, some of which you may never find in any other parts of the U.S. Another natural reserve near Monterey, CA is at the Marina Dunes Natural Preserve, near Marina State Beach. It is 170-acres of privacy at its best, for those who want to pack a picnic and check out the sunset amidst the dunes.

romantic beach getaway in Monterey

Depending on what time of year you plan your romantic getaway in Monterey, you might catch a glimpse of the annual whale migration. Typically, you can spot whales anytime between December through May annually. We do have a Monterey Bay Whale Watching company that takes visitors out on the boat to observe whales and other marine animals.

No matter what you and your sweetie choose to do in Monterey, a romantic getaway will give you a chance to fall in love all over again! By the time you leave, you’ll be head over heels in romantic bliss. Plan your romantic weekend or vacation at Old Monterey Inn in advance. You can call 800-350-2344 to check availability.

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!

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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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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!

 

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 HistoricMonterey.org 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.

Hiking Big Sur

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!

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