The Best Monterey Festivities of the Spring

Do you have plans to visit our Monterey inn this spring? Good news! Dixieland Monterey’s Jazz Bash by the Bay is back! March 4-6th Jazz Bash features world-class musicians and vocalists from traditional jazz, ragtime, swing, classic tunes of old New Orleans, “party music,” gypsy jazz, zydeco and blues backgrounds. Badges are available for purchase for those interested in a special Thursday Night Dance Party featuring Clicktrax Jazz orchestra or a special One-Night-Only appearance from the We3 trio featuring Bog Draga, Jeff Barnhart and Danny Coots.


This annual event was once a supplement to the Monterey County Fair and is now a popular event with live acts in small venues full of history and local color. Everyone from youth bands to big band musical acts will perform. Don’t miss it! Festival badges and Patrons packages can be ordered by calling 888-349-6879 or 831-754-8786.


While you’re enjoying Jazz Bash by the Bay, you might as well extend your stay and take advantage of all the Monterey local events and attractions.

The Ninth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine event is more than worth checking out. It’s also more than just an event! This four-day destination experience features 250 acclaimed wineries and 100 celebrity chefs. It offers the most unique dining opportunities in the world in the most gorgeous west coast location. Mark March 31-April 3, 2016 on your calendar and get ready to enjoy events like “Beyond Chardonnay – Exploring The Other Great Whites” and Domaine “Leflaive: Burgundy’s Best.”


Up for even more fun this spring? Visit Monterey Bay Aquarium, go on a Monterey Bay Whale Watch, or visit one of our favorite local restaurants!


Kayaking near our Monterey Bed and Breakfast

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Well, I just sent a few of our Monterey Bed and Breakfast guests to go Sea Kayaking out at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and decided with the warm weather we are expecting this week and weekend, it was perfect timing to write a few words about! We like to send our guests to the Monterey Bay Kayak company (very helpful and friendly) and there are two main locations you can paddle your kayaks from. One location is out on the Monterey Bay, starting at Monterey Beach by Fisherman’s Wharf, and the other location is the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing about 20 minutes north of our Monterey Bed and Breakfast. The Elkhorn Slough is the location I have paddled from, and as a beginning kayaker I must say it was absolutely fabulous! The kayak company provides all of the equipment, right down to the waterproof pants and jackets (your feet will get wet though!) and instruction on the beach before you set out. The Slough is one of California’s last remaining tidal estuary reserves, and wildlife is everywhere! The water is crystal clear and calm (and not nearly as cold as I thought!), and the scenery is beautiful! We had sea otters popping up right next to our kayaks, harbor seals sleeping in the sun all along the shores, sea lions barking on the docks and swimming all around us. It is a very fun and memorable experience to take in during your stay at Old Monterey Inn!

We have a great kayak package available at our Monterey Bay Bed and Breakfast, and we would love to see you soon!