Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay

Voted the “Best Half Marathon” in Competitor Magazine, don’t miss the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay! The weekend includes a Health & Fitness Expo starting on Friday, November 14th and The Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K and the JUST RUN!® Just Kids 3K on Saturday, November 15th. Runners will enjoy a scenic course winding through historic downtown Monterey, Cannery Row, the shore of Monterey Bay, downtown Pacific Grove, and finishing at the Custom House Plaza.

Jazzing Up the Bay : Monterey Jazz Festival

People visit our Monterey Bed and Breakfast from all over the world and pack their itineraries with any number of activities. Indeed, the Monterey Peninsula has it all: whale watching, kayaking next to the sea otters, fine wine, fresh seafood, Pebble Beach golf courses, John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, Henry Miller’s library, picturesque Big Sur, the list goes on… We wanted to give you yet another reason to come visit us at the Old Monterey Inn: Dixieland Monterey’s Jazz Bash by the Bay! coming to the city in the beginning of March.

March 1st through March 3rd, the Monterey Peninsula will come alive with this Monterey Jazz Festival featuring more than 26 live acts featuring youth bands, big bands, and a program that highlights trends in jazz: traditional jazz, zydeco, swing, gypsy jazz, blues, and ragtime. There’s something for everyone in that musical lineup!

Dixieland Monterey was founded in 1980 and begun as a humble addition to the annual Monterey County Fair. Since then, it has become its own main event and brings jazz enthusiasts from all over the world together to enjoy traditional jazz and swing bands and more!

John Keller, the founder of Dixieland Monterey explains the success of the event: it is in a “prime location: who can resist the beauty of the Monterey waterfront? The real reason people return each year is because they love the music. Dixieland Monterey offers them the opportunity to experience live jazz performed by some of the world’s most talented musicians. Essentially, Dixieland Monterey continues to thrive because it gives people what they want — great music — and great music never goes out of style.”

The Portola Plaza, in historic downtown Monterey, is a 10-15 minute walk from the front door of our Inn. Picture this: your morning starts 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; you retire to your room for a soak in the Jacuzzi tub or a mid-morning nap. Around noon, you walk downtown, stopping for a quick bite on your way to Dixieland Monterey. You enjoy hours of exquisite live music and afterwards, you enjoy a fantastic dinner at one of our local gourmet restaurants. Night falls, and you nestle up close to your own personal fireplace and relive the magic of the day. That is Dixieland Monterey. That is the Old Monterey Inn.

Monterey Jazz Festival

Fantastic Events are Coming Up in the Monterey Area!

We are so fortunate to have our beautiful Inn in Monterey, California! Not only are we located in one of the most scenic spots on the West Coast, but we are lucky enough to have an ongoing calendar of world class events to enjoy while you are visiting! There really is something for everyone!

First I must mention the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival, touted as “The Culinary Event of the Year”, coming to the area April 12 through April 15th. Sip award winning wines and rub elbows with some of the most famous chefs in the world: Thomas Keller, Jacques Pepin, and Masaharu Morimoto, to name just a few! It is an extravaganza of food and wine in one of the ultimate settings in the world: Pebble Beach, just a few short minutes from our Monterey Bay Inn! It doesn’t get much better than that!

For outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the Sea Otter Classic is held at Laguna Seca Raceway from April 19th to April 22nd. Billed as one of the largest cycling events in the world, over 10,000 cyclists (beginner to elite, mountain and road) compete in every cycling category imaginable. Sea Otter is also home to the largest consumer bike expo in North America, and draws close to 50,000 cycling fans. It is a great event to watch or compete in!

The weather is great, and we would love to have you join us for any of these events, or just to get away to our Monterey Bed & Breakfast!

– Lawrence