Monterey Peninsula :: California’s Unique Coastline

The Monterey Peninsula is one of the most uniquely beautiful coastlines in the world.  As characteristic as Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, Monterey’s coastline boasts plants like the Bermuda buttercup, mariposa lily, California aster, climbing morning glory, coast paintbrush, California poppy, and a variety of grass species.  These plants are framed by the stunning backdrop of Monterey’s blue, teal, navy, and clear waves that crash along the rocky shore in ever-changing patterns.  The water draws many people to Monterey and it never disappoints.

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This area is perfect for adventure: enjoy an hour drive along the world famous 17-mile drive and prepare to have your breath taken away—it is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful drives in the world.  Pack a lunch, put the top down on a rented Mustang, and buzz up and down the stunning 17-mile drive.  You’ll be done just in time to swing by our inn in Monterey for our daily wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Perhaps just watching the waves crash against the characteristically rocky shoreline just isn’t close enough for you. If that’s the case, you have chosen the right California vacation spot! Adventure awaits and requires only a little bit of planning (and we can help you with the planning!). Within one mile of the Inn, you can embark on a whale watching expedition. Recent sightings include Gray Whales, Risso Dolphins, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and Humpback Whales. Get up close and persona l to some of nature’s most spectacular mammals and then return to the Inn to soak in your very own Jacuzzi tub!

The Monterey Peninsula also offers sailing, surfing, kayaking (check out our kayak package at picturesque Elkhorn Slough!), and scuba diving.  If you scuba dive, you’re in for a real treat. The Monterey Canyon is an underwater canyon that lies a mile below the surface of the water and is close in size to the Grand Canyon.  Discover it for yourself, and you’ll be among a select few who have shared that adventure.  We are happy to help get the details all planned out for you.

Also characteristic of the Monterey coastline are the immense kelp beds.  Whether you’re scuba diving, sailing, walking along the beach or boogie boarding, you’re sure to encounter kelp that is native to California’s Central Coast.  Did you know that kelp contains high concentrations of iodine, iron, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and other vitamins and amino acids?!  Soon, kelp will be touted as a super-food alongside kale and Swiss chard!  If wild kelp is too much for you, though, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s kelp forest.  It is 28 feet deep and is full of crabs, octopus, urchins, rockfish, sardines, sharks, and (of course) kelp!  One way or another, kelp will be a part of your adventure into the coastline of the Monterey Peninsula.  Don’t worry, though, it’s not part of our gourmet breakfasts!

Once you’ve enjoyed all that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer, you might be hoping for a romantic spot to watch the sun set over the turquoise blue waves.  The coastline touts many benches for just such an evening, and at the Old Monterey Inn, we’ve taken it a step further.  We can set up a private beach bonfire for you on Carmel beach!  You’ll walk up to a crackling fire, a bouquet of a dozen red roses, an assortment of artisan meats and cheeses, freshly baked cookies, a bottle of sparkling water on ice, and a fleece blanket.  As the sun sets over Carmel beach, the lull of the waves will at once relax and invigorate you.  A bonfire on Carmel beach promises to be a spectacularly romantic evening.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Monterey bed and breakfast, our unique coastline, and our hearts as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

Top 3 Things To Do in Monterey CA

top 3 things to do in monterey caPerhaps you’ve come to Monterey, California to visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and drive along the scenic17-Mile Drive. You decide to visit the area for three days and you’re wondering: “What else is there to do in Monterey?”

 

Here are our Top 3 Things to Do in Monterey CA:

Day 1: A Scenic Drive along Highway One through Big Sur Country

Day 2: Whale Watching

Day 3: Kayaking

Day 1: Forbes, Falcon Guides, and Lonely Planet have all named Highway One as one the best scenic drives in the country. Trip Advisor boasts that the 17-Mile Drive is one of the top five attractions in Monterey, CA. Along the drive just north of Monterey, you’ll encounter the Elkhorn Slough wetlands, the Moss Landing fishing port, artichoke fields galore, and giant sand dunes reaching to the beautiful beaches. Continue a few miles south, and see gigantic Cypress Forests and the ruggedly spectacular Carmel coast line. Soon you’ll approach the giant stands of Redwoods and the bridges of the famed Big Sur country. Big Sur calls to every adventurous traveler with its grand beauty. Located in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula, our Monterey Bed and Breakfast is a perfect departure point for your drive along California’s beautiful Highway One.

Day 2: Many of us know that the big Blue Whale is the largest mammal, but, even so,top 3 things to do in monterey ca it’s nearly impossible to fathom the size until you’ve seen one up close and personal! Whales can be seen year round here on the Monterey Bay. Right now is a great time for Humpback and Blue Whales, and coming through soon will be the Gray Whales. Some guests at breakfast recently mentioned they had seen a pod of Orcas out there too (yikes!). Start your expedition with any number of companies located on Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf. While we can’t guarantee the exact position of the whales, we can guarantee that at our Old Monterey Inn you’ll have a warm, cozy, welcoming place to return to after braving the sea all day, so see all your Monterey Lodging options at our award winning accommodations! 

Day 3: Our final suggestion for adventure during your visit to Monterey is Kayaking for two in the wildlife sanctuary at Elkhorn Slough. The water is calm, perfect for kayakers of any level! We’ll make sure you have what you need: kayaks, paddling orientations, wetsuits, paddle jackets, life vests, back rests, and a picnic basket with towels, fresh fruit, snacks, and drinks. Elkhorn Slough has such a wonderful day in store for you: sea otters playing in the water just around your kayaks and a whole ecosystem of birds—white-tailed kite, red-shouldered hawk, barn owl, chestnut-backed chickadee, and oak titmouse. Birders unite! Our Old Monterey Inn Specials include a kayak package, call us for more details.

We look forward to welcoming you to our warm, cozy Old Monterey Inn, setting you off on the road of adventure, and hearing all about it when you get back!

 

Our Monterey Bed and Breakfast Welcomes International Guests

 

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Enjoying Breakfast

One of my favorite parts of the day is breakfast time at the Monterey bed and breakfast. The dining room is an elegant backdrop for the fantastic smells wafting from the kitchen. People are relaxing next to the crackling fireplace and getting to know each other while anticipating the next course to be served!

Conversations are always interesting, and I find it amazing how quickly the guests at our Monterey bed and breakfast find common interests to discuss. Especially noticeable, the other morning I scanned the happy faces at the table, and I realized we were fortunate enough to have five different countries represented over our Orange Blossom French Toast. While I served our ‘French Toast’ creation to the family from Paris (I was relieved when they loved it), I realized that the happy discussion among the guests involved people from France, Germany, Australia, Sweden, and the United States. During that same week, we also hosted folks from England, Ireland, and Brazil! They were talking about all kinds of things: travel, food and wine, education, and sports!

Summer always brings a large number of international travelers to the Monterey Peninsula, and we feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to introduce our international guests, and all of our guests to the fabulous part of the world we live in!

 

 

Monterey County Celebrates 20th Annual Winemakers Celebration!

monterey county b&bWith so many events around the Monterey Peninsula, wine tasting at our outstanding wineries of Monterey County deserves to be high on the list! Few people realize that Carmel Valley, which is just a few short miles from our Monterey B & B, is home to 39,300 acres of vineyards, which produce grapes for 83 wineries (per WinesVinesData).
The heart of the tasting rooms for Monterey County is located in the tiny village of Carmel Valley about 12 miles off of Highway 1, and luckily enough, Monterey County’s 20th Annual Winemakers Celebration is coming on Saturday, August 11th from 1 to 4 pm at the Barnyard Village Shopping Center in beautiful Carmel is the location which will host over 40 Wineries providing 150 wines. Great food, live music, and awesome scenery await you! Lawrence and I definitely want to join you there!
If you want to make a weekend of it while you are enjoying the Monterey County Annual Winemakers Celebration, we would love to have you stay at our luxury Monterey County b&b while rooms are available!

New Jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Monterey bed and breakfastGreetings! We just heard some news from the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
Being one of the most popular attractions near our romantic getaway in CA, the Monterey Bay Aquarium should be considered a must see during your next visit to the Monterey Peninsula.
Our guests at our Monterey bed and breakfast continue to return from their aquarium experiences raving about the variety of sea life and the beautiful displays. The folks at the Monterey Bay aquarium continue to outdo themselves as they have just announced the addition of the “Crown Jellies” to the already fabulous Jellies Experience.
Being the first aquarium in the world to display these amazing animals, we feel very fortunate that the aquarium is just a few short miles from our Monterey luxury B & B. Also during your visit, make sure you meet Abby the sea otter and her playful friends!
The Old Monterey Inn Bed and Breakfast has two-day VIP passes for sale, no waiting in line! Monterey Bay Aquarium is open from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (8 pm on weekends) during the summer. See you there!