Fisherman’s Wharf 2015 Monterey Whalefest

Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, California

Starting Saturday the 24th and continuing through Sunday the 25th of January, Monterey welcomes the Monterey Whalefest being held at Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Custom House Plaza centered in the downtown district of historic Monterey. This two day festival celebrates the migration of the majestic grey whales as they make their way across the peninsula following the coastline.  These particular species of whales have the longest migration of any animal as they travel over 12,000 miles from the Bering Sea to the breeding grounds of Baja California. They are normally spotted with their young ones beside them and hug the coastline in order to product themselves from predators like Killer whales or Great whites. The grey whales can easily be seen breaching with pods ranging from 2-10 all with distinguishing features, but similar in gray color, white mottling, and sometimes covered in barnacles. They can reach up to 45 to 49 feet in length which is equivalent to an average sized school bus and are a sight to behold!

a gray whale blowing bubbles

So don’t miss out on this exciting chance to experience the wonder of these magnificent creatures as they travel through the Monterey area! Not only is it a once in a lifetime opportunity, but during this two day festival you will also get into enjoy an array of events. Everything from live entertainment, face painting, educational exhibits, historic walking tours, sidewalk art, and restaurants galore! The event starts at 10 am and ends at 5 pm on both days.

A Breaching Baby Gray Whale in San Ignacio Lagoon, in Baja Mexic

If that’s not enough to get you pumped and ready for some one on one whale watching fun, then we at our Monterey bed and breakfast can make it just a little bit more exciting by adding on our exclusive Kayaking Package. If you book this package with us, it not only includes an afternoon of kayaking, but also a picnic bag full of goodies, and a dinning certificate for two at any one the three restaurants offered on our website. Feel at ease in luxury along with a good night’s rest and then awake to a two course gourmet breakfast in the morning complimented with a stroll down to the wharf. With so much to see and so little time to experience it all, we at Old Monterey Inn would be more than delighted to assist with any of your upcoming planned adventures.

Fisherman's Wharf at Monterey Bay California

Now is the Best Time for Whale Watching in Monterey

You can’t do much better than whale watching in Monterey – it’s one of the finest places in the world to go on a whale watching trip—we are one of the only places in the world where you can see whales year-round, and where whales swim so close to the shore.  The Monterey Submarine Canyon is as immense as the Grand Canyon and is located not even a mile off shore.  This allows whales to feed in deep water close to shore, much to the delight of eager whale watchers!

From April through December, whale watchers will see killer whales, fin whales, minke whales, humpbacks, and the mighty blue whales—these are known as the summer whales.  If you go whale watching in the winter months (December through April), you’ll see California Gray Whales and dolphins as they travel from the Bering and Chuckchi seas to Baja California, Mexico.   

Fisherman’s Wharf is a 15 minute walk from our Monterey Inn, and you can choose from any number of whale watching companies—we’re happy to make reservations for you, as well!

Many of the whale watching trips leave around 9:00, so you’ll have to be down on the wharf at about 8:30.  You might be thinking, “Oh, no! I’ll miss the delicious breakfast at the Inn!” Rest assured, though, we would NEVER let you leave empty-handed and hungry.  Let us know the night before that you’re out on the town early the following morning, and we’ll prepare a muffin basket for you—muffins, fruit, trail mix, and biscotti to keep you going strong until lunch!

After a few hours on a whale watching boat, you’ll be windswept and perhaps a little tired—though delighted, we’re sure.  Come back to our Monterey bed and breakfast for a soak in your own two-person Jacuzzi tub or book a massage at our on-site spa.  Relax and rejuvenate before wine and hors d’oeuvres from 4-6, and then take a quick catnap before dinner out on the town. 

Stay with us at the Old Monterey Inn, and you’ll combine adventure and luxury, whale watching and tub-soaking! 

Whale Watching in Monterey CA

Experience the magic of whale watching.

Monterey CA romantic getaway

Relax after your whale watching adventure in a beautiful room.


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!