Discover Our Top Hikes Around Monterey

Hiking Near Monterey CA

An outdoor enthusiast’s wonderland all year round, Monterey County is the perfect destination for nature lovers and fresh air breathers, for curious hearts and adventurous souls. Fall is a particularly special time of year to visit Northern California’s coastline; the weather has cooled and the summer crowds have thinned, making it the perfect setting for hiking! See our guide to the best hiking near Monterey, CA and book your fall getaway today.

Best Hiking Near Monterey CA

Point Lobos State Reserve

Often referred to as “the crown jewel of the State Park system,” Point Lobos is a Monterey hiking must. Offering a variety of trails and terrain, this is a fantastic venture for hikers of all levels. All of the trails are relatively short, less than a mile and a half, but you can expect something exciting at every turn. If you take the North Shore Trail, get ready for a climb as this adventure starts with a staircase transporting you to the most incredible vistas of Pebble Beach and Carmel’s coastline. Enjoy these views for the remainder of your hike.

Point Lobos State Reserve - Top Hiking Near Monterey CA

Don’t worry, Point Lobos State Reserve offers so much more! With aptly named trails to guide you, it might be difficult to choose just one path to go down. Discover a beautiful Cyprus grove on the Cyprus Grove Loop. Spot some sea lions along the Sea Lion Point Trail. Enjoy a mile of gorgeous coastline views on the South Shore Trail. Take the Bird Island Trail to observe Brandt’s cormorant nesting area. Mound Meadow Trail will take you through a mystic wooded area on your way back to the parking lot.

Jacks Peak County Park

This is the perfect path for novice hikers or those of you who prefer instant gratification. Take the Skyline Nature Trail from the parking lot and within the first steps, you’ll be greeted by sweeping views of Point Lobos and Carmel Valley. This well-marked trail is just under a mile long with the option to turn left onto Iris Trail to head directly back to the parking lot. Or, if you’re not done trekking, turn right on Iris Trail and follow it to Rhus Trail to add about 1.8 miles of breathtaking views to your adventure.

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Garland Ranch Regional Park

Carmel Valley’s most popular hiking spot, Garland Ranch Regional Park is known for its steep trails and their rewarding views of Monterey Bay, Santa Lucia Mountains, and even a waterfall! In addition to the awesome wildlife along the way, this park is dog friendly so you might cross paths with hikers and their canine counterparts. Get ready for challenging climbs and daunting descents, all of which are worth it for the welcomed encounters of sprawling meadows, peaceful ponds, and of course, the breathtaking panoramic views.

Andrew Molera State Park

With over 20 miles of diverse hiking trails near Monterey, Andrew Molera State Park is a great place to spend the day. Whether you prefer beaches or bluffs, you better believe this Big Sur park offers both, and then some. The Beach Trail will take you along the Big Sur River and out to its beach, a perfect stroll for most.

Big Sur Beach at Andrew Molera State Park - Top Hiking Near Monterey CA

For those wanting a bit more exercise, the Bluff Trail will take you from the sandy beaches up to the ridges and bluffs of Big Sur where happy hikers will be greeted with panoramic coastline vistas as they continue on Panorama Trail. Ridge Trail is found next via a strenuous incline and even more spectacular views of the Big Sur Valley.

Garrapata State Park

Although the entrance might be easy to miss from the road, this trail should not be missed! We recommend this Monterey hike to the more experienced trekkers as it is a 7-mile loop and boasts an elevation gain of nearly 2,000 feet. If anything, be sure to wear shoes with good grip to conquer the steep rocky ridges. Along the way, you’ll witness some of the most spectacular coastline sights that Big Sur has to offer. You’ll also journey through canyons filled with magnificent redwood trees, giving you a very diverse and complete Northern California experience.

Garrapata State Park - Top Hiking Near Monterey CA

Stay at Old Monterey Inn

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hiking near Monterey, California. Whatever it is you’re looking for, we’d be happy to help you climb to new summits and reach new heights. Book your stay at our charming Monterey bed and breakfast, where you’ll enjoy gourmet meals to fuel you for your adventures and peaceful luxurious accommodations to comfort you upon your return.

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The Ideal 3 Days Away

It’s that time of year! Summer in Monterey means endless things to do and see. Whether you’re coming out to experience one of the many events or just feel like getting away to a beautiful summer destination, we have you covered. Check out our ideal 3-day summer itinerary for inspiration and book your Monterey getaway today!

Butterfly Sanctuary

Day 1

  • Stop by the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary on your way to Old Monterey Inn
  • Check in, settle into your room, maybe enjoy a glass of wine or snack in our garden
  • Stroll Fisherman’s Wharf, watch the otters, and grab dinner at Massaro & Santos on the pier
Point Lobos Tide Pools

Day 2

  • Take a tour of the historic and beautifully restored Tor House
  • Visit the Point Lobos State Reserve and check out the majestic tide pools
  • Enjoy sunset wine & hors d’oeuvers back at the Inn
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Day 3

Whatever your ideal itinerary is, let us help you create it at Old Monterey Inn. Book your perfect getaway in Monterey today!

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Kick Off The Holidays in Monterey!

Join us this season for our favorite holiday events and activities! Save the dates and book your favorite room today!

Christmas in the Adobes
CHRISTMAS IN THE ADOBES

December 9-10, 2016

A favorite local tradition takes us back in time to visit Christmases past in Monterey. Take a candlelit stroll amongst the twenty 19th-century adobes, dressed in period decor and aglow by the festive luminaries. Learn the history behind each of the charming homes, some of which are open to the public for the occasion. Enjoy tasty refreshments and live performances while you celebrate the 33rd Annual Christmas in the Adobes. Tickets are $25 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 (must be accompanied by a paying adult), and free for children ages 5 and under. Buy tickets online.

Ice Skating on the Bay
ICE SKATING BY THE BAY

Now through Jan 1, 2017

The winter holidays aren’t complete without a day at the rink! Ice Skating by the Bay returns this year at Custom House Plaza near Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Bundle up in your most festive attire, grab your special someone, and hit the ice with a view of Monterey Bay. Enjoy all month long!

Christmas Dinner in MontereyCHRISTMAS DINNER IN MONTEREY
December 24-25, 2016

Relax this year and leave the cooking to the incredible restaurants of Monterey! Leave the stress of the holidays to the fabulous restaurants in Monterey County! Many local eateries are open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ready to make your holiday one to remember. For Christmas Eve, we recommend the multi-coursed meal offered at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge. They’re also offering an equally delicious menu on Christmas Day. Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar will be open Christmas Day and serving their regular menu as well as a special pre-fixe holiday menu. If all-you-can-eat is more your style, TusCA Ristorante at the Hyatt Regency will be offering a decadent Christmas buffet. See the full list of Monterey County restaurants available for your Christmas celebrations.

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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!

 

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.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance :: Monterey Car Week

Monterey Car week is coming soon. Starting on Monday August 10, 2015 and ending with a bang Sunday August 16, 2015. Enjoy a cornucopia of classic to exotic automobiles all week long, on the Monterey peninsula. With different venues and exhibits happening every day with the grand finale being the world’s greatest car show, the Concours d’Elegance. All week long and all over the peninsula there are many different car shows taking place. From the Little Car show in Pacific Grove to the numerous auctions and industry events throughout Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove. Come see and perhaps bid on rare and classic cars in one of the live auctions. Last year, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder sold for $11.8 million. Concours d’Elegance is held every year in Pebble Beach, come and enjoy the festivities as well as the beautiful, rare and sought after collector cars gathered in Pebble Beach. Only the 175 best collector cars get a spot on the prestigious 18th fairway, and fewer still will receive official recognition for style, technical merit and historical accuracy.

Monterey Car week    Car show in California

If you are headed to the Monterey Car Week to take in the sites and enjoy all the beautiful cars, please give the Old Monterey Inn a call.  Normally we are booked a year in advance but with a rare last minute cancellation we now have 1 room available (five night minimum).  Come relax at our fabulous Bed and Breakfast all week, while discovering all the fantastic automobiles along the Monterey Peninsula.  Enjoy a great breakfast with us in the morning, depart to take in the sites and return for complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from 4pm to 6pm; either in our parlor or our beautiful gardens and share your day’s adventure with fellow auto enthusiasts.  Book online or by phone 831-375-8284.

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Fourth of July Celebration in Monterey

Independence Day also known as the Fourth of July is right around the corner.  If you are looking for something to do, you have found it.  Come to the Monterey Peninsula, for fun and activities all day long.  With so many different things happening during the Fourth, you won’t have a chance to get bored.  Come to Monterey, where there will be a Fourth of July parade.  At 10am, come down to Alvarado and Calle Principal and watch the festivities.  Afterwards stick around for the annual lawn party on the grass in front of Colton Hall on Pacific Street from 11am to 4:30pm.  With non-stop music, carnival games, face painting and food stands.

Or you can head over to beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea.  Starting at 12pm in Davendorf Park on Ocean Avenue, the park will transform into red, white and blue.  All day long enjoy amazing live music, food, fun and games.  Or just relax in the park and enjoy the classic rock stylings of Cheeky Spanks.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Pacific Grove is also throwing a party for the Fourth of July.  Come to “America’s Last Hometown,” enjoy BBQ and live entertainment at Caledonia Park from 11am to 3pm.  With live music from The Firefly Band and Tom Faia & the Juice,  as well as games, popcorn, snow cones and old-fashioned BBQ.

With so many awesome things happening during the Fourth of July, why haven’t you already planned your trip to come stay at the Old Monterey Inn?  Located in the center of Monterey, we are the perfect place for you to stay during this amazing holiday.  Just a 5 minute walk from all the festivities happening in Monterey and only a 10 minute drive from Carmel or Pacific Grove.  Go out and enjoy the Fourth of July, then return to the Old Monterey Inn to relax and wind down, with complimentary wine and Hors D’oeuvre’s from 4pm to 6pm and a beautiful garden to enjoy them in.  So come stay with us over at the Old Monterey Inn and we promise to make your stay here a memory you will never forget.

 

The 39th Annual Monterey Wine Festival

With so many wonderful things taking place in the Monterey Peninsula, it isn’t a surprise that there is yet another spectacular event beginning to unfold.  The 39th annual Monterey Wine Festival is scheduled to take place June 6th through June 7th at the Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey.  With a spectacular view of the harbor and bay, you can enjoy your day sampling the fantastic eats and of course the world class wine.

An addition to the festivities there will also be the 6th Annual West Coast Chowder Competition.  With chefs from Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, and many other places coming to take on the local chowder kings of the Monterey Peninsula.  Guests can sample or buy a cup of chowder, and vote for their favorites for the people’s choice award, comparing their pallets with that of the judges.

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With a history of serving local wines, from our wine cellar, we at the Old Monterey Inn are the perfect place to stay for this fabulous event.  Centrally located on the Monterey Peninsula, close to Carmel and Pacific Grove, and Located just a short walk from the Custom House Plaza; we are perfectly located so that you don’t miss a minute of the festival. Go enjoy the great food and wine, then come back and relax in our gardens at the Old Monterey Inn, with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from 4-6pm.  We aim to make your stay as memorable as possible, and truly hope you choose to stay with us.

Monterey Peninsula Festivals

23rd Annual Winemakers Celebration :: Monterey County Wineries

The Winemakers Celebration is just a 10 minute drive from the Old Monterey Inn, where you can enjoy some relaxation at our beautiful property while also enjoying some of the best wine Monterey county has to offer. In 2013 Wine Enthusiast named Monterey County one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations” in the world. Napa County did not make the list that year; neither did any location in France.

Monterey, CA Wineries

Monterey County has more 43,000 acres of vineyards, producing not only amazing Chardonnay and Pinot, but also many other different varietals. Fifty three different types are grown in the county; Monterey produces 7 percent of California’s grapes.

Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) will offer their wines for tasting at the Winemakers’ Celebration. Try rare wines – including library, reserve, and limited release labels – while rubbing elbows with the winemakers themselves.

Wineries in Norther California

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm there will be plenty of food from local restaurants and live music along Dolores Street in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Don’t miss the fantastic silent auction including lifestyle packages, special wine items, photo sessions, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates and more! For more information and tickets, please visit montereywines.org

Relaxing in the gardens of the Old Monterey Inn with your favorite varietal is the perfect way to end a great day of wine tasting on the Monterey Peninsula. 

Wine tasting in Monterey County

 

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!

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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