Getaway with the Girls to the Monterey Coast

Gather up your girlfriends to relax and reconnect at our cozy hideaway near the coast. Whether you’re celebrating a bride-to-be, meeting up with old friends, or just looking for an escape from the city, our luxury bed and breakfast in Monterey is a perfect place to stay. Our ideal location offers a safe & quiet respite, just a few minutes walk from downtown and everything it has to offer like shopping, dining, and fun. Our expansive manicured gardens are the perfect place to enjoy your included gourmet breakfast or gather in the afternoon with complimentary drinks and appetizers during our social hour. See all the fun things to do in Monterey as you read on.

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Pamper Yourselves at Our Onsite Spa

Every girl deserves a bit of pampering, and our tranquil spa room is the perfect place to do just that. The soothing water fountains and warm fireplace create a welcoming atmosphere to allow for complete relaxation. A variety of indulgent spa treatments including massages, facials, aromatherapy and more are provided by our team of specialists at our inn and spa in Monterey.
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Experience Monterey’s Quintessential Activities

Our naturally beautiful area offers so many things to do that everyone will be entertained. Play a round of golf at nearby world-class courses – or just marvel at them as you explore 17-mile drive. Explore the coast from the water as you spot countless sea lions, otters, and whales from a kayak or while cruising on a sail boat. If your group is not feeling too active, there are plenty of fantastic boutiques, beautiful galleries, and gourmet restaurants to enjoy – many of which are within walking distance from the inn.
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Explore Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea

Get back to nature during a day trip down Hwy 1 to explore the world famous Big Sur coastline. Take a hike through the redwoods to a stunning waterfall, search for jade on the beaches, or just stare out across the expansive Pacific Ocean. On your way south, plan a stop in the quaint town of Carmel and keep your eyes peeled for celebrity residents like Clint Eastwood and Doris Day, as well as other famous celebrities that visit the area to play the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Course.
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Spend an Afternoon Wine Tasting

Named as one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations in the World” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the Monterey area is home to over 55 tasting rooms. Catch the Wine Trolley, just one mile from the inn, for a worry-free wine tour. Or venture into Carmel-by-the-Sea or the Carmel Valley, where a variety of tasting rooms are within walking distance of each other. Wine tasting in Monterey is a great activity for a fun group outing.
Woman looking out a window to gardensStart planning your next girls’ getaway to the Monterey coast today. There’s never a bad time to visit, so just choose your favorite luxurious room and book your stay online today!

Incredible Monterey Bay Kayaking for Couples

If you’re an active couple that likes to combine romance and outdoor activities in a beautiful location, try couples kayaking along with a stay at our charming Monterey bed and breakfast. It’s the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, and the makings of the ideal romantic getaway.

Couples Kayaking in Monterey

The Monterey Bay Coastline

Experience the wonder of the ruggedly-beautiful coastline and the diverse Monterey Bay sea life, including intricate kelp beds, harbor seals, playful sea lions, adorable otters and various shorebirds. Monterey is home to the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium, but if you’d rather get up close and personal with the sea life, rent a kayak and explore on your own!

Seals in Monterey

Kayak Adventure Package

For a kayaking adventure with every detail covered, book our Kayak Adventure Package, complete with paddling orientation, wet-suits, paddle jackets, life vests, backrests and safety equipment. Also included in this package is a fully-stocked picnic basket with towels, fresh fruit, snacks, and drinks.

Choose one of two locations: Start at Fisherman’s Wharf and adventure out into Monterey Bay, or start at the the wildlife sanctuary at the picturesque Elkhorn Slough just North in Moss Landing. Elkhorn Slough is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves established nationwide as field laboratories for scientific research and estuarine education.

After your adventure, enjoy a complimentary dinner for two at one of the restaurants of your choice from our dining packages selection.

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Romantic and Enchanting Rooms at a Monterey B&B

Enchanting Rooms for Your Romantic Getaway

Come back to your warm and welcoming room and enjoy a glass of wine by the fireplace or soak in a large garden tub. Savor a sumptuous breakfast in the morning, included with your stay. Surrounded by lush English gardens, our elegant estate provides one of the best places to stay in Monterey. The soothing melody of water under majestic live oak trees will transport you to another time and place.

Book your stay today, and get ready to play!

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Five Romantic Things To Do in Monterey

Couple by the water enjoying romantic things to do in Monterey
The Monterey Peninsula is known as one of the most romantic places to visit in the world. Whether you are visiting for a special occasion or simply a romantic weekend away, these are just 5 of many romantic things to do in Monterey:

1. Take a Sunset Stroll on the Monterey Coastal Trail

This paved path winds the coastline and stretches 18 miles. After a satisfying meal, enjoy a leisurely walk together as you watch the sun set over the water.

2. Go for a Scenic Hike or Drive

Scenic view from a hiking trail in Monterey, CAGrab one of our picnic baskets, fill it with provisions from the local market, and hit the road! Monterey is one of the most breathtaking areas on the California coast and no visit is complete with out some time exploring the natural beauty. If the weather is nice, check out one of our favorite trails. On a cold day, 17 Mile Drive is a great alternative!

3. Share a Romantic Dinner

Couple having romantic dinner at a Monterey, CA Restaurant

The Sardine Factory and Fandago Restaurant are two of our favorites and both are included in our Ultimate Luxury Romantic Getaway Package (if you’re looking for romance this is hands down the way to go!).

There are so many amazing restaurants in the area it was hard for us to pick our top 2. Get full details on the best restaurants in Monterey and choose the spot that has the ambiance and cuisine you are looking for!

4. Set Sail on The Monterey Bay

Sailing on the bay in Monterey

Getting out on the water is one of the best ways to see Monterey! Take a day cruise and see if you can catch the dolphins, sea lions, and otters at play or book a two hour sunset cruise and enjoy appetizers and hors d’oeuvres as you watch the sun fall over the sparking waves. As a guest of Old Monterey Inn you receive a discounted rate with our Sailing Cruise Packages.

5. Go Wine Tasting! 

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Treat yourselves to a care-free day and taste some of the best wine in the area. With our Chauffeured Wine Tour Package, your driver will take you to 4 of our favorite wineries in the Carmel Valley where you will enjoy VIP tastings and lunch at one of the best local spots!

Our B&B - the best romantic place to stay in Monterey

After your day of adventures, head back to your romantic suite at our Monterey bed and breakfast and cap off the night with chocolate covered strawberries or wine by the fire. We’re here to make your getaway one you will treasure of years to come.

Book online or call us at 831-652-8999 and let us help you plan an unforgettable romantic escape.

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.

Couple Hiking Near Monterey CA

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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Our Guide to Monterey’s Best Wineries

California is known for its coastlines, spectacular weather, and of course, beautiful vineyards and delicious wines. September happens to be California Wine Month and while we celebrate the juice all year round, people travel from all over this time of year to experience and celebrate the harvest season. Old Monterey Inn is located near Carmel Valley, known for high-quality wineries and vineyards scattered throughout the scenic rolling hills of Northern California. The wine tasting choices can be overwhelming so we thought we’d help you out with our list of our favorites. Below are a few top Monterey wineries we recommend. Book your stay with us, start planning your wine escape, and celebrate California Wine Month all season long! We’ll even throw in a bottle of one of our favorite local wines to enjoy during your stay.

Woman standing in a vineyard at a top Monterey winery

Heller Estates Organic Vineyard

Located in Carmel Valley, this exquisite vineyard has been certified organic for over twenty years! Their mix of dry soil and the underground Cachagua Springs helps them produce outstanding fruit that is then transformed into outstanding wines. Sip on wonderful wines while taking in the views of the surrounding hills as well as the beautiful sculptures in their new Sculpture Garden. They offer tastings daily, we recommend you try their famous Cachagua Cabernet Sauvignon!

Cheers to the top Monterey Wineries!

Bernardus Winery

Bernardus Winery is also located in Carmel Valley, less than thirty minutes from Old Monterey Inn. It is composed of two separate vineyards, Ingrid’s Vineyard and Marinus Vineyard. Both are located less than 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, creating an ideal environment for growing! Each grape is strategically handpicked during times of optimal ripeness throughout the harvesting season. Tastings are offered every day in their tasting room and we highly recommend trying their Pinot Noir.

Couple wine tasting at a top Monterey Winery

Parsonage Winery

A family-run boutique winery located in the heart of Carmel Valley, Parsonage is famous for their bold red wines that are produced on a small scale. They were the first winery in Carmel Valley to plant Syrah, a dark-skinned grape used to produce full-bodied red wines. Their tasting room is located less than a mile from their vineyards, and offers a casual environment for their daily tastings. While you’re there be sure to check out the owner, Mary’s beautiful textile quilts!

Beautiful Carmel Valley Vineyard

Folktale Winery

Voted 2016’s California Winery of the Year and 2017’s Best Winery to Visit, Folktale Winery is a must-visit in Carmel Valley. The 5-acre vineyard at the winery has been organically farmed for 35 years. Red and white wine lovers rejoice! Their signature Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have both won multiple awards. They offer 45-60 minute tours upon reservation and daily tastings.

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Book your wine getaway to Old Monterey Inn today and discover which of these top Monterey wineries is your favorite. When you book 2+ nights between now and September 30th, you’ll be greeted with a complimentary bottle of wine in celebration of this special time of year!

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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
Cheers to Your Monterey Getaway!

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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Chauffeured Carmel Valley Wine Tour Package

Join us for a full day of wine tasting during your Monterey getaway. We’ve taken all the planning out with our Chauffeured Wine Tour Package! Your 5-hour tour for two begins at our Monterey bed and breakfast. Your driver will arrive at 10:45 am to whisk you off to Carmel Valley for the day’s adventure! You will enjoy VIP tasting at four Carmel Valley wineries with a break for lunch at either Café Rustica or Corkscrew Café – two local favorites! Your driver will return you home to Old Monterey Inn at approximately 3:45 pm, just in time for complimentary evening wine & hors d’oeuvers at the Inn!

Carmel Valley Wine Tasting Tour

The wineries included on your tour may include the following:

Boekenoogen Winery~ “Superior Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah varietals”

Located in the heart of Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, Boekenoogen Winery is one of only a few wineries that grow, produce and bottle on-site. The combination of superior clones, rocky well-drained soils, meticulous viticulture practices, foggy mornings and sunny afternoons moderated by cooling maritime breezes, has resulted in producing superior Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah varietals which reflect the characteristics of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Heller Estate ~ “Organic Wines That Dance On Your Palate!”

The 120 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir are planted at an altitude of 1200 – 1500 feet, producing rich, luscious grapes, which result in outstanding premium wines. The vineyards are certified 100% organic.

Bernardus Winery ~ “Try the Marinus Red Wine – 92 Points!”

Owner Ben Pon appreciates wine as an art – a form of art that transcends the ordinary. His dream is to make a red wine equal to the finest from Bordeaux. At Bernardus the textural element-”the mouth feel’-is the most important expression of wine.

Parsonage Village Vineyard ~ “Rated Best Tasting Room in Monterey”

The south facing slope acts as a natural heat sink providing moderate heat for an extended growing season and perfect ripening. The focus is not on high yields, but the health and maintenance of every vine. The vineyard is harvested as each section is ready, ensuring powerful flavors from physiologically ripe fruit.

This popular package and full day experience is just $699 per couple, plus cost of accommodation. A 2-night minimum stay is required. 

To Book: Choose your favorite room for two nights from our online availability calendar then click “Book Now.” Choose the “Chauffeured Wine Tour Package” in the next step and complete your reservation, and enter credit card information in the final step. Package price will be included in quoted rate. We will contact you to confirm reservation details.

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Taxes not included, all other Inn policies apply. Wineries and restaurants subject to change.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival

Food & Wine Fest

Come to Monterey this spring and celebrate the 10th annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival happening April 20-23. This event takes place on the beautiful California coastline and features 250 wineries as well as 100 chefs. This four-day extravaganza offers a variety of events and entertainment and truly has something for everyone.

Experience cooking demonstrations, dinners, lunches, wine seminars, as well as golfing events! There is a variety of festival packages to choose from throughout the weekend. You also have the option to choose events a la carte and create your own package. Come experience culinary masterpieces created by chefs from the area as well as around the world! In addition to being an epicurean experience of a lifetime, Pebble Beach Food and Wine also supports five local area charities. This is one of the best events in California and especially if you’re a food & wine lover, you won’t want to miss out!

Spring Cheers

End your decadent days by slipping into a luxurious bed in one of our top rated rooms. Continue to relax and unwind with one of our pampering spa treatments! Take advantage of our low spring rates starting at just $199 per night!

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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

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

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.

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival: Three Days of California’s Best Food & Wine

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

“If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul.” If you’re one to live the good life, there is no better place to do so than at the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival, happening November 3-5, 2016.

Three days and nights of California’s best wines, local cuisine, and unbeatable scenery— does it get any better? Think hiking with stemware, with winemakers and chefs as your guides, touring private properties with ocean views, and of course tasting several food and wine pairings along the way. Every day will provide a different “Magical Mystery Tour,” each with luxury shuttle service and bubbles courtesy of Laurent Perrier Champagne.

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In addition to your diverse mystery tours, there is a Pinot walkabout, a local marketplace featuring top California chefs, winemakers, and artisans, and an evening dedicated to New Orleans culture, complete with street food and live jazz. You’ll also get to learn from the best with panel tastings and a sommelier dinner. Are you prepared for this amount of fun? Additionally, by attending this festival, you’ll be supporting local nonprofits that benefit health, safety, education, and arts, as well as relief efforts for those affected by the recent Soberanes fires.

With your days packed with outdoor activity, coastline exploration, learning, shopping, and a whole lot of eating and drinking, you’re sure to want to stay nearby and indulge in all the autumn comforts like feather beds and fireplaces. We’re happy to announce that we still have some room left at our luxurious Monterey bed and breakfast this weekend and would love to host any merry festival-goers. Check availability.

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival 2016

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