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.

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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.

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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!

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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
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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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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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Monterey Beaches: The Best of the Best

When you’re ready to venture away from the luxurious amenities and breathtaking ambiance of our California inn and see what else Monterey has to offer, try the beach. Nothing beats an afternoon in the fresh air and California sun with your special someone.

Overwhelmed by numerous scenic beaches around Monterey? We want to let you in on a few of our favorites. No matter which beach you choose for a romantic day out, you won’t be disappointed. Each of these beaches promises spectacular views, a peaceful atmosphere, and the perfect outing for your fairy tale getaway.Walking on BeachDel Monte Beach

This may be our number one pick for that quintessential romantic walk on the beach. With boardwalk pathways, sand dunes, beautiful strips of beach, and perfect picnic areas, Del Monte Beach has it all.PicnicSan Carlos Beach

If you’re looking for the perfect scenic view to go with your romantic picnic, you must try San Carlos Beach. You can explore your adventurous side with a scuba diving excursion, which would make a great memory on any honeymoon or romantic vacation.Monterey BayLovers Point Park and Beach

The name of this one says it all. A historically popular beach for enjoying the coastline views, this 4.4 acres of lush grass, native wildlife, and stunning views of Monterey Bay will quickly become a favorite. Only a 10 minute drive from Old Monterey Inn, your comfortable room won’t be far away when you’re ready to head back to paradise. Happy Beach CoupleCarmel Beach

Carmel Beach is located at the foot of Ocean Avenue and is a tourist favorite. This dog-friendly beach boasts beautiful white sands and is the perfect location for a destination wedding or honeymoon. This beach also offers a scenic gravel pathway along Carmel Beach, under Monterey cypress.

Any of these incredible beaches would be the perfect addition to your trip while staying at Old Monterey Inn. Whether you spend a day, an evening, or just a few hours at the beach, your luxurious room at Old Monterey Inn will be waiting for you, just a short drive from any of these beaches.

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.


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.


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.”


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.