Old Monterey Inn, located on California’s Monterey Peninsula, is the perfect getaway for couples looking to spend a romantic weekend together in a luxurious bed and breakfast housed in a historic English Tudor mansion just a short distance away from the ocean, wineries, golfing, and fine dining.

1.Old Monterey Inn Rooms & Suites

Old Monterey Inn Rooms & Suites  

Each of the ten guest rooms at Old Monterey Inn include specialty lavender soaps and Aveda products, the finest quality linens, plush featherbeds, down comforters, private baths, fireplaces, candles, in-room safes, current magazines, and daily newspapers. The Mayfield Suite boasts a two person Jacuzzi next to the fireplace, as well as a bathroom decorated with hand painted walls, stained glass, and vintage tiling.

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The Brightstone Suite offers guests a lovely view of the gardens, a hydro-thermo massage tub for two, and a down loveseat in the sitting area. The Library Suite was the original library in the mansion and has a private balcony that overlooks the gardens. Guests can enjoy breakfast by the fireplace, evening turn down service, bath salts, and personalized itineraries, as well as sunset wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Guests may choose to add room enhancements such as champagne and truffles, champagne upon arrival, chocolate covered strawberries, handmade gourmet chocolate, wine service, or a cheese and fruit platter.

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2.The Spa

The Spa  

The Spa at Old Monterey Inn in California offers Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue/sports, and aromatherapy massages, as well as signature massages like the Dance with Stones during which heated basalt and cooled stones are used in conjunction with flowing strokes to bring balance to the body and the Exfoliation Aroma Wrap, which uses a dry brush to exfoliate skin, followed by a body wrap and massage.

Couples massages are also available.

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3.Old Monterey Inn Weddings

Old Monterey Inn Weddings  

Old Monterey Inn can accommodate wedding parties of up to forty people for ceremonies within the mansion’s gardens. The staff is available to make suggestions for local vendors for catering, flowers, music, or any other details.

The inn also has special “elopement” packages for wedding parties from two to six people. The elopement packages include a two night stay at the inn, champagne and two etched keepsake glasses, daily gourmet breakfast, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres in the evenings.

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Old Monterrey Inn is within a short distance of scores of restaurants. Casanova, located in Carmel, serves French and Italian cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Menu options include Octopus Salad with fennel, radish, celery root, wild arugula, and salmoriglio; Mushroom Ravioli with white wine, truffle cream, and parmesan; Trout with parsnip, apple, Swiss chard, and dill; and Pain Perdu with white chocolate, brioche, and seasonal jam. The dress is upscale casual, and reservations are suggested.

Chart House, located on Cannery Row, offers guests steakhouse fare and seafood with an ocean view. Menu choices include the Shrimp, Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack tossed in a remoulade; Bronzed Rockfish with sweet & spicy seared crab meat, tomatoes, and shallot butter served over coconut ginger rice; Prime Rib that is herb seasoned and slow-roasted; and Hot Chocolate Lava Cake with Godiva liqueur and chocolate sauce and topped with Heath bar crunch and vanilla ice creams. A gluten-free menu is available.

Max’s Grill in Pacific Grove offers guests an eclectic dining experience in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Menu options include Chicken Breast Piccata sautéed in butter and white wine and served with capers, mushrooms, and garlic over saffron rice; Duck Our Way, which consists of confit leg of duck and duck mousse ravioli with orange sauce; and Hawaiian Mango Mousse Cake.

Epsilon, located in Monterey, offers Greek fare in a casual and intimate setting. Menu selections include Taramosalata, a spread made from whipped red caviar, served with pita bread; Pastitsio, with layers of pasta and delicately spiced meat that is topped with a saffron béchamel sauce; and the Mixed Grill Platter with French cut lamb chops, Gyros, and prawns.

Fandango Restaurant, located in Pacific Grove, is an upscale restaurant with European-style cuisine. Dining options include House Cured Salmon with red onion and capers; Spinach Mimosa with chopped bacon and a grated hard boiled egg; Tortellini Maison made fresh and filled with cheese, basil, and a cream sauce; and Hot Grand Marnier Soufflé.

Fish Wife, located in Pacific Grove, serves California-style seafood with a Caribbean flair. Menu selections include Green Lip Mussels steamed in white wine with velouté sauce, garlic, and salsa fresca; Grilled Barramundi Celestun seasoned Mayan-style with salsa brava and ginger cilantro aioli and served on a crispy corn tortilla; and Tilapia Cancún, which is spiced with achiote, served over a cilantro cashew pesto, and topped with salsa brava.

Massaro & Santos, located on the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey, serves a blend of Californian and Italian cuisine with an Asian touch. Menu options include Gnocchi with potato, basil, and pecorino cheese; Scalone, an abalone and scallop cake; Squid Pasta served with marinara sauce; Dungeness Crab over Angel Hair served with a sweet sake and butter sauce; and Death by Chocolate à la mode.

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5.Nearby Activities

Nearby Activities  

The Monterey area abounds with activities, including visits to historic Cannery Row, Monterey State Historic Park, Tor House, and the Monterey Museum of Art, which currently features a special exhibit of Armin Hansen works. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s current exhibits include a twenty eight foot high Kelp Forest, which is one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world; Tentacles, a special exhibition exploring the lives of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish; and Monterey Bay Habitats, which offers visitors an up close glimpse of the area’s indigenous marine life.

Miles of beaches are within a short distance of the inn, including Big Sur; Pacific Grove, featuring tide pools at Hopkins Marine Station; Point Lobos State Reserve, famed as the breeding ground for elephant seals from December to March; Elkhorn Slough Reserve, a nature sanctuary that provides guided kayak tours; and Carmel Beach City Park.

The Monterey area is also famous for its wineries and over one hundred and seventy five vineyards – particularly for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that is produced as a result of the region’s unique climate end soil. The inn can provide guests with a personalized itinerary for a day of wine tasting.

The inn is a prime location for golfers, with several world class golf courses within a short distance, including Del Monte Golf Course, Pacific Grove Links, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Poppy Hills Golf Course, and The Links at Spanish Bay.

Rates range from $270 to $450 per night, including breakfast.

500 Martin St, Monterey, CA 93940, website, Phone: 831-375-8284

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Old Monterey Inn, a Romantic Getaway on California's Monterey Peninsula