The second part of my little coastal weekend getaway was spent in Monterey, California. Old Monterey Inn was kind enough to host us, and I can’t say enough about our stay there. The tudor-style property is as charming as it looks, built in 1929 and occupied by the first mayor of Monterey. It has since changed hands and after a thoughtful restoration, it opened as a bed & breakfast in 1978.
We stayed in the garden cottage, which is separate from the main house. It has it’s own entrance and is situated at the edge of the beautifully kept gardens. There is a sitting area, an enormous tub with separate bath and shower, and the bedroom area. In the bedroom area, there is a dreamy bay window that looks out into the gardens. We had a small welcome gift waiting for us that contained chocolate truffles. The bed was luxuriously soft, with a feather-top and special made linens. The soap in the bathroom was imported from France and smelled of Lemongrass (a favorite!), and in the morning we were greeted with a picnic basket on our doorstep with fresh coffee and pre-breakfast snacks.
In case you haven’t figured it out by now, the gardens were my favorite part of staying there. They were meticulously curated and there is whimsy to be found at every turn. At the entryway, there are even succulents mixed with foxtail ferns, who would have thought? I keep referring back to it when trying to think of what I’ll do when it comes to sprucing up my own yard. Isn’t it dreamy?
We were given the option to enjoy breakfast in our room or in the dining room. We opted for the dining room, and ate like kings before checking out. The staff at Old Monterey Inn was warm and welcoming, especially the innkeeper, Lawrence. He chatted with us quite often and paid special attention to detail. He even made a special trip to the store to purchase almond milk for me when he found out I was allergic to dairy.
I really enjoyed our stay here and would love to visit again sometime soon.
Old Monterey Inn
500 Martin Street
Monterey, California 93940