2011-2013 Bed & Breakfast Guide

Location: The Jabberwock Inn, 598 Laine Street, Monterey, CA, 93940 Dates the Stash Tea B&B Guide Coupon is applicable: November 1st through April 30th
Email: innkeeper@jabberwockinn.com Number of Rooms: Seven
Phone: 831-372-4777, 888-428-7253 Cost: $169-$309
Fax: 831-655-2946 Website + Facebook

About the Area

The Jabberwock Inn is situated in Monterey, a waterfront community on California’s Central Coast. It is a lush environment of redwood forests, waterfalls, miles of beaches, hot springs and cliffs. However, Monterey is most famous for its marine life, from animals and plants (such as barking seals, whales, sea otters and kelp), to recreation (such as kayaking, swimming, boating and scuba diving).

Photo credit: Jill Clardy

What to Do

The Jabberwock Bed and Breakfast Inn is only five blocks from Cannery Row (made famous by author John Steinbeck) and seven blocks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. There are many restaurants within walking distance and Fisherman's Wharf, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pebble Beach, 17-Mile Drive and Point Lobos/Big Sur are all close by!

Shopping, bicycling and boating are all popular activities in Monterey, but golfing is the activity the Monterey Peninsula area is most well-known for. There are fourteen courses to choose from, including the world-famous Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Cypress Point Golf Club.

The Monterey/Pacific Grove recreation trail, just four blocks down the hill, offers an extraordinary walking, jogging and biking path. As you meander, enjoy the beautiful Monterey Bay and historic Monterey, California.

Activities: Golfing, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, wine tasting, shopping, whale watching, scuba diving, boating, art galleries, rock climbing (at Pinnacles National Monument), surfing

Museums: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Museum of Monterey, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Great drives or views: 17-Mile Drive, Highway 1 South to Big Sur, Carmel Valley Road (lots of wineries for wine tasting), driving between San Francisco and Monterey on Highway 1

Best places to eat: Whaling Station (known for their prime beef and seafood), Sardine Factory, Chart House, The Fish Hopper, Old Fisherman's Grotto, Sandbar and Grill (local favorite). There are many fantastic places to eat here on the Monterey Peninsula; many are within walking distance from the Inn and you can find almost any ethnic cuisine here in Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel (which is known for its first-rate restaurants and oyster bars).

Great shopping areas: Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, and of course Ocean Avenue and The Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel

Must-sees: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive and all the beautiful golf courses

Most romantic spots: Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, located along the recreation trail (a great walking, biking and jogging path that goes about 10+ miles along the bay). There are several places to pull over on the 17-Mile Drive that are very romantic and breath-taking as well.

Best day trips:

  • Down Highway 1 along the Pacific Coast/Big Sur. You can actually drive all the way to San Simeon State Park and the Hearst Castle in a day. (2.5 hours each way from here!)
  • Wine tasting out on Carmel Valley Road.
  • Start with the 17-Mile Drive, drop into Carmel (shops, galleries, restaurants) and then visit the Carmel Mission.
  • Some of the best golfing in the world is located right here on the Monterey Peninsula; make a day of it!
  • Hike through the redwoods or to the waterfalls of Big Sur. Afterwards, grab lunch at one of the cliff-top restaurants overlooking Highway 1.

Photo credit: Robert Campbell

Interview with Innkeepers Dawn & John

How would you describe your bed and breakfast?
The Jabberwock Bed & Breakfast is set in the whimsical wonderland of Lewis Carroll’s prose, complete with his winning sense of fun. This turreted Craftsman-style bed and breakfast inn sits on a hill in a quiet residential area, with a fabulous view of Monterey Bay. Each room is charmingly decorated with handsome Craftsman and Victorian furnishings. Several rooms have beautiful views of the Bay.

Our enclosed sun porch is ideal for comfy reading, musing, board games and gazing out over our colorful gardens, waterfalls and the marvelous Monterey Bay. And every evening at 5 o’clock our ringing bell beckons you to enjoy tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, sherry, wine and other beverages on the sun porch.

Amenities include free wireless internet, in-room massages, some fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, a bocce ball court and a library for Lewis Carroll and John Steinbeck browsers.

What types of vacations is your bed and breakfast perfect for?
A romantic getaway, celebrations (birthday, anniversary, honeymoon), sightseeing on the Central Coast, enjoying some "down time" away from everyday stress or golf holiday.

What is the history behind The Jabberwock?
Our Arts and Crafts-style Inn was built as a private residence in 1911 for an attorney and his family as their second home. When the owner passed away, he willed the property to the Catholic Church and it was a convent for about fifty years before it was turned into the Bed and Breakfast in 1981-82. The folks that turned the property into the Bed and Breakfast were Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland fans, which is how the inn was named "The Jabberwock". We are the third proprietors of the inn.

What type of breakfast do you serve?
We do a full served breakfast each morning, alternating between a sweet breakfast (e.g. stuffed French toast, homemade cheese crepes or homemade bread pudding) and a savory breakfast (e.g. quiche, cheese soufflé or a sausage, bacon and potato bake) along with fresh fruit, coffee, tea and of course, our own mixture of "Jabberjuice"! Our "tea bar" and homemade cookies are always available.

Are there any special events held in your area?
Gray Whale migration, December to April
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, February – professional golf tournament
Sea Otter Classic, April – bicycling and outdoor sports festival
Big Sur International Marathon, April – the largest rural marathon in the world
Humpback and Blue Whale migrations, April to December
Cooking for Solutions, May – Monterey Bay Aquarium function for culinary entertainment: great chefs, food and wine
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, August – annual automotive event featuring prewar to contemporary car designs
Monterey Jazz Festival, September – one of the longest consecutively running jazz festivals
Big Sur Half Marathon, November

What is the best time of year to visit?
April/May and October tend to be the best weather-wise, but the Monterey Peninsula is a great destination any time of the year. Our "high season" is typically April through October, but the "low season" is great too.

Will guests be able to meet the innkeepers?
We tend to always be around! We love to meet our guests, show them around upon arrival, visit during wine and hors d'oeurves each evening, help them with making dinner plans, their itinerary, etc. and welcome them to breakfast each morning.

What is your favorite thing about your inn?
Our favorite things here at The Jabberwock are our guests. We love meeting people from all over the world!

What is the one thing guests return year after year for?
Our guests return to enjoy the ambiance of the inn and scenic location, to rekindle or recharge their relationships, or to celebrate a special occasion.

Do you have any advice for someone staying in a bed and breakfast for the first time?
Yes! You can explore the common areas and enjoy meeting other guests, but you can also choose to be as private and secluded as you desire. One does not have to be a social person to enjoy a bed and breakfast inn! Remember, it’s your vacation and you can enjoy it any way you like without being in a sterile, cookie-cutter hotel!

Innkeeper’s favorite Stash Tea?
Our favorite Stash Tea flavors are Double Chai Spice and Decaf Pumpkin Spice. We have a tea bar where the teapot and about twenty different types of tea flavors are available 24/7!