Martine Inn revisited… a wonder to behold !

a taste of elegance at a price you can afford… if you would like to have a true eco friendly wedding, you should consider the Martine Inn in Pacific Grove for an authentic turn of the century experience. Much of the time when discussing eco or green weddings, attention is paid to the organic flowers, attire, as well as the handmade or fair trade invitations and decorations. All of those details are fine… and not enough attention has been brought to the venue where the wedding takes place. And the venue is one of the most important features of a true eco friendly wedding….

here comes the bride

Dogs are becoming an important part of the wedding party. You might also consider having your K9 friend join in the wedding party as your flower gurl dog, ring bearer or best K9 friend…  :-)

Palacial estate

The Martine Inn is a palacial estate that looks over the rocky coastline of the Monterey Bay in Pacific Grove and is the perfect venue for the ultimate green wedding with a touch of style and panache… The Martine Inn, built in 1899, was purchased in 1901 by Laura and James Parke who entertained dignitaries in their home.

An experienced wedding consultant is on staff to assist with every detail. Spring, Victorian and fresh herbal bouquets provide style and color to match the bride’s requirements. Music for the wedding and reception can be with a harpist, string quartet, chamber music, piano or band.  Festive decorations, minister of choice, Food and drinks are available. The food is freshly prepared in the kitchen with recipes from the original 1880’s White House cookbooks. Meals are served with all of the flair, pomp and circumstance, amidst the finest Victorian and Old Sheffield silver pieces, china and crystal. From 50-100 guests can be accommodated in 25 rooms, three overlooking the ocean, when booking the entire Inn.

From the antique furniture in every room, to the breakfast served as if every guest were a guest of the Mr and Mrs. Parke, the Martine Inn is a place of luxury and dignity…

Intimate conferences, workshops and seminars are also held at the Martine Inn, Dole Pineapple, Discover Card, Hewlett Packard and Xerox are some of the firms that have held corporate meetings here at the Martine Inn, along with a host of international companies. Each of the six different private conference areas has a unique interior design and six meeting rooms have been specifically planned to inspire creative thought.  Elegant 12-course meals can be served.  Off site activities such as whale watching, scuba diving, golf, picnic on the beach, kayaking, bicycling, tennis, historical tours and nature hikes enhance the conference experience and can all be arranged.

Car buffs

Don Martine has an extensive collection of vintage MG’s that he races and a display of the cars are located in the rear of the carriage house.

Some history

The original main house, a carriage house and two other buildings was established on two and one half blocks and contained 59 rooms. The house was a true Victorian with a cupola, dormers and grape arbors. Remodeling was constant.

In 1972, Norah and Home Martine assisted their son Don in purchasing the Parke estate. Twelve years later, Don renovated the grand mansion and replaced worn out plumbing, installed new heating with individual room controls and replaced wiring. All of the fixtures are authentic and rooms are furnished with turn of the century antiques. Careful attention has been given to restoring the fine Victorian interior details including push button light switches, claw foot tubs, brass fixtures, marble sinks… Paint was removed from the mahogany and oak trim.

The inn opened in 1984 after the completion of the game room and spa. The spa is located in the conservatory where flowers were grown for the house. Period artwork is displayed to add to the authentic ambience of the inn. Sally Parke, sister of James, was trained in Paris and known as a renowned early California landscape artist. Some of her paintings are shown in the Parlor.


I am in the Walnut room in the courtyard. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing.  opening my doors onto the courtyard garden which is filled with flowers and a rock made to look like a mushroom…  the inn is not pet friendly so cc is not with me… I have the bed to myself, luxurious !

The last time I was here, I stayed in the Cottage room with an ocean view and there was a wedding with reception in the library.

Lovely amenities to spare:

You have your own private bath; most have clawfoot bathtubs.

Garden Room FireplaceMany rooms have views of the waves crashing against the rocks and/or wood burning fireplaces. Maries Room Mirror

You may luxuriate in the soft bathrobes we provide in your room.

You have a fresh rose in a silver vase.

You have a private phone, clock radio and hairdryer.

There is a refrigerator with complimentary bottled water; soda is available upon request…

Breakfast was delicious, freshly cooked scrambled eggs with hollandaise sauce, apple sauce muffins, sausage, granola or baked pear, juices, coffee, tea and more. While eating, you can watch the sea animals such as sea lions, otters and dolphins swimming in the ocean. We saw a huge school of dolphins frolicking this morning along with some sea lions sunbathing on the rocks.

I fell down after taking cc to Carmel beach yesterday on the steps coming up, and am recovering…


Filed under California, organic, Pacific Grove, romance, travelwriting, women travel

2 responses to “Martine Inn revisited… a wonder to behold !

  1. EmilyD i n NYC

    The Martine Inn is amazing, I have to agree with you on that. Ironically, I also recently blogged about Mr. Martines MG’s as well. Great blog!

  2. After looking at all these beautiful pictures and what this venue has to offer – makes me want to renew my wedding vows.

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