The Quail Lodge is much better known for the ultrabuck gathering of invited specialty cars that takes place there during Monterey Car Week each August. The esteemed location outside Carmel, California, does more than that, as evidenced by the fact that after a two-year pandemic hiatus, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will resume its grand history of saluting historic bikes when it returns as a one-day event on Saturday, May 14th. Among other richly welcoming activities, the gathering will boast five judged classes for motorcycles of the past.
This Andrew Kohn image from a past edition of the gathering, among the lovely, dry hills that surround Carmel, gives you a hint of the quiet elegance that The Quail represents. See those tents in the background? They’re the places you go to sample the other joys of the gathering, gourmet cuisine and beverages, everything from artisan cheeseburgers to made-from-scratch pizza, with suitably tony libations to wash it all down. We can tell you from experience that The Quail never disappoints. Tickets start at $55 for general admission, which includes parking and even a gear-valet service for those who choose to properly ride to Carmel.