The drive to Carmel took about 85 minutes and I enjoyed all the scenery - we drove through Gilroy, CA, the garlic capital of the world. Actually we saw lots of acres of growing goodness and wished the farmers had labelled the fields. I believed they were strawberry fields! Carmel is a quaint beach town with unique shops and hotels. We did walk in the sand and get the beach view of Pebble Beach Golf Links - where famous people play golf on TV!
Christina recently stayed at Doris Day's hotel, The Cypress Inn, so she wanted us to see this boutique hotel. We enjoyed some great tea in the courtyard, keeping warm by an outdoor fireplace. Guests arriving at the Cypress Inn in Carmel, California, with their dog will find some doggie treats on the check-in desk to keep their pet happy while they register. The Cypress Inn, co-owned by film star Doris Day, a great animal lover, is renowned as being one of the most pet-friendly hotels along the Pacific Coast. Pooches are petted and pampered, hotel guests compare notes about their animals, and the hotel provides a list of pet-friendly restaurants all over Carmel.
Carmel's Cypress Inn is not only pet-friendly, it's a historic hotel too. It was opened in 1929 on the site of what had been an artist's studio, and was previously known as the Hotel La Ribera. When it opened the local press called it "one of the show places of the Monterey Peninsula," and it remains so to this day.
Today the Cypress Inn in Carmel is a favorite stop on California's Pacific Coast Highway. It is just two blocks and a short walk away from the picturesque town center, which is full of boutique shops, restaurants and art galleries. And with its celebrity residents and visitors, there's always the chance of spotting a Hollywood star about town. After all, Clint Eastwood once held the post of mayor, and still owns a popular bar and a restaurant in town.
We were eager to get to Spanish Bay to hear the bagpiper as he winds his way from the 18th hole to the Inn. He closes the course every evening.
The sunset was just beautiful and a great finale to a wonderful day. Kati and I stayed up and reviewed all the highlights of this great trip. We've enjoyed several trips together, but this one was even more special because we appreciated Kalle and Christina's hospitality.
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