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Celebrate Carmel’s Film Fest With Fedoras and Cocktails at Cypress Inn

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  Site Where: Lincoln Ave [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93921
October 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

With film festivals rolling into America’s biggest cities, some of us want to run instead to a cozier California beachside celebration: the Carmel Art & Film Festival (October 10-14, 2012).

Lesser known but no less worthy, the fest has got former mayor Clint Eastwood weighing in on his namesake award, lectures and workshops, and VIP cocktail parties. There’s also a seaside cache no big city fest can touch with a Saturday night movie on the beach, the Filmmakers Beach Bash (think boatloads of Monterey County wine) and the elegant, pooch-tastic Cypress Inn.

Just two blocks from Carmel Beach, the 44-room landmark inn makes especially good sense during the Carmel Art and Film Fest not only for its vintage Hollywood beauty but also because of its co-owner, legendary cinema star Doris Day. Belonging to a collection of Carmel Boutique Inns and around since 1929, Cypress Inn is hodgepodge of charm and style with a Mediterranean vibe, in-room fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and that magically compact grandeur only seen in Carmel-By-The-Sea. You’ll get this right away on site of the hotel’s elevated, vintage entrance, something that always grabs us from the start.

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The Hyatt Snags the Highlands Inn in Carmel

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  Site Where: 120 Highlands Drive [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93923
October 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Carmel's historic Highlands Inn has gone Hyatt. As part of the changeover, the newly christened Hyatt Carmel Highlands received an extensive makeover.

Overlooking the Big Sur coast, the 1917 Craftsman-style hotel decked out its 48 rooms with a natural color scheme, flat-screen TVs, iHome iPod docking units, DVD and CD players and WiFi—though you'll have to cough up $9.99 per day to use the latter. Thirty-two of the rooms have oceanfront views.

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Carmel Valley Ranch to Unveil New Look in September

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  Site Where: One Old Ranch Road [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93923
July 22, 2010 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember back in June when we learned that Hyatt Heir John Pritzker joined forces with JDV Hotels? Well, it looks like the first hotel partnership between the two is coming to life.

The Carmel Valley Ranch is set to unveil its new look in September after undergoing about $25 million worth of renovations. All the rooms and suites have received a major upgrade, there will be a new Spa Aiyana on-site and the Pete Dye-designed golf course will get a "beautification."

And speaking of Hotel Fun the new Carmel Valley Ranch will be sort of like taking a trip to summer camp again. The hotel plans to offer "creative learning experiences" such as bee keeping, photography walks, cooking lessons in the hotel's Adventure Kitchen and behind-the-scenes access to the best of the region.

Of course, there will be your fave camp activities such as basketball, bocce ball, tennis and two new resort pools, along with a kids' playground for the actual kids who come to visit, not just you grown-up kids.

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The Quail Lodge in Carmel Closing Down in November

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  Site Where: 8205 Valley Greens Drive [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93923
September 17, 2009 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Some sad news outta Carmel. The Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley will close its hotel operations on November 16.Last week, owner Neil Galloway announced the closure of the hotel side of the golf resort, citing that even though the company heavily invested in the hotel and "we've worked hard" the Quail Lodge has had a net loss every single year for the past eight years.

Even in 2007, a record year for the hospitality industry, the Quail Lodge still lost money. For that reason, hotel operations will be shut down and the closure is expected to be permanent. Since the hotel is part of a golf resort and club, Galloway says that side will still remain open to the 300+ members and that they will continue to service events, but reductions in some services will also be made.

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How to Really Save on Your Staycation

November 6, 2008 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Monterey County is known as one of California's posher coastal destinations, but as we told you in our Carmel Hotel Guide, it's perfect for a staycation and now the Monterey Travel Bureau is promising there is lots to do that doesn't break the bank.

Being the lushes we are, we're immediately drawn to wine tasting. Tastings are usually around $5 and if you really make your rounds to the area wineries, you'll really, um, get your money's worth. Also, please don't drink and drive.

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Carmel Hotel Guide :: L'Auberge Carmel is Sweet But Worth the Price?

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  Site Where: Monte Verde at Seventh [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93921
September 17, 2008 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We continue our Carmel Hotel Guide by looking at another luxury property in Carmel-By-The-Sea. Sure, the market's in the crapper but now, more than ever, is a good time to head to L'Auberge Carmel for some luxury pampering.

The hotel has collected an impressive amount of awards over the past couple of years from Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. And the L'Auberge really does seem to have it all--it's four blocks from the beach, yet it's still close to all the restaurants, shops and art galleries in "downtown" Carmel.

There's also only 20 rooms at the hotel, ensuring a quiet private experience and the hotel's restaurant, Aubergine, has only 12 tables yet a 4,500-bottle wine cellar.

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Carmel Hotel Guide :: The Bernardus Lodge

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  Site Where: 415 Carmel Valley Road [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93924
September 8, 2008 at 1:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

With staycations all the rage these days, we've decided to take a look at some of the best places in the U.S. for quick, close-to-home trips. Up first is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small yet upscale town on the Monterey Peninsula. Known for its devotion to the arts and its celeb residents (Clint Eastwood was once mayor here), Carmel is also home to small hotels and inns galore. Enjoy.

Ok. File this one under Major Cubicle Dreamin' Destination. It's the Bernardus Lodge and we actually first heard about this place from from Perfect Escapes' Eric Jeck a few months back. And he told us to hit up the hotel as soon as possible.

The hotel is located in Carmel Valley, which is a few miles inland from town and the beaches. But if you're a wine-lover, this place is your place. The lodge has its own winery and most intriguingly, a "wine grotto mini-bar."

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Carmel Hotel Guide :: The Best Western is Right in the Middle of the Action

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  Site Where: Junipero Street between Fifth and Sixth Street [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93921
August 27, 2008 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

With staycations all the rage these days, we've decided to take a look at some of the best places in the U.S. for quick, close-to-home trips. Up first is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small yet upscale town on the Monterey Peninsula. Known for its devotion to the arts and its celeb residents (Clint Eastwood was once mayor here), Carmel is also home to small hotels and inns galore. Enjoy.

While the sweeping scenery of the Monterey Peninsula with its rocky coastline and cypress trees is not to be missed on a visit to Carmel nor is the historic mission, there is a lot of action in the middle of town.

"Town" begins at Junipero Avenue with the main thoroughfare being Ocean Avenue. Here you can pop in and out of touristy shops, high-end fashion boutiques, expensive jewelry stores and pricey art galleries alike.

With this cachet of stores on hand in Carmel, you may want to save your pennies for some pretty things instead of forking over hundreds of dollars just for a room with a view.

Thus if you care more about being within walking distance to the action instead of snuggling up in luxury sheets, the The Best Western Carmel Bay View Inn might be for you. Just keep in mind, that it's still a Best Western.

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Carmel Hotel Guide :: The Tickle Pink Inn Has Views That Will Tickle You Silly

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  Site Where: 155 Highland Drive [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93923
August 25, 2008 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

With staycations all the rage these days, we've decided to take a look at some of the best places in the U.S. for quick, close-to-home trips. Up first is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small yet upscale town on the Monterey Peninsula. Known for its devotion to the arts and its celeb residents (Clint Eastwood was once mayor here), Carmel is also home to small hotels and inns galore. Enjoy.

With a name like Tickle Pink Inn, it seems hard to take this place seriously. But this inn is all business when it comes to offering you an extraordinary vantage point of the Monterey coastline in extreme comfort.

Rated #1 by reviewers on TripAdvisor, the Tickle Pink Inn is located just off the scenic Highway 1 on Highland Drive. The inn has 35 "casually elegant" rooms and suites, all with views of either the ocean or the coves of the Carmel Highlands.

If you want to getaway to do nothing but hibernate in a cozy room and enjoy a misty view of waves crashing with occasional sunshine, then this is the place. Pack your Uggs and start driving.

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The Sweetest Spot in Carmel

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  Site Where: Junipero between 7th and 8th Avenue [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93921
January 17, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

[Correction: The hotel informs us that they do not allow pets. Also, the continental breakfast is served in the morning and wine and hors d’oeuvres are served in the afternoon. There is no dinner served.]

The Carriage House Inn, though not unique in its pet friendliness, stands out for being one of the only hotels in California to be awarded four diamonds by AAA for 30 years in a row.

Carriage House Inn offers 13 guest rooms and suites, most of which offer fireplaces, spa tubs and vaulted ceilings, making it a best bet for couples or honeymooners. Another perk of this hotel is that it lacks the overly floral décor and shared bathrooms common to many bed and breakfasts. Guests can choose to have breakfast and/or dinner delivered every day, and each evening, the inn offers complimentary wine and hor d'oevres.

Beaches, shopping and dining are all within walking distance of the Carriage House Inn, and the property is currently offering various specials to lure guests interested in these and other activities, such as the Romance Getaway Package and the Poppy Hills Golf Package, as well as off-season weekday promotional rates, available through April 30.

Rates start at $209 for a deluxe king room with vaulted ceiling and go up to $369 for a honeymoon king room with double whirlpool.

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