Celebrate Carmel’s Film Fest With Fedoras and Cocktails at Cypress Inn
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.
Starting October 11, Cypress Inn will roll out the red carpet in celebration with a new classic cocktail menu reflecting those bevies most swirled and swigged by Day’s former co-stars. Head to Terry’s Lounge, where lead mixologist Drago (who also happened to tend bar for Davis and Sinatra) will churn out cocktails like Cary Grant’s beloved minty Stinger, an Old Fashioned with a James Cagney twist, and President Reagan’s gin-centric Orange Blossom served with a side of jelly beans.
The hotel will also kickoff the first of weekly Fedora Thursday parties (October 11, 18, 25, 2012). Don your hat between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and you’ll score two-for-one classic cocktails. Since both Day and her inn are known for their dog-championing spirit, pups can also get in on the action by sporting some Rat Pack swagger for a complimentary “Muttini.” Afterward, there is no dog that can resist a walk on Carmel Beach, where dogs are allowed to run free.
We found rates at Cypress Inn for the month of October starting at $235.
Photos: Cypress Inn