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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. Thereís 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. Youíll get this right away on site of the hotelís elevated, vintage entrance, something that always grabs us from the start.
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.
[Correction: The hotel informs us that they do not allow pets. Also, the continental breakfast is served in the morning and wine and hors díoeuvres 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.