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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. 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.
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.
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.
[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.