Carmel Heritage Society, Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour, Happy Landing Inn, Manzoni, Southern Latitudes, Tally Ho

16th Annual Carmel Inns of Distinction – 2014 – Part 3 -Tally Ho Inn & Happy Landing Inn

Tally Ho Inn
West Side Monte Verde at Sixth Avenue
Amenities:  Complimentary Breakfast
Ocean View Rooms, Parking Garage

Just three short blocks northwest from Cypress Inn is Tally Ho Inn.  As with many of Carmel’s inns, Tally Ho also has a history.

It began life as guest cottages for the overflow of visitors to the Pine Inn in the early 1900’s.  The amenities in the early 1900’s included cottages equipped with heat and hot water. Outdoors there was a putting green and tennis courts.

It has changed hands a number of times over the years even becoming a personal residence in 1945 for Jimmy Hatlo, a New York cartoonist known for creating “They’ll Do It Every Time,” and “Little Iodine,” and his wife. 

The Hatlo’s joined the Carmel cartoonists’ colony which had grown to include Gus Arriola (“Gordo”), Frank O’Neal (“Short Ribs”), Hank Ketcham (“Dennis the Menace”), and Bill Bates.

The Hatlo’s hired Hugh Comstock to remodel the cottage into a mansion.  Comstock, using his Post-Adobe method, added several rooms, a patio and deck to the back of the inn. The Hatlo’s also added an outdoor fireplace and created an English garden.  

In 1957 watercolor artist Paul Blaine Henrie who was living in Carmel at the time, painted the picture above which shows the house from the western elevation where the additions were made by the Hatlo’s.  

The Hatlo’s sold their home around 1952 to Tom McCrea the brother of actor Joel McCrea who was famous for his roles in the Beach Movies of the 1960’s.  McCrea converted the house back into an inn calling it by its original name, Tally Ho Inn.  

Richard Gunner purchased the inn in 1993 and made more upgrades and added a new wing.

During the Inns of Distinction Tour guests wandered the grounds and enjoyed a taste of the 2013 Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Syrah – Mourvedre – Viognier from South Africa poured by Carmel Crossroads wine room, Southern Latitudes.

The relationship with the Tally Ho Inn and the Pine Inn from the early 1900’s still continues today with the Pine Inn Restaurant Il Fornaio providing a complimentary full American breakfast buffet for hotel guests Monday through Friday.  Inns Of Distinction guests enjoyed Il Fornaio pizza, and tomato and mozzarella caprese.
Open for viewing was Room 104 a Superior King in the new wing. This over-sized  ocean view room features a bed cornice,

an eclectic mix of Asian 

and English antiques.

A very large flat-screen TV
over the marble fireplace, and 

a spacious bathroom with soaking jetted tub.

The second room open was in the old wing, part of the Hatlo mansion from the 1940’s. 

This Deluxe King Suite, Room 108, features a sitting room with fireplace, 

fold-out sofa bed, refrigerator, wet bar and private outside deck with ocean view.  Note to self.  If staying at Tally Ho, order dinner to go from one of Carmel’s incredible restaurants and eat on the patio of Room 108 while watching the sun set!

Walk just one block north on Monte Verde to our next inn Happy Landing Inn. 

Happy Landing Inn 
North Side Monte Verde between Fifth and Sixth 
Amenities:  Complimentary Breakfast In Your Room,  
100% Dog Friendly, Unique Rooms Honoring American Icons

Happy Landing Inn was originally built for $11,000 in 1926.  It was built as a private home for two sisters, Ms. Leeb and Ms. Blauer, from San Jose.

The main building of the sister’s original compound served as the family living room, dining room, kitchen and bath,

while the detached buildings surrounding the garden served as bedrooms for their family members.  

In the 1930’s they sold their family compound to Velma Craig who made the property into a boarding house.  Mrs. Craig subsequently sold the property in 1975 to the Thorngate family who turned it into an inn, naming it Happy Landing Inn.

The inn has changed ownership over the years, most recently in 2014 when Mark and Shari Lasher purchased  Happy Landing Inn. The Lashers completely remodeled the main house/lobby, garden, and each of the guest rooms.   

It is this stylish inn with its sleek new look and seven guest rooms, each uniquely decorated honoring a great American icon, we tour during the Carmel Heritage Society’s 16th Annual Inns of Distinction.  

Our first stop the charming lobby of Happy Landing
 with its fashionable antiques where 

PortaBella General Manager Luiz Ferreira is hard at work serving up chefs Lamb Bourguignon 

and Raspberry Panna Cotta.

Step outside to enjoy a taste of Manzoni Vineyard wine poured by Mark Manzoni whom you will see regularly at the Manzoni tasting room in town.  
While we enjoyed touring six of the guest rooms we had the joy of listening to Breanna Eddy who crooned soft jazz classics that transported us back to the time of Monroe, Martin, and Hepburn.

The following video is a highlight of the style and comfort you can expect when you stay at Happy Landing Inn.  

A few blocks north of Happy Landing Inn is our next inn, Carmel Country Inn.

First picture front of Happy Landing Inn with sign courtesy of
Happy Landing Inn

Second picture front building of Happy Landing Inn from courtyard courtesy of Happy Landing Inn.
All other photographs by L. A. Momboisse – 

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