North Side Monte Verde between Fifth and Sixth
Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast In Your Room,
100% Dog Friendly, 7 Unique Rooms
The June 5, 1926 edition of the Peninsula Daily Herald described the home this way: “… unique in design, and is built in three separate parts. In front facing the west, is a large living room, with dining room and kitchen on the north. The living room is large with beamed ceilings and a fine rock fireplace.
During the 1930’s the compound was sold to Velma Craig who used the property as her personal residence and at times as a boarding house. In 1975 the property was sold the the Thorngate family who began running the property as the Happy Landing.
In 2014, Mark and Shari Lasher purchased the inn and remodeled the entire property giving it a sleek new look. The main building is now the lobby of Happy Landing Inn, and the two cottages in the back serve as the guest rooms for the bed and breakfast.
On the day of the tour I walk up the stone steps, past the striking Japanese maple in full color into the festively decorated lobby.
Crispy Spring Rolls and Prawns Tempura made by The Grill on Ocean Avenue call to me.
Mark Manzoni of Manzoni Vineyards cheerfully pours me a taste of his award-winning 2013 Pinot Gris. He also had on hand a 2013 Pinot Noir.
When time permits you should pay a visit to Manzoni Wine Bar in Carmel in the Paseo Courtyard w/s of San Carlos between Ocean and Seventh. Ms. Vina runs the place. Here she is sitting in front of her antique bar.
Anyway, it is time to tour six of the seven unique guest rooms at Happy Landing Inn. Each one is designed to honor a different American icon. So come along with me on this sentimental journey.
Next up in Part 3, the Pine Inn and Lobos Lodge. For a map of this years tour and the location of all restaurants and wine rooms which provided food and wine for our tour please visit this google map.
All pictures are by L. A. Momboisse unless listed below:
Early brochure for the Happy Landing from Harrison Memorial Library History Department.