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17th Annual Carmel Heritage Society Inns of Distinction – 2015 – Part 1 First Murphy House and La Playa Carmel

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The Valentine’s, a charming elderly couple, have been sitting on the bench just north of the recently renovated First Murphy Park since 1994. Oh the stories they tell about their years as Carmelites. Make sure to say hello as you pass by on your way to 

First Murphy House where the 17th Annual Carmel HeritageSociety Inns of Distinction begins.  


First Murphy House, home to the Carmel Heritage Society, was built in 1902 by Carmel masterbuilder, Michael J. Murphy. The house is currently decorated for the holidays. 


I hope that you took a good look around when you picked up your ticket and wine glass for the Inns Tour 
because when it reopens next February it will look quite a bit different, as an exciting new exhibit is planned for First Murphy House for Carmel’s Centennial. 

This year’s Inns of Distinction highlights eight of Carmel’s finest inns and hotels.  Each festively decorated inn featured a local restaurant for light bites and a local winery for wine tasting.  For the $30 price tag, it is one of the best deals in town.  (I always come home with coupons for restaurants and wine rooms that exceed the price of my ticket!)  And word has definitely gotten out – ticket sales were the highest to date for this event! So come along while I give the history of each inn and describe in words and pictures the 17th Annual Carmel Heritage Society Inns of Distinction.

The La Playa Carmel 
Camino Real & Eighth Avenue 
Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast Buffet, 
Ocean View Rooms, Pool


Known as the Grand Dame of Carmel hotels, the La Playa Carmel has long time ties to some famous Carmelites. 

Christian Jorgensen a native of Oslo, Norway, was born in 1860.  At the age of 14, he came to San Francisco and was “discovered” by artist Virgil Williams as he sketched a San Francisco cityscape. 

Jorgensen, the first person to receive a scholarship to the California School of Fine Arts, would become an art instructor at the school after his graduation.  It was in one of his classes that he met his future wife, Angela (chocolate heiress) Ghirardelli.  After they married in 1883 they spend years traveling the roads of California.  A fascination with the California Missions would entice Christian to capture all 21 of the missions on canvas.  

The Jorgenson’s came to Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1905.  It took them two years to build their home/studio on the southwest corner of Camino Real and Eighth Avenue. The picture below shows the house c. 1907.


In 1909, Alida Ghirardelli, daughter of Angela’s favorite brother, drowned in Carmel Bay.  (Others have reported that it was Angela who drowned, but it was not, as Angela outlived her husband Christopher by six months dying in January of 1936.)


In 1911, the Jorgenson family leased some of the rooms of their home to Agnes Signor, manager of the Carmel Bathhouse, for use as a boarding house. Shortly thereafter, Signor purchased the Jorgenson home and with the help of her nephews, Harrison and Frederick Godwin, set about to make this property into a fashionable hotel.  The La Playa Hotel opened in 1920.
After their aunt’s death, the Godwin brothers became the owners of the La Playa Hotel.  They spent $34,500 in restoration after a devastating fire destroyed most of the property in December of 1924. 

In 1930, Fred Godwin bought out his brother and would become the sole owner until 1963.  Fred Godwin would also serve as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea from 1946 to 1950. 

The La Playa was one of several hotels favored by Apple founder Steve Jobs for offsite meetings. Jobs booked the hotel for a team retreat in January of 1983. It is said that a prototype of the Macintosh computer was unveiled during this retreat and christened with a bottle of La Playa water. It was also during this retreat that a few other Apple secrets were revealed. 

During the retreat members of the Apple team decided to celebrate the Macintosh prototype by skinny-dipping in the La Playa pool.  For this transgression, further Apple retreats were banned from the La Playa forever! Almost. 

In 2011 the La Playa was purchased by Grossman Company Properties and Classic Hotels and Resorts and renovated at the cost of $3.5 million.  The La Playa Carmel reopened in August 2012. In 2013, the ban was lifted and Apple welcomed back.  

On the day of the Inns of Distinction Tour, I pass the quatrefoil stained glass window designed by Jorgensen to imitate the window at Carmel Mission,

walk through the entry,


to the front lobby.  I notice the Carmel Centennial Lanterns decorating glass tables throughout the hotel.  


These lanterns, developed and sold by the Carmel Chamber in celebration of Carmel’s upcoming Centennial October 16, 2016, are reminiscent of a simpler time – when Carmelites would use tin cans with candles to light their way home at night. 

Today we use flashlights.

In the Library, where a Champagne breakfast buffet is served daily to hotel guests,


 tasty desserts are set out for the Inns Tour. 

  

The La Playa Carmel kitchen provided the hot chocolate, apple cider, brownies, cookies,
 and individual Pumpkin Cheese Cakes Bites. 

Paris Bakery offered the bite-size fruit tart, marzipan, and petit-fore cakes.


Local tasting room, Windy Oaks  

poured a 2013 Night Owl Red, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre and a 2014 Windy Oaks Pinot Gris from Meador Vineyard in Monterey, County.  
Time to enjoy these treats on the Pacific Terrace overlooking Carmel Bay.
My favorite spot by the fire pit is already taken.  
Two rooms have been graciously opened for Inns of Distinction tour ticket holders to view at La Playa Carmel.  When I say graciously, I mean it.  Each inn on this tour sets aside rooms that they could otherwise sell for lodging on the day of the tour.  This tour is from 2pm to 5pm so it is possible that rooms might still be rented out for the night. But doing so would require a lot of extra work by the hotel staff. Carmel Heritage is very thankful to all the inns that set aside their rooms and time to make this tour possible. 
Village View Room 206 


Ocean View Room 205 


At 2:15pm, the fog is already rolling in – pressing my camera in between the blinds, my shot just misses the  dolphins “porpoising” in the waves. You will just have to imagine…


Next up Part 2 and Happy Landing Inn.  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

Below is a video of all the venues. 



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All pictures by L. A. Momboisse except for those listed below:
Picture of Christian Jorgensen – California State Parks Museum Collection 
First black and white picture of La Playa from Harrison Memorial Library History Branch.
Second black and white picture of the La Playa taken from a picture on the wall inside the La Playa Carmel hotel.
Third 
black and white picture of La Playa from Harrison Memorial Library History Branch.  


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17th Annual Carmel Heritage Society Inns of Distinction – 2015 – Part 2 – Happy Landing Inn

Happy Landing Inn
North Side Monte Verde between Fifth and Sixth
Amenities:  Complimentary Breakfast In Your Room,
100% Dog Friendly, 7 Unique Rooms 


Happy Landing Inn was originally constructed by master builder M. J. Murphy in 1926 as a private home for two San Jose families, the Leeb’s and the Blauer’s.  The building permit estimated the cost to build this home in 1926 at $11,000. 

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.  

Under this part is the servants quarters and the garages.  
To the rear is a large patio with two houses on either side.


  One for the Blauers 


and the one on the south for the Leets. There are four bedrooms in each cottage with standard bathrooms and showers and built in dressers.” 


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. 


Check out The Grill on Ocean Avenue for lunch or dinner on Ocean Avenue between Dolores and Lincoln.  But I digress.  I take a few moments to sit by the fireplace while enjoying my Spring Roll before being drawn to the courtyard by the sultry voice of Debbie Davis, who has the tour guests under her spell.


“Well hello Mr. Manzoni.  Yes I don’t mind if I do.” 



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
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All pictures are by L. A. Momboisse unless listed below: 

Early brochure for the Happy Landing from Harrison Memorial Library History Department.    

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17th Annual Carmel Heritage Society Inns of Distinction – 2015 – Part 3 – Pine Inn and Lobos Lodge

A block south of Happy Landing Inn are the next two hotels on our tour, Pine Inn (NE Corner Ocean and Monte Verde) 


and Lobos Lodge (NW Corner of Ocean and Monte Verde). 


These two inns, which sit across the street from each other have a rather entwined history. Here is a little background.  


In 1889, Delos Goldsmith, Carmel City’s first builder, erected the first hotel in town on the northeast corner of Ocean Avenue and Broadway (now Junipero).  The Hotel Carmelo was a two story wooden structure with eight guest rooms. The picture below shows Hotel Carmelo c. 1890.  


In 1903, Hotel Carmelo was purchased by Devendorf and Powers of the Carmel Development Company. It was partially dismantled, hoisted onto pine logs, and pulled by mule down Ocean Avenue to its present site. (Devendorf and Powers wanted their guests to be closer to the beach.) The original front of the Carmelo Hotel (shown below) today faces west on Monte Verde 

and is the current entrance to II Fornaio.    


On July 4, 1903 the Hotel Carmelo was reopened to great fanfare as the Pine Inn.  The picture below of the Pine Inn is from the first Carmel Development Company brochure early 1900’s.

In 1920, John Jordon, actor, scholar, and former mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea from 1926 – 1928, purchased the Pine Inn.  The inn had become so popular that a campground had to be added for the overflow guests.

The Sanborn fire map below from 1924 shows the tent campground on the northwest corner of Ocean and Monte Verde across from the Pine Inn. This is the lot where the Lobos Lodge would ultimately reside. In 1924 the map marked the area as Tent Cabins.
                        

John Jordan owned the Pine Inn for 20 years.  According to building permits on file at City Hall, Jordan added stucco buildings to the northwest corner property in 1924 and 1930. They were then called the Pine Inn Cottages.  The Sanborn fire map below from 1930 shows 13 structures on the Pine Inn Cottages property. 


Sometime between 1930 and 1940, Jordan sold this property to Tirey Ford who ran the property as Lobos Lodge. The 1930 – 1962 Sanborn Map shown below verifies this name change.


Tirey Ford took out three building permits during 1940 for alterations and a remodel of the cottages.  The picture post card shown below is of  Lobos Lodge c. 1940.  


Herman W. Fletcher of Pebble Beach purchased Lobos Lodge in the 1960’s.  In 1973 the cottages were torn down and Mr. Fletcher hired Steven Sassoon & Associates Civil Engineers and Kraftzeck Construction to design and build the current Lobos Lodge 

which today consists of six buildings 
with a total of 30 rooms.
Our tour of Lobos Lodge begins with a

tasting from Carmel’s newest wine room, Carmel Road.  The grapes come from vineyards located on the eastern and western foothills of the Salinas Valley, but you don’t need to go that far to enjoy Carmel Road wines their new wine room is located in the Pine Inn Courtyard on Lincoln. If you are a fan of Drew Barrymore stop by and try her 2013 Barrymore by Carmel Road Pino Grigio.

 The Inns of Distinction tour tasting served up two options, a 2013 Unoaked Riesling and 2013 Pinot Noir

My favorite neighborhood grocery and deli Bruno’s provided meat and cheese platters that perfectly accompanied the cup of  

hearty Greek Lemon Soup.  Our soup was provided by the President of Carmel Heritage Society, Dawn Dull.  She masterfully whipped up five gallons of this delicious soup which was consumed within the first 90 minutes of the tour.

Lobos Lodge opened two rooms for viewing.  I had never toured this hotel before and was pleasantly surprised to find the that the rooms were quite spacious with very high ceilings.   

Room 51 on the lower level is an Intermediate King.  It  does not have a private patio but  has plenty of sitting area by the cozy fireplace. 
Room 44 is on the upper level  

and also an Intermediate King with a fireplace.

Now back to the history of the Pine Inn.  I left off around 1940 which was the year Harrison Godwin became the owner. Harrison had previously owned the La Playa Hotel with his brother Fred.


After purchasing the Pine Inn, Harrison closed the inn for five months for remodeling – reopening April 1, 1941. He changed the interior design to French Victorian and added 12 shops to the courtyard, a garden dining area, rooftop garden, and the Red Parlor Pub. The Red Parlor Pub was quite popular until its closing in 1995.  The area where the pub once stood, across the hall from the old fashioned Letter Box, now serves as offices for Pine Inn staff. 


The current owners, Richard and Mimi Gunner, purchased the Pine Inn in 1985.  Working with their designer Max Davis from Honolulu the Pine Inn interior was transformed once again, this time in a Eurasian Victorian style with lacquered Chinese furniture and Pierre Deux French fabrics. 
Our tour starts immediately upon entering the ornate oval beveled glass door off Ocean Avenue.  Silk tapestries and Poinsettias line the stairs 
to the silk and walnut paneled lobby 
filled with antiques from Europe and Asia.    
 The fireplace in the front lobby dates back to the original Hotel Carmelo from 1889.

Room #10 upstairs


is a Superior King  

 with a charming sitting area, writing desk, 
 and ocean view. 
(That brick chimney sticking out from the rooftop in the photo below is original from 1889.) 
Room #4 is next to the gazebo in the courtyard. 

It is a Deluxe Patio Queen

 with two queen beds, 


sitting area, 


and a spacious Jacuzzi tub. 

Back through the Il Fornaio Panetteria  

to the main restaurant. 


Il Fornaio offered a scrumptious spread with
 house made flatbread Rustichella 


and house made thin crust pizza’s –
 Marherita and Vegetariana.  

With my small plate in hand I happily accepted a taste of Rancho Galante 2011 from Galante Vineyards.  

Not usually a red wine drinker, Rancho Galante 2011, a blend of Cabernet, Malbec, Petite Sirah and Merlot was a perfect match with my Rustichella.


With my tasting I received a coupon to enjoy a two for one wine tasting at the Galante Tasting Room in town. 


Located at end of Der Ling Alley off Ocean, 


or the back of Piccadilly Park on Dolores,


 just look for Slim he will point the way.  


We are only half way through our Inns of Distinction Tour – still more to come.  Next up in Part 4 we will visit Monte Verde Inn and Cypress Inn. 


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

Below is a video of all the venues. 


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All pictures by L. A. Momboisse unless listed below:
Black and white picture of  Hotel Carmelo c. 1890 – History of the Pine Inn, Nixon files, Harrison Memorial Library History Branch.
Black and white picture of Hotel Carmelo – Hale, Sharron, A Tribute to Yesterday, 1980, Valley Press, p. 11.z
Black and white picture of Pine Inn from Carmel Development Company brochure early 1900’s, Harrison Memorial Library History Branch.
3 Sanborn Fire Maps – Carmel-by-the-Sea City Hall Records
Postcard of Lobos Lodge – Mrs. D E, Nixon files, Harrison Memorial Library History Branch.
Black and white photograph of Harrison Godwin – Game and Gossip, May 1955, page 16.
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17th Annual Carmel Heritage Society Inns of Distinction – 2015 – Part 4 Monte Verde Inn and Cypress Inn

Monte Verde Inn 
West Side of Monte Verde
Between Ocean and Seventh 
Attributes: Pet Friendly,
Breakfast, On Site Parking

From the Pine Inn our inns tour heads one block south on Monte Verde to the Monte Verde Inn.


Before I give my best explanation of the history of the Monte Verde Inn I see Cima Collina is pouring


and Terry’s Restaurant (Cypress Inn) is providing a perfect pairing to my Cima Collina 2012 Chardonnay tasting, a silver platter of precisely portioned cheese bites.

Okay now I am ready.  Here is the background.  Let’s start with the Sanborn maps shown below from 1924, 1930, 1930 – 1964 of lot 1-4 Block A. I placed them on top of each other so that the changes can be easily seen.

As can be noted from the 1924 Sanborn map there was a structure built at the southwest corner of Ocean and Monte Verde labeled the Monte Verde Apartments. According to A Tribute to Yesterday (p. 96), it was a “wooden home-style structure known as Hotel El Monte Verde,” run by owner Mary L. Hamlin.  In 1925 the property was sold to Ethel P. Young and managed by Mrs. Young’s daughter, Virginia Stanton.  Mrs. Stanton was married to Monterey peninsula builder and architect, Robert Stanton. Mrs. Stanton was also the first president of Carmel Heritage Society in 1984.  But I digress.  

Now here is where it gets a little tricky and frankly a bit inconclusive.  In 1925 Mr. Stanton built his office (or reconstructed part of the apartments into an office) on lot 2. Before 1930, some of the Monte Verde Apartment building was moved south of his office to lot 3 – leaving most of lot 1 empty.  This can be seen in the 1930 Sanborn map above. In 1936, Stanton built the Tudor Revival style Normandy Inn on lot 1 (see Sanborn map 1936 -62 above). 

Around 1929, lot 3 (possibly along with the Monte Verde Apartment building) was sold to Percy Parkes, another Monterey peninsula builder architect.  According to City Hall records Parkes took out three building permits in 1929 for additions to the property on lot 3 including the addition of stucco.  The first time that the name Monte Verde Inn is mentioned in the City Directory is in 1958.  So there you have it – not completely conclusive, but the best I could find to date on the history of Monte Verde Inn.   

Today, the Monte Verde Inn is a charming Mediterranean style bed and breakfast. All rooms have been recently remodeled with white-washed adobe walls. Our tour featured the Queen Fireplace Room 1

 on the ground floor next to the lobby.
A small room, with queen bed, desk, and fireplace –
the vaulted ceiling makes it appear roomy.  


Next, up a narrow flight of stars to 

 Ocean View Queen Deluxe Room 7.


 Finally Double Queen Suite Room 6 


which is the largest with two queen beds, 

a separate sitting room with day bed


 and a clawfoot bathtub.
A short walk one block east to Lincoln
and I arrive at the 86 year old


Cypress Inn 
SE Corner Lincoln and Seventh
Attibutes: Complimentary Breakfast, Ocean View Rooms, R
estaurant and bar on site, 
Pet friendly

  
The Cypress Inn has a rich history.  It begins in 1906 with artist Sydney Jones Yard.  Mr. Yard was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1856.  He moved to California in the 1880’s and opened a pair of photography studios, one in San Jose and one in Palo Alto.  In 1898 he discovered the majestic oaks of Monterey County, and married Fannie M. Estabrook.
In late 1906 Mr. yard began building a rustic home/studio for himself and his wife on the south side of Ocean Avenue between Dolores and Lincoln.  They did not live there long – Mr. Yard died of a heart attack in front of the Carmel Post Office January 1, 1909. 


The following year the Yard Studio was purchased by artist Mary DeNeale Morgan.  She moved it from Ocean Avenue to Lincoln just north of Seventh.  This would become the future site of the Cypress Inn courtyard addition 92 years later. 

The wooden Yard Studio, considered the first artist studio built in Carmel, was the nucleus of the Morgan art studio.  Ms. Morgan made additions to the original Yard Studio in 1920, 1936, and 1937.  In 1927, she and her sister-in-law, artist Charlotte Bodwell Morgan were two of the founding members of the Carmel Art Association, considered the oldest continuously operating gallery in Carmel. 



On October 10, 1948, Ms. Morgan suffered the same fate as Mr. Yard.  While lunching at The Blue Bird Café in Carmel-by-the-Sea, she suffered a heart attack and died. 

The Morgan studio remained in the possession of the Morgan family until around 1998 when it was purchased by Cypress Inn Investors.  The studio was then demolished, making way for the courtyard suite addition to the Cypress Inn in 2001.  

The main building of the Cypress Inn also has history.  In 1927, Dr. Rudolph Kocher had a building constructed for his medical practice on the northwest corner of Dolores and Seventh Avenue.  (currently La Bicyclette shown below)

The building was the first of three commercial structures designed by Blaine & Olsen in the Spanish Colonial Revival style that would line Seventh Avenue between San Carlos and Lincoln, giving the area the nickname “Spanish Hill.”  This style can best be described as Spanish with Moorish features such as bright tile work, decorative grill work, and the signature tower. 


Today you will find this caduceus on the outside wall of La Bicyclette, a reminder of Dr. Kocher’s medical office.


The second building by Blaine and Olsen was built in 1928 for businessman L. C. Merrill.  This building is now the home of Little Napoli across from La Bicyclette (shown in the picture above) on the northeast corner of Dolores and Seventh. 
The third building by Blaine and Olsen was built for Dr. Kocher in 1929 adjacent to his medical office.  This building which was financed with the help of his partner in this project, Grace Deere Veile (of the John Deere Family).  Ms. Veile would go on to found the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) in 1934.  

Dr. Kocher’s newest building was built on the former site of the Lincoln Inn managed by Mrs. John S. Ball.  Dr. Kocher opened his new venture as The La Ribera Hotel on July 3, 1929 retaining Mrs. Bell as the manager. 
At its opening, the Monterey Peninsula Herald called the La Ribera “One of the show places of the peninsula, “offering its hotel guests high tea and wine tasting.  Though it opened to great reviews, it did not survive the Depression and went into receivership in 1930.


La Ribera did reopen, managed by A. G. Wood, former manager of the San Carlos Hotel in Monterey. 

In the 1960’s Earl E. McInnis took over management of the hotel and renamed it Cypress West. 


In the mid 1980’s businessman Denny LeVett and actress Doris Day fully restored the hotel 


reopening it as Cypress Inn,
 Carmel’s original pet-friendly hotel. 

Inside, the walls are lined with vintage Doris day posters.
 


Terry’s Restaurant 

provided a lavish spread with hot 

and cold treats. 

In the Doris Day Room 

we were serenaded by the music of Kenny Stahl.

Heller Estate Organic Vineyard of Carmel Valley provided our tasting. 
Not to be outdone by Terry’s large selection of lite bites, Heller Estate brought five varietals to share.  

A 2012 Chenin Blanc, 2013 Merlot Rose, 2011 Merlot, 2013 Cachagua Cab, and my favorite the 2013 Chardonnay.

This year on the Inns of Distinction, Cypress Inn opened two ground floor rooms for our tour. The King Suite Room 117 features a private entrance off Lincoln, 

sitting room, 
with television, 

king bed, 

 with fireplace, another television, 
and second entrance into the Cypress Courtyard. 
King Deluxe Room 114 also features a private entrance off Lincoln
four poster canopy bed and, 
sofa sleeper. 

Over the last four years I have had the opportunity to tour numerous other rooms in the old wing as well as the new.  Here is a video from last year on other rooms I have toured. 
Our last two hotels are up next in Part 5, Carriage House Inn and Tradwinds Carmel. 

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
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All photography and video by L. A. Momboisse unless listed below:
Color photograph of painting by Sydney Jones Yard, Sunset from Northern California Tonalist.
Color photograph of painting by Mary DeNeale Morgan, Cypress & the Deep Blue Sea from Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery 

Black and white photo of Morgan Building from 1993 Historic Content Statement, Carmel Historic Survey – Carmel City Hall Building Records.
Black and white photo of La Ribera Hotel c. 1929 – Carmel Historical Resources Binder Harrison Memorial History Library.
Black and white photo of post card of La Ribera Hotel c. 1940 – Nixon files Harrison Memorial History Library.
Black and white photo of Cypress Inn c. 1980’s – Harrison Memorial History Library.
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17th Annual Carmel Heritage Society Inns of Distinction – 2015 – Part 5 – Carriage House Inn, and Tradewinds,

The next inn on our tour is Carriage House Inn.  I toured this inn in 2013 and what a difference two years has made.  All rooms have been completely updated.  The French country look from 2013 has been replaced with a fresh, clean color palette which gives the guest rooms a more modern and elegant look. 


Carriage House Inn 
Junipero between Seventh and Eighth
Attributes:  Breakfast delivered to your room,
Evening wine served in the library,
On site parking


Of all the hotels we tour this year, Carriage House Inn is the youngest.  Built in 1980, Carriage House Inn is just one block from Ocean Avenue and Carmel Plaza’s restaurants, coffee houses, wine rooms, and shopping.  

The Firok Shield Family have three downtown restaurants, Bistro Beaujolais in the Carmel Plaza, da Giovanni on Lincoln, and Carmel Bistro on San Carlos. At Carriage House Inn we are treated to Firok Shield’s delicious specialty Clam Chowder and Pasta Mamma Mia from the Bistro Giovanni dinner menu.  


Our wine tasting from J. Lohr Vineyards Monterey vineyards featured a 2012 J. Lohr Highlands Bench Pinot Noir , 2013 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay, and 2012 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon.

Our tour included a view of two ground floor Deluxe Guestrooms.  Room 5 and 10 both feature vaulted ceilings with a king bed, 

 window seat, 

fireplace, 

and over-sized jetted tub with combination shower.   

With less than 15 minutes on the Inns of Distinction clock I still have one more inn to view, Tradewinds Carmel located at the north end of town.

Tradewinds Carmel 
Mission Street between 4th and 3rd Avenue
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Attributes: Breakfast, Ocean Views,
Pet Friendly Rooms, On Site Parking


Tradewinds Carmel, the second youngest hotel on the 2015 tour, was designed and built by Richard and Patricia Catlin in 1959. The Catlin’s, inspired by their trips to Japan and southeast Asia, designed the rooms and grounds with architectural features and landscaping reminiscent of their travels. 

The photo above shows the front of the hotel shortly after opening in 1959, and the photo below a typical room. 



In 1998, the Catlin’s daughter Susan Stillwell took over Tradewinds and gave it a major renovation with the help of designer Charles Gruwell who is best known for his work on the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  
The original courtyard contained a rarely used swimming pool which can be seen in this old photograph shown below. 

By the time I arrived at Tradewinds on the day of the tour (just a few minutes before 5pm) the fog had rolled in, and there was a gentle mist falling.  I decided to come back the following day to take pictures of the courtyard when the light was better.  

The following day, Sweetie, Tradewinds resident feline met me in front of the hotel.  

Intent on giving me a grand tour, Sweetie poised perfectly whenever I pulled out my camera.  Anyway, back to the history of Tradewinds Carmel.  Charles Gruwell’s major renovation was removing the old pool and replacing it with 

a multilevel Balinese and Asian inspired
courtyard with lush foliage,
 fire pit,
  lanterns,
 torches,
 stone walls,

reading areas, 
a terraced water feature,
and a Buddha water feature. 
Tradewinds Carmel was featured in the November 2004 issue of Architectural Digest as one of the most glamorous hotels, and in Forbes Travel Guide as one of the best small hotels.

By the time I arrived at Tradewinds, the homemade Pâté du Jour provided by L’Escargot has been devoured leaving nothing but crumbs on the plates.  
Checking in with the server from Dawn’s Dream Winery I was pleased that there was just enough of the 2014 Sargenti Chardonnay left for a tasting.  A perfect ending to my afternoon of tasting. 

As daylight began to fade, and a light mist fell, 


the lanterns, and tiki torches were lit.   

Two upstairs rooms were open for viewing.  The first a Deluxe Queen, Room 24 featured two queen beds, 

large bathroom with soaking tub/shower combination, 


and sitting area.   

Deluxe View King Room 19
features exceptional views of Point Lobos
from the large balcony, 
large bathroom with tub and shower, 
fireplace, wetbar, 

and soothing water feature.

That is the end of the 17th Annual Carmel Heritage Society Inns of Distinction Tour.  Please visit the Carmel Heritage Society  website for news of their upcoming tours for 2016, Carmel’s Centennial year.  Their very popular Home and Garden Tour will be in June 2016 and the 18th Annual Inns Tour December 2016.  



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
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Photos
All photos and video taken by L. A. Momboisse unless listed below:
Three old photos of the Tradewinds Hotel were taken from pictures displayed on the wall in the Catlin dining room at the Tradewinds Hotel.  
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Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour 2015 – Part 3 – Frank Lloyd Wright House, The Ship House and Golf House

Walker House
by Frank Lloyd Wright
26336 Scenic Road 


In 1918, Mr. and Mrs. Willis J. Walker, San Francisco socialites, purchased 216 acres of land for $150,000 from John Martin (Mission Ranch).  The Walkers subdivided the land and sold many of the lots. (1)
                          

The ocean front acreage from the Walkers subdivision, was deeded to Mrs. Walker’s sister, Della Walker.  

Della asked noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a house that was low to the ground so that her neighbors’ views would not be interrupted.  

Wright did exactly what was asked of him, designing a home that appeared to be like an ocean liner, the prow of which would perpetually face the tireless sea off Carmel Point. 


For almost five years octogenarian Frank Lloyd Wright worked on Della Walker’s house.  Miles Bain was hired to carry out the construction.  

“In the design, Wright wholly departed from the conventional four-cornered concept of rooms.  There isn’t a square corner in the house.  


The culmination of this dynamic approach is in the hexagonal living room…the stepped-out windows, leading up to the wide roof overhang…the home’s construction is of Carmel stone, supplemented by cedar plywood on interior walls and ceilings.  This wood came from the mills of Mrs. Walker’s son in Susanville…Heating is by radiant floor units…built-in furniture includes…a couch along the living room view windows…Mrs. Walker added only a few pieces…such as the Japanese fish net balls.” (2) 

Photography is not allowed on the inside of this home.  The current owner allowed me to take the picture above and below.  The picture above is the same setting for the picture below of Mrs. Della Walker. 


Here are a few more highlights from the grounds around the Walker House. 


The Ship House 
3 NE of Sixth Avenue on Guadalupe 


Allen Knight was born in San Francisco on May 7, 1901.  He spent his childhood summers at the home of his two aunts on Monte Verde and Seventh.  At the age of 17 Allen went to live with his aunts full time, but life in Carmel was too tame for Allen so he joined the crew of the “Falls of Clyde” and sailed around the Horn.

He continued this vagabond lifestyle traveling for years through the Orient and Europe.  While in Prague, Allen fell in love with old European architecture and convinced a hotel owner to give him copies of the blueprints of his hotel. 

In 1929, Allen was back in Carmel.  He had his aunts’ house moved by truck up Ocean Avenue to Guadalupe and Sixth.  The adventure Allen had during the moving of this house is a whole other story

Allen hired San Francisco architect Albert Farr to use the blueprints he had obtained in Prague and build what would become the Sundial Court Apartments on the property at Monte Verde and Seventh.  Michael J. Murphy would do the construction.  Today this is the home of L’ Auberge Carmel.

In 1933, Allen married Adele Hawes, he and their three children lived in the house on Guadalupe and Sixth. He would also serve as Mayor of Carmel from 1950 to 1952. 

During his lifetime, Allen collected numerous nautical memorabilia.  But his home was not large enough to store the collection. In 1936 he began construction on a stone building just north of his home on Guadalupe. 


“The building was completed in 1939. On the outside, it resembled a “stone lighthouse” in the words of Winsor Josselyn who wrote it up in the February 24, 1939 issue of the Monterey Peninsula Herald.  Allen told Josselyn during an interview for the newspaper article:  “Some people call this my hobby…and some call it my ‘marine mania.’  Call it what you want to, but I love ships and I’m getting a big kick out of doing it.” (3) 


The outside walls of The Ship feature water washed granite boulders surrounding portholes.  Most of the portholes are salvaged from the Aurora, a four-masted ship built in 1901 in Everett, Washington and moored in Monterey Bay in 1932.  On January 18, 1935 the Aurora was caught in a storm, she ran aground on Del Monte Beach and the relentless pounding waves finished her off.  

The current owners of The Ship came across a replica of the Aurora in an antique shop in Pacific Grove.  The replica now sits proudly on a shelf in their home.


The only entrance into The Ship is though a salvaged watertight bulkhead door.  

The interior which resembles the hold (first floor) and wheel house (second floor) of a ship was made from the parts of 57 dismantled ships. 
Planks and knees from the Aurora tie
 together the walls and support the ceiling. 

The knee directly over the porthole near the top of the bed in the picture below came from the Natalie.  The Natalie is thought to have been the ship that was used by Napoleon Bonaparte during his escape from Elba in 1815.  In the 1930’s the Natalie, at the time being used by coastal smugglers, met its end on Monterey Beach.   

The 550 square foot ground floor of The Ship has everything the current owners need to be comfortable: living area, bedroom, 

kitchen (with high efficiency dishwasher
and washing machine), dining area 
 
bathroom (behind the door below)
library, and office. 
Upstairs

 the “wheelhouse”
surrounded by windows 

 acts as a guest room, game room
or sunset cocktail lounge.  

 The Golf House 
SE Corner San Antonio and Fourteenth 


Philip and Laura Wilson married in 1890.  In 1905 they moved to California with their three young children, Grace (who later married James H. Thoburn mayor of Carmel from 1934 – 1936), Philip Jr., and James.  That same year Philip Wilson Sr. constructed the Wilson Building on the NW Corner of Ocean and Dolores.  This anchor of the Camel commercial district served as the first City Hall in 1916. 

In 1912 Philip Wilson Sr. purchased a small writers studio, and the property around it, at Fourteenth and San Antonio from writer John Fleming Wilson. 



Philip Wilson Sr. built a nine hole golf course on Point Loeb (now called Carmel Point). This, the only golf course ever built in Carmel, was operated by Wilson from the Club House (John Fleming Wilson’s old writers studio) from 1913 – 1918. The picture below dated 1914 (courtesy of Harrison Memorial History Library) shows Wilson with his daughter Grace and son James. 

The picture below, courtesy of the current owners of Golf House was passed on to them when they purchased the historical club house.  This picture shows Philip Sr. and Philip Jr. in front of the club house. 


At the onset of World War I, Philip Wilson Sr. was called to service and Carmel’s first golf course was abandoned.  The land was later sold and subdivided. In 1990 a one bedroom house was built on the property integrating the old Club House into the home as a living room. 


  

The current owners (also owners of Carmel Cottage Inn) have restored the Club House now known as Golf House. 



Contractors Bell McBride carefully  separated Golf House from its former residence and moved it to the southeast side of the lot. 


Meticulously removing each brick along with some of the dirt and carefully restoring the fireplace in its new location. 


 The Golf House now stands as a separate guest house – the interior still features the original built in wooden lockers. 

Bell McBride built the new main house
pictured to the left below,

to complement the style of The Golf House.


Inside the main house are three charming bedrooms –
each bed covered with a different early American style quilt. 

Bedrooms also feature french doors,
 space saving built-in furniture 


and window seats. 


In the great room, 

 the living and dining room/kitchen 


are separated by a built-in hutch.  

 The kitchen is a classic utilizing the current owners signature style with a Signal Red Big Chill Retro style stove and  

dishwasher 
That is the review of the eight homes on the Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour for 2015. 
Many thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time and the home owners who graciously opened their homes for viewing.  And thank you to Carmel Heritage Society for making this happen year after year. 


Part 1 First Murphy, Belle House
Part 2 Stonehaven, Pope House Banyon Hideaway

Google map of location of houses may be viewed here.  
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Notes
(1) Hale, Sharron Lee. A Tribute to Yesterday. (Valley Publishers, Santa Cruz, 1980) p. 120.
(2) Hall, Thorne. Editor, Publisher, Owner. “Houses of Distinction – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blend of Stone and Sea on Carmel Beach.”  Carmel Pacific Spectator Journal, September 1957.
(3) Fremier, Allene. Allen Knight Beloved Eccentric. (The Boxwood Press, Pacific Grove, 1984) p. 61.

Photographs
Under Golf House the two first black and white pictures of the original Club House is courtesy Harrison Memorial Library Local History Department.
The third black and white picture of the original Club House is courtesy of the current owners.

All the rest of the photography by L. A. Momboisse.

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Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour 2015 – Part 2 – Stonehaven, Pope House, and Banyon Hideaway

Stonehouse 
6 SE of Thirteenth on Dolores


La Von E. “Lee” Gottfried was born on a farm in Ohio, July 12, 1896.  Educated to the high school level, he began his business career with Pacific Telephone Company.  In June of 1917, Lee Gottfried enlisted in the United States Army serving in the Signal Corps in France where he was in charge of telephone and telegraph construction. In 1919 he was honorably discharged having attained the rank of first lieutenant. 

In 1920 Lee came to Carmel and began work as a general contractor.  One of his first commissions was the construction of Edward Kuster‘s stone house at the intersection of Ocean View and Bay View on Carmel Point. 

Gottfried and Kuster were familiar with medieval European architecture – it is Lee Gottfried (along with Kuster) who are credited with the transformation of the Ocean Avenue business district from a Western “false front” (Carmel Bakery) to the Old World charm of a European village (Court of the Golden Bough).

After arriving in Carmel, Lee met Miss Bonnie Hale, a native of Berkeley who had lived in Carmel since 1906.  They married and in 1921 Gottfried built his family a home on the east side of Dolores, south of Thirteenth.  The family lived there until 1941. 

Built in an “H” shape, Stonehouse’s exterior walls are uncoursed (randomly laid) Carmel stone.  
The roof, a rolled over eave to appear as if thatched.
Windows, diamond pattern with leaded glass. 

  In 1939 a large back bedroom
 was added to the south east elevation. 

In 1996, the current owners reconfigured the front entry into a vestibule. 
Off the spacious living area 

is a cozy room with rounded ceilings and original fireplace. 

The current owners raised the ceiling in the kitchen 

and added leaded windows 

to keep the original style and character of the home. 

Pope House
2981 Franciscan Way 


Julia Morgan was born January 20, 1872.  She was the first woman to receive a degree in engineering at U. C. Berkeley, the first woman to complete course work in architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and the first woman architect licensed in California.  She designed nearly 800 buildings, the most famous being Hearst Castle.
  


In 1940 Ms. Morgan built this home on Franciscan Way for her friend from U. C. Berkeley, Dr. Emma Whitman Pope. Before retiring to Carmel, Dr. Pope was a general practitioner who had been married to Dr. Saxton Pope, a surgeon at Watsonville Hospital, until his death in 1926. 


While Ms. Morgan built this house, she was staying at her own studio-cottage in Monterey, and she walked the five miles to Carmel and back to supervise the construction, saying that she “needed the practice in walking” after a bout of labyrinthitis. (1)

The Pope House, built in Minimum Traditional style, features a large window in the living area that overlooks the Carmel Mission.

  

Bleached redwood interior walls 


and beams that give the living space
 a feel of lightness and openness.  

The original house was a two bedroom. 
In 1960 a third bedroom was added to the back of the house.


In 2011 the current owners renovated the 1960’s addition, going to great lengths to make the original house and the renovation appear seamless, matching all flooring, wall, and window materials as closely as possible. 


The space from the old third bedroom is now a beautiful and spacious master, 


breakfast nook,


 

and modern and functional galley kitchen. 

There are two wonderful outdoor spaces.
The first off the laundry room. 

This comfortable sitting area is surrounded by a cooks garden with fruit trees, vegetables, and herbs ready for picking.

The second outdoor space features
a charming stone fire pit.

Banyon Hideaway
28987 Mission Street 


Mark Mills was born in Jerome, Arizona in 1921. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in Architectural Engineering, Mills apprenticed for Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West from 1944 – 1948.

Mills came to Carmel in the early 1950’s to help contractor Miles Bain with the construction of Mrs. Clinton Walker’s house on Scenic.  Mrs. Walker’s house was the only house in Carmel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

After completion of the Walker House, Mrs. Walker offered Mills the opportunity to plan and build two homes in Carmel for speculation.  Mills accepted the offer and settled in Carmel with his family.


Banyon Hideaway was the first of the two spec houses designed by Mark Mills in Carmel.  The house was sold to Mills’ father for $17,000.  

Not very visible from the street, it was a real treat to go behind the gate and tour this home.  


Throughout the structure, concrete walls and posts feature the “desert-masonry” concept that Mills helped to perfect while he apprenticed at Taliesin West.  

The living area features a steep A-frame
with a dramatic triangular shaped window,
and  a glass skylight which
 runs the length of the roof ridge. 



Mills signature use of “desert-masonry” 

and triangular shapes is seem throughout
         
                      
the interior living room 
and bedrooms.  The current owner has added 

stained glass to many of the windows. 


Outside, 


the current owner has transformed the property into a tropical oasis


 with ferns, fountains, 


and 


a Koi pond,  


and tranquil lounge areas


for quiet conversation
 tucked around the property – 

even on the roof of the carport! 


In Part 3 of the 2015 Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour we will view three more unique homes of Carmel, Mrs. Della Walker’s house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, The Ship House designed by former Mayor of Carmel Allen Knight and the Golf House site of Carmel’s first and only golf course. 

Video of highlights of the eight historical homes of the 2015 House and Garden Tour. 

Google map of location of houses may be viewed here.  
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(1) Boutelle, Sara Homes, Julia Morgan Architect (Abbeville Press: Revised Edition, August 1, 1995) 

Photos by L. A. Momboisse 

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Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour 2015 – Part 1 – First Murphy House & Belle House

First Murphy House 
Lincoln and 6th Avenue


Eight houses were on this years House and Garden Tour. Our first house is home to the Carmel Heritage Society, The First Murphy House was built in 1902 by 17 year old Michael J. Murphy.

In 1900 Emma Murphy brought her 15 year old son and 10 year old daughter to Carmel-by-the-Sea.  Emma had read about this new village and believed her son Michael, a trained carpenter, would easily find work.  By 1902 he was working for Frank Devendorf building homes in Carmel and became the chief builder for the Carmel Development Company in 1904. 

Over 300 buildings are attributed to Michael J. Murphy, The First Murphy House being his first.  Built for his mother and sister, The First House was moved through the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea two times and finally settled in its current location on Lincoln where in 1992 the house was completely restored by Congleton Architect AIA.  

Belle House 
4 NE of Ocean on Camino Real 

   
The Belle House sits back on a lot sheltered by the



rambling limbs of 23 oak trees that are almost 100 years old. 


Belle House was built by Michael J. Murphy in 1922 for J. Kleugel, an early building tradesman in Carmel. 

This Monterey Colonial style home with cantilevered balcony over the front entrance had remained little altered until the current owners lovingly restored the home – carefully adhering to its historical roots. 


The garage lean-to (which can be seen on the left side of the picture above taken in 2001) was added in 1930.  Today this is a galley-style kitchen



and breakfast room.  The ceiling beams are reclaimed wood from the lean-to garage and the 150 year old flooring and accent tiles in the breakfast room were reclaimed from other demolitions. 


The original garage doors were also re-purposed and now slide like a barn door 

                           

separating the living/dining area from the kitchen.   


A cozy conversational area with fireplace 


and guest bedroom complete the first floor. 

From the outside, the foot print of the old lean-to garage has received a restoration/addition 

adding living space to the second floor – now a beautiful wall to wall master suite.  The bathroom features the original claw-foot tub 

while antique furniture and statuary


 whisper peace and comfort in the master suite. 

Just outside the gate to Belle House it is time to head north on Ocean Avenue and south on Dolores to Stonehaven.  


Next up, part 2 – Stonehaven, Pope House, and Banyon Hideaway

Highlights of the eight homes of the 2015 House and Garden Tour can be viewed in the following video. 



Google map of location of houses may be viewed here.  

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Photos
Black and white photo courtesy of Carmel City Hall Building Department files. 

All the color photos by L. A. Momboisse.

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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
831-624-2232

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
831-624-7917

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.

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Photographs
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 – http://www.carmelbytheseaca.blogspot.com 
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16th Annual Carmel Inns of Distinction – 2014 – Part 2 – The Cypress Inn


Cypress Inn 
Northeast Corner Lincoln and Seventh Avenue 
Amenities:  Complimentary Breakfast, Eco-conscious, 
Ocean View Rooms, Pet Friendly Rooms
Terry’s Lounge and Restaurant on Site
800-443-7443


The Cypress Inn also enjoys a rich history. It begins in 1906 with artist Sydney Jones Yard. 

Sydney Jones Yard was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1856. In the 1880’s he moved to California and opened a pair of photography studios in San Jose and Palo Alto. In 1898 he discovered the majestic oaks of Monterey County, and married Fannie M. Estabrook.   


Late in 1906 Yard began work building a rustic home/studio for himself and his wife on the south side of Ocean Avenue between Dolores and Lincoln in what had come be known as the artist village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. On January 1, 1909, Yard suffered a heart attack and died in front of the Carmel Post Office.

The following year the Yard Studio was purchased by another artist, Mary DeNeale Morgan.


Ms. Morgan was born in San Francisco in 1868.  She studied at the California School of Design under Virgil Williams, the same mentor of Christian Jorgenson. 

After the 1906 earthquake Carmel received an influx of artists. Morgan among them.  Shortly after she arrived in Carmel, she organized the Arts and Crafts Club.  Their clubhouse occupied what is now the Golden Bough Playhouse and was the first cultural center in Carmel.  Six week art classes taught by Ms. Morgan cost $15. 


In 1910, Ms. Morgan had the Yard Studio moved from Ocean Avenue, down Lincoln to what would later become the courtyard addition to the Cypress Inn.


Morgan Building 1993 before it became Courtyard of Cypress Inn photo MorganBuilding2lot16-Copy_zpsd06d9033.jpg
The wooden Yard Studio, the first artist studio built in Carmel, was the nucleus of the Morgan Studio. Ms. Morgan made additions to the Yard Studio in 1920, 1936, and 1937.

In 1927 she and her sister-in-law, artist Charlotte Bodwell Morgan were two of the founding members of the Carmel Art Association.  This organization is the oldest continuously operating gallery in Carmel.    

On October 10, 1948, while lunching at The Blue Bird Cafe in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ms. Morgan suffered a heart attack and died.

The Morgan Studio remained in the possession of the Morgan family until around 1998 when it was purchased by Cypress Inn Investors.  The Morgan Studio was demolished, making way for the courtyard suite addition to the Cypress Inn in 2001.

Cypress Inn Courtyard addition on lot of Morgan Studio - 2001 photo 0262_zps3b5b60cc.jpg
The memory of Mary DeNeale Morgan lives on even if her house does not.  Just north of the Cypress Inn is a court named after the artist.  


The original building of the Cypress Inn was built much earlier than 2001 and also has a history. 

In 1927, Dr. Rudolph Kocher, had a building constructed for his medical practice on the northwest corner of Dolores and Seventh Avenue.  The building was the first of three commercial structures designed by Blaine & Olsen in the Spanish Colonial Revival style that would line Seventh Avenue between San Carlos and Lincoln, giving the area the nickname “Spanish Hill.”  This style can best be described as Spanish with Moorish features such as bright tile work, decorative grill work, and the signature tower. Today Dr. Kocher’s medical building is the home of La Bicyclette 

The second building by Blaine and Olsen was built in 1928 for Businessman L. C. Merrill. This building is now the home of Little Napoli.

The third building by Blaine and Olsen was built for Dr. Kocher in 1929 adjacent to his medical office.  This building which was financed with the help of his partner in this project, Grace Deere Veile (of the John Deere Family).  Grace Deere Veile would go on to found the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) in 1934.


Dr. Kocher newest building was built on the former site of the Lincoln Inn managed by Mrs. John S. Ball. Dr. Kocher opened his new venture as The La Ribera Hotel in 1929 retaining Mrs. Bell as manager.

At its opening, the Monterey Peninsula Herald called the La Ribera “One of the show places of the peninsula,” offering its hotel guests high tea and wine tasting. Though it opened to great reviews , it did not survive the effects of the Depression and went into receivership in 1930. 

The hotel was reopened and managed as the La Ribera by A. G. Wood, former manager of the luxurious San Carlos Hotel of Monterey. In the 1960’s Earl E. McInnis took over management of the hotel and renamed it Cypress West.


In the mid 1980’s businessmen Denny LeVett and actress Doris Day fully restored the hotel and reopened it as The Cypress Inn.  It became Carmel’s original pet-friendly hotel. Notice the German Shepard enjoying the veranda of the King Suite in the courtyard wing above. 


During the Inns Of Distinction Tour, guests were serenaded by the music of Kenny Stahl in the Doris Day Room.


The inn’s walls are decorated with Doris Day vintage movie posters, reminding us of a simpler time.  


Nearby Christmas cookies hot from the oven of Terry’s kitchen tempt Inns of Distinction guests 


as they decide which wine from Heller Estate Organic Vineyards to pair with their treat, the 2011 Merlot or the 2012 Chardonnay. 


Over the past three years on the Inns of Distinction Tour, I have had the opportunity to tour a number of the Cypress Inn rooms in the newer courtyard wing (the area built where the Yard/Morgan studio once stood).  This year it was a treat to tour rooms in the original part of the hotel.  The following is a video of all the rooms I have toured at the Cypress over the years.  




Just three block to our next hotel Tally Ho Inn.

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Photography
Landscape with Sheep by Sydney Yard – Sydney Yard Tonalist.
Black and white photo of Mary DeNeale Morgan – Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Point Lobos Cypress and the Deep Blue Sea – Mary DeNeale Morgan – Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Black and white photo of Morgan Building 1993 Historic Content Statement, Carmel Historic Survey –  courtesy of Carmel City Hall Building Records.
Color photo of the Courtyard Suite Wing of Cypress Inn added 2001 – courtesy of Carmel City Hall Building Records.
Black and white photo of La Ribera Hotel c. 1929 – Carmel Historical Resources Binder Harrison Memorial History Library.
All other photography and video by L. A. Momboisse – www.carmelbytheseaca.blogspot.com


Notes:
McGlynn, Betty Hoag.  The Root of Carmel’s Art Galleries, (November 13, 1998). Harrison Memorial Library History Department.
Morseburg, Jeffrey. The Magic Hour Light of Sydney Yard.



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