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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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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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Carmel Inns of Distinction 2013 – Part III – Cypress Inn, L’Auberge, and La Playa

We have three more unique inns to view.  From the Coachman’s Inn , we head south on 7th Avenue to the Cypress Inn.

Cypress Inn 
Lincoln and 7th Avenue
Attributes: Complimentary Breakfast,
Ocean View Room 220, Pet Friendly Rooms
Terry’s Lounge and Restaurant on Site
The site of the Cypress Inn enjoys a rich history.  Home to the first art gallery of Carmel in 1906, rumored to have been used as a nursing home or sanatorium in the 1920’s, finally transformed into the Hotel La Ribera in 1929, and then quickly forced to close due to the Great Depression.  In the 1960’s the property opened as the Cypress West Hotel.  In the 1980’s it was purchased by its current co-owners, businessman Dennis LeVett and actress Doris Day and became Carmel’s first pet friendly inn. 
We entered through the side patio
where pet’s are welcome
for lunch and dinner
In the lobby annex Terry’s Restaurant serves cookies
and lite bites of roast beef.
The “Day Room”  is decked
out with Christmas cheer
and Heller Estate is pouring
their 2012 Merlot,  Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.
The rooms we tour are in the courtyard
off Terry’s Lounge.
Through the glass doors lies a beautiful
courtyard filled with white lights,

and nine beautifully appointed courtyard rooms. 
The following video tours five of them. 
To  view all the rooms with rates and amenities
 view the Cypress Inn room site, it is very comprehensive. 
And don’t forget to come back
after dark to take in
an original by Mr. Brainwash
For more information
or rates on
Cypress Inn call
800/443-7443
L’Auberge Carmel 
Monte Verde at 7th Avenue
Attributes: Valet Parking,
Breakfast, Pet Friendly Rooms,
Peeks of the Ocean from some rooms,
On-Site Restaurant

Just about every building in Carmel-by-the-Sea has a fairly well documented history, and the L’Auberge is no different. 
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A member of the Relais & Chateaux an association of luxury hotels and restaurants, the L’Auberge is listed on the Travel & Leisure’s Top 500 World’s Best Hotels and Executive Chef Justin Cogley of their award winning restaurant Aubergine was voted Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in 2013. 

During our tour, Nathaniel Munoz, Aubergine’s Restaurant Director, treated us to a delicious taste of 100 year old cheese and a hot toddy with a pleasant holiday kick…

…from one of the bottles that shares
space in the custom built cheese cave
with the fromagerie.

With warm drink in hand
we passed the lobby fireplace
to the charming courtyard 
where Karen Hudson, Director of Sales, 

met us for our tour.  

For information or rates of
the L’Auberge Carmel 
call 831/624-8578

A short walk to Camino Real and 8th 
and our last inn of the day, 

The La Playa Carmel 
Camino Real & 8th Avenue 
Attributes:  Breakfast,
 Ocean View Rooms, Pool

The La Playa was originally built as a home in 1905 by Christian Jogenson as a gift for his wife.  Mr. Jorgenson was fascinated by the Carmel Mission and even placed a window in his front patio that imitated the star window in the Mission. 
In 1916 the mansion was converted into a hotel, was frequented by my mother and her cousins in the 1920’s and 30’s, and the sight of my college Junior Prom dinner in 1978. 
The hotel recently underwent a
 $3.5 million restoration 

and reopened in August 2012. 
Our tour takes us past the Fireside Room, 

and the historic
 antique wood bar
with iconic Greek columns,

to the dining room 

where the La Playa kitchen
served dessert petit fours
  

 and sparkling Brut Rose.

Next to the dining room is
the Pacific Terrace

where hotel guests
are served breakfast,and an ocean view. 

Or later in the day guests may enjoy the
Pacific Terrace by the firepit with
a cocktail – and ocean view. 

Of the 75 guest rooms
the La Playa Carmel
has to offer, we toured
Ocean View Rm 201,

with four large picture windows 
overlooking the ocean

and the hotel garden.
For information or rates
on the La Playa Carmel
call 800 / 582 -8900

For a  map of the tour click here.

Our tour is over.  Many thanks to all the hotels, restaurants, and wineries who participated in this years Carmel Inns of Distinction.  The $30 price tag to get in more than pays for itself with the wineries giving away coupons for free tastings and the restaurants giving away coupons for discounts on meals.  Not to mention the numerous pourings and bites one has the opportunity to taste while enjoying a behind the scenes tour of some of our beautiful hotels and inns.  

And finally many thanks to the Carmel Heritage Society, for it is because of their existence and their mission to protect, preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Carmel-by-the-Sea, that this event is even possible.
Carmel Inn’s of Distinction 2013 – Part I (Vendange Carmel, Carmel Garden Inn, Tradewinds Carmel)
Carmel Inn’s of Distinction 2013 – Part II (Carriage House, Coachman’s Inn) 

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Credits
All pictures and videos by L. A. Momboisse except two black and white photos under L’Auberge.  The first is courtesy of the Harrison Memorial History Library Nixon Files.  The second from Carmel A History In Architecture by Kent Seavey, Page 93, 

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Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour – Part III – Cypress Inn

Cypress Inn
Lincoln & 7th
Our Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour
continues with the Carmel landmark, Cypress Inn
The site of the Cypress Inn enjoys a rich history.  Home to the first art gallery of Carmel in 1906, rumored to have been used as a nursing home or sanatorium in 1928, transformed into the Hotel La Ribera in 1929, called the “white stucco elephant” and forced to close its doors after the Great Depression, to be resurrected and reopened in the 1960’s as the Cypress West Hotel, and finally to be fully restored in the 1980’s by present owners businessman Dennis LeVett and actress Doris Day, becoming The Cypress Inn, Carmel’s original pet-friendly hotel.
Enter via Lincoln Street 
into the lobby lounge,
 

to a platter of festive small bites topped with Caviar, prepared by the staff of Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge at the Cypress Inn.     Obviously a big hit.



Wine from Heller Estate of Carmel Valley
 (100% organically grown)
is poured for our enjoyment.
I pocket another complimentary wine tasting ticket!
Across from the lobby is the large yet cozy “living room”
  lounge  with a fireplace and grand piano. 
A great treat is to have afternoon tea here during Christmas. 
Your furry friend can go too!!
We walk through Terry’s on our way
to the rooms open for touring in the new wing.
Terry’s has a great “lite bites” bar menu that is also
served on the patio. 
All dogs welcome of course.
Rooms in the new wing open to a two story courtyard
filled with twinkling lights, a soothing fountain
and outdoor lounge area.
Here is a short video of the rooms on tour all in the new wing.  First the King Deluxe Courtyard, next the King Suite on ground floor with private entrance on Lincoln and finally the King Suite with veranda on the second floor and huge jetted tub.   
Don’t forget to come back at night to eat on the patio
and take in the Mr. Brainwash original.
 For information and rates call
800-443-7443 or 831-621-3871 
From the Cypress Inn I walk a few blocks
to the Lamp Lighter,
another inn owned by Denny LeVett. 
Lamp Lighter
SE Corner Ocean & Camino Real
With an English country feel and numerous lamp lights,
 this inn is surrounded by lush gardens,
gazebos,
wandering oak trees,
and colorful birdhouses.
The L-shaped FireCrystals fire pit

invites visitors to sit and relax awhile.

Mundaka of Carmel provided their
signature Spanish style tapas for us to enjoy,
 while J. Lohr Vineyards offered their wines for tasting.
The accommodations at the Lamp Lighter Inn
include cottages and guest rooms.
I toured the Carmel Cozy, Sea Star, a King room
 with quaint fireplace and full bath.
And the Carmel Comfy, Early Bird room
which features two double beds.
A decanter of Cream sherry waits in each room for a warm night cap. The Lamp Lighter is pet friendly, offers a Continental breakfast, and an afternoon wine and cheese reception to its overnight guests.  For information and rates please call 831-624-7372.
Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour Part IV
Happy Landing Inn, Monte Verde & 6th
Hofsas House, San Carlos & 3rd



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