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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
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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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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Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour – Part IV – Hofsas House & Happy Landing Inn

Casual elegance, personal service,
and traditional family hospitality.


Hofsas House

Between 3rd and 4th Avenue
on San Carlos Street
As the afternoon turns into early evening I arrive at the Hofsas House.  In 1957 Donna Hofsas and her husband founded this quaint inn with jovial pink Bavarian façade. For the past 60 years it has been family run.  The current owner and general manager, Carrie Theis, is Donna’s granddaughter.  
A Bavarian themed mural painted by
Donna’s friend Maxine Albro,
welcomes guests in the entry driveway.
Old World charm,
diamond window mutins,
the warmth of a roaring hearth,
 light bites from Flaherty’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar
 and wine from Chateau Julien greet us in the lobby. 
The hostess from Flaherty’s offers me a 10%
off coupon for a future dinner.
 I happily add this to my
growing collection of coupons!
The Hofsas House is pet friendly,
provides off street parking,
and Continental breakfast.
Next to the heated pool and dry sauna is a large meeting room with fireplace and full kitchen.  Accommodating seating for 30 people, this can be reserved for family reunions, small wedding receptions or other events.
There are 38 spacious, uniquely decorated rooms.

  Many which open to the back have
private balconies and ocean views.

Fireplaces and kitchens are available in some rooms
as are microwaves and refrigerators.
For rates and information
please call
From the back balcony at Hofsas House
 I notice through the clouds
 the sun beginning to dip low
  on the horizon.
  Just enough time for one more inn.
Happy Landing Inn
Monte Verde & 6th
My last stop for the day is Happy Landing Inn originally commissioned as a private home for two sisters from San Jose.  This quaint complex was built in 1926. 
The main building served as the family living
room, dining room, kitchen and bath, 
while the detached buildings that surround
the garden served as bedrooms for family members.
The complex was sold in the 1930’s to Velma Craig who rented the separate rooms to boarders.  Mrs. Craig sold this to the Thorngate family who turned the property into Happy Landing Inn. 
In 2006 it was sold to its current owners Dawn Dull and Diane Lewis.  Dawn Dull is the President of the Carmel Heritage Society for whom we have to thank for this lovely and beautifully planned afternoon. 
Inside the Great Room, PortaBella served tasty bites
to accompany wines from The Wolftrap and Amisfield.
Yes, I spy coupons for 15% off my next dinner
at PortaBella in the basket.
Happy Landings has seven darling antique-furnished guest rooms, all with private bath, three with a fireplace, and two with large sitting rooms.  Each morning a warm breakfast is served in your room and some rooms are pet friendly.  The Great Room may be rented for family reunions, weddings or other events. 
Here is a video of the rooms open for our tour.

  For information and rates
call 831-624-7917

Many thanks to all the inns, restaurants, wineries and the Carmel Heritage Society for such an enjoyable, interesting and delicious afternoon.  I look forward to next year.    


Carmel Inns Of Distinction Tour Part I Carmel Cottage Inn
Carmel Inns Of Distinction Tour Part II La Playa, Candle Light, Tally Ho
Carmel Inns Of Distinction Tour Part III Cypress Inn, Lamp Lighter