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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

an eclectic mix of Asian 

and English antiques.

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

a spacious bathroom with soaking jetted tub.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and Raspberry Panna Cotta.

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

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

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

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

Second picture front building of Happy Landing Inn from courtyard courtesy of Happy Landing Inn.
All other photographs by L. A. Momboisse – 
Carmel, Carmel Heritage Society, Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour,, La Playa, Tally Ho

Carmel Inns Of Distinction Tour – Part II – La Playa

After touring the cottages of Carmel Cottage Inn, I walked two blocks to the corner of Camino Real and 8th Avenue into the lobby of the “new” La Playa.

This building (mansion) was originally built in 1905 by Christian Jorgenson as a gift for his wife.  Jorgenson was fascinated by the Carmel Mission to the  point that he placed a window in the 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 late 1920’s, and the sight of my college Junior Prom dinner in 1978.

The hotel has just undergone a $3.5 million restoration, reopening this past August as La Playa Carmel.

All tour guests were ushered through the decorated lobby passed the Fireside Room with its table set for a private party,

 the Bar,
and the Pacific Terrace,
to the Dining Room.

Here we were offered bite sized Cream Puffs shaped like mini hamburgers and yummy squares of fudge prepared by the La Playa Carmel kitchen.  Wine tasting was offered by Jullian Vineyards of Carmel Valley. 

One room was open for viewing at
the La Playa Carmel,
the Premium Ocean View Room

 with five tall dome shaped windows
overlooking the hotel gardens and ocean beyond.

For information and rates for
The La Playa Carmel
 call: 831/624-6476
Time to walk off a bit of this wine and snacks.  I Tally Ho one block north of Ocean Avenue to Monte Verde & 6th Avenue.
Tally Ho Inn
Monte Verde & 6th Avenue 
The Tally Ho Inn, located across from the Pine Inn, began life as a guest cottage for the overflow of the visitors coming to the Pine Inn in the early 1900’s.  It has changed hands a number of times over the years.  It was even renovated in the 1940’s by Hugh Comstock who was hired by the then owner Jimmy Hatlo a New York cartoonist. 
The relationship between the Tally Ho Inn and the Pine Inn contines to this day, as a complimentary full American breakfast buffet is served Monday – Friday from 8AM to 10AM in the Pine Inn Retaurant Il Fornaio for the guests of the Tally Ho Inn.
Today our refreshments are being provided by Il Fornaio.  Do I have room?
Rooms of the Tally Ho Inn are decorated with antiques and flat screen TV’s, sometimes more than one per room – I actually found out on December 2nd that the RAMS beat the 49ers after being tied in overtime (for the second time this season) on one of the numerous flat screen TV’s.   
Along with a fireplace, this king bedroom 
has plenty of sitting area.
Two long units stretch out off the main lobby area.

Though it was cloudy that day, the ocean is visible below the clouds.

These rooms have lavish ocean views,  
fireplaces, flat screen TV’s,
and luxurious full baths.
A quaint outdoor fireplace welcomes visitors.
For information and rates on
  The Tally Ho
 please call 800/652-2632


Candle Light Inn
San Carlos between 4th and 5th
A few blocks up on the same side of Ocean Avenue I stopped to tour the Candle Light Inn.

A room off the lobby was set up for wine tasting provided by Ventana Vineyards,

 and small bites provided by The Grill on Ocean Avenue. As a gift to all tour guests we also received a coupon for a complimentary wine tasting at the Ventana Winery and coupon for 15% off dinner at The Grill. 

Located near many fine restaurants (Bistro Giovanni, Hog’s Breath , Grasing’s, and The Grill), the Candle Light Inn features three different room possiblities:

The Standard King Room
The Standard Double
The Deluxe Room or Suite with
Kitchen, Jacuzzi Tub, Wood-Burning Fireplace
or combination of any of the above
Besides a daily Continental breakfast and newspaper delivered to your door and fresh baked cookies in the afternoon in the lobby, the Candle Light Inn offers packages with discounts for dinner, golf or a visit to the Monterey Aquarium.  My favorite amenity is the large used brick fire-pit in the parking lot. 

For information and rates call

Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour Part III
Lamp Lighter, Ocean & Camino Real
Cypress Inn, Lincoln & 7th