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Lodging in Carmel

#1 Post by EHeffner » March 20th, 2019, 2:02 pm

My wife and I are planning a little road trip down the coast of California to celebrate her birthday in May. We are spending two nights in Carmel on our trip. I was looking at either the Getaway or the Hideaway bed and breakfasts. Both of these properties are owned by Plumpjack. I believe both were recently renovated, with the getaway being the more recent renovation.

I just want to see if anyone had any experience with either of these properties, or can recommend any other similarly priced Lodging options
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#2 Post by Albert R » March 20th, 2019, 5:35 pm

Evan,
We stayed at the Sandpiper Inn (B & B) two years ago. It's one block from the water. We throughly enjoyed our stay. Brings back great memories!
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#3 Post by EHeffner » March 21st, 2019, 10:03 am

Looks like Sandpiper is sold out the week I’ll be there. Thanks for playing though
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#4 Post by Peter Yanagihara » March 25th, 2019, 12:17 pm

Cobblestone Inn near Carmel Plaza.

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#5 Post by Alan Rath » March 25th, 2019, 2:41 pm

Evan, just based on location, I would pick the Hideaway, between those two. Getaway is located right on the corner of the main entrance to town on Ocean and Juniper, so all traffic in and out goes right past there. Hideaway is a couple blocks off, so just enough to make it a little less busy. Caveat I haven't stayed at either, but have walked around the area many times. We always stay in Pacific Grove, which is more "quaint" and a little less touristy, then just drive down to Carmel for the afternoon when we want to. If you're set on Carmel (nothing wrong with that), a couple others we have looked are Monte Verde (might be a bit quieter, out of the very center), and Wayside. Bicylette is a fun place for lunch.
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#6 Post by M. Dildine » March 25th, 2019, 2:44 pm

See if you can get into Mission Ranch.
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#7 Post by M. Taylor » March 25th, 2019, 6:31 pm

M. Dildine wrote:
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See if you can get into Mission Ranch.
If you can’t, go by for dinner and sit outside
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#8 Post by T Welch » March 25th, 2019, 6:33 pm

M. Taylor wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 6:31 pm
M. Dildine wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 2:44 pm
See if you can get into Mission Ranch.
If you can’t, go by for dinner and sit outside
And maybe Clint will drop by to tickle the ivories.
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#9 Post by EHeffner » March 26th, 2019, 6:47 am

Peter Yanagihara wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Cobblestone Inn near Carmel Plaza.
Cobblestone is the Hideaway. Changed name after renovations. I ended up booking at The Getaway but now realizing they do not have A/C. We will be there end of May, and are from Florida, so we need our a/c. Looking in to Monte verde and the ranch listed above
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#10 Post by Alan Rath » March 26th, 2019, 8:23 am

You shouldn't need AC in Carmel, particularly in May. It's likely to still be on the cooler side, but it rarely, rarely gets hot enough to be uncomfortable. More likely to have "June gloom" where you have morning overcast lasting until noon or late morning, then cool sea breeze. Coastal California never gets humid like FL, you have to go inland at least a few miles to get any significant heat most of the time.
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#11 Post by EHeffner » March 26th, 2019, 11:16 am

Fair enough. Amazing the things you learn when you travel lol

I’ll discuss with wife to see if that bothers her. If not, I’ll probably stick with one of the Plumpjack properties
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#12 Post by Alan Rath » March 26th, 2019, 11:29 am

Evan, it's understandable if you haven't spent a lot of time around California. it's not like Florida, there are serious micro-climates. Much of northern coastal will be quite cool, even in the summer. That can change temporarily when there is a high pressure offshore flow weather event (i.e., winds blow from inland out to sea, instead of the prevailing on-shore breeze), but that's unusual and might only happen a few times in the summer, for a few days. That's why you see so many sweatshirt stand in San Francisco during the summer, for the tourists who just assume "it's California" and it will be warm everywhere.

Average temps in Carmel for May are 64 hi, 48 lo (it's only 66 high in June). When it's sunny out and no breeze, it will feel warmish, but you're unlikely to every be truly hot, and there won't be any excessive humidity. Ocean is COLD, so there is almost always a cooling breeze coming in from the west. Evenings will definitely cool off, and can even be downright cold.

Having said that, if you go inland just a mile or two, it will be sunny and warmer, and a few more miles it can get pretty hot - but not humid.
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#13 Post by EHeffner » March 26th, 2019, 12:46 pm

Wow. Thanks!! Ya, if the highs are in the 60’s, AC shouldn’t be an issue. We’ll just crack a window.

FWIW, we’ll be in Carmel from May 22-24. Road trip = 2 nights SF, 2 in Napa, 2 Carmel, 1 Santa Barbara and 2 LA

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#14 Post by Alan Rath » March 26th, 2019, 2:05 pm

[cheers.gif] Don't hesitate to ask for other advice, driving routes, eateries, etc.
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#15 Post by EHeffner » March 26th, 2019, 3:35 pm

We were thinking Dametra cafe and Cultura comida for dinners on the casual side as we’ll be coming from SF/Napa and plan on exploring a some Big Sur while based in Carmel. Both of our first times in California
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#16 Post by M. Dildine » March 26th, 2019, 4:04 pm

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March 26th, 2019, 3:35 pm
We were thinking Dametra cafe and Cultura comida for dinners on the casual side as we’ll be coming from SF/Napa and plan on exploring a some Big Sur while based in Carmel. Both of our first times in California
Evan, if you get down to Big Sur, check out Nepenthe, Deetjens, Post Ranch or Ventana for dinner.
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#17 Post by EHeffner » March 27th, 2019, 9:09 am

While I have you here, any recommendations on where to stay in San Francisco? Or neighborhoods to stay in? I was looking at the Stanford Court in Nob Hill. It is amazing to me how expensive hotels are in San Francisco
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#18 Post by T Welch » March 27th, 2019, 10:16 am

We have friends who just stayed at La Playa in Carmel and loved it. I think the rates include breakfast and a shuttle.
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#19 Post by Alan Rath » March 27th, 2019, 10:24 am

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March 26th, 2019, 3:35 pm
We were thinking Dametra cafe and Cultura comida for dinners on the casual side as we’ll be coming from SF/Napa and plan on exploring a some Big Sur while based in Carmel. Both of our first times in California
I would encourage you to try both, since I haven't been to either and would love a report ;) Cultura is on our list to try. Both look interesting, I think they are good choices.

You already have a rec for Nepenthe, which I will second and third. It is a very casual, almost earthy place, perched up on the Big Sur bluffs. Burgers, salads, that kind of food. A lunch spot, partly because of the food, partly because you're better not driving along Hwy 1 at night. Expect there to be a crowd, but you just put your name in and wait, enjoy the scenery, grab a beer at the bar if you want. A unique spot, even for California.
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#20 Post by Alan Rath » March 27th, 2019, 10:43 am

EHeffner wrote:
March 27th, 2019, 9:09 am
While I have you here, any recommendations on where to stay in San Francisco? Or neighborhoods to stay in? I was looking at the Stanford Court in Nob Hill. It is amazing to me how expensive hotels are in San Francisco
Yes, SF is expensive. Haven't stayed at Stanford Court, but it's a decent location, right next to several high end hotels. Be aware that the location is at the top of a hill (probably higher than anything in Florida, lol), so if you're walking around town, you'll be climbing that hill to get back to your hotel. But it's a good area to be in.
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#21 Post by EHeffner » March 27th, 2019, 11:04 am

Thanks again for everyone’s input. If we do lunch in Big Sur, it’ll definitely be Nepenthe. The one issue is we are driving from Carmel to Santa Barbara. If we tried for Nepenthe on way to SB, and arrived to Nepenthe at say 11:30am, that would put us arriving to SB at 4-5pm, which is awfully late considering we have limited time there.

We were going to do some nature/hiking while based in Carmel so instead of driving all the way out to Nepenthe and doing activities out there, I was thinking doing Point Lobos and then hitting California Market at Pacifics edge for lunch, as to not drive roughly an hour each way.

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#22 Post by Alan Rath » March 27th, 2019, 12:13 pm

You can't go wrong with either plan, just depends on what you want to do. Pacific's Edge is a spectacular venue, I wouldn't want to dissuade you from going there. Actually more scenic than Nepenthe. Even for a Californian who has been around the coast all my life, it's an unbelievably scenic location. So if you don't have time for the drive down and back to Nepenthe, and are not planning on taking Hwy 1 all the way down on your way to SB, I like your choice. I do think it might be worth driving down 1 at least past Bixby bridge, which is the iconic scenery you get in all the tourist and car commercials lol. It's about 20 mins from Carmel Highlands, though there can be some traffic congestion going past the bridge (damn tourists).

I'll give you one opinion on driving route: 101 from Monterey down to Santa Barbara is moderately scenic, a nice drive, through some inland hills and valleys (which will have turned mostly brown by then). You'll come down to the flatter areas through SLO and along the beach cities, again OK scenery. Hwy 1 down through Big Sur is one of the most spectacular and scenic roads on earth. For the extra hour it will take you to go that way, I would strongly consider it. Though if your wife has any tendency to car sickness, it's a windy road with big elevation changes, sometimes a little scary, particularly for the passenger heading in the southbound direction.

While you're in Carmel, I also highly, highly recommend doing 17 mile drive. I would go north on 1 and enter from the north gate (it will cost you $9 or so), the drive south seems more scenic than the drive north.
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#23 Post by EHeffner » March 27th, 2019, 12:34 pm

1. We plan on doing 17 mile drive
2. The plan was for a day trip to Point Lobos, lunch at Pacific edge and then take the extra 15 min down to Bixby
3. We 100% plan on driving Hwy 1 through Big Sur. That’s the issue. Since we want to drive from Carmel to SB on the coast, it’ll take us a bit longer. Odds are we’ll just wake up early that day and just drive down without stopping for a nice lunch. Since we taking coast, it’s 4 hours from Nepenthe to SB and they don’t open until 11:30...

So ya, we plan on taking the coast the whole way but timing is tough. Odds are we’ll be passed the Nepenthe area by 10am, let alone 11:30
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#24 Post by Alan Rath » March 27th, 2019, 1:12 pm

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Even if you don't eat at Nepenthe, you can still make the stop (it's a good place for a break). Literally right on the road, so no time wasted. They have a kind of cool gift shop, and you can walk up the ramp to the restaurant at least to see what it's like (it's a very cool place).
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#25 Post by EHeffner » March 27th, 2019, 8:28 pm

Just saw that Nepenthe has the Cafe which is open for breakfast and has a terrace. Problem solved lol
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#26 Post by EHeffner » March 28th, 2019, 5:12 pm

Any Santa Barbara recommendations? Initial thoughts are Ritz or Hilton as we’re only in town for one night but they’re so far from downtown
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#27 Post by Merrill Lindquist » May 8th, 2019, 11:21 pm

L'Auberge Carmel is a fine, fine place to stay. My standby whenever I am down that way. But I am a sucker for service and luxury and expect to pay for it.
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#28 Post by Chuck Miller » May 9th, 2019, 7:31 pm

An old friend of mine ownes Patisserie Boissiere is downtown Carmel. The business has been there like 50 years, he bought it probably 35 years ago (I helped him with a small loan, long since paid back, NFI). It’s a lovely, quaint French pastry and espresso place, open breakfast lunch & dinner (I think). Mention my name to him (his name is Magdi) and he’ll treat you like a prince. Don’t mention my name, he’ll treat you like a prince.
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