Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour - Part I - Carmel Cottage Inn

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On a rainy Sunday afternoon in December the Carmel Heritage Society held their annual Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour with eight quaint Inns opening their doors, and a few of their rooms, to the public for viewing. The $30 ticket included a Carmel Heritage Society commemorative wine glass which was very useful as local wineries and restaurants provided the food and drink at each venue.

One half hour before the event began the rain subsided and I decided to venture out.  So glad that I did. 

Carmel Cottage Inn
San Antonio & 8th Avenue
Tucked away off the street in a lush garden setting is the Carmel Cottage Inn, with 5 separate and unique Carmel quaint units open for our tour.  The Inn was purchased a year ago by Cheryl Assemi who along with her family meticulously and loving restored and redecorated each of the units.

A tiled pathway meanders through the lush gardens surrounding the Carmel Cottage Inn leading to rustic Dutch doors.  Inside each cottage a complimentary gift bag with sparkling cider and pistachios from the Assemi family farm await each guest.


Comfy overstuffed sofas, colorful quilts, telephones circa the 1940's, and hand stenciled hardwood floors lead to homey kitchens with retro appliances and cupboards filled with FiestaWare. Each unit also has at least one flat screen TV and internet access is available. Close attention was paid to every detail in these cottages. 


The goal, and I believe well achieved, is to provide guests with the "cottage experience."  I would add to that description the word "Carmel." Touring these units transported me back to the 1960's when I would spend my summers at our family home on Dolores. 
Log Haven
Sleeps up to 10


Log Haven, the oldest of the five, built in 1907, features a large stone patio, 2 bedrooms 1 1/2 baths, livingroom, dining room and kitchen on the first floor.  Up the narrow log steps to the second floor and you will find another bedroom and full bath with a good sized living room. 


Bruno's Market and Deli (6th & Junipero Street, Carmel) provided the food and drink in the large dining room of Log Haven.

Tradewinds
Sleeps up to 8


The other four cottages were added to the property in 1940 and used as vacation rentals. Tradewinds the second largest property features two places to sit outside, a patio and balcony.  The main floor has a bedroom with full bath, kitchen, and living room with fireplace.  The upstairs level has one bedroom, a loft with two twin beds and a full bath.

Moon Gate
Sleeps up to 4

Moon Gate, which sits behind a moon shaped arch, is the most secluded of the five cottages.  This property features one bedroom, one bathroom, full kitchen, living room with fireplace and large brick patio surrounded by lush gardens.
Home Port
Sleeps up to 4

Home Port. a one story unit, features an ample sized living room with gas fireplace, one bedroom, bath and kitchen with breakfast area.  Outside the back door is a lovely rose garden and sitting area.

Sky Way
Sleeps 2

Sky Way, the smallest of the units, is an upstairs studio with a living room with kitchenette, one bedroom and full bath.  This unit also has a lovely ocean view from the front porch sitting area and living room. 


This map above shows the layout of the
five cottages of the Carmel Cottage Inn at
San Antonia & 8th Avenue, Carmel.
For rates and information
call 855-894-2424
                         
 Below is a video of pictures taken from
inside all of the units and as I walked the grounds. 

 
Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour Part II
The La Playa - Camino Real & 8th
Tally Ho Inn - Monte Verde & 6th
Candle Light Inn - San Carlos & 5th