Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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

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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 fa├žade. 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
831-624-2745
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
800-297-6250
 
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