Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Carmel Inns of Distinction 2013 - Part II - Carriage House and Coachman's Inn

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A short five block walk east on Mission Street from Tradewinds Carmel brings us to the back entrance of Carriage House just one block from Carmel Plaza's shopping, numerous restaurants and a plethora of coffee houses.  Carmel-by-the-Sea is one square mile, so actually, nothing is very far away - and that includes the beach.


Carriage House Inn 
Junipero between 7th and 8th Avenue
Attributes: Breakfast Delivered to Room,
Evening Wine Served in Library,
 Off Street Parking 


In the lobby we enjoyed
light bites from
The Grill on Ocean Avenue.


A AAA 4-Diamond inn for over 30 years, Carriage House has 13 spacious rooms and suites.  We toured room 7 a deluxe king room on the first level. The dressing area can be separated from the rest of the room by closing the blue French country toile fabric doors over the sink. 


There is plenty of room in this room with
 window seat, 



feather bed, bed bench,


and sitting area, 


all facing the gas fireplace and flat screen TV. 



  The bathroom features a 1 person
 jetted tub and shower combination.   



Every evening, 
coffee, wine and hors d' oeuvres
 are served in the library.


During the tour our wine was poured by
Paraiso Vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands



For more information
on the Carriage House Inn
or reservations call 
831/625-2585


We bring our Carmel Heritage
wine glass and cross the street to
a Carmel staple since 1954.


Coachman's Inn 
San Carlos at 7th
Attributes: Breakfast Delivered to Room,
Pet Friendly Rooms,
Dry Sauna, Hot Tub, Off Street Parking


Current owners The Steuck’s purchased the Coachman's Inn in the 1990’s.  Since then it has undergone three major renovations, including the most recent finished just three years ago.  The outside keeps its original lines, a U shape with stucco siding decorated with "Comstock" style half-timbering.


Ample off-street parking for guests


 (this means you don't have to worry about
 moving your car every two hours - a real plus). 


On site dry sauna and hot tub.


Up on the patio balcony Mark Manzoni of


poured a 2011 Pinot and 2012 Chardonnay.
Visit them in town
in the Paseo Courtyard west side
of San Carlos between Ocean and 7th


The Tree House Cafe provided our small bites.  By the time we arrived, the Hummus had been devoured,
and the server was heading back across the street to the restaurant for more provisions.



Rooms were open
on the second level
for viewing. 


Room 209 with two queen beds, 


large sitting area,
gas fireplace, and
flat screen TV -


and Room 211 with
one queen bed 


sitting area,
(all rooms have Kuerig
Single Press Coffee Makers)


  flat screen TV
(yes we are still watching the 49ers)
and gas fireplace. 


Also enjoy fresh baked cookies
and apple cider
every afternoon in the lobby. 
(Yes, I know those are dog biscuits
not cookies - Karen the innkeeper was
still baking the cookies when we dropped in.)


For more information on
The Coachman's Inn 
or reservations call
831/624-6421

For a  map of the tour click here.


Next up our last three inns, Part III - Cypress Inn, L'Auberge and LaPlaya 

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Credits
Photos - L. A. Momboisse www.carmelbytheseaca.blogspot.com