Monday, July 25, 2016

Create Your Own Adventure - Self Guided Walks - Carmel by the Sea

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Create Your Own Adventure
Self-guided Walks
Carmel-by-the-Sea


Pick a walk, any walk, and be your own tour guide. Get outdoors, create your own adventure, and enjoy the beauty of Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

Scenic Drive Loop (3 miles) - walk the Scenic walkway around Carmel Point and take in Carmel's beautiful shoreline. Part 1 & Part 2 

Jane Powers Walkway Loop (2 miles) - Enjoy a walk in the northwestern part of town that end on the northernmost portion of Carmel Beach.  Part 1 & Part 2



Mission Trail Nature Preserve/Flanders Mansion Loop (1 1/2 miles) - Walk in the footsteps of Saint Junipero Serra and enjoy Carmel's beautiful Mission Trails Park as well as the Historic Flanders Mansion and grounds. Part 1   - Part 2



Historic Hill District (1 1/2 miles) - Explore Devendorf Park and the Historic Hill District and see eleven fairy tale homes built by Hugh Comstock in the 1920's. Walk

Slim points the way to Galante

Wine Walk Carmel (1 1/2 miles) - Explore the wine rooms on the Carmel Wine Walk Part 1 and Part 2  Salute! 


Walking Tour of Ocean Avenue (1 mile) - Enjoy the history of Carmel by the Sea's main street Ocean Avenue as well as the shopping -Walking Tour



Walking Tour of Ocean Avenue to Carmel Beach (2 miles) - Enjoy Ocean Avenue and add Carmel Beach to your adventure -  Walking Tour Overlook


Friends of the Forest Carmel Tree Tour - Enjoy a walk to observe some of Carmel's heritage trees and what makes Carmel an urban forest -  2016 Tour 2014 Tour.



Wildflower Season Crespi Cross

Portola Crespi Cross/Carmel River Beach (2 miles round trip) - Enjoy the beauty of Carmel River Beach and Carmel Wetlands, walk the beach up the stairs to what locals call the "Bunny Trail" - Hike



15 Dog Friendly Restaurants - looking for a place to eat after a day of adventure?  Check out our list

Adventures outside Carmel-by-the-Sea 

Garzas Park Canyon Hike/Wildflower Season

Point Sur Lighthouse Walking Tour - Part 1 and  Part 2

Walk to Nepenthe from Pfeiffer State Park while bridge is out


Until next time Happy Adventures!

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Rich Pépe & Jack Galante Present CARMEL-BY-THE-GLASS - A Fiesta Garden Party at the La Playa

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Friday July 22, 2016, baker and restaurateur Rich Pépe along with rancher and winemaker Jack Galante held Carmel-by-the-Glass, a Summer Fiesta Garden Party at the La Playa Carmel.  


Almost a complete sell out at 300 tickets, this festive fun-filled community party benefited the Carmel Mission Foundation



The Carmel Mission Foundation was founded in order to restore, and preserve the Carmel Mission as well as the 11 historic structures and over 1,500 artifacts that make up the 22 acre Carmel Mission compound. 

Vic Grabrian President & CFO Carmel Mission Foundation 

Guests strolled the lush garden's of the La Playa and were treated to sixteen tastings from local Carmel wine rooms and a wonderful fiesta feast by Aqua Terra Culinary.


Our first stop was the station offering tri-color tortilla chips, salsa roja, broccoli rabe with golden raisins and green salad.



We paired this with a 2014 Alexander-Smith Chardonnay and a 2013 De Tierra Russell Estate Chardonnay.  



Next we visited the paella station.  Both choices of paella were delicious and offered in generous portions. 



Classic Valencian Paella - saffron, chicken, chorizo, shrimp, mussels, clams, piquillo pepper, and peas. 


Vegetarian Paella - saffron, green beans, cauliflower bell pepper, artichoke heart, spinach, and tomatoes.


We paired our paella with a 2014 Manzoni Chardonnay and 2014 Silvestri, Pinot Blanc, Il Campione.

As we enjoyed our second course, flavorful aromas drifted past our noises. Carnitas! While waiting in line, we chatted with other guests. The line wound through the lower garden past wine stations...    



... Figge , Windy Oaks, Scheid, and Dawn's Dream...



We chose a tasting of the 2014 Dawn's Dream Pinot Alyssa to swirl and sip while we waited. 


After filling our plates with two kinds of carnitas, Yucatan chicken and pork topped with old world beans, cilantro, onions, and tomatillo sauce, we grabbed a tasting of 2014 Galante Merlot and found a place by the pool 


where Terry Shehorn & the Hornets entertained with smooth jazz.  



Master of ceremony Maddox Haberdasher  got the crowd revved up



for the splashy synchronized swimming show put on by Bay Area Aqua Legs.



The members of Bay Area Aqua Legs are all mentors or coaches for Synchro Athletes with Disabilities (Synchro AWD).  Their performances raise awareness for AWD swimmers training and exhibitions.  It was a real treat to watch.

We topped off our evening with a tasting of Caraccioli Cellars Brut Cuvée bubbly.


Here are a few more highlights.



Don't miss Pépe and Jack's next Carmel-by-the-Glass benefiting Carmel Mission Foundation the Winter Holiday Party December 9, 2016.  Tickets go on sale today July 25, 2016!!! 


Until next time Happy Adventures!

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For an interactive map and guided walking tour covering many of our tours please be sure to download the GPSmyCity App from the iTunes store. The App covers an extensive library of articles and walking tours from over 470 cities worldwide, and now features articles from Adventures of a Home Town Tourist covering Carmel and Monterey (with more cities on the way).


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Calendar of Upcoming Events Carmel by the Sea - July22, 2016 to August 7, 2016

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A quick rundown of events for the next two weeks in and around Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.  


Book Signing

1. Meet and Greet Pilgrim's Way Book Store - July 23, 2016 (11am - 1pm) 




Alissandra Dramov and Lynn A. Momboisse will be on hand at Pilgrim's Way on Dolores between Fifth and Sixth in downtown Carmel to sign copies of their book Historic Homes and Inns of Carmel-by-the-Sea. This book features 150 historic homes and inns of Carmel depicted in full color photography, along with interesting biographical and architectural details, as well as a link to an interactive Google map with the locations of all properties. 

Live Music, Food, & Drink

2. Carmel-by-the-Glass July 22, 2016 (5 - 8pm)
Restaurateur Rich Pepe and rancher and winemaker Jack Galante present a Summer Fiesta Garden Party in the gardens at La Playa Hotel (Camino Real & Eighth). Enjoy fiesta-style food and wines from local tasting rooms in Carmel.  Tickets are $65 per person, event benefits the Carmel Mission Foundation.    

3.  79th Annual Carmel Bach Festival July 16 - 30, 2016
This festival takes place at different venues throughout the Carmel and Monterey area. Check the calendar of events for a list of all activities. On a budget here is a list of free activities. For tickets and more information see www.bachfestival.org or call 831/624-1521.



4.  Evenings By The Bay - Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey


Take advantage of extended hours at the Monterey Aquarium while enjoying wine, food, music and more on Saturdays and Sundays from July 2 to September 4.  Aquarium admission includes the extended hours till 8pm, but note that not all exhibits will be open during those extended hours. Locals receive reduced admission price after 6pm. For more information call 831/648-4800 or visit montereybayaquarium.org.

Featured entertainment includes:
Saturday, July 23 - Andrea's Fault -Pop, Rock, Blues
Sunday, July 24 -
David Morwood & Friends - Jazz
Saturday, July 29 -
Mike Marotte - Italian
Sunday, July 31 - Roger Eddy - Jazz
Saturday, August 6 - The Edge Band - Country
Sunday, August 7 - Tim Jackson & Friends - Jazz

5. Carmel Plaza Summer Music Series (Junipero and Ocean Avenue, Carmel) 


Carmel Plaza's Summer Live Music Series is free to the public!!!  A food and drink package may be purchased for $15 per person.  Every Friday (July 8 to August 26) 5pm to 7pm.  Just show up and rock out!!!

Friday July 22 - Chicano All Stars Band (400 Gourmet Burgers, I Brand & Family Wines, Alvarado Street Brewery) 

Friday July 29 - Velvet Plum (Il Fornaio, Folktale Winery & Vineyards, Odonata Wines)

Friday August 5 - Everyday People (Bistro Beaujolais, Pietra Santa Winery, Leopold & Bertinchamps Belgian Ales)

Live Theater 

6.  Mary Poppins at the Golden Bough Theater Carmel-by-the-Sea (Monte Verde between 8th and 9th)

Pac Rep presents the always fun and entertaining stage show, Mary Poppins. For dates, times, and ticket prices visit Pacific Repertory Theater .

7.  The Addams Family at the outdoor Forest Theater (Mountain View and Santa Rita Street Carmel-by-the-Sea) July 21 - 24, 2016

The Forest Theater Guild along with Paraphrase presents a limited run of a new musical comedy The Addams Family.  For information click here.  

8.  Evita at the Monterey Peninsula College Theater Department July 14 - 31, 2016 (980 Fremont Street, Monterey)

On the Morgan Stock Stage MPC Theater Department presents Evita with lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Gary Bolen. For tickets visit here.  

Sports

9.  106th Rodeo Salinas Salinas Sports Complex 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas 


Buckle up the California Rodeo Salinas is in town. This event is one of the top 20 regular season rodeos in the US and draws over 700 of the best cowboys and cowgirls across America. The calendar, events and hours can be found here and tickets here. 

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Lot's to keep us all busy!  Until next time Happy Adventures!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Carmel Heritage Society Centennial Year House and Garden Tour 2016 - Part 2 - Frank Lloyd Wright House, Church of the Wayfarer, Curtain Calls

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Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour 2016 continues with:

Church of the Wayfarer

And Master's Garden 



At the turn of the 20th century, Carmel residents who wanted to attend Protestant church services had to travel by horse and buggy to Monterey where the Presbyterians and Episcopalians had established a church, or to Pacific Grove to the Methodist church.

1939 

It was because of this need for a church in Carmel that in 1902 a small group of Carmelites began meeting to discuss establishing  a place of worship for Carmel's Protestant community. 

In 1903, Frank Devendorf donated two 40 foot lots on the west side of Lincoln between Ocean and Seventh for the church.  Reverend George Clifford was appointed to organize this church, and on November 4, 1904, the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Carmel was incorporated with six charter members:  Frank Devendorf, E. A. Arne, J. P. Staples, L. C. Horne, Lillie Hansen and William Gilchrist. 


c. 1935

In 1905, the first building erected on church property was one room, a white wooden structure of Spanish mission style.  During the pastorate of F. L. Tuttle (1910 - 1912), internal and external improvements were made on the church.  Under J. H. Pardee (1912 - 1915) the church was wired for electric lights.  

By 1939 the church foundations were shown to be structurally weakened and in need of renovation. Robert L. Stanton (husband of the first Carmel Heritage Society President Virginia Stanton)  was asked to design a new chapel in what villagers called "Carmel style." 


1940

Thus the original Spanish mission style exterior was redesigned by Stanton to what is seen today, an asymmetrical peaked roof topped by a bell tower and steeple. 



On March 3, 1940, the new chapel was dedicated, and Dr. James E. Crowther preached his first sermon on June 1, 1940. Pastor Crowther considered the Carmel congregation to be sojourners from all parts of the country and that Christians traditionally are wayfarers along the Way. So he suggested that the name of the church be changed to The Church of the Wayfarer, which was unanimously adopted August 18, 1940. 


2016

By 1947 the congregation had grown to almost 500 members making it necessary to expand on the property.  In 1949 two adjoining lots were purchased and in 1952, the Youth Building was dedicated. 

During the Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour, visitors were invited inside the chapel to view the beautiful 18th century Italian walnut wainscoting that lines the wall.  This was added during the 1940 reconstruction.




In 1981, after over 20 years of planning and fundraising, the stunning leaded glass windows that surround the sanctuary and act as sermons in glass were added.


 The Garden Window 

The windows were designed and installed by master craftsman from the Connick Studios of Boston.  

 The Rear Nave Window 

The three windows are divided into four lancets.  The top row along each window depicts scenes from the life of Jesus.

The Front Nave Window 

The rest of the scenes portray bible history, biblical scenes, scenes from California history, US history, and Protestant history. 



Tour guests were also invited to visit the Biblical Garden designed in 1940 by Butler Sturdevant. 



Mrs. George Beardsley donated the funds to plant this garden in 1940, which contained plants that are mentioned in the Bible. This garden was featured in Sunset Magazine in January 1941



Today it is called the Master's Garden. It still features plants described in the Bible, such as Flax from Proverbs 31:13,



Thyme, 

 and Lavender. 

This colorful and fragrant garden is lovingly cared for by the Garden Committee.


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Curtain Calls & Second Act


Curtain Calls was built for Ms. Bertha L. Bowen, by Hugh Comstock Carmel's "builder of dreams," in 1929 for $3,000. 



The name "Curtain Calls" was given the cottage in the mid 1940s by another owner, Constance Ferris.  Ms. Ferris a San Francisco journalist named her home after the title of one of her books of short poems which were adapted for the stage, Curtain Calls.

                         
The floor plan for Curtain Calls is two parallel gabled wings, separated by a "hyphen" or hall that serves as the entry, topped by dormers and Comstock's signature steep pitched roof. 


Off the right wing facing east is a wooden deck with decorative "splat" railing.



Off the entrance in the left wing is an uncharacteristically large (for a Comstock) kitchen/dining area.  



The right wing houses the bedroom, bathroom and comfortable living area with high open beam ceiling.

Outside are two cozy patios




 with filtered ocean views.  



While Curtain Calls sits back on this
 large double lot,



Second Act, formerly the garage, sits close to the front gate. Here the original Carmel Stone interior has been flipped to the outside.




 The inside is the ideal in-law apartment
or guest house with studio bedroom plus loft,
reminiscent of another Comstock house, Hansel.


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Mrs. Clinton (Della) Walker House
by Frank Lloyd Wright


Minneapolis lumber executive Clinton Walker married artist Della Brooks around around 1901. In 1904 they moved to Piedmont, California and lived there until Clinton's death in 1944. 


Minneapolis lumber executive Willis Walker married Alma Brooks in 1897. The couple moved to San Francisco in 1915. In 1918, Willis and Alma Walker, purchased 216 acres of land for $150,000 from John Martin (Mission Ranch). The Walkers then subdivided the land and sold many of the lots. (1)

The ocean front acreage from the Walkers subdivision, was deeded to Mrs. Clinton Walker. 
                          

After her husband died in 1944, Mrs. Clinton Walker moved to Carmel and rented a house while she arraigned for the construction of her house on her ocean front property. 


Between 1945 and 1950, Mrs. Walker corresponded with noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright regarding her design preferences for her home. She wanted protection from the wind and privacy from the road.



Mrs. Walker also requested that her house be as enduring as the rocks and as transparent as the waves. 



Wright took Mrs. Clinton Walker's requests to heart, designing a home that appeared to be like an ocean liner, the prow of which would perpetually face the tireless sea off Carmel Point.



Finally in April of 1950, permits were granted for the 2,000 square foot house, and construction began the following year.  


For almost five years octogenarian Frank Lloyd Wright worked on Mrs. Clinton Walker's house. Aaron Green was the supervising architect. Miles Bain was hired to carry out the construction. Miles hired local architect Mark Mills as a carpenter.  Mark was a former Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice and was able to interpret the drawings properly.  

Wright's original conception of using  "Desert Masonry" as the siding was changed to Carmel Stone, per Mrs. Walker's instruction.  She also added a kitchen door to the north side, against Wright's wishes.  



Yet at the end of the day - or in this case years, the outcome of Mrs. Walker's input and Frank Lloyd Wright's brilliance is breathtaking. 

 Undine  by Robert Howard installed in 1964

 "In the design, Wright wholly departed from the conventional four-cornered concept of rooms.  There isn't a square corner in the house.  


The culmination of this dynamic approach is in the hexagonal living room...the stepped-out windows,


leading up to the wide roof overhang...

the home's construction is of Carmel stone, supplemented by cedar plywood on interior walls and ceilings.  This wood came from the mills of Mrs. Walker's son in Susanville...Heating is by radiant floor units...built-in furniture includes...a couch along the living room view windows...Mrs. Walker added only a few pieces...such as the Japanese fish net balls." (2) 


After Mrs. Della Walker married rancher and vintner James van Loben Sels in the mid 1950s she found her house too small and in need of expansion.

 Her grandson San Francisco architect John (Sandy) Walker designed a bedroom based on a sketch Frank Lloyd Wright did for a painting studio Mrs. Walker had requested.  The addition was built to the north east side around 1960. 
Photography is not allowed on the inside of this home.  A few years ago during a Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour, the current owner allowed me to take the living room interior picture earlier in this post and the photograph of Mrs. Walker below.  The interior picture  is the same setting for the picture below of Mrs. Walker. 


Here are a few more highlights from the grounds around the Walker House. 


Another fantastic year for Carmel Heritage Society's House and Garden Tour. Their next event will be the spectacular Inns of Distinction in December. Watch the Carmel Heritage web site for information on this event. 

The Inns of Distinction features tour of some of Carmel most historic hotels along with light bits provided by some of Carmel's outstanding restaurants and wine tasting from some of Carmel's premier wine rooms. 

Until next time Happy Adventures!

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For an interactive map and guided walking tour covering many of our tours please be sure to download the GPSmyCity App from the iTunes store. The App covers an extensive library of articles and walking tours from over 470 cities worldwide, and now features articles from Adventures of a Home Town Tourist covering Carmel and Monterey (with more cities on the way).


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Photography by LA Momboisse unless listed below: 

Black and white picture of Church of the Wayfarer (Carmel Community Church) in 1939 before it was redesigned in 1940 by Robert L. Stanton. The group in the photo are members of the congregation. Harrison Memorial Library Local History Department - Russell, Ron. "Church of the Wayfarer Celebrated 75th Year," The Carmel Pine Cone, November 1, 1979, page 1. 

Black and white picture of Church of the Wayfarer (Carmel Community Church). Picture courtesy of Church of the Wayfarer. 

Black and white picture of Church of the Wayfarer under construction in 1940. Harrison Memorial Library Local History Department -"Church of the Wayfarer Celebrated 75th Year," The Carmel Pine Cone, November 1, 1979, page 10. 

Notes 
(1) Hale, Sharron Lee. A Tribute to Yesterday. (Valley Publishers, Santa Cruz, 1980) p. 120.
(2) Hall, Thorne. Editor, Publisher, Owner. "Houses of Distinction - Frank Lloyd Wright's Blend of Stone and Sea on Carmel Beach."  Carmel Pacific Spectator Journal, September 1957.