Last month, my mom, husband, girls, and I drove up the coast to stay at the Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel. We were so excited for a little getaway and had the most wonderful time! Upon arrival, we were greeted with Martinelli’s and gourmet cheese from a local cheese shop. I was immediately in love!If you’ve never been to Carmel, it is the most charming little coastal town. It’s the perfect home base for your vacation because Big Sur, Monterey, and Pebble Beach are all nearby.
Interesting facts about Carmel:
– There are no addresses in Carmel. To give directions, you tell people between which streets you are located. Because of this, you will see many homes with names.
– Because there are no addresses, residents must go to the Post Office to get their mail. It’s the social hub of town!
– There is actually a law on the books saying that you may not wear high heels over 2 inches high! Insurance people were worried about accidents with the cobblestone roads and uneven roads from tree roots :)
– Every bed and breakfast serves a continental breakfast.
– There are no commercial hotels in Carmel. Only homey, mostly family-owned Bed and Breakfast-type properties.
– There are also no chain restaurants in Carmel.
– Clint Eastwood was once Carmel’s mayor!
– Carmel is devoid of neon signs, expect to see lots of beautifully crafted wooden signs instead.
– There are no traffic lights either!
Carmel is incredibly dog friendly as well. We wanted to bring Maverick but the weather stopped us from doing it. A wet dog in a car is not the best, so we will just have to make another trip to beautiful Carmel with Maverick in tow next time!
Breakfast in the lobby consisted of authentic French pastries, yogurt, juice, and fruit.I settled for the pain-au-chocolate, of course.The girls sitting in the children’s sized antique wingback chairs in the lobby. Ada deep in thought, Lola happy as a clam :)Hand-painted mural that welcomes you into the Hofsas House:Carrie now runs the hotel that her grandmother (pictured below) started. As a child, Carrie would visit her grandmother and help her by taking guests up to their rooms. She always knew she would end up here, it was just a matter of time. I love stories about family and multi-generational bonds! Carrie went the extra mile and really made us feel like family during our stay.Look at the beautiful ocean view from our balcony: