CAN YOU ANSWER THIS CARMEL RIDDLE? WHAT DO HANSEL, GRETEL, KATYDID, BLUEBIRD AND EARLY BIRD HAVE IN COMMON?
I am walking down Ocean Ave.
today to photograph the Lamp Lighter Inn.
I often try to get shots of Bluebird Cottage which opens to Ocean Ave.
It has the charming fairytale character I associate with Carmel.
The next cottage is Hansel and Gretel.
I turn into the main courtyard of this boutique Carmel Inn.
It is a part of the Levett boutique hotel and inns one of which is the Cypress Inn . It is pet friendly
as is the Cypress.
Built in 1910, it is one of the first Inns built in Carmel. In addition to the two cottages there are four guest rooms with private entrances and the Sunset House Suites with five guest rooms.
I like the feeling I get walking around the grounds. Ms. Levett describes it as “vintage travel classic, warm hospitality with personalized service and extensive complimentary amenities.” At any rate it seems like a place you can kick off your flip-flops
A shady gazebo welcomes everyone from its central location.
There are comfortable benches with cushions and newpapers to read.
In fact there are lots of little spots to sit outside and enjoy your wine, cheese and crackers at 5 PM.
Or breakfast in the morning
The first guest room is Katydid Cottage.
and Tree Top House.
The sign informs me that sunset this August night is 8 PM.
right down to the sea-horse on one of the porch lights.
When I read reviews of this Inn, one guest mentions that the highlight of their trip was hiring the “camp fire” kit – $35.00 for all you need for a beach party. I also see signs of beach chairs and toys.
They have really tried to make this a nice experience for their guests.
The landscaping is lush and I love the handmade birdhouses.
intrigues me with its tiny widows,
Next to it is the Concours Suite-
no doubt full this Concours Week in Carmel. The interior shots are from the Lamp Lighter’s website…