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May 15, 2011 / Linda Hartong

THE MISSION RANCH IN CARMEL-BY-THE SEA

If a Clint Eastwood “sighting” is important to you, this is the place you will have the most luck. Try coming to the piano bar late in the evening and you may be treated to hearing this talented musician join in with bar patrons. If not, you will at least meet some of the locals who frequent the bar and love to sing , drink and talk.

Clint bought the  ranch in 1986, rescuing it from an impending fate as a condominium development.

The Mission Ranch has a rich history. In the 1850’s William Curtis bought the property for $300.00 and it became one of the first of the early California dairies. Century-old eucalyptus  trees greet your arrival. You can see them here towering over The Bunkhouse which is the oldest structure on the Ranch and is now one of the unique buildings where guests can stay.

The Farmhouse is one of my favorite structures. Look at the upper story. That was once the main building. It was raised and the first floor and wonderful porch were added in 1896.

Honeymoon Cottage has these inviting rocking chairs.

When Clint renovated the buildings he sought out the best craftsman who could replicate moldings, door frames and hardware to match the original style.

The restaurant

with its fabulous view of the Santa Lucia mountains,

the ocean,sunsets and the meadow filled with sheep,

was once the creamery.

Fireplaces, the piano bar, comfortable seating and great food greet you. Bill and I split the Prime Rib. We also love to go to the Jazz Brunch on Sundays and sit outside for that view.


This year the sheep were about ready to lamb and everyone was excited about it.

 More guest buildings are nestled among the trees and gardens.



The Inn now consists of 31 hotel rooms located within ten buildings on the property where the barns were once used for hay and milking.


This property is also home of the Mission Ranch Tennis and Fitness Club which guests can use during their stay.

The Mission Ranch is located at

26270 Dolores Street
Carmel, CA 93923-9215
(800) 538-8221

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  1. Nita@ModVintageLife / May 15 2011 5:39 pm

    What a beautiful place!

  2. Susan @ pinkportugueseroses / May 15 2011 7:26 pm

    Once again a lovely posting!

    This is one place I have not visited and is now on my list for next time I visit…LOL!
    I only wish I could create a garden landscape like that one. It’s the climate there…perfect for those cottage garden type plants.

    Thanks again for giving me a little sunshine and an ocean view!

    Blessings,
    Susan

  3. janet bishop- magina / May 16 2011 3:36 am

    The flowers are gorgeous!

  4. jeanette sclar / May 18 2011 9:28 pm

    Everything looks so fresh and green!

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