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September 30, 2011 / Linda Hartong

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

and make yourself at home.

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.

I pass Early Bird

and Tree Top House.

The door stands open to this hospitality suite furnished with couches and books.

The sign informs me that sunset this August night is 8 PM.

I am only several blocks east of the beach and everything about the decor reminds me of that,

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.

The little office painted in nautical blue and white

intrigues me with its tiny widows,

low clearance

and potted plants.

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…

Carmel Bed and Breakfast Inn, Carmel Hotel Lodging, Carmel-by …


It is on that site, that I also find out they are trying to leave a light carbon footprint see our Earth-Friendly practices

Lamp Lighter Inn & Sunset House Suites

S.E. Corner of Ocean Avenue & Camino Real (P.O. Box AF) 

Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93921 

Phone: 831-624-7372 •• Toll free: 888.375.0770

innkeeper@carmellamplighter.com

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  1. Sonia / Oct 16 2011 3:36 am

    We have stayed at the Lamplighter Inn twice..the first time I think our room was the Porpoise?? It had a private entrance toward the back of the complex and a beautiful private garden area. January we finally got to stay in the Bluebird Cottage and it was adorable. The cozy little fireplace kept us warm and the upstairs sleeping loft was too cute! We loved the flower covered courtyard and the location couldn’t be any better for walking around the village. Loved the big four poster bed and as we drank our coffee we opened the Dutch door and watched people walking their dogs and chatted with a few as they admired the little cottage. I sound like a commercial for the place…but I really loved it…wish I lived in that little cottage all the time!

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