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May 12, 2012 / Linda Hartong


I have written before about the fenced front yards in Carmel and about the charming gates that welcome us beyond that fence. 

I love the diversity. Wooden gates are the most prevalent.

Some sit in wooden fences

Others in stone walls

Many are emblazoned with the name of the cottage they protect.

 Arches or arbors with plants climbing on them, cover other gates

Still others are decorated with boxes


Or planters.

One of my favorites is quite tall but has this heart-shaped cut out in it. I peek through and decide that for this owner “home is where the heart is”.

I love the top of this gate , with its carved slats.

There are half gates

Double gates

White gates 

and blue gates.

This is the only green gate I have seen.

“Lilacs and Laughter” has this charming yellow gate

Perhaps you have seen this golden gate on Ocean Ave.

There are fabulous wrought iron gates. Some intricate

some rustic

But I must admit my favorites are the red gates

Which seem to shout out “enter here”.


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  1. maurakeith / May 12 2012 1:40 am

    They’re ALL beautiful and unique but I too love the red gates the best. They shout ‘WELCOME”! Beautiful photo’s…they make me want to come to Carmel one day and see each and every one of these beautiful gates. Thanks again for sharing these with us. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Maura 🙂

  2. Nita@ModVintageLife / May 12 2012 3:50 am

    I loved seeing all these wonderful gates in Carmel. I need a gate at my back fence and this provides lots of inspiration. Thanks!

  3. Sonia / May 13 2012 2:47 am

    Charming post! I love each one would be hard to pick just one! Love how no two are alike!

  4. Doreen / May 15 2012 3:41 pm

    We are pleasantly surprised by these pictures, we are European and never expected this in USA, I guess Europeans who are homesick will have to go to Carmel-by-the-Sea 🙂 Would love to read about the shops too.

  5. Isa / May 13 2021 10:39 am

    Me ha encantado tu selección. 💓💓💓

  6. Linda Hartong / Mar 29 2013 3:37 pm

    Thanks for including my shots in your wonderful post. Your photography is outstanding.


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