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February 25, 2018 / Linda Hartong


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. Jill Mross / Feb 25 2018 7:23 pm

    Thank you, I just loved this one! Your description and photos give me a much better view into The Mission Ranch than the actual website.

  2. Donna / Feb 25 2018 7:51 pm

    Had a lovely stay at this resort last July. We stayed in Room 13 as you have pictured above. Actually for the Carmel area, it is a very reasonable price. What impressed me most were the gorgeous flowers in every direction. I took so many pictures of varieties that are not common in Texas. And I love animals, so the sheep were fun to watch. Thank you for reminding me of my last vacation!

  3. carmelcottage / Feb 25 2018 9:11 pm

    So perfectly captured, I feel like I am right there – thank you. The flowers are so pretty. We have visited this place many a time for dinner and always in hope of seeing Mr Eastwood. My partner has the same dead-pan look … doppelgänger? In his dreams ha ha. A friend of mine who stays in Carmel often, saw Mr Eastwood at the restaurant and managed to get his autograph for my partner’s 60th birthday – that was so so special. I’d hate to bug celebrities, but this was a once in a lifetime moment, so we are so grateful he obliged. He has created such a wonderful place for all to enjoy. Thank you.

  4. Diane Schrader / Feb 25 2018 10:27 pm

    That was Lovely…Thank you…Hope you are doing well.

  5. Linda Kerekes / Feb 25 2018 10:48 pm

    Linda, so glad you are posting again. We are due for a trip to Carmel. Thanks for the tip about the Clint sightings. We will go there next time. It is one of our favorite places on earth!

  6. Bob Condry / Feb 26 2018 1:22 am

    Thanks so much, Linda…….wonderful! Best, Mary Condry

    Sent from my iPad


  7. Sonia / Feb 26 2018 2:56 am

    Lovely photos..we stayed there last September and really enjoyed every minute. Your photos capture the beauty of a very special place. We are planning another trip there in July and our room will be in the farmhouse. Can’t wait! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jacqueline Newton / Feb 27 2018 6:50 pm

    Thank you enjoyed reading Linda,feel fortunate to have worked there and all the great memories! One I’d like to share is came to work for evening shift there was about 15 “handsome men walking around the grounds with a glass of beer,notice none of them was drinking from it…..a while later President Ford and First Lady came, was fortunate to talked with her and where I met Bob also great !

  9. Denny Strauss / Feb 27 2018 10:02 pm

    Linda-great photos as usual. I have wanted to have dinner at Mission Ranch for many years. You have made it look so inviting that I have to add it to my “Carmel list” of things to do.Hope to see you and Bill in August.

  10. Carolyn Brotherton / Feb 28 2018 11:40 am

    Such a great place with beautiful views. Gorgeous pictures. Thank you.

  11. maurakeith2 / Apr 29 2019 3:32 am

    So good to see your posts again! Thanks for sharing these beautiful homes etc with us😃💕

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