Comfort Inn Carmel By the Sea
Ocean Ave & Torres St.
Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 622-7090
Fax: (831) 622-7044
Located in charming downtown Carmel, Devendorf Park is a great place for a picnic and frequent host of public events. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on park grounds.
Also known as Mission Carmel Basilica and more formally, as Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, this was the second of the nine missions founded by Father Junipero Serra. The area was originally chosen for its agricultural possibilities in 1771, but the temperate climate and exquisite landscape soon made it Father Serra's favorite. Indeed, he is buried, as per his wishes, in front of the church's main altar. The building, which fell into ruins in the 19th Century and has since been completely restored, exhibits classic Mission-style, fortress-like architecture, with thick, bougainvillea-covered adobe walls and a central courtyard. A Moorish-style bell tower contains nine bells and is open to the public. Though some may find the climb up the steep staircase taxing, the views from that vantage point are magnificent.
Tor House, one of the most prominent attractions in Carmel, was the home of poet Robinson Jeffers and his family from 1918 to 1978. This piece of property located on Carmel Point, with an absolutely breathtaking view of the coastline, consists of a stone house, Celtic tower and English garden. An hour-long docent-led tour interestingly mixes poem reading with story telling, as well as studying the stones and exploring the secret in the tower. Reservations for the tour are recommended. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for full-time college students, and $2 for high school students. -Hoiyin Ip
Pebble Beach is a beautiful place in Monterey which is cherished and well taken care of by the local community. For golf lovers, there is the famed golf course, Pebble Beach Golf Links and also the well-known AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. People who just want to relax soaking in the 'serene beach feel' can further explore the facilities at The Spa at Pebble Beach. This is certainly a beach for leisure and fun!
Congregation Beth Israel holds an important place in the Jewish community. This center has been the stronghold of the Carmel Jewish community since 1954. From children, to teenagers, to adults, it brings them together through collective learning programs. Social events and festivals are regularly organized here. One of the most famous festival organized here is the Jewish Food Festival and Crafts Fair. You can check their website for regular activities and hours of worship.
The San Carlos Cathedral, also known as Royal Presidio Chapel, was constructed in the 1770s. As the oldest functioning Catholic Church and the first stone building in the state of California, this cathedral's significance to local history is undeniable. The beautiful architectural style of this cathedral is breathtaking, with Spanish and Moorish influences.
Situated on Calle Principale in Monterey, California is the historic Larkin House. It was constructed in 1835 by Thomas O. Larkin. The year 1933 marked the inclusion of the house as a state historical landmark. Initially, it was touted to be the first house in Monterey with a fireplace. Adding further vitality to it is the fact that it was referred to as the first two story establishment in the whole of California. The superb structure boasts of the style of Spanish Colonial buildings coupled with modern architectural methods of New England. Over the years, the distinctive features and their preservation have resulted in upgrading the reputation of the Larkin House.
This two level, brick house has been a refuge for many artists, families, writers and people from all walks of life during the early 18th-century. The French House as it was called then was the abode of famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson where he courted his to-be wife. This is where he wrote the "Old Pacific Capital," and was inspired to pen the “Treasure Island.” To save it from the verge of destruction, it was bought by two women who in turn gifted it to the state to make it a memorial. Today the Stevenson House has many memorabilia that includes furniture, first edition books and personal belongings of the writer.
Monterey is a charming coastal city that is a popular destination for whale-watching, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, and many other activities. Thanks to the fact that the city was founded in 1770 and incorporated in 1850, the city is home to several historical buildings. The city is perhaps best known for the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium which attracts thousands of visitors every year from all over the country.
This famous Monterey playground is located in the El Estero Park. First opened in 1956, the park has undergone various renovations with the most recent in 2005. Named after the comic character by Hank Ketchum, the park features a toddler area and larger slides and structures meant for older children. A maze with a lookout tower, climbing wall, suspension bridge and statue of Dennis himself, this park is full of fun for kids of all ages.
The Old Customhouse is a Spanish Colonial style home. This house is a local landmark, and was used for civic purposes of Monterey County. The one-story structure, with a balcony in the front, reflects the olden style homes. Built in 1827, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This modern museum is dedicated to the maritime past Monterey is known for. Built in 1991, this local museum is over 17,000 square feet, it contains numerous artifacts, a large ship photography exhibit, scrimshaws and other such historic items. Located adjacent to the Custom House Plaza, this waterfront museum is the perfect way to learn more about the seaside community of Monterey.