Where you will find information that will enhance your overall experience in Carmel California.
Words and Photos by Scot Hampton
Along the craggy Northern California coast, there’s a stretch of rocky peninsula that jets out into the cool blue of the Pacific ocean. It’s here you’ll find unforgiving waves crashing upon a shoreline with it’s own salty secrets.
We first started to work with the Carmel Mission Inn team in May of 2011 and started a long history of photographing the hotel. About once a year we stayed at the hotel and took new photographs. Over the years our library of photographs and videos expanded out to become a documentary of the constantly evolving presentation of the hotel. Several months ago the hotel completed a extraordinary round of new renovations reaching from the front of the hotel through the pool all the way to the wood trim on the balcony rooms. What is fascinating in this last round of renovations is the vibrant use of color.
In the following video we take you on a spectacular visual tour of beautiful locations throughout Monterey County through the eyes of master photographer David J. Gubernick. We hope our video will inspire everyone to visit & explore the many stunning locations along the Central Coast. For more information about David Gubernick or to schedule a workshop, please visit his website at: http://www.rainbowspirit.com
Having played golf courses all over the world, many people have asked me what my favorite place to play is. In a simple answer, Pebble Beach is always first on my list. The problem with Pebble Beach is that it cost about $500.00 to play the course. I would highly recommend that every golfer do it one time. If you don’t have the financial resources, there are other options that are much more affordable in that area.
I have lived in the Carmel area for ten years, and I have to say that I had never been to the Carmel Mission. After hearing that Pope Francis will be canonizing Father Junipero Serra, I thought to myself maybe now is a good time to go. The Carmel Mission Basilica is just a three minute door-to-door drive from the Carmel Mission Inn.
The Cavaliers of the West held their annual winter dog show this year at Carmel Mission Inn! There were prizes to be won, an enthralling silent auction, and many, many cute dogs. All of the proceeds from this event benefit CavalierRescueUSA, which is dedicated to finding forever homes for needy Cavaliers.
For over a hundred and sixty years, “the shack” has stood the test of time against the elements. This shack, now known as the Whalers Cabin, overlooks Whalers Cove and Carmel Bay in the Point Lobos State Reserve. The Whalers Cabin survived the rise and fall of the whaling industry and has been preserved as a cultural museum.
Imagine swimming into a forest of giant kelp, feeling the warm sunshine on your back and the cold waters all around you. Point Lobos State Marine Reserve provides a chance for divers to explore wonders of the Pacific Ocean. Located to the south of Carmel by-the-Sea, Point Lobos is located on the north end of the Big Sur coastline. It is a less than ten minute drive from the Carmel Mission Inn. Point Lobos is widely considered California’s best dive spot due to the rich marine life, clear water and interesting topography.
Point Lobos State Reserve is a hidden gem along the California Coast. Point Lobos can sometimes be overshadowed by the popularity of Big Sur, which is just a few miles further south along Highway 1. Boasting a rich wildlife and beautiful landscape, Point Lobos is an excellent destination for hiking.
Carmel Mission Inn’s Convenient location allows you to fully enjoy all that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer. Wine tasting, world class golf courses, designer shops, and world famous Point Lobos State Reserve are located only a short drive away from the hotel. Watch our video to learn about various recreational activities available while staying in Carmel Ca at Carmel Mission Inn.