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Sea Otter Classic 2013

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In Monterey CA Events

BikersThe Sea Otter Classic is the world’s premier cycling festival that is held annually on the Monterey Peninsula. Unlike other bicycling events, the Sea Otter Classic is “a celebration of cycling” where biking enthusiasts of all ages and abilities come together to revel in all things bicycle. While the event is primarily billed as a festival, there are plenty of races to be had, ranging from mountain and road bike races to cyclocross races. Most races take place at Laguna Seca, but some take place on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, specifically Fort Ord National Monument.

Do not hesitate staying here

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In Guest Reviews

Reviewed November 1, 2012:
Recently totally renovated; large, attractively decorated 4-story facility; elevators; inside hallway access to fully equipped rooms, some with balconies; large bathroom with shower; mini-refrigerator; very convenient, nicely landscaped, quiet location just off of Rte. 1 at the south edge of Carmel; Carmel Mission close by and downtown Carmel only minutes away; on-site restaurant; small shopping area with restaurants and other conveniences across the road; outdoor pool/hot tub; very friendly and helpful staff; fairly priced for the quality.

Great Hotel, definite Value in a pricey area

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In Guest Reviews

Reviewed November 1, 2012:
Happily surprised with this hotel. Our $150 rate seemed too good to be true, but so happy we stayed.
Rooms are nice sized, good amenities, all modern comforts. We had a window facing the courtyard, great view.
The grounds are very nice, outdoor dining, fire pit, gardens, and pool area.

Amazing Motel

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In Guest Reviews

Reviewed November 3, 2012:
A really friendly greeting at reception was efficient and helpful, as were all the staff at the Carmel Mission Inn. Really good value in such a beautiful part of the world. The rooms are massive, the size you would expect from a 5 star hotel. The fire pit in the outdoor terrace is a novel idea, and contributes to the welcome. The room was fully equipped with iPod dock, good TV, power sockets (don’t miss the ones on top the headboard), iron, tea and coffee making facilities. Gorgeous bathroom as well with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.

Beautiful hotel for a relaxing break

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In Guest Reviews

Reviewed November 4, 2012:

I stayed here for a few nights 3 weeks ago. The hotel itself sits within beautiful grounds although it is not actually in Carmel by the Sea. It is a 20 minute walk to the town. Parking in the town can be a bit problematic or perhaps it was just when I was there.

Enjoyed our stay and can not wait to return!

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In Guest Reviews

Reviewed November 6, 2012:

Lovely hotel, with very nice rooms, large clean bathrooms, and great location. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Wi-Fi isn’t great, so if you don’t have 3G, you may have to go to the lobby to get service . We had a pool side room on the 3rd floor with a huge porch. This place was a real find.

Carmel Lights Up for the Holidays!

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In Carmel CA Events

christmas tree carmel

Photo courtesy of runningandrambling.com

Roll out the holly; bring out the tree, and string up the lights! It’s time to celebrate the holiday season in Carmel! Come to the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Junipero Street and join the denizens of Carmel-by-the- Sea at its annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7, 2012. Festivities start at 3:30pm and include a theatrical reading of “’Twas the Night before Christmas,” performances from local school choirs, appearances by Carmel city luminaries, and of course, the big man himself, Santa Clause. Sip on hot chocolate and munch on treats provided by the Red Cross while watching Carmel’s mayor, Jason Burnett, turn the lights on the grand tree.

The Bridges of Monterey County

Granite Canyon BridgeFor most people, the thought of reading about bridges might be enough to place them in a trance. But, bridges are important; they connect us to places that otherwise might be inaccessible. Nowhere else is this point made clearest than on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or Highway One (HWY 1). When traveling HWY 1 between Carmel and Cambria, a driver heavily relies on the use of bridges to be able to traverse this rocky, majestic coastline. Without them, drivers the world over would not be able enjoy the wonders of the Big Sur coast. Not only do these bridges have a highly functional role on Highway 1, but they are also famous landmarks in their own right, beckoning tourists to stop and photograph them. Thus, join me as we take a tour along the Central California coast by way of the bridges of Monterey County.

Barnyard Harvest Festival 2012

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In Carmel CA Events, Videos

The Barnyard Harvest festival held in Carmel, CA was an afternoon full of music and Halloween fun. Local Barnyard merchants opened up their shops and gave candy to kids in colorful costumes, while local Monterey band played some of the greatest Halloween hits. This year’s festival proceeds went to benefit MEarth, an organization that helps teach children about environmental stewardship. The Carmel Mission Inn invites everyone to celebrate autumn by watching our video of the 2012 Barnyard Harvest Festival.

Ride 2 Recovery 2012 Golden State Challenge

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In At Carmel Mission Inn, Videos

Ride 2 Recovery is produced by the Fitness Challenge Foundation in partnership with the Military VA Volunteer Service Office in order to offer assistance to mental and physical rehabilitation programs for our nation’s wounded veterans. For part of this year’s Ride 2 Recovery Golden State Challenge, cyclists started at the Carmel Mission Inn in beautiful Carmel, Ca and rode out along picturesque Highway One where they saw gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, and rugged California coastline. The Carmel Mission Inn invites everyone to watch our video of the Ride 2 Recovery Golden State Challenge.