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Beautiful hotel for a relaxing break

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In Guest Reviews

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.

Reviewed November 4, 2012

Guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review

November 7, 2012:

Thank you for the review of our hotel. We are very proud of our staff and their willingness to enhance the stay of our guests. We appreciate your business and hope you will stay with us again. Please remember to contact the hotel direct or visit our website for the best rates and service.

Enjoyed our stay and can not wait to return!

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In Guest Reviews

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.

Reviewed November 6, 2012

Guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review

November 7, 2012:

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you recognized our great staff and found our location to be convenient during your stay. We sincerely appreciate your business and hope to see you again. Please remember to visit our website or call the hotel direct for the best rates and packages.

Carmel Lights Up for the Holidays!

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In Carmel CA Events

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.

Big Sur|Pacific Coast|Highway 1|Central Coast Bixby Bridge|Carmel CA

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In Monterey CA Attractions

The Bridges of Monterey County

For 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.

2012 – Wish You Were Here! – Photo Contest

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In Carmel CA Events

Announcing the Winners of the 2012 “Wish You Were Here!” Photo Contest!
After much time and deliberation, our esteemed judges have finally chosen the winners for the First Annual Carmel Mission Inn’s “Wish You Were Here!” photo contest.
We want to thank each person who shared their photos and stories with us. We really do appreciate the time and effort that you put into this contest. Without your participation, this contest would not have been the success that it was!
The judges’ decision process was predicated on two criteria:

2012 Taste of Carmel

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In At Carmel Mission Inn, Carmel CA Events

The Taste of Carmel is held annually to showcase local restaurants and wineries on the Monterey Peninsula. This year the event was held at the Carmel Mission Courtyard and had more than 45 different restaurants and wineries that participated. There was also a silent auction, music, and dancing the entire evening. One of the best things about this year’s Taste of Carmel was all of the amazing costumes and masks that everyone wore for this year’s theme of, “Masquerade Ball.” We invite everyone to watch our video and celebrate an evening of food, wine, and dancing.

Big Sur-Pacific Coast-Highway One|Road Closure|Conditions|Carmel CA

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In Carmel CA Events

It’s Here! It’s Here! The Rocky Creek Viaduct is Here!

Rocky Creek ViaductIf you have ever traversed the distance between Carmel and Cambria, you might have seen the telltale signs of where heavy rains have washed significant segments of Highway 1 right into the Pacific Ocean. In the past, California’s Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reconstructed Highway 1 or made part of it unidirectional, but these efforts were never permanent fixes. Heavy rainfall still caused the same pieces of Highway 1 to vanish into the ocean on an annual basis. After years of semi-permanent fixes, Caltrans has found what it thinks to be a permanent solution to at least one of its Highway 1 roadway slip out woes, the Rocky Creek Viaduct.

Monterey Bay Oktoberfest 2012

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In Monterey CA Attractions

Live music, dancing, delicious bratwurst, pretzels, Bavarian chicken, and of course plenty of imported German beer are just a few of the things that make Monterey Bay Oktoberfest one of the great celebrations of the year held September 15-16. This two-day festival is about eating, drinking, and celebrating life with the entire community. The Carmel Mission Inn invites everyone to watch our video about this lively event.