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The Insiders View Blog - Carmel Mission Inn’s blog page where we hope you will find information that will enhance your overall experience in Carmel California.

Christmas in Carmel

Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Colton Hall in Historic Monterey, CAChristmas is coming and the streets of Carmel are decked out in holiday cheer. Carmel brings Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to life with its cottage like buildings, winter trees with twinkling lights, miles of garland and big red bows tied around bountiful wreaths. I for one cannot help but feel warm inside during this time of year and Carmel, CA brings the complete Christmas package, minus the snow, to our small slice of heaven on California’s Central Coast.


Peace Of Mind Dog Rescue - 4th Annual Oldies But Goodies Party

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Carmel Mission Inn hosted this year's Oldies but Goodies Rock N' Roll Party which was held to benefit Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. The goal of Peace of Mind is to find loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. The event was held in order to raise funds for Peace of Mind so that the organization can continue its dog rescue efforts.


Barnyard Food and Wine Celebration 2014

Kentyn Reynolds - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This year's Barnyard Food and Wine Celebration was another fun-filled event complete with live music by Victory Lane, a special performance by Delaney Ann, dozens of local wines, and mouth watering cuisine prepared by various local Barnyard restaurants. The proceeds generated from the event benefited the Carmel Valley Rotary Foundation.


Monterey County - A Wine Destination

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

By Richard Oh

Otter Cove and Oh Wines

Pinot Noir GrapesMonterey County has grown world class, quality grapes for many decades. The Wine Enthusiast magazine named Monterey County one of the ten best wine travel destinations of 2013. Here is what Wine Enthusiast editor Steve Heimoff had to say about Monterey County wine country, “it has beautiful scenery, including Big Sur, the 17-Mile Drive and the Pebble Beach golf courses. It has the tourist venues of Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. It has the upscale galleries and bistros of Carmel-by-the-Sea.”

Running on the Edge of the Western World

Kentyn Reynolds - Monday, March 24, 2014

Written by Sally Smith

The 29th Presentation of the Big Sur International Marathon takes place Sunday, April 27, 2014. Thousands of runners from all 50 states and 25 countries will gather that weekend to take part in any of six races along California’s scenic Highway 1. Though the marathon sold out in record time, spots are still available for the marathon relay, the 5K and the 9-Miler, a beautiful route that takes runners and walkers into Pt. Lobos State Reserve. Visit http://www.bsim.org for more information.

Big Sur California Coastline
Photo by Tom Rolander

Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World Magazine once stated “If we were told we could only run one marathon in our lifetime, Big Sur would have to be it.”

In 1986 Big Sur resident Bill Burleigh’s dream of a footrace along coastal Highway One became a reality, and the inaugural Big Sur International Marathon (BSIM) attracted 1,800 runners. Twenty eight years later, this scenic trek from Big Sur to Carmel, held annually on the last Sunday in April, brings 4,500 runners from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries to experience a marathon that has been described as a spiritual, soul-enriching and life-changing event.


Monterey Bay Aquarium - Permanent Exhibits

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Monterey Bay Aquarium's three story Kelp Forest

The aquarium's three story Kelp Forest is the centerpiece of the Ocean's Edge galleries.
© Monterey Bay Aquarium

In addition to its changing special exhibitions, the aquarium’s permanent exhibits include a towering three-story kelp forest; touch pools and other hands-on exhibits; the Splash Zone  family galleries; and the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit, home to sandbar and hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, ocean sunfish and on occasion, a great white shark.


Monterey Bay Aquarium - Tentacles Exhibition

Kentyn Reynolds - Monday, March 17, 2014
Giant pacific octopus at the  Monterey Bay Aquarium
Giant pacific octopus, Monterey Bay Aquarium

© Monterey Bay Aquarium

Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists when Monterey Bay Aquarium opens its newest special exhibition, “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”, on April 12.“Tentacles” is just one of many special activities and events planned in 2014, when the acclaimed aquarium celebrates its 30th anniversary.


Exploring Don Smith's Photography

Kentyn Reynolds - Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Exploring Don Smith's Photography (Please Watch Video at Full Screen)

The first time I saw the photographs of Don Smith I recognized the works of a master. I believe my first impression was somewhere balanced between awe and intimidation. When I study Don's work I am constantly discovering new aspects of the photographs and many times I have to ask “how did he do that?” You can take just one of Don's photographs and spend hours exploring its details.  read more...

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Kentyn Reynolds - Friday, January 10, 2014
By Don Smith

Lastly, if you only had time for one stop, without hesitation I’d tell you to visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Located 27 miles south of the Carmel Mission Inn, this iconic scene sums up the beauty of the Big Sur coast in one iconic setting.

The cove is relatively kelp free accounting for the turquoise color of the cove. Moreover, the cove is fed by fresh water year-round from McWay Creek with the iconic McWay Waterfall (80 feet tall), making it the tallest freshwater fall anywhere on the entire west coast.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park McWay Fall

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – McWay Fall


Soberanes Point and Wild Calla Lilies Grove

Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, January 09, 2014
By Don Smith

Another favorite sunset location of mine is Garrapata State Park. On the northern end is an area known as Soberanes Point. Although not visible from the Highway, there is a cool arch (that I refer to as the Soberanes Arch).

Be very careful walking around this area as it is known for its “sneaker waves.” My best advice: never take your eyes off the ocean.

Soberanes Point Garrapata State Park

Soberanes Point – Garrapata State Park

During the winter months, especially on the eve of an approaching Pacific storm, the wave action can become quite dramatic; thus, making for great images! Just stay along the headlands and use caution and common sense and you’ll be fine. It is a beautiful area.