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.
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
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
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.
Kentyn Reynolds - Wednesday, January 08, 2014
By Don Smith
Once the light begins to fade from the Pt. Sur location, get back in your car and drive north for about a mile to Hurricane Point for sunrise light.
Hurricane Point gets its name from the strong updrafts that at times can make opening a car door a struggle; yet, in the early morning, winds are generally non-existent and the first light of sunrise will bathe the hillsides with warm light.
Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, January 07, 2014
By Don Smith
A trip to the Monterey Peninsula would not be complete without a day spent touring one of the world’s most idyllic coastlines – Big Sur!
The Big Sur coastline is generally defined as a magnificent 98-mile stretch of land and sea from Carmel to the north, to Cambria at the southern end.
One can only journey the route from either one end or the other (although there is one connecting road near Lucia).
Morning Hues - Garrapata State Beach
Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, December 19, 2013
Kentyn Reynolds - Friday, December 06, 2013
When I come to Carmel one of my favorite pastimes is to
walk the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea in evening and enjoy warm lights
of the shops and restaurants ... without streetlights. Occasionally
this little town surprises me with either its unique sense of
architecture or at times its art. For example, just down the street
from La Bicyclette and in the courtyard of the Cypress Inn you will find
a fascinating piece of street art painted by Thierry Guetta. Here is
Charlie Chaplin floating in a giant pink heart. Not exactly what I
expect to see in Carmel-by-the-Sea, but still a delight.
Here is a link to Guetta's wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Brainwash
Kentyn Reynolds - Friday, November 29, 2013
The Beaches of Carmel, California
On your next vacation to Carmel, don't forget to stop at the many beaches located only a short drive away from Carmel Mission Inn.
Soft white sand, crystal blue water,
and vibrant sunsets are just a few things you'll have to look forward to as you enjoy
another wonderful day on the beach. Watch our short video to discover just a few of
the many stunning beaches in Carmel.
Editor CMI - Sunday, August 04, 2013
Kentyn Reynolds - Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The operations of a destination hotel
require the knowledge of specialist in many areas. Our team includes
both our on-site staff as well as a second off-site team that help us
fine tune the services and features we offer our customers. At
Carmel Mission Inn we work with both teams to help extend our
services and to integrate our hotel into the Carmel and Monterey
communities. One of our important partners that assists CMI in
many projects is “Cypress Hospitality Management.”