Disclosure: I visit Carmel by the Sea once or twice a year because of how much I adore this town. Sometimes my stays are hosted, other times they are not. All opinions are my own.
Carmel by the Sea is one of those California Coastal Towns that always leaves a lasting impression. Between it’s quaint little cottages, wooden adorned signs, and homes and businesses without addresses, that truly bring this modern day fairy-tale town to life. And the best part, it’s all so close to the Ocean, just a short distant walk from the downtown hub.
It is in its own history where so much of Carmel by the Sea has come to be: Named one of the best dog friendly towns in California, Clint Eastwood, once was mayor, and of course, their famed no high heels law that still exists today.
2016 is a remarkable year for this town so many have come to love and adore. The last weekend in October of this year (2016), Carmel by the Sea will be celebrating their 100 Year Birthday! Mark your calendars for October 29th, as the town comes together for a grand celebration, parade style, of course! However, the city, is already letting it be known it’s their Centennial Celebration with signs found all around town. There will be celebrations throughout the year!
And, even some businesses, aren’t shy about paying tribute to the town they’ve come to adore and love, such as Galante Vineyards with their Centennial Red Wine Bottle, featuring the father of Carmel of the Sea: James Frank Devendorf, who also happens to be the great-grandfather of Jack Galante, owner of Galante Vineyards.
The Hofsas House, a boutique inn within the town of Carmel by the Sea, has also created a variety of packages to give back to the town, and also their guests throughout the year.
One such package includes the “History Tour” Package:
Celebrate Carmel-by-the-Sea’s 100th Anniversary and Hofsas <class=”il”>House Hotels 69th Anniversary with our History Tour! Delight in the special charms of Carmel on a leisurely, fun and informative two-hour guided walk past enchanting Fairy-tale cottages, through secret pathways, hidden courtyards and award-winning gardens. At the end of the tour, you’ll feel like a local. Cost is $25 per person. When booking use promotion code: HHWALKS.
And of course, Carmel by the Sea knows how to commemorate in style by having a complete website dedicated to the celebration. The website will feature all of the events happening throughout the year, along with updates as more information comes out about bigger celebrations down the road (around October!) The Centennial Committee are still finalizing all details of the full on celebration taking place the last weekend in October.
You can also purchase memorabilia on the site from etched wine glasses to a picnic blanket, t-shirts and more!
Of course, Carmel by the Sea will still be keeping their annual traditions of:
Concours d’Elegance: Tuesday, August 16: Concours on the Avenue
Thursday, August 18: Concours d’Elegance (Ocean Avenue and Devendorf Park).
And of course, Carmel by the Sea famed, “Poodle Day” will take place on September 24th, 2016. Carmel by the Sea is one of the most dog friendly towns in California, all thanks to Doris Day. The annual Poodle Day is an annual event that brings Poodle Lovers and Owners together for a day of festivities all around Carmel by the Sea. More information here.
Carmel by the Sea is one of those towns that makes California what it is! A town for dog lovers, art lovers, wine lovers, food lovers, and yes, even car lovers. This is the year for a must visit!