My friend and I were driving the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles and stopped in to stay at the lovely Cypress Inn after realizing that we had WAY underestimated how long a journey it would be to our next stop of Santa Barbara via the scenic route.
Carmel is a wonderful place full of shops, art galleries and terrific restaurants, and the Cypress Inn is the cherry on top as far as we're concerned.
Our rooms were beautifully appointed, and we treated ourselves to the best. My king suite had a fireplace in the living room, huge tub and a really comfortable bed. It wasn't very cold outside, but I couldn't resist using that fireplace for a bit as I live in the Caribbean, so it was a novelty for me.
The Cypress Inn is renowned for being doggie friendly as Doris Day, an owner, is a huge animal advocate. It was fun to see everyone sitting and chatting with their various doggie charges accompanying them in the lounge. All the dogs seemed to get along so well - maybe they know it's their place!
The bar is a terrific little venue for socializing and the bartender is something of a wizard with ingredients and a shaker in his hand. Make sure you stop by there one evening and indulge in some of his creations whilst you sup upon some excellent food from the diverse menu.
Our only regret is that we could only stay for one night, as Carmel was certainly worth a closer look, and the Cypress Inn was difficult to leave after such a wonderful experience.
We have stayed at many grand hotels throughout our travels, yet the Cypress Inn in some ways overtakes them all. It is a cozy, upscale boutique inn with no comfort overlooked and warm and friendly staff that truly make it a home away from home.