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Carmel-by-the-Sea's Fairytale Houses: A Self-guided Audio Tour
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Carmel-by-the-Sea's Fairytale Houses: A Self-guided Audio Tour

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If you’re looking to see Carmel’s Comstock Fairy Tale cottages but don’t have a lot of time to spare, this Carmel-by-the-Sea walking audio tour by VoiceMap is just for you. You can use the VoiceMap mobile app and your smart phone’s GPS to explore the area's neighborhoods in under an hour. See at least 11 fairy tale–style homes, and learn about their history and architectural style as you explore.
$5.20 per adult
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Josie Nepite wrote a review Sep 2020
Santa Ana, California121 contributions42 helpful votes
This is a hidden gem of Carmel! Make sure you make a reservation and book quickly due to limited space because of Covid restrictions. Our guide actually recited poetry by Jeffers which just added to the magic of Tor House. He took his time and led our group on a very thorough tour. The setting by the ocean is so striking & magical! Don't miss this tour!
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Date of experience: September 2020
ebosle300655 wrote a review Mar 2020
Truro, United Kingdom2 contributions
I had visited Tor House before, and it's always been a tremendous experience, but this time we had a particularly wonderful guide who recited passages of Jeffers poetry while delivering his thoughtful narrative about Robinson and Una Jeffers and their days in the Carmel of a seemingly unrecoverable era. Seeing adjacent displays of expensive, indifferent home design, it's little wonder if Jeffers was in a drunk depression much of his later life. His fame was his burden, and those who followed have become Carmel's. I wish no one ill fortune, but perhaps a good stock market adjustment will bring property prices closer to reality, bringing less ambitious egos and less ambitious per-square-foot building costs to this idyllic village. Thankfully, Tor House and Hawk Tower, and the nearby Charles Greene Studio, and the few remaining other rustics, will be there to show us the way. Thank you Tor House Foundation. Well done.
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Date of experience: March 2020
BAWHR wrote a review Mar 2020
9 contributions4 helpful votes
We drove to Carmel specifically to tour the Tour House. Our adult son loves to tour historical homes and this was only a couple of hours away. We read on the website that the house was owned by a poet but knew nothing about Robinson Jeffers nor were we familiar with his poetry. Our guide enlightened us about the poet, his family, his friends (including a close relationship with Ansel Adams), and his home and tower. Very interesting and a gorgeous garden and view of Point Lobos. If you like poetry, history, or touring homes, go. BTW- you must be able to stand and walk the entire 1 hour tour.
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Date of experience: February 2020
stacey w wrote a review Feb 2020
Santa Barbara, California46 contributions10 helpful votes
If you are planning a trip to Carmel-by-the Sea, be sure to book a reservation to see Tor House Foundation, the property owned by Robinson Jeffers and his wife. Our guide was full of information about the poet, the family and the property. He took his time and led our group on a very thorough tour. Fascinating and fun.
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Date of experience: February 2020
storyteller59 wrote a review Feb 2020
Northern California7 contributions4 helpful votes
This remarkable tour introduced us to one of California's premier poets,Robinson Jeffers. Through discussion and poem, we came to know Jeffers' relationships to his wife, to Spirit, and to the natural world, relationships that he carved into the stone of his house and tower. More than just a description of the poet, we dropped into Robin's world and came away the richer for it. Thank you for this unexpected treasure.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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