Visit Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel by the Sea and Take Your Mind Off Global Warming

IMAG0053It’s been hot, baby. One town on our road trip from LA clocked 113 degrees. What was the temp when friend, Sue and I rolled into Carmel by the Sea and the Hofsas House Hotel on a recent July afternoon? A remarkable 68 degrees.

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IMG_7794WE SHARED A ROOM — This was my second Girlfriend Getaway to Hofsas House Hotel, the 70-year-old pale pink boutique inn overlooking the Pacific, with 37 rooms, all in varying comfy décor. Our shared room was two queen beds, kitchenette, and our cute Dutch door allowed us sea and sunset views. And a lovely continental breakfast at the fireplace… remember, the weather is COOL here.

I grew up with four sisters; sharing a room is no biggie to me. Sue, with one brother, is one of the easiest-going travel buddies ever. And she’s a wine enthusiast.* It didn’t seem too hard to convince her to join me on a blogger fam trip.

From Los Angeles, a two-night road trip to Carmel by the Sea is just enough time for friends to catch up on everything, reach our destination by late afternoon and chill with a local Chardonnay, crackers and cheese from The Cheese Shop (the “welcome” room gift is a purchase option at the hotel). P7061626

TINY TOWN, TRULY — If you’ve been to Carmel by the Sea, you probably know its only 1 square mile in size, incorporated as a city with its own mayor (at one time, Clint Eastwood), police and city council. It shares a fire department with Monterey County. Why this matters? They control their destiny, i.e.  NO franchise food (sorry, Starbucks) and NO franchise hotels.

Privately owned inns, like the Hofsas House Hotel, make this seaside village quaint and real. There are 45 inns total, 1000 rooms in all. And being a small town, they all work together. Carrie Theis, owner of Hofsas, said, “If we don’t have an available room, we’ll help find you one elsewhere. Here, everybody knows each other.” This is one of the easiest inns to find here, too, as it just pops up in your line of sight when you enter the village.

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PET FRIENDLY, THANKS DORIS! — We can probably thank Hollywood icon Doris Day for boosting the “pet friendliness” here. An animal lover, she became co-owner of the Cypress Inn 25+ years ago and helped the trend of allowing families to bring dogs along on vacation. The Hofsas House delivers that option, too – they even offer a Tail Wagging Package with fun goodies and options.

*Back to wine… do you love it as much as I do? Here, take the self-paced Wine Walk (no limo or driving necessary). Fourteen local winery tasting rooms are featured – just CLICK HERE to buy the $100 passport and visit up to 10 of them, all quite close together. The passport can be used over several days, wise because that’s a lot of tasting.

WE WUV WALKABILITY — Carmel by the Sea is so walkable, take-one pads of maps are everywhere, listing shops, hotels, restaurants, delis, tasting rooms, salons and more. The community’s Walking and Trail Hiking Guide gets you out and about to burn calories in time for more wine tasting and great food.

P7061635Order a take-away lunch box at the 5th Avenue Deli & Catering Company if you want to keep things casual. There’s no reason to always be at a restaurant for a meal here. We actually thought we’d do our deli lunching on our Discovery Whale Watching adventure, but rough seas changed that plan.

That evening, back at Fisherman’s Wharf, dinner was at The Big Fish Grill. Now, you’d think a seafood restaurant at a tourist destination would be iffy at best. Whoa, my Linguine with Clams was (were?) probably the best I’ve ever had. Overlooking a picture-perfect Monterey harbor, sipping good wine with a friend, it hardly gets better than this.

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P7071703Besides a girlfriend getaway, if you need other “reasons” consider a wedding anniversary, birthday celebration, family reunion (ask about the Hofsas House package for this), heat wave escape, burnout escape, I Need A New Wardrobe shopping escape (the village is chock-a-block with boutiques), I Could Use Some Art escape (the village is a renowned destination for art galleries), my-dog-and-I-need-to-get-outta-dodge… you get the picture. On a road trip, you have plenty of stops on the way, see my previous post on Road Tripping to Carmel by the Sea.

{Disclosure: our meals, tour and stay were complimentary, but all opinions published here are my own. Businesses such as the above, as part of their marketing strategies, occasionally invite writers to experience their wares. They know we are not obligated to write about any of it.}

Hofsas House Hotel: www.hofsashouse.com, San Carlos and 4th (the city has no street addresses – when you get here you will learn why), 800-221-2548

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