When we left San Francisco our destination was Carmel By The Sea. This was our third visit to the Monterey Peninsula in less than six months.
But Carmel By The Sea is indeed unique and certainly offers charm in a location of much beauty.
And we found the perfect place to capture the essence and beauty of the place.
It was the Hofsas House Hotel which has been offering the tranquility of the town and region for seventy years. Here was a small hotel with Bavarian decor, ambiance and classic European style hospitality.
On arriving at Hofsas House we were charmed and awed with our room which was actually a suite with large bedroom, private balcony for enjoying a sweeping view to a glistening sea, a complete bath and a kitchen with refrigerator, micro wave, sink, and inviting table and chairs for sipping wine while nibbling on crackers and cheese. Hey, we thought, it can't get any better than this.
But we were wrong. Located in the center of town Hofsas House invites one to a pleasant stroll while leaving your car idle and, for a change, costing nothing, since this town does not have parking meters and free two hour parking can be found everywhere.
One morning while enjoying our Continental Breakfast at Hofsas House we had the opportunity to meet Carrie Theis, grand daughter of Donna Hofsas who founded the hotel seventy years ago. We complimented her on our wonderful suite and learned that all 38 rooms are one of a kind with amenities like fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, and Dutch doors allowing guests to enjoy the ocean air.
There is free WiFi but hard to believe anyone would want to spoil the relaxed atmosphere of Carmel by using it. We certainly did not and never turned on the TV either.
Tomorrow we will describe some of the nearby countryside we explored during our visit.
Hofsas House Hotel is located on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel by the Sea. (This town does not have numbered house addresses). Telephone 831 624-2745, web www,hofsashouse.com.