Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
After a lunch we drove to the Carmel Mission where we were able to go on a self tour of the church and the mission.It was neat to see some of other building there and artifacts from that time period. We enjoyed seeing the quarters of the people who lived and worked the mission, the first library in California and the beautiful garden areas.After our time at the Mission we headed to Safeway to buy some snacks, hot chocolate, and dessert for later. We were pretty full from dinner and figured we would stay close to our place instead of going out. So we went out for a sunset walk along the beach with our hot chocolate and warm sweaters to keep us warm. What a fun day. We were sad that we would only have one day left.
On Sat. afternoon we left for our weekend getaway. I still had no clue where we were going. I had an idea where he may take me, but that's it. Well I was right about the location, but had no clue that we were staying in a bed n breakfast a block form the ocean in cute and quiet Carmel. The Inn was built in 1929 by a young German lady and her husband. The Inn was originally called the Holiday Inn, and quickly become a favorite among university professors. Eventually, the Inn was expanded to its current size of 17 rooms all with private baths. When the Holiday Inn hotel chain came to Carmel, the Inn changed its name the Sandpiper Inn to avoid confusion. The Inn was named after the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton which was filmed along the California coast including Carmel Point.
The location was perfect and our view was amazing. We were on the 2nd story and could leave our window open and hear the waves crashing all night. It was great! The Sandpiper Inn in Carmel has no phone, tv or Internet in the rooms.(Noah said it is so we can spend quality time together) They still use real keys for each and every room. On our arrival it was pretty late so we got a quick but friendly tour. They have a dinning area were they serve you breakfast every morning with yogurt, granola, fresh fruit, and some kind of breakfast quiche or casserole. They have a mini library where you can grab a book to read and enjoy. They have tables set up in the various rooms for eating places in the morning or afternoon tea. The kitchen is open for use any time of day. We could use the sink, microwave, stove, and fridge if needed.After getting our key we headed to Monterrey for some dinner. The 1st place we saw open was California Pizza Kitchen so that's where we stopped and ate. Once we ate we headed back to our place for a good nights rest.