Carmel Travel Blog

October 25, 2016 Amy Johnson

Carmel-by-the-Sea’s 100th Year Birthday Parade

Carmel Parade and 100 year birthday celebrationOn Saturday, October 29, Carmel-by-the-Sea turns 100 years old.  As with every birthday, a parade will take place along Ocean Avenue, but this year, along with the usual local groups, dog and kids in costume and firetrucks, there will be Rose-Parade-quality floats, the Navy Marching Band and circa 1916 automobiles. None other than former Carmel-by-the-sea Mayor Clint Eastwood will be atop one of the original Wells Fargo stage coaches to lead the parade down Ocean Avenue as Grand Marshall.

A grand celebration luncheon with an enormous birthday cake, silent auction and band will take place following the parade on Carmel’s Cultural Center, Sunset Center’s outdoor area. (the luncheon is sold out at present)  Floats will be available for up close viewing and photo opportunities.  A street dance is also planned in the evening on Dolores Street with wine tasting, small plates from Little Napoli, Le Bicyclette & Luca restaurants.

Join us for the festivities at our charming Carmel inn – you’ll start your day with a hearty breakfast so you can enjoy the day filled with celebration.

Carmel International Film Festival

Carmel International Film FestivalThis just in:  The Carmel International Film Festival, October 19-23 is premiering the film The Space Between, by Amy Jo Johnson on opening night, October 20.The entire cast of the film will be here, but that’s just the start,  The Festival,  dedicated to the development and celebration of independent filmmakers, features a special Women in Film lecture, talks, parties and new this year,  the Music Café featuring young singer/songwriters performing live throughout the weekend.

There is something for everyone to enjoy beginning with the Filmmakers Reception, VIP Cocktail Parties, and everything in between.  Not to be missed, Filmmakers’ Beach Dinner where filmmakers and guests enjoy Carmel beach and sunset with amazing food and beverage from local restaurants and wineries.

There are 3 ways to enjoy the festival.

The Essential Credential gets you into all films at all times, and the Filmmakers’ Welcome shindig with 15 Monterey County wineries pouring.

The Producers Package gets you into very cool parties. You will also have access to our filmmakers’ lounge located adjacent to music café. Listen to some music and enjoy a glass of wine on us!

For the exclusive, five star experience – go for the Patrons Package. It comes with concierge service, exclusive entrance, reserved seating, filmmakers lounge, all parties and dinners including the exclusive VIP party, swag bag, framed print and more!

The coolest part of the whole weekend?  Amy Jo Johnson is staying at Carmel Country Inn where Amy M Johnson is the Innkeeper!

Concour on the Avenue Car Event

pebble beach concours d eleganceCalling all car nuts –  If you can’t get tickets or find a hotel room for the Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance this August,  come to Carmel earlier in the week and enjoy this FREE event.    All along Ocean Avenue from Junipero Street to Monte Verde Ave. and 2 blocks in each direction to the north and south,  over 200 spectacular, diverse Marques of collector vehicles, American and foreign, from 1940 – 1973, with Ferrari’s and Porsche’s up to 1989 line the streets for anyone to gawk at, take photos of and even sit inside a few.  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The brainstorm of Dave Freeman, this 8th annual event supports the local Carmel Foundation, a 65 year old non profit organization assisting seniors on the Monterey Peninsula.   The vehicles on display at the Concour on the Avenue are different than those that will be seen throughout the week at the different vehicle events that surround the Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance taking place on Sunday, August 21.

Join us at Carmel Country Inn and check out these exciting events!

Top 5 things to do with your Dog in Carmel-by-the-Sea


  • Bulldog enjoying lunch outside in dog friendly, Carmel Stay at Carmel Country Inn Bed and Breakfast where all their spacious suites and cozy studios are Pet Friendly. Carmel Country Inn has Sojo dog treats, water bowls and blankets and, they take each Pet’s photo for their “Wall of Woof”, “Yearbark” and their Facebook page


  • Meander thru Carmel Village to the foot of Ocean Avenue and let your best friend off leash on Carmel Beach. Mutt Mitt dispensers and an outdoor shower are available after a day of romping in the sand, shaking kelp, chasing waves and balls and sniffing their new furry friends.


  • Enjoy Lunch and Dinner at any of over 15 Pet Friendly restaurants, all with outdoor heated seating.  Several have special blankets for your pets to lounge on, treats and bowls of chilled water to drink.  Forge in the Forest Restaurant has a Doggie Menu and Terry’s Lounge at the Cypress Inn welcomes pets for their daily “Yappy Hour”   If your occasion calls for an activity or restaurant that is not pet friendly Carmel Country Inn can provide you with Pet Sitter options who will come to your room, walk and talk with your pets, or just keep them company while you enjoy your enjoy yourself.


  • Shop in Carmel Village, the majority of the one of a kind shops, galleries, & wine tasting rooms are Pet Friendly and even have custom water bowls in front of their store and treats inside. Carmel Plaza’s 3 tier open air shopping center even has a ‘fountain of wolf” in the lower level garden area.


  • Make a stop (or 2) at Diggidy – Our local Pet Boutique on Mission Street just south of Ocean Avenue has an abundance of treats, themed cookies, apparel, leashes and best of all, toys!  There is even a section for kitties.  Even if you don’t get to bring your best friend along to Carmel, Diggidy Dog has plenty of take away souvenirs for your furry friend.

Pebble Beach Golf Course Tournaments

pebble beach golf course

Nearby, you can see the #9 and #10 from Carmel Beach, the famed Pebble Beach Golf Course is the site of the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament as well as the upcoming 2019 US Open Golf Tournament.

Each February, pros and celebrities alike gather for a week of fun and golf, benefiting local Carmel and Monterey area charities.  The tournament began with Bing Crosby hosting a few Hollywood friends to play along with the PGA tournament back in the Crosby Clambake days.

These days, you’re likely to see Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Clint Eastwood, and Alice Cooper, Kenny G and many actors and musicians throughout the week.  Even the San Francisco Giant and San Francisco 49ers current players and alumni play a tournament for a charity one day during the week.  The tournament began with Bing Crosby hosting a few Hollywood friends to play along with the PGA tournament back in the Crosby Classic days which was nicknamed the Crosby Clambake.

Hint:  AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament practice rounds begin the Monday prior and are not crowded.  Players and Celebrities are laid back and congenial to the galleries. Cameras and parking are allowed thru Wednesdays of the tournament week.

The golf course is breathtaking any time of year, join us at our Carmel bed and breakfast and get a glimpse of this gorgeous hot spot!

Former Mayor Clint Eastwood to be Grand Marshall of Carmel-by-the-Sea Centennial Parade

clint eastwoodWhile the Carmel Pine Cone Newspaper got the scoop, it’s now common knowledge that former Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Academy Award Winning Actor/Director and local resident Clint Eastwood will be the Grand Marshall of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Centennial Celebration Parade on October 29th 2016.

Clint will be riding shotgun on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach when the parade begins at 11:00 a.m.  The parade will include over 40 elements including marching bands, Rose Bowl Parade quality floats, dancers, and of course all the locals and their pets!

Plan your stay now at Carmel Country Inn, Carmel’s most pet friendly inn and an easy walk to the parade route.

Our Precious Tescher Cat

Today our beloved Tescher Cat passed away at 18 years of age.  He lived at the inn since he was 5 years old and never met a person or a dog that he didn’t like.  He was our Mascot, our Friend and our Partner.  Tescher Cat touched many lives of the guests who were missing their animals and was always up for a pat and a cuddle.  We will miss him dearly but know he is running free with our Max Cat on the other side.

An addition to my Shrine

I got a really nice present from some of my lady guests on Friday! The black and white beaded cat, from Jewels on Ocean Avenue is proudly displayed in the middle of my collection of gifts.  Plan your summer escape now and stop by and see my shrine, gifts are not required,  but attention is!  TC new present

Bring SomeBUNNY You Love in April

Tescher Cat here, –  Happy Spring to everyone.  The gals have come up with a FREE addition to some of the rooms easter bunnywhen you book our Carmel Country Inn room in April.  Book any of our King Studios or Deluxe King Suites,  Sunday – Thursday for the month of April 2014,  and you’ll find a Sweet & Bubbly Inn-dulgence upon arrival. Enjoy it in front of your romantic fireplace or in you spacious whirlpool tub (split of champagne & chocolates) at our pet friendly Carmel Bed and Breakfast.  Valid on reservations made March 26, 2014 or later. Not valid on the Queen Studio or Two Bedroom Suite rooms.

I hope you like the photo of the bunnies.  The gals had thought (briefly, I might add) about putting bunny ears on me and taking a photo, then they rethought – thank goodness!

3rd Night Free thru March

Tescher Cat here,  we’ve extended our 3rd night FREE midweek thru the end of March here at our Pet Friendly Carmel Bed and Breakfast.

Our owner, a local builder, whom I am named after,  is going to be doing some fun upgrades to the Deluxe King Suites and the Deluxe Two Bedroom One Bath Suite in March.  He is putting private patios on the front of them,  that means more sunny outdoor spots for me to lounge!  Stay tuned to photos and details.  Click on our Specials & Packages page to see all the details of the FREE offer.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA