Carmel’s Inns of Distinction Tour – A Holiday Favorite

Christmas in Carmel - Inns of Distinction TourCarmel Country Inn is proud to be a part of this year’s annual Carmel Heritage Society’s Inns of Distinction Tour.  Sunday, December 4, 2016,  eight of Carmel’s charming one of a kind inns will open their doors from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m for holiday cheer from local wineries and restaurants. Guest rooms will be open for docent lead tours and local winemakers and chefs will preside over the tasty bites and sips.  The inns will be decorated for the season and Carmel Country Inn even has a lovely outdoor display, perfect for that family holiday card photo.  Carmel Country Inn will have the football games on the television in one of the open rooms and holiday movies will be planing in the other rooms. Tickets are $25 and benefit the Carmel Heritage Society who’s mission is to  protect, preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the community in a way that encourages public recognition and participation so that people will have a greater knowledge and appreciation of the community of Carmel-by-the-Sea and its sphere of influence.

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!

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!

New Sunset Center Performing Arts Program has been announced

Wildlife Expert Jack Hanna at our Carmel Inn

I’m sure all of you remember when Jack Hanna performed at the Sunset Center during his stay here at our Carmel B&B, and was gracious enough to take some photos with me? Yes, well, the new event calendar has been published and the gals are going to be hosting some of the stars. Not sure which ones yet, but check out the performances and cast! Howie Mandel, Joan Rivers, Shirley MacLaine, and Kevin Bacon – he has a band with his brother!

Go figure – So while Jack Hanna won’t be back this year, it looks like there are plenty of other excuses to come see me, Tescher Cat, at Carmel Country Inn and enjoy a performance at the Sunset Center.