Hello my friends,
As many of you know, we recently took a trip to Carmel, CA.
We stayed in the sweetest cottage and I wanted to share it with you.
One day in early May hubby walked in after work toting the latest issue of Victoria magazine he had retrieved from the mailbox.
As I started to browse through it I came to an article titled: Coastal Getaway: CARMEL BY-THE-SEA
It was about the 5 cozy cottage rentals, Carmel Cottage Inn.
The article pulled at my heart strings and hubby said, "book it"
Let's just say, he didn't have to say it twice!! :)
Moon Gate cottage, here we come!!
Easy to see how it got it's name. Hubby seems to be pleased with it as well.
The cottage was surrounded by gorgeous greenery and flowers.
The gardens were very well manicured and had sweet paths leading to each cottage.
This was our own little private seating area.
That large hedge is fuchsia, if you can believe it! Here we just plant it in shade pots as trailers.
Great place to relax at the end of the day!
This is the view as we walked down from our cottage.
Now that we've toured the gardens, let's step inside. . .
hand stenciled wooden floor.
Lots of cozy seating. This cottage actually slept four.
Folk art on the wall and I loved the running rabbit pillow!
A cozy fireplace for those cool evenings. We actually did turn it on one night. It had rained that morning.
Most of the time we enjoyed an open window.
Oh look, a welcome gift. Sparkling cider, A large bag of delicious almonds, and one of pistachios as well. Maps and info to help us navigate the small town. There are no numbered addresses. A shop simply lists it's location between two streets, and cottages are often referred to by name alone.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and this one certainly
did have heart!
Vintage style appliances and I adore that checkered floor! I would have loved to have stayed in 'Log Haven' simply because it had a green fridge and dishwasher. It sleeps 10, so wasn't going to pay up for that! lol! You can see photos of it in the magazine.
Not only was the kitchen cute, but they sure knew how to stack the cupboards. Colorful mugs of Fiesta ware. I had to play with them a little to show off my $5 thrift find scale for Instagram.
Rusty and worn! Just how I love it!!
The bedroom was sweet and simple. The mattress was super comfy. Always a plus!!
Looking out the bedroom window to our courtyard.
The ocean was just a hop, skip, and a jump away. In fact when we arrived we met one couple from Canada that had just walked barefoot to the beach. It was so close, they said, "why bother wearing shoes?" This was their 2nd stay at the cottages.
This was their cottage.
Hubby enjoyed strolling along in the sand,
While I captured the wild life. . . (wink)
and gathered trinkets that had been washed ashore.
and look what it shared with us come sun down.
Oh, isn't life by the sea simply grand? Too bad it had to come to an end. At least for now, but it will forever live on in my memory!