A Charming pet-friendly Hotel on the Central California Coast
I always find my first impression of a hotel to be very telling. This theory was proven with my recent visit to Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. I hadn’t even set my suitcase down in my room when I thought: I can’t wait to come back again.
But I’m sure it’s a thought that many guests have, if not immediately, at least by check out. Because this place is as charming as they come. It’s apparent from the moment you drive up to it; this quaint pink hotel built on the hillside in what is arguably one of the most beautiful towns on the California coast.
After our 6.5 hour drive (relatively quick by California standards!) we were greeted by the 38 room property which basked in a warm glow. One look to the west revealed why…
How thoughtful of the sunset to match our hotel! Plus, we could not only see the sea, we could smell and hear it. Same for the pine trees that scattered the area. City stress felt blissfully far way.
Things only got better once we were in our room, a deluxe king with a large bathroom, dining table, fireplace (which our two dogs may have enjoyed even more than we did) and an ocean view balcony. It had a cozy, homey vibe that we loved. Though, I don’t have a fireplace OR an ocean view balcony at home. So, Hofsas House has the one-up there!
I am also not greeted by a wine and cheese plate when I get home. It was a delicious one at that, with a bottle of local Pinot Noir (the central coast is famous for these and Chardonnay due to the colder growing conditions) and selections from The Cheese Shop, a Carmel-by-the-Sea landmark and my new favorite shop in the entire world. (Fun fact: my first word was cheese.)
This option is available to all, not just fancy bloggers. You can add a wine and cheese pairing onto any reservation at Hofsas House, along with a slew of other equally lovely additions.
The best part of our room was that it welcomed Hank and Millie! We brought them along on the trip so they could enjoy what is known as one of the most pet-friendly towns in California. The hotel even included two dog bones, a blanket for snuggling in front of the fire, frisbee, collapsible water bowl and dog shampoo for sandy beach paws.
It’s little touches like that that show why Hofsas House has been enchanting visitors for 70 years. I fell under its spell immediately. How could I not; a Bavarian-inspired, pink gem by the sea? From the dutch doors on every room to the beautiful flowers around every corner, the entire place feels inviting and dreamy.
A Bavarian-inspired, pink gem by the sea…
The charm continued in the lobby, and not just due to the roaring fire and continental breakfast. The staff at Hofsas House match the tone of the property. I chatted with the owner, Carrie Thesis (whose family has owned the hotel since day one) and she shared hotel and town history, along with recommendations. And I must say, I don’t recall ever feeling as welcomed as I did here.
A word on the breakfast, don’t skip it! It’s delivered daily from a local French bakery with a true Parisian chef. If you’re lucky enough to snag an apricot croissant, you will not be sorry.
Armed with maps to plan our day, we brought our breakfast back to eat on our balcony. Because when you have a view like this to dine by, you do.
Here are a couple of highlights from our day in Carmel-by-the-Sea that I recommend you check out. It’s a magical little town; a 1 square mile village filled with all things good; food, wine, dogs, beach. We adored it.
My first impression was absolutely correct: I can’t wait to visit Hofsas House and Carmel-by-the-Sea again.
we heartsters – did I miss anything in Carmel? Let me know so I can start planning my next trip!
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