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Your walk opens up a whole new vista of Carmel for you while our guides, who are skilled storytellers, weave together the tales of the arts and artists, architecture and history and the unbelievable stories of the people who created this unique village in a forest which is Carmel.
Garden Courtyard of the Pine Inn Hotel, Ocean Avenue & Lincoln Street
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7/16/2020 - 6/21/2024
Monday - Sunday : 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Queen Victoria Statue
30/A, Nrupathunga Rd, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India
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Have you wondered why and how the unique Village of Carmel-by-the-Sea was created? Join us and hear the story of the artist village which has charmed visitors from all over the world. Have you ever heard of the Milk Shrine or of a teenager building a home and becoming a master builder, way back in 1902?
We stop at our first of many charming courtyards. Here is the site of the original theater of the Golden Bough and we become acquainted with the fascinating story of Ted Kuster, the man who realized his dream of building "one of the most beautiful and best equipped small theaters in America". We will share some of the personal experiences of the people who used to attend the fabulous performances.
On our way to L'Auberge we will pass City Hall. Do you remember which famous film star and film director was once mayor here? Enjoy the interesting story of what prompted this little town to incorporate in 1916. Right next door is L'Auberge Carmel with its amazing European architecture. Hear the unlikely story of the young man who's dream this was. You will think you are just stepping into historic Prague. There is even a token of that heritage incorporated in the building. Can you guess what that might be?
Entering through the beautiful biblical garden we arrive at the quaint church of the Wayfarer. With it's slate roof and small bell tower it resembles a chapel in a forest. In historic fashion the bell is still rung by hand and the stained glass windows are worth a visit. You will find that dogs are everywhere and you will hear the story of the unique place dogs occupy in Carmel.
Architecture and Hollywood fame come together here. One of films most loved darlings, Doris Day, was invested here and the Inn is testament to her lasting fame. A visit here evokes California's Spanish past through the architecture and beautiful glazed tile work.
No visit to this charming village would be complete without a stop at one of it's many fairytale cottages. Whimsical and intriguing buildings with a fun story of how this style evolved completely by chance. Here is a hint: "What would a young man in love not do for the girl of his dreams?" We find our way in an out of hidden passage ways and gardens, among amazing shops and fabulous galleries, all while being entertained with tidbits of Carmel's history.
Our walk will take us past a couple of unique artist studios where, if we are lucky, we have a chance to meet the artist. The smell of fresh coffee and bakery goods accompanies us as we enter Devendorf Park which is well guarded by an immense California Live Oak tree.
A bit of lore about actor and film director Clint Eastwood brings us to the wonderful restaurant, the Hog's Breath Inn, next to the Eastwood Building. Its many little fireplaces are keeping diners warm in the patio, and the bar sports wild boar heads, hunting trophies, and a reminder of the man who said: "Go ahead, make my day!"
If you are a book lover you will want to come back here for a visit after the tour. This unique independent books store also is host to the Secret Garden. Here, in this serene and peaceful atmosphere we find ourselves inside an authentic geodesic dome from the 1970's. If you are old enough to remember the hippy era you will feel right at home!
Are you wondering what there is so special that we would stop at the post office? Like "everything Carmel" the post office was the common gathering spot where you collected your mail and met your new neighbors. However, Carmel and its people do not take themselves too seriously and, so they shall never forget, a steady reminder greets them every time they pick up their mail. You will enjoy their sense of humor.
No surprise that our last stop is at a veritable Carmel institution. The Art Association was founded at the very beginning of Carmel's existence and has survived in various forms over a century. It is still owned by dozens of talented artists. A rotating offering, a fabulous variety of high quality sculptures and paintings are on display and for sale. If you love art, this is a "Must See" .
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