Weekend Escape: Carmel
by Jo Anne Disney
April 23, 2014 • 128 views
If you enjoy picturesque views and quaint shops, Carmel is definitely a place to visit. This seaside village is a wonderful place to relax and soak up the fresh sea air. Strolling along there are several eateries, art galleries and boutiques to explore. One of my favorite places to eat at was Terry’s Lounge Restaurant at the Cypress Inn. This historic landmark is owned by legendary film actress, Doris Day and a local business man named Dennis LeVett. This joint venture took place in the mid-80’s. Thanks to Ms. Day and her love of animals, she “insisted that the four-leggers were as welcome as their humans.” The Cypress Inn has become Carmel’s “original pet-friendly boutique hotel” and it’s a wonderful place for locals and visitors to bring their pets and make new friends.
History tells us that the Cypress Inn was built in 1929 by the owner, Dr. Rudolf. Back then it was known as the Hotel La Ribera. Then, sometime in the 1960’s, Earl E. McInnis and his son Frank, “took over management of the hotel and renamed it Cypress West. It was restored and upgraded to its original splendor.” It seems that guests come back again and again to relive the amazing experiences. The hotel is decorated with memorabilia from Ms. Day’s film career, even showing movies in the lounge. It is an experience not to be missed.