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Hofsas House Hotel
Between 3rd & 4th Ave
on San Carlos Street.
P.O. Box 1195
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Casual elegance, personal service and traditional family hospitality.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

You can still have your Big Sur experience! Hofsas House in Carmel is perfect headquarters for your adventure

Big Sur has been rocked by a series of natural disasters in the past 18 months, from devastating wildfires to rains that have caused mudslides, rock slides and bridge collapses, including the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, effectively cutting the community in half. While famous Big Sur landmarks such as Nepenthe, Henry Miller Library and Deetjens are cut off from the north, there are still plenty of businesses — hotels, restaurants and shops — as well as parks and beaches, open north of the bridge.

While Highway 1 is closed just at the Big Sur Ranger Station, the community and businesses just north of that station needs your support and patronage in these trying times. It will be at least a year or more before a new bridge is in place, so the community is even more dependent on people visiting.

If you're traveling to the Big Sur area on Highway 1, please be extra careful, watch for maintenance workers still working on parts of the highway, let more anxious drivers pass you, use turnouts, designated turn-around spots, legal parking areas and pull over when appropriate.

The Hofsas House in beautiful downtown Carmel is not only the ideal headquarters for you to explore and enjoy the attractions of Carmel, but also to explore and enjoy Big Sur.

The Carmel Chamber of Commerce has a few recommendations for a short (30 minutes or less) trip to enjoy the splendors of the Big Sur coast. Here are a few from www.carmelchamber.org/itineraries:

>Visit the "crown jewel" of the California State Park system, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, 2 miles south of Carmel. Roads and trails take you to the rocky shore to see otters and seals. Visit Whalers Cabin, built in the early 1850's, overlooking Whalers Cove and Carmel Bay for over 160 years.

>Travel 4 miles south of Carmel and get picnic supplies at the Carmel Highlands General Store or have a sit-down lunch at the newly renovated California Market at Pacific’s Edge restaurant at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur coast.

>Garrapata State Park, 7 miles south, is partially open west of Highway 1, including Garrapata Beach. The park has two miles of beachfront, with coastal hiking. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration. Garrapata State parklands east of Highway 1 are currently closed.

>Enjoy spectacular views just 10 miles south of Carmel at Rocky Point Restaurant, a wonderful venue for indoor or patio dining, receptions and special events. California Market at Pacific’s Edge also has a highly regarded lunch and dinner menu, both recently updated with selections of locally sourced produce, meats and seafood.

>Drive 13 miles south of Carmel to view the 1932 architectural marvel and the "most photographed" span of California coastline, Bixby Creek Bridge. Safely pull into one of the turn-outs to take your own memorable photograph of one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world.

For a little longer trips, check out these attractions, still less than an hour away.

>Journey 21 miles south of Carmel to visit the Point Sur Lighthouse. Tour its historic and still active aid-to-navigation which still guides ships along the Central California Coast. On the National Register of Historic Places and a California landmark, Point Sur is a must-see.

>Just past Point Sur, Andrew Molera State Park offers visitors great hiking and beach-combing, with miles of trails winding through meadows, bluffs, beaches and hilltops. Many trails allow for horseback riding, bicycling and hiking. Explore what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago by visiting the Ranch House, open for visitors on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when a volunteer is available.

>Take a break from your Big Sur adventure at Big Sur River Inn located in the village. Renew your spirit at the full-service restaurant and bar enjoying a fabulous dinner in the historic dining room or outside on the deck, the lawn or along the bank of the Big Sur River.

Jeanette Kenworthy of www.seemonterey.com, an excellent website on what to do and see on the Central Coast, has a few suggestions on where to eat and shop in Big Sur. Call ahead before embarking on your adventure to make sure businesses are still open or for road conditions. Here are some of her recommendations:

>Big Sur Lodge Restaurant:  Located in Pfeiffer State Park with the river flowing just below the restaurant gives it a beautiful location. Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Has a restaurant, espresso bar, gift shop and General Store.

>Big Sur Roadhouse:  Delicious, locally sourced ingredients with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Open 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily for breakfast and lunch. Best breakfast sandwich, burger, fries and tacos in Big Sur!

>Fernwood Tavern:  Fernwood has a restaurant, local bar, General Store and gift shop. Open for lunch and dinner. Live music most weekends! Ping pong table and heat lamps on the back deck. Great for nachos, cocktails and a selection of delicious ice cream in the store. 

>Ripplewood Cafe:  This quaint eatery is open daily from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch. Be sure to try their au gratin breakfast potatoes and homemade cinnamon rolls.

The Big Sur Village shops are open, as are many others. Some suggestions to check out:  Big Sur Lodge Gift Shop, Local Color, Darn Glad to Be Here Gallery and Studio One Gallery.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy your Big Sur adventure!


Are you looking for the perfect meeting space for your group? Whether you need a space for a business or leadership meeting, charity or nonprofit group, sewing/knitting/quilting conferences, scrapbookers, and chess clubs, even small wedding receptions, the Hofsas House in Carmel may just be the place for you.

The Hofsas House offers the perfect, welcoming European retreat in the heart of beautiful downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The poolside meeting room has a fireplace, full kitchen and can accommodate a sit-down dinner for 30, a stand-up reception for up to 40, or a boardroom or U-shaped setting for up to 24. It is also ideal for private personal dinner parties.

Groups such as The Food Bank for Monterey County holds an annual 60-person fundraiser at the poolside meeting room, and the Welsh Terrier Club holds meetings here annually.

Hofsas House's boutique setting allows your meeting to take in the natural beauty of Carmel-by-the-Sea while getting some work done. We offer free WIFI, projector, screen and conference phone, if needed. A continental breakfast is included with your room stay and can be served in the meeting room, so you can start your meeting with fresh coffee, French pastries, juice, fruit and yogurt. Coffee and tea, along with filtered water, are provided for you all day.

The world-famous Carmel Beach is only eight blocks away, so you can take in a run or walk in the fresh air of Carmel before or after your meeting. For a change of pace, why not take a picnic lunch and go to Point Lobos with a guide rather than have a typical lunch in a meeting room?

We can also suggest team-building ideas, such as creating a morning breakfast, s’mores and a fire on the beach, a Range Rover Team Building experience, olive oil, balsamic vinegar or wine tasting. Other nearby activities could also include a round of golf, yoga on the beach, surf lessons, kayaking, hiking, and, last but not least, food and wine, historic or art tours of Carmel.

As a long-time Carmel resident and Carmel City Councilwoman, I am very familiar with the area and can help you with all your meeting needs. We love to have guests come to experience this special and magical area of Carmel-by-the-Sea and we look forward to hosting you here. We're just a call away!

The Hofsas House Announces Itís Golferís Delight

The Hofsas House Hotel has partnered with two of the Monterey Peninsula’s best golf courses.  Book a stay at the Hofsas House and add on a round of golf.  Experience the immaculate green grasses of the historic Quail Lodge Golf Club and Carmel Valley Ranch. Play an 18-hole round of golf for two including shared cart and range balls.  Cost is an additional $ 125.00 per person or $250 for two.  When booking use promotion code:   HHQUAIL

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hofsas House Hotel Turns 70 and Celebrates Spring With Its Seventh Annual Fundraiser For The Food Bank For Monterey County on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Carmel-By-The-Sea - One of the most romantic towns in America!


Valentine's Day is here!  Since romance is on everyone's mind, did you know that Travel + Leisure, CNN and SmarterTravel.com, named Carmel-by-the-Sea one of the 38 most romantic towns in America in 2015.

So for your next anniversary or special occasion, don't fork over your entire life savings on that diamond necklace or expensive tool set, think about a vacation to the breathtaking, relaxing and romantic Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Why it's romantic: The Central California town is a hub for both artists and Hollywood celebrities with its majestic beaches perfect for long walks at sunset and evening bonfires; its vast offerings of art, theater and music to enjoy; four-star restaurants (including L'Escargot, Anton and Michelle, Aubergine and Andrea’s Bouche); high-end shopping (including Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.); hidden courtyards; and fairy-tale cottages.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea Announces Its Third Nights a Charm Package

Celebrating its 70th Anniversary of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces its Third Nights a Charm  packages to their valued guests. Each room has been crafted with the same minute attention to detail generations of guests have come to expect from Hosfas House Hotel and is as unique and charming as Carmel itself .

Third Night's A Charm

Book 3 nights and the 3rd is 1/3 off. A getaway is always a wonderful break…they just don’t last long enough. At Hofsas House we know the 3rd nights a charm 

Subject to availability. Minimum of three (3)-night stay required. Savings reflected in rate at time of booking. If modifications to reservation are made during your hotel stay (e.g. early departure), the promotion is void and your rate will be adjusted to the rate of the day. Taxes and gratuities not included. Offer not applicable to groups, negotiated or third-party rates. Not combinable with any other offers. Not applicable to existing reservations. Blackout dates apply.   Offer valid from February and March 2017 excluding holidays and AT&T golf week.   Mention Code HHCHARM when booking. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hofsas House Celebrates 70 Years With Special Packages!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hofsas House Launches Pin It To Win It Contest


Tell the Hofsas House where you’d love to visit and why and you could win a 2 night stay!

So many of us add “travel more” to our list of yearly resolutions! Whether it is somewhere close by, a beautiful beach or international destination, tell the Hofsas House where you’d love to visit and why? Post pictures of your ideal destination on a Pinterest board and our favorite board will win a 2-night stay at the Hofsas House hotel!

To enter the contest simply:

Pin It To Win It!

·         Follow us on Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/hofsashouse/

·         Create A Board Titled: Time to Travel!

·         Add a minimum of 5 pictures of your favorite quotes with the hashtag #HofsasHouseGetaways

·         Email a link your board to: marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com

·         One lucky winner will win a 2-night stay at our hotel!

·         Enter to win between January 1st and January 30th. Winner announced on February 5th.

·         Includes Hotel stay only- airfare, transportation, meals and other amenities not included

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Celebrate Spring at the Hofsas House

Join Hofsas House throughout 2017

Theis Family Holiday Traditions

Every holiday season our family has traditions. This year we want to share what makes our holidays sparkle. We hope you enjoy!

1.Walking the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea To Look At Christmas Lights. Take a stroll and soak it all in!

2.Christmas Movie Night! Celebrate Xmas with Clark Griswold, Charlie Brown and The Grinch. What is your favorite holiday movie?

3.Buying And Picking Out The Family Christmas Tree and Decorating. Ahhh the memories. Stop by and check out the Hofsas House lobby tree!

4.Putting out Santa's Cookies and Milk. Don't let Santa leave on an empty stomach.

5.Baking Christmas Cookies. Home baked cookies all the way.

6.Hanging the Christmas lights. You don't have to go all out, but a little color is a must.

7.And our favorite Theis Family tradition is ... Christmas Dinner. Christmas traditions start at the dinner table.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Hofsas House Hotel Celebrates The Holidays The Fifth Annual Gingerbread Making Fundraiser For The Carmel Library Foundation on Saturday, December 3rd

In Carmel-by-the- Sea , the Theis family is celebrating 70 Years of European hospitality at its beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, which is as charming as the town itself. With firm roots in the past, the family is looking toward the future by keeping abreast of guests’ every need.

Owner and General Manager, Carrie Theis, has invited everyone to celebrate The Holidays with its Fifth Annual Fundraiser for The Carmel Library Foundation with a Gingerbread Making afternoon for the family.

Bring the entire family.  Create a gingerbread house to take home and display throughout the holidays.  Children will receive one gingerbread making kit, hot cider and a cookie for a  $25 donation to the Carmel Library Foundation.  Adults that want to attend will receive a glass of wine of award winning Monterey County wines from Twisted Roots Winery and can enjoy a gourmet cheese and fruit tray for a $10 donation to the Carmel Library Foundation.   Additional glasses of wine can be purchased for a $5.00 donation to the Carmel Library Foundation.  (The $10 donation for adults does not include decorating a gingerbread house.)


Where: Hofsas House at San Carlos & 4th Ave Carmel -by -the-Sea at the meeting room poolside!

When: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Two Times:

Sign up for 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 per child and $10 per adult (Adult does not include decorating a gingerbread house.  The cost to decorate a gingerbread house is $25)

Reservations: Limited reservations available. Call Carrie at the Hofsas House (831) 624-2745 to make a reservation.

All proceeds benefit The Carmel Public Library Foundation.  The Carmel Public Library Foundation’s mission is to raise vital funds for the Carmel Public Library that will ensure free Library service in perpetuity. All the collections, materials, services, equipment, and programs are funded by charitable donations. Questions? Call the Foundation at (831) 624-2811. http://www.carmelpubliclibraryfoundation.org

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Hofsas House Celebrates 70th Anniversary!


Hofsas House Hotel Announces a Special Package in Honor of the Hotel’s 70thAnniversary November 2016 and Carmel-by-the-Sea’s 100thAnniversary October 2016

In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Theis family is celebrating seven decades of European hospitality at its beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, which is as charming as the town itself. With firm roots in the past, the family is looking toward the future by keeping abreast of guests’ every need.

Owner and General Manager, Carrie Theis, announced today a special package in honor of the hotel and Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Anniversary.

Carmel-by-the-Sea Celebrates 100 Years

Celebrate Carmel-by-the-Sea’s 100thAnniversary in October and Hofsas House Hotels 70thAnniversary this November  with our History Tour!  Delight in the special charms of Carmel on a leisurely, fun and informative two-hour guided walk past enchanting Fairy-tale cottages, through secret pathways, hidden courtyards and award-winning gardens.  At the end of the tour, you’ll  feel like a local.  Cost is $25 per person. For September 1 – December 31st, 2016, guess who book this package will receive aCarmel-by-the-Sea history book complimentary upon arrival (value $10.00) .  Learn about the 100-year history of Carmel-by-the-Sea. When booking use promotion code:  HHWALKS. 🎉🍾🎂  Promotion valid through December 31st, 2016.  (block out dates apply)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Enter Our Pin It To Win It Contest!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Visit The Top Dog-Friendly Town In The Country!


Carmel-by-the-Sea is well known for being one of the dog-friendliest towns in the country. In fact, many rankings have it as THE top dog-friendly town in the country.

One of the most fun things to do is to take your dog for a stroll on the beautiful white sands of Carmel Beach. Dogs can even frolic off-leash, but make sure he or she is within voice command and please clean up after your pet!

Carmel is chock full of wine tasting rooms these days and since they don't serve food, you can bring your pooch with you to any of the 15 tasting rooms in the city and sip some of Monterey County's finest vintages.

Carmel is famous for its great shopping and that goes for dogs as well. Get a treat (or two) for your four-legged friend at Diggidy Dog & Cat Boutique  on Mission Street just south of Ocean Avenue. There's a wide variety of treats, toys and accessories to pick from.

Carmel is full of history and colorful stories and Carmel Walks history tour of Carmel is one of the best and most entertaining ways to learn about this one-square-mile village. And, of course, dogs are welcome on this leisurely two-hour tour.

Many of Carmel's restaurants are dog-friendly, especially those with outdoor seating areas. The one that started this trend and still reigns as the best place to take your dog is Doris Day's famous Cypress Inn.  Not only is the hotel itself pet-friendly, thanks to Doris' love for animals, but you can have lunch or dinner on the patio, have a drink in Terry's Lounge during Yappy Hour, or enjoy afternoon tea on Saturdays, all accompanied by man's best friend.

Over at Forge in the Forest , dogs can choose delicious bites from their own Dog Pound Menu for lunch or dinner on the patio.

Other dog-friendly restaurants include Basil Seasonal Dining, Porta Bella, Grasing’s, Village Corner, Hog’s Breath Inn, Casanova Restaurant, Da Giovanni, and Little Napoli, to name a few.

If you want to get out into nature and away from the crowds, try a walk at nearby Mission Trail Park, a 33-acre nature preserve with 5 miles of trails through pine and redwood trees. There are five park entrances: Rio Road, 11th and Torres, Crespi Avenue and Mountain View Avenue, Martin Road, and 25800 Hatton Road. Disposable doggie-doo bags are available at all entrances.

And finally, many Carmel shops and art galleries are not only dog-friendly, they welcome dogs with water bowls outside and little treats inside.

Those are just some of the things you can do with your dog in Carmel, so get out there with your four-legged friend and see for yourselves what Carmel has to offer!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

August is National Romance Awareness Month

At the Hofsas House Hotel We Believe Romance Reigns in Carmel by the Sea!

The town is storybook pretty: narrow streets lined with quintessentially charming cottages.  Add to that the seaside charm of waves crashing on rocks and soft sand beaches that tempt you to linger longer, and it’s hard not to find serenity and peace around every corner.  Carmel-by-the-Sea is a wonderful village for a romantic retreat, arm-in-arm walks on the beach, and quiet candlelit dinners.

While Carmel-by-the-Sea is also a great family destination sometimes you need to plan a romantic escape.  The town offers the best for families and romance!  If you are taking a romantic getaway for 2, be sure to:

  • Dig your toes into the sand at the foot of Ocean Avenue, pop open a bottle of local vino, or snag a custom-designed picnic basket from the one of the many nearby restaurants.
  • You can also take a walk or—if you have access to a car—a cruise along Scenic or 17-Mile Drive.
  • Another great trek is to head down the path that weaves through the forested canyon to San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, where you can take a tour or simply wander through the beautifully restored 18th Century buildings.
  • Nothing beats just window-shopping through the one square mile of downtown, especially if you’re an art lover. The village’s past and present incarnations as an artist colony imbue it with a dignified yet slightly Bohemian aura.
  • For the serious romantic, sunset brings a whole new sensibility to Carmel, and it’s impossible not to be swept up in all the possibilities.
  • Or just take moonlight stroll through the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

No matter how you choose to fill-out your romantic retreat to Carmel, you can rest assured that finding ways to make the getaway truly special is infinitely easy. You’ll fall in love over again—not just with each other, but also with Carmel itself.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea Announces New Pin It To Win It Contest


This July we are ready for some fun in the sun and what's more fun than kids at the beach? Post your favorite family pictures anytime throughout the month of July and our favorite post will win a two-night stay in a two-room suite!


  • Follow us on Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/hofsashouse
  • ​Create A board titled: Family Getaways​
  • ​Add a minimum of 5 pictures of your family vacation destination with the hashtag #HofsasHouseGetaways
  • Email a link to your board to marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com
  • One lucky winner will receive a two​ night stay at our beautiful hotel in Carmel
  • Contest runs July 1st - July30th.   Winner announced August 5th.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tail Wagging Package:


Meet Hofsas House Pet Concierge, Tank, playing at Carmel Beach!  Tank has created a Tail Wagging Package for his four legged friends!

Hofsas House is one of the most dog friendly hotels in Carmel. Guests receive a complimentary Doggie Welcome Package upon arrival that includes:

·      Hofsas House Dog Frisbee

·      Hofsas House collapsible dog bowl

·      Special Dog Bed 

·      Letter from Tank. our onsite Pet Concierge

·      Special dog amenities package

·      Tips and recommendations for your four legged friends stay

·      Walking Trail and Hiking Guide

·      A package of treats.

·   Coastal Canine Magazine—offering the best four legged options for visiting Carmel

Minimum two (2)-night stay. $25 fee per night for one dog and $40 per night for two.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pin It To Win It!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Carmel - A destination that fits your sustainable lifestyle!

When it comes to traveling to a destination that fits your green lifestyle and sustainability ethos, the picturesque seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, may just be the ideal location for you.

Carmel has long been a haven for artists, poets, writers and actors, folks who follow their own muse. It's also been a green community almost before the term green became popular, not only by ardently preserving its historical and cultural assets, but also its natural wonders, from its verdant canopy of trees to the pristine white sands of Carmel Beach.

City ordinances and building codes prevent overdevelopment and over-commercialization, for example, there are no sidewalks or streetlights in residential areas, no stop lights downtown, no commercial development on the beach and no neon is permitted in business signs.

Locals and businesses alike are committed to preserving the small-village charm and ambiance of Carmel, from recycling and water-saving measures to offering local produce and sustainable seafood in its restaurants.

So whatever term you prefer, green travel, sustainable travel, socially responsible travel or simply looking out for Mother Earth, Carmel may just be the perfect green destination for you.