Monday, October 27, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Start your romantic getaway with a memorable surprise gift. Enter your room and find the bed decorated with over 100 red silk rose petals, Red Heart balloon, elegant fabric ribbon, strands of white pearl beads (not pictured), chocolate kisses and our keepsake ´Do Not Disturb´ sign. The bed decoration is illuminated by a set of 4, LED flicker candles set in frosted votive holders (120 hour candles - great to use back home or on your next romantic getaway). This item is subject to availability and must be booked 72 hours in advance.
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 two, 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. Ask the Hofsas House about their beach and smore’s package!
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.
Book your room today at the Hofsas House Hotel – Casual Elegance, Personal Service and Traditional Family Hospitality!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Hofsas House Hotel and Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea have Teamed Up To Help Raise Money for the Animal Rescue of Your Choice
Hofsas House Hotel and Mountainsong Galleries (both located in Carmel by the Sea) have teamed up to help raise money for the animal rescue of your choice! The Hofsas House Hotel has one of the exclusive The Dog Man bronze sculptures in its lobby. (Mountainsong Galleries is the only gallery in the World to carry THE DOG MAN by Marty Goldstein.)
Stay at the Hofsas House and stop by the lobby to meet our bronze four legged friend. Anyone who stays at the hotel and purchases a piece of The Dog Man artwork from Mountainsong Galleries will have the opportunity to select that 10% of the sales from the sculpture they purchase be mailed to the animal rescue charity of their choice.
For questions regarding this fundraiser please contact the Hofsas House.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
- Sip Carmel-by-the-Sea “Local’s Favorites” featuring wines from Monterey County and local Carmel-by-the-Sea Tasting Rooms. Each month we will feature a local wine that we love!
- Enjoy nibbles.
- Support the Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. Peace of Mind Dog Rescue is a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people on the Central Coast. We find loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. Since October 2009, POMDR has rescued over 540 dogs left behind.
September – November Wine Tasting Schedule
- September 19th Twisted Roots
- October 17th Ventana Wines
- November 21st Cima Collina
- 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
- Cost: $15.00 per person and includes one glass of wine and nibbles.
- Additional glasses of wine can be purchased for $5.00 per glass
- 100% of the proceeds benefit the Peace of Mind Dog Rescue
Space is limited to 40 attendees. Reservations required. To make a reservation, have them contact me at 831-624-2745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Take a Hike at the Hofsas House Hotel (Available during July National Picnic Month)
The Hofsas House Hotel offers the perfect European ambiance for hikers or a hiking club retreat! Within minutes of the hotel, you can experience Big Sur hiking trails ranging from tranquil walks along a coastal waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to miles-long ascents through the redwoods and into the rugged wilderness at the Los Padres National Forest. Point Lobos State Park is also a short drive away! After a day of hiking the Big Sur coastline, relax your tired muscles in the hotel’s heated swimming pool or European dry saunas.
The Hofsas House explores nature with its special Hiking Package. Mention this Hiking Package when reserving a minimum of two nights in for National Picnic Month in July and receive a complimentary day pass to Point Lobos State Park. When booking online, indicate HHNature to receive the Pt. Lobos Day Pass in July upon arrival. This offer is not valid with any other discounts or promotions and two consecutive nights must be reserved.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Might this be a start a new of foot sensitive vacationing?
In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Theis family is celebrating more than six 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.
Gas is almost $4 a gallon and the average car causes 600 pounds of air pollution every year. AAA’s Fourth of July holiday report cited a decline in car travel and a shift towards alternative modes of transportation. Biking and low-cost interstate bus travel are on the rise. Might this be the start of a new era of footprint-sensitive vacationing? (Let’s think positive and say, “Yes.”) So, where should you take your next car-free getaway? The Theis Family offers the top 10 things to do without a car in Carmel-by-the-Sea. When was the last time you want on a vacation without a car in California?
10 Best Things to Do in Carmel (WITHOUT A CAR!!)
- Walk on the beach and finish your night with wine and food over a beach fire. Fires are allowed on Carmel Beach south of 10th Avenue (Beach fire rules: http://ci.carmel.ca.us/carmel/index.cfm/residents/city-services/beach-rules/).
- Bus ride (Route 22) down PCH to Big Sur and back, stop at Point Lobos, Rocky Point, Andrew Molera State Park, the town of Big Sure, and Nepenthe. Ask our concierge or manager for hike recommendations. Check for road conditions and route service to Big Sur!
- Bus ride (“Grapevine Express” Route 24) to Carmel Valley and back, stop at Chateau Jullien, Mid-Valley, and Carmel Valley Village. Finish the day with free wine tastings at various partnering tasting rooms in the town of Carmel, courtesy of the Hofsas House.
- Take a 20-minute stroll down to the Carmel Mission and tour the Carmel Mission Museum (http://www.carmelmission.org/museum/).
- Go on a Carmel Walks (http://carmelwalks.com/) tour to learn about the history of Carmel and some of our unique City ordinances.
- Combine food, wine, chocolate and history of Carmel by taking the Carmel Food Tour (http://www.carmelfoodtour.com/).
- Go to the Carmel Cheese Shop (http://thecheeseshopinc.com/) to sample cheeses from around the world. It is hard to select just one and then purchase a matching wine to take to the beach to watch the sunset.
- Learn about the famous poet, Robinson Jeffers, by taking the Tor House Tour http://www.torhouse.org/).
- Happy Hour Tour: Ask our concierge to direct you to an assortment of happy hours (e.g., Vesuvio Restaurant, www.vesuviocarmel.com) right in town for discounted drinks and appetizers, and then finish off the night with a special entre at one of our favorite places to eat.
- Arrange a surf lesson for half of the day at Carmel Beach, http://southbaysurfriders.com/. A professional surfer will take you out and ensure a safe and enjoyable time learning to surf Carmel’s amazing waves!
If those 10 activities were not enough, the Hofsas House staff picked these great events.
- Rent bikes at Bay Bikes (www.baybikes.com) and get a challenging workout up and down Carmel’s hilly back roads. Or, stick to the flatland and cruise by the beach for a wave-side bike ride. For the experienced rider, take it up a notch and bike 17-mile Drive into Monterey and back for an all-day outdoor adventure.
- For the spa lovers, relax at Kush Day Spa (www.kushincarmel.com), one of the highest regarded spas in Carmel, for one afternoon.
- Take wine, picnic—and a date, of course—to a summer play at the outdoor Forest Theatre, www.foresttheaterguild.org.
- Rise early or rise late for a wonderful Sunday brunch at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch (http://www.missionranchcarmel.com/restaurant.htm). It’s only a 20-minute stroll across Carmel. Better yet, return on a weekend night for drinks and live piano playing.
- Find all the hidden courtyards Carmel-by-the-Sea has to offer, and see what surprise gift you can discover for a friend.
- On a chill day, go coffee tasting at the various local coffee houses in Carmel, Carmel Coffee House and Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co, who roast their coffee right in the area.
- For photography lovers, Gallery Sur (gallerysur.com) has amazing prints from the area or go to Weston Gallery, one of the oldest photographic galleries, www.westongallery.com.
- Drop by the Carmel Art Association (carmelart.org) for details on local artists and the best galleries to explore according to your taste.
- Tapas at Mundaka, www.mundakacarmel.com.
- Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea – stroll to 12 different wine tasting rooms and taste a flight of Monterey County grown grapes. Purchase a Wine Walk Passport at the Hofsas House for $50 and it includes nine tastings. Because of the cool air, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are some of the best.
- Geocache in Carmel: There are over 20 geocaches within walking distance in Carmel. Take your GPS and test your navigation skills and find some treasure!
- Check out the live performances at one of our four theaters: Sunset Center, Forest Theater, Golden Bough, Cherry Center in our one-square mile town.
- Olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting at Trio Carmel on Dolores Street south of Ocean Avenue - www.triocarmel.com.
- Create your own custom perfume at Ajne Perfumery in the Court of the Fountains - http://www.ajne.com/.
- Visit one of the oldest houses in Carmel, the First Murphy House, home to the Carmel Heritage Society, http://carmelheritage.org/.
What will you do?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Family, heritage and relative connections are of utmost importance to all of us. At the Hofsas House Hotel our family understands this only too well, and our team is now pleased to offer a special Family Reunion package. With it, you can now bring your relatives together for a living “family tree.”
Families can enjoy our poolside meeting facility and share an evening of laughter, games and shared memories. The meeting facility offers a comfortable setting for up to 40 people depending on the configuration of the room.
By utilizing the six round tables, a sit down dinner for 30 can be accomplished very easily by either having it catered by a local restaurant or preparing it in the complete kitchen that contains an oven, stove, microwave and refrigerator. Share your memories around the wood burning fireplace. Make memories to last a lifetime.
Hofsas House Family Reunion Package includes
- Group Rates on Guests Rooms (starting at $ 135 .00 per night, excluding tax when 5 or more rooms are booked for a two night minimum)
- Complimentary Continental Breakfast
- Beach Fire and S’mores complimentary ($60 value).With the Beach Fire and S’mores package, Hofsas House will provide all the ingredients necessary for a great beach fire! You book the package and we’ll bring the s’mores!
- Package includes:
- Wood bundle with starter & matches for fire
- Beach blanket
- S'mores supplies
- Safety flashlight
- Discounted Price On Use of Poolside Meeting Facility ($75.00)
- One complimentary family portrait session on the beach by certified professional photographers; also receive a free 8x10 photograph. The photo image and additional photos can be purchased directly from the photographer.
Offer does not apply to existing groups and are subject to availability. Offer is subject to change without notice and some blackout dates may apply. Minimum night stay required.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The team at the Hofsas House loves to enjoy the Monterey Peninsula and ride their bikes! They even can coordinate bike rentals for hotel guests.
Here's the top 4 bike rides in Monterey County, including notes on the level of difficulty.
1. Fisherman's Wharf to Lovers Point
(Beginner)"A simple ride along the bike path that runs from Fisherman's Wharf out to Lovers Point and back is definitely very family-friendly," says Knight. The bike path, officially known as the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, extends from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grovein the south, but the stretch between Fisherman's Wharfand Lovers Pointis hands-down the most popular section. The path is separated from street traffic, providing a safe environment for children still learning to balance on two wheels and nervous adults returning to cycling after a long time away. The ride provides fantastic views of Monterey Bay and plenty of great places to stop as it winds past the Coast Guard Pier, Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the harbor seal beach at Hopkins Marine Station.
2. Parker Flats Loop, Fort Ord National Monument
(Beginner) Once an Army base, the Fort Ord National Monument has several paved roads that are a perfect spot for children and adults seeking a more challenging ride than the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. "There are so many different terrains that if someone isn't in very good shape they can stay in the flatter sections," Latham says. "Someone who wants a little more challenge can ride in the steeper areas." A good beginning ride is the 5-mile Parker Flats loop, which has just enough short climbs to add a little challenge. Park at 8th and Gigling, the last spot where cars are allowed. Then bike on 8th Avenue south to Parker Flats Road. Take Parker Flats southeast to Eucalyptus. Turn right on Eucaluptus. You'll have a short but strenuous climb on Eucalyptus. Take Eucalyptus to the next segment of Parker Flats, which runs between Welch Ridge and Artillery Hill. Turn right on Normandy, then left on Eighth to complete the loop and return to the parking lot.
3. 17-Mile Drive
(Beginning-Intermediate) "When people come into our shop, most want to ride into 17-Mile Drive," says Knight. And Pebble Beach's scenic road isn't just popular with tourists. "My favorite ride is doing the morning ride out to the Lone Cypress and back," Knight says. One of the reasons this ride is so popular is that it's easy to navigate. "Keep the water on your right on the way out and keep it on the left as you come back and you won't get lost," Knight advises.
The traditional route begins at the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail at Cannery Row. After a little over a mile, the trail ends, and riders cycle through Pacific Grove on Ocean View Drive past scenic Point Pinos. Riders then continue on Sunset Drive past beautiful Asilomar State Beach, where they'll catch their first views of Pebble Beach, to 17-Mile Drive. "There's a lane for bikes, so it's very, very safe," says Knight. Riders follow 17-Mile Drive down to Point Joe and around to Seal Rock. "It's a nice place to stop because they have restrooms and picnic tables," Knight says. About a mile further is Cypress Point, which is "a vista," Knight says. In spring, cyclists can see pupping harbor seals. "As you continue on," says Knight, "it turns into an intermediate-advanced ride because you're riding with cars from there on in - there's no bike lane."Knight says the best time to do the ride is in the morning. "There's basically no traffic," he says. "The locals are going through the upper roads to go where they want to go, and the tourists driving will go in the afternoon." The round-trip from Cannery Row is 18 miles to Cypress Point and back, and 24 miles to the Lodge at Pebble Beach and back.
4. Monterey to Marina on the Monterey Bay Coastal Rec. Trail
(Beginner-Intermediate) For a different perspective on the Monterey coastline, Knight recommends this ride. "It's more of a bay view," Knight says. It's also a great workout. Riders can choose to tackle the steep hill up the sand dunes at the Monterey/Seaside border, with its reward of a sweeping view of Monterey Bay all the way to Santa Cruz, or opt for the flat cutoff that winds around Laguna Del Rey. Both trails meet up again at the Seaside parking lot for Monterey State Beach, and continue along the dunes and bluffs for miles. "When you get on the bluff out in Sand City it's a grand vista," Knight says. Once riders pass Sand City, they'll reach four miles of open, cypress and sand-dune-lined trail up to Marina, with only other cyclists and pedestrians and the occasional gull or hawk for company. Because the ride becomes so remote, Knight recommends that riders bring a tire repair kit; a flat could lead to a very long walk home.
From Monterey, just take the Rec. Trail north to enjoy this ride. Keep the water on your left to head toward Marina, and on your right to head back to Monterey.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea announces its new Pin It to Win it contest! If you are like us, you love some good Pinterest time! From stunning views to sunsets, we can get lost browsing the beautiful beach scenes!
To enter our contest simply:
• Pin your favorite beach pic and one lucky winner will win a two-night stay at Hofsas House! These can be any beautiful beach pics from around the world!!
•Follow our board: http://pinterest.com/hofsashouse/beach-pics-we-love/
• Pin your favorite beach pics with the hashtag #HofsasHouse
•Pin It to Win It contest valid March 1 – March 30, 2014
•Three lucky winners will receive a two-night stay at our beautiful hotel in Carmel! Winner picked by April 15th.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Who doesn’t love long weekends? Why wait for a 3 day holiday to relax and rejuvenate? The Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea announces its Lovin’ Long Weekend package. The hotel is offering 20% off a stay when guests book 3 nights or more between Friday Feb. 28th thru March 31st, 2014. To book the package call (831) 624-2745 or visit www.hofsashouse.com. Mention the code LLW when booking. The Hofsas House has selected their favorite things to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea for a 3 day adventure:
•Go for a walk on Carmel Beach, at the foot of Ocean Avenue.
•Visit Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House.
•Tour Mission San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo, just a 10-minute drive away.
•Visit Point Lobos
•Grab a cocktail and early dinner at The Restaurant at Mission Ranch.
•Take a drive along 17-Mile Drive.
•Take a walking tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea with Carmel Walks.
•Explore the art galleries.
•Relax your feet and grab a coffee at the Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company.
How will you spend your long weekend?
Sunday, December 22, 2013
The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is pleased to offer a Wine Tasting Passport for $65 which entitles the buyer to one $10 flight at each of nine tasting rooms (a $90 value). It can be used in one day or spread out over a weekend, several weeks, or even months. The Wine Tasting Passport is available for purchase at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th & 6th in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
The Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a self-paced self-guided stroll to the tasting rooms which are all within a block of each other on the south side of Ocean Avenue. They are Blair Estate Artisan Wines, Caraccioli Cellars, De Tierra Vineyards, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Wines, Scheid Vineyards, Shale Canyon Wines, Wrath Wines and Vino Napoli. Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea offers the opportunity to savor superior still and sparkling wines without ever having to think about transportation, parking, or even dinner plans. Each tasting room on the Wine Walk will offer recommendations for dinner or call to make reservations. As an added bonus, corkage will be waived for bottles purchased at a Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea tasting room at participating restaurants for one bottle per visit, per party. The Hofsas House offers wine passports at a discounted price of $50 per person with any 1 night stay if purchased at the Hofsas House concierge. In addition, stay at the Hofsas House and enjoy our special wine and cheese package for $30. Enjoy a bottle of Monterey County Wine and cheese from the Cheese Shop ... a Carmel cheese lover's heaven! You purchase Wine Passports and / or the Wine and Cheese package when you book your stay at the Hofsas House Hotel.
Friday, November 22, 2013
May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter.
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.
Try Carrie's favorite holiday cookie recipe at home. The cookie is the Sugar Zwieback.
Recipe makes 4 dozen
· 1 cup milk
· 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
· 1/4 cup honey
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 2/3 cup white sugar
· 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
· 1/4 cup warm water
· 1 egg
· 4 cups all-purpose flour
· 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1. Heat milk in a small saucepan until just starting to bubble. Remove from heat; stir in butter, honey and salt. Set aside and let cool. Set aside 2 teaspoons sugar. Stir remaining sugar into milk mixture. Let cool to room temp.
2. In a large bowl, combine yeast and lukewarm water. Set aside 5 minutes for yeast to soften. Beat cooled milk mixture, egg, 4 cups flour, and nutmeg into yeast mixture.
3. Knead dough in a bowl, adding up to 1/2 cup more flour if necessary, until a smooth, soft dough forms. Divide dough into 8 balls 3 inches in diameter. Place balls 4 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets; pat into 4 inch rounds. Brush tops of rounds with water and sprinkle with reserved sugar. Set aside, lightly covered with kitchen towels, about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Bake raised rounds 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven; leave oven on. Let cool on sheets 10-15 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.
5. With a serrated knife, cut each round into six 1/2-inch slices. Place slices, cut sides down, on cookie sheets and return to oven for 5 minutes. Turn slices and bake 5 to 7 minutes longer, or until golden on both sides. Turn off heat and leave in unopened oven until cool, about 45 minutes. Store in tightly covered container.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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. Ask the Hofsas House about their beach and smore’s package!
•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.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
The team at the Hofsas House loves the great outdoors and exploring the Coast. We offer the perfect European ambiance for hikers! Within minutes of the hotel, you can experience hikes in Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley and Big Sur hiking trails ranging from tranquil walks along a coastal waterfall to miles-long ascents through the redwoods and into the rugged wilderness. After a day of hiking, relax your tired muscles in the hotel’s heated swimming pool or European dry saunas.
This September we invite you to explore Point Lobos State Reserve!
This beautiful promontory has been called "the crown jewel of the State Park system." It's also an inviting hiking spot, with convenient trails that allow hikers to go for short scenic walks or long traipses.
Once you enter the reserve, take a right and head to the parking lot at Whalers Cove, where you'll begin your hike. From the parking lot, you'll see a staircase going straight up the steep hill. That's the beginning of the North Shore Trail. Take that staircase, and, when you get to the top, take a break by admiring the view. You'll continue to see these stunning views throughout your hike - a perfect excuse to stop and catch your breath! From many of the cliffs, you'll have great views of the Carmel coastline and Pebble Beach. This trail runs 1.4 miles to the Sea Lion Point parking area. If that's enough for you, just follow the paved road back to the Whalers Cove parking lot.
If you're looking for more, take the Cypress Grove loop, which leads through a natural cypress grove and along spectacular seaside cliffs for 8/10 of a mile. You can then continue along the Sea Lion Point Trail for 6/10 of a mile (with views of - you guessed it - sea lions, as well as fascinating rock formations), and follow another mile along the coast along the South Shore Trail. Complete your loop of Point Lobos by taking the Bird Island Trail around China Cove and Gibson Beach, with great views of a Brandt's cormorant nesting area. Backtrack to the Mound Meadow Trail, which will take you across a wooded area and back to the road to the Whalers Cove parking lot.
From September 1 - 30, 2013 the Hofsas House explores nature with its special Hiking Package. Mention this Hiking Packing when reserving a minimum of two nights and receive a $25 gift certificate to 5th Avenue Deli, the perfect place to get your picnic for the hike. 5th Avenue Deli is located only 2.5 blocks from the hotel. When booking online, indicate HHNature to receive this gift certificate upon arrival. This offer is not valid with any other discounts or promotions.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Carmel is a cultural Mecca — the home of the venerable Carmel Bach Festival, as well as the Carmel Music Society, Chamber Music Monterey Bay and the Monterey Symphony. All perform at the Sunset Center, the city’s fine arts center that puts on performances and lectures, and serves as a venue for city events.
Carmel is known for its art galleries, which include painting, sculpture and photography, and there are cultural events such as the Carmel Art & Film Festival, the Carmel Art Festival, and numerous food and wine events.
In addition to music, theater and art galleries, enjoy the historic buildings. See one of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s classic homes on the oceanfront in Carmel. It is a private home and tours are only available rarely, but it can be seen on Scenic Road or from the beach.
Did you know? Carmel is home to more than 20 wavy-roofed, classic cottages built by Hugh Comstock in the 1920s and ’30s.
Looking for an afternoon adventure exploring a historic building? Enjoy the following tours:
Mission San Carlos de Borremeo de Carmelo is one of the missions built by Father Junipero Serra in 1771 as part of the California Mission system.
Tor House and Hawk Tower is on the National Historic Landmark list. Renowned poet Robinson Jeffers built this stone masterpiece — one of Carmel’s first homes — for his bride.
The First Murphy House has been preserved as Carmel-by-the-Sea’s first house and is home to the Carmel Heritage Society.
Ask our concierges to help you put together an afternoon full of culture and history in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Friday, June 28, 2013
The Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea, offers a Sunset Beach Package July - October 2013. What could be better than enjoying a sunset fire and s’mores at the beach? Enjoy watching the sunset while lounging on the deep white sands of Carmel Beach with views of Point Lobos and Pebble Beach
The Hofsas House invites guests to order a hotel canvas bag and wood bundle with all the fixings for s’mores and head down to the beach (south of 10th Avenue ) at their leisure. Four legged friends and a bottle of wine are also permitted on Carmel Beach .
The Hofsas House Sunset Beach package Includes:
Wood and starter for a 3 x 3 foot beach fire
Comfy oversized beach blankets to relax upon
All the fixings for s'mores including marshmallows, Hershey bars, graham crackers and long handled roasting sticks (for 10 people)
Total cost is $60. Return the beach package tote bag and skewers and you will receive a $10 refund. Beach fire must be ordered from the Hofsas House 24 hours in advance and subject to availability. Package can be booked through the Hofsas House concierge or if reserving online use Booking Code: HHSunset.
Monday, May 27, 2013
The team at the Hofsas House invites you to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
Here are some of the Hofsas House teams favorite bike rides.
• Try the Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Path that goes from Pacific Grove all the way north to... Castroville, some 29 miles long. See the seals and sea otters by Fisherman's Wharf or stop for a bite to eat on the Commercial Wharf at The Sand Bar Grill.
• One of General Manager Carrie Thies' favorite bike routes is about five miles that goes from the Hofsas House, down to Scenic Avenue going south along the Carmel Bay and to the Carmel River. Stop by the Carmel Mission for a bit of history and go along Rio Road and cross Highway 1 and have lunch at Rio Grill . The grilled artichoke is the best!
Ask the Hofsas House Concierge about renting bikes in the area. We can have bikes delivered to the Hotel for a day rental or we can arrange to have you pick them up in Monterey near the Coastal Bike Path for a half a day rental.
We offer two types of bike rentals:
The Comfort Cruiser with 7 gears and & a comfort saddle for $8 per hour/$24 - 4 hours/$32 - 8 hours
The Hybrid with 21 gears for $9 per hour/$27 - 4 hours/$36 - 8 hours
With 24 hours' notice our concierges can have a bike delivered to you at the hotel!
Hofsas House Pick! Best Sunday Ride
Depart the Hofsas House Hotel and bike down to Mission Ranch for Sunday Brunch. Cruise down Ocean Avenue and then follow Scenic Drive around the bluffs of Carmel to the Carmel River Beach. Stop and enjoy the scenery of Point Lobos, check out the birding spot and continue biking through the quaint residential streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea to Mission Ranch! Brunch is served. Ahhh the perfect Sunday.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Along with the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium and nature-friendly Point Lobos, there's a world of fun for kid’s right here in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Outdoors or in, a host of activities keep young visitors happily occupied from morning 'til bedtime.
Here are our favorite family friendly activities:
Explore Carmel's beautiful white sand beach and adjacent tide pools.
Take a hike through Forest Hill Park and Mission Trail Park.
Attend surf school. Drop by the Carmel Youth Center.
Rent bikes. The Hofsas House Hotel concierge can you help you coordinate.
Take in 9 holes or a golf lessons for kids at the Peter Hay Golf Course at Pebble Beach.
Picnic and hike at Point Lobos!
Rent a family kayak from Adventures by the Sea.
Young artists can make their own creations at Glazes Studio, a colorful, fun, and playful place for kids of all ages.
See a show like The Wizard of Oz at the outdoor Forest Theater.
And be sure to visit the very cool Carmel Children's Library.
For more information check out the website at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce. http://www.carmelcalifornia.org/things-to-do/Family_Friendly.aspx
Our staff is frequently asked what they like to do with their families. Here are our staffs Family Friendly Picks … drumroll please.
Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo
The beautifully restored Carmel Mission. Still a working church and school, take time to explore the park-like grounds. Even young ones will appreciate the quietness of the Basilica, even if for just a few minutes. Direct your kids to the nativity scene in the back left-corner of the Basilica. According to volunteers it’s like no other in the world, because of something tastefully hidden in it’s midst. Challenge your kids (and yourself) to figure out what “it” is. (I don’t want to give away the surprise.) Check it out, if you’re stumped, grab a volunteer to help in the search.
Tree-lined Ocean Avenue is a shopper’s dream. Start in the park across the street from Tiffany and Co. Once the kids have rolled around in the grass for a bit, start window shopping your way to the waves. Kids don’t like to shop? No worries. Have them count the dogs. Trust me, there’s so many, they’ll lose count more than once. Even better, have your kids hunt for the numerous water bowls hidden among the flowers for thirsty hounds out on the town. Dogs dig Carmel.
Carmel-by-the-Sea has one of the most beautiful beaches. Just keep heading down Ocean Drive, and you’ll be rewarded. The beach is leash-free, so dogs and kids run freely in the sand. Ask for a free Frisbee to take with you to the beach.
Share your favorite family friendly activities to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/hofsashousehotel.
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