Carmel Boutique Inn & Big Sur Hike

If you love charming & eclectic but also lux amenities… then this post on a charismatic boutique Inn is for you.  Last year I was looking for a Northern CA vacation, I found a wonderful boutique B&B called, the Vagabond’s House Inn located in Carmel, CA.  When I came across The Vagabond’s House Inn website, a picture of a re-modeled room flashed on their homepage site… that was it, I was intrigued and researched deeper.  After reading various great reviews on the Inn, I eagerly decided to book our stay at the Vagabond.

Upon arriving, we meandered our way through the green gardens and followed the brick pathway to the quaint lobby, where we checked in.  We were given our keys and invited to enjoy the complimentary wine and cheese offered that evening.  We gathered our luggage and walked a few short steps to our stairway leading to our cottage (room #10).  We unlocked the dutch door and took in the wonder of our little “humble abode” for the next 3 nights.  I called our room the “tree house”, as room number 10 is perched up in the tree line, it’s a corner unit so there is L ots of windows and bright light filtering in the space.  We were pleasantly surprised to find a bottle of champagne chilling with a hand written note from the staff welcoming us to the Vagabond Inn.  I love those thoughtful touches.  I had read reviews online saying how wonderful the bathrooms are with marble heated flooring. I literally took off my boots & socks and touched my bare feet to the warm marble floor… it was heavenly!  The weather is cool in Carmel so the heated bathroom floors are a true luxury to have, also the  wood burning fireplace warmed the space beautifully.  We enjoyed the warm crackling fire in the evenings and also in the mornings staying nice and cozy.

“All I wished to do in the world was to be a vagabond in the air.” – Amelia Earhart

Vagabond inn bathroom 10The BED and BREAKFAST: One of my number 1 items on the list in looking for a place to stay is amazing beds.  I believe vacation is about exploring  but also “relaxation” and there is nothing better than a good nights sleep.  The Vagabond gets an A+ on their bed choice, not to hard or too soft, just right!  The bed linens are a high thread count, they were soft yet crisp. The down pillows and blanket were top-notch!  

Now, on to the breakfast, after all, it is called a “bed and Breakfast” Inn. The Breakfast is included in your nightly price , but Vagabond does it a little different. Instead of going to a common dinning area, they deliver it to your room every morning.  The night before, you are given a menu to choose what you want for breakfast for the next day.  This includes OJ, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, jam, yogurt ect.  Every morning we would awake to the sun peaking thru the tree tops and glisten in thru the windows.  I would get up and build a fire while my hubby would get the coffee brewing.  Still in our Pj’s,  we’d get back in bed and just embrace the serenity.  There would be a knock on the door and our breakfast would arrive.  I felt as if the mornings at the Vagabond Inn offered permission to not rush,  but simply to reflect, to take in the tranquil, connective energy.

breakfrast-2Morning CoffeeComplimentary evening wine and cheese: The Vagabond Inn invites their guest to “savor the flavor” of local wines from the Carmel Valley, while enjoying a variety of cheeses and snacks from 4-6pm.  The first evening, we did just that. While sipping some wine, meet some of the guest staying at the inn.  One couple had just been on a wonderful hike in Big Sur and shared their recent excursion. During our conversation,  the Inn’s concierge came out with a book on hiking in Big Sur.  She also shared some of her favorite local restaurants in Carmel & Big Sur.  It  was a fun evening connecting and planing our adventures for the next couple of days ahead.Evening wine and cheesewine and cheese 2getherBig Sur Hike: Ewolsdsen Trail  is about 30 min drive from Carmel… It’s a beauty!  We chose this trail as a recommendation from another couple of staying at the Inn, they had already done numerous hikes in the area and Big Sur and Ewolsen was their top pic to experience.  We found the trail in the hiking book and decided to do the 5 mile loop.  The vast vegetation you witness on this hike is incredible.  From the tall Red Woods that just embrace you as you walk thru their paths, to bridges that cross you over running water, to the quiet meadows up top.  The beauty and energy in Big Sur can not be described thru words… it must be experienced.

Ewoldsen Trail- Big Sur

DISTANCE: 5.3 miles

ELEVATION GAIN: 1520 ft

TIME: 3 hours

DIFFICULTY: Moderate-Difficult

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Local bistro for sandwiches, salads: 5th Ave Deli Located just up the street from Vagabond Inn, stop by to pick up lunch to go for hiking or beach picnic!

Location: The Vagabond Inn is nestled in the heart of the village of Carmel-By-The-Sea.  The Inns location is within  walking distance to all the local shops, restaurants and yes, the beautiful beach!  Once you park, there is no need to get into your car again until you want to venture out of the city.  We loved walking everywhere and Carmel is just a charming little village.  It feels like you are in anther  country  walking thru the scenic neighborhoods; from English Tudor styled homes to  some whimsical “hensel and grettle” type architecture .  Carmel is also a very pet friendly community, we came across many pups with big smiles out on their daily walks.  Here’s a fun fact, The Vagabond Inn is also a pet friendly hotel.

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NAMASTE! “My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.”

With love and gratitude,

Stacey

 

 

4 Comments

  • Reply Patricia @ Grab a Plate April 20, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    What a beautiful post! This looks like an amazing spot. I haven’t been to that area in faaaaar too long, and really want to get back. Your info is a welcome resource! Beautiful pix, too!

    • Reply Stacey Leigh Barnes April 20, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you Patricia. So glad this post might evoke a journey back to northern Cali. Such a special place, was our first trip there. We will be back for sure. We flew into San Fran, stayed one night there & then drove down to Carmel. Carmel is charming & an artistic town that really offers creative inspiration . Big Sur holds such a grounding energy & is just pure beauty. Wonderful little vacation spot. ?

  • Reply PJ Nolan May 9, 2016 at 12:16 am

    As a local, I thought your pictures and description of Carmel and Big Sur captured it well, though one could go on and on. As to the VAGABOND HOUSE INN, my brother and sister-in-law have stayed there and took two rooms, due to my brother’s snoring problem. They were here for a long weekend so it was the best solution. It worked beautifully. They loved their individual rooms, particularly the beds and bedding. The night that they arrived, we availed ourselves of the wine and cheese and sat outside in the flowering courtyard, and being gregarious sorts conversed with other satisfied guests. Since my brother and sister-in-law are use to travelling in style and stayed at the Vagabond at my recommendation. I was very happy that they were so pleased and, therefore, am delighted to write this recommendation.

    • Reply Stacey Leigh Barnes May 18, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Hi PJ, I’m glad you thought I captured Carmel & Big Sur charismatic essence. So glad to hear your brother and sister -in-law enjoyed their stay at the Vagabond House Inn. Sounds like the quality bedding was appreciated also… It’s a special, charming inn set in beautiful soundings. Wish I were there now! Thanks so much for your comment & review. With gratitude- Stacey

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