Friday, February 18, 2011

Daytripping: Mission Ranch, Carmel

 Last Sunday, when we were visiting our daughter at UCSC, we decided to take the girls down to the Mission Ranch in Carmel for Sunday brunch. It could not have been a more beautiful day. We got lucky last weekend...it has been stormy all week this week! And we weren't the only lucky ones! Pebble Beach Golf Course was hosting their yearly Celebrity Golf Tournament last weekend as well. There is nothing sorrier than a passel of soggy celebrity golfers. But we had lovely sun all weekend.

The Mission Ranch is a complex of buildings originally built in the 1800's. It had fallen into disrepair and was in danger of being sold and destroyed for a condo complex by developers when former Carmel mayor, Clint Eastwood, rescued the property. Mr. Eastwood restored the complex and it is now a charming seaside resort right next to the beautiful Carmel Mission with views of Point Lobos and the stunning Pacific coastline.

 The Dining Room at the Ranch is cozy with some of the best views of the California Coast one could ask for.  The sheep were grazing....

 And so were we! The brunch buffet was delicious....I tried a bit of...well...everything...almost. The Salmon was amazing and the Eggs Benedict....mmmmm! And then there was the dessert table....don't even start!
I made a new friend to the utter mortification of my teenage daughters. I have had to learn over the last couple of years that I cannot worry whether they think I am a total embarrassment, or I would never leave the house. Sigh....I miss those days when they thought I was the "cool mom". So anyway...the piano bar is a must if you get to the Ranch!

 So on with the tour....as I mentioned, the Mission Ranch is made up an assortment of charming Victorian Farm style buildings lovingly restored and set in the midst of a grove of windswept Cypress Trees....

There are cozy little cottages for relaxing privacy...

After walking around the extensive grounds for a bit, Tim drew my attention to this old green truck....any guesses as to why it is famous? Leave me a comment if you know! I will fill you in if no one can guess!

After brunch, we walked down to the main Carmel Beach. It is very rare to have a picture of Tim and I together...it is usually one or the other of us behind the camera. My younger daughter took this one and so here we are.....Valentine's Day weekend... 
 And this just happened to be there on the beach....
For all the scoop on a very romantic get away at the Mission Ranch, click on over HERE.
Have a beautiful weekend!!!

24 comments:

Kathysue said...

Carmel is my favorite place to visit. If I get a choice for a destination it is always Carmel, We are such lucky ladies to live close enough to do a day trip, aren't we? Glad to see you had such a wonderful time, KS

Karena said...

My time in Carmel was for my 40th birthday and it was like heaven!! The 17 mile drive. the special shops and restaurants!

Thank you for sharing Katie!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Uncle Beefy said...

It's just SO damn beautiful! I love Carmel and it's been ages since I've been. Thanks for giving me the chance for a sweet weekend daydream! Sigh.

(Okay, and a little jealousy. But, I can live with it... for now.)

Happy Weekending!

24 Corners said...

What a sweet Valentines day post!How special that you got to share it with your hubby *and* your girls. Growing up in LA, we went to Carmel every summer for vacation...I loved it then and I love it now, it's my most favorite place to visit. My husband and I had dinner at the Mission Ranch last time we were there, it was such a nice evening, I wish we had been staying there too...maybe one day. Thanks for bringing back great memories!
xo J~

The enchanted home said...

Beautiful pictures, haven't been to Carmel in about 25 years but it is so beautiful and I see it hasnt' changed. Looks like such a wonderful place to spend the day, and the food looks fabulous! Love all the pictures, and the story it tells of a wonderful enjoyable day spent in the love of family. Love it!

Boho Farm and Home said...

Love Carmel and UCSB! Thank you for sharing all those beautiful photos! You have made my Saturday morning. xo Caroline

Callie Grayson said...

What a wonderful Daytripping post!
Love it, I miss california. AND carmel is one of the most beautiful places.
xx
callie

Anonymous said...

the pick up truck looks like the one Clint Eastwood's character, Robert Kincade played in the Bridges of Madison County, one of my favourite movies.

Carol

Michelle said...

Nice! Now I want a daytrip!! Looks like all of your glasses are nice and full...you know how to work AND play :)

Best,
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Those who have seen the green truck in person will remember it as the one driven by National Geographic photographer Kincaid in the movie "The Bridges of Madison County".

SP

Donna in Potomac said...

I've put 2 and 2 together :) I visited Carmel many years ago and remember that Clint Eastwood lived there. Hmmm, he definitely drove a pickup truck in one of his movies - Ah, yes! The Bridges of Madison County - ta da! He's so Cool! And your part of the country is so Cool too!

Jennifer said...

We were visiting family, and at the tournament Sat- you are right, it was just gorgeous weather! I loved this post. We take our little boy to see the "wooly lambs" at Mission Ranch. And had brunch there for my husband's grandma's 90th birthday recently- where to start, so much to choose from! I have pics with that same drummer (and the pianist). :)
Katie, I feel like we keep hitting up the same spots I guess that's what happens when you live in this part of CA and have so many destinations close by. You took great pics and looks like a wonderful time.

Jennifer said...

We were visiting family, and at the tournament Sat- you are right, it was just gorgeous weather! I loved this post. We take our little boy to see the "wooly lambs" at Mission Ranch. And had brunch there for my husband's grandma's 90th birthday recently- where to start, so much to choose from! I have pics with that same drummer (and the pianist). :)
Katie, I feel like we keep hitting up the same spots I guess that's what happens when you live in this part of CA and have so many destinations close by. You took great pics and looks like a wonderful time.

RG _ into the studio said...

Ah... Carmel! I pass by Carmel once... a long time ago. But, I never forgot about this place! Thanks for reminding me about it!
Have a beautiful Sunday!
Renata

Anonymous said...

Lovely write up. Thanks.

Brillante Interiors said...

Images so cheerful and romantic too. Carmel is on my list.

snippets of thyme said...

These are such lovely photos of your family weekend. I have enjoyed your blog. I like the comment about your teens being embarrassed by you and you wouldn't be able to leave the house. I hear you there!

Party Resources said...

I have been here and just love it (and Carmel). Happy holiday weekend.

Debra said...

Mission Inn is one of my favorite romantic places to eat with yummy food and we have stayed there several times. The only thing is the rooms have super dated decor inside that is a bit dingy. They should hire you to refurbish them because they are so charming on the outside. I'm sure Clint can afford to redecorate.

shiree segerstrom said...

Katie, Thank you for sharing the Mission Ranch! Clint bought it from a Sonora woman, Mrs. Margaret Denelt. She also owned an historic property, The Gunn House Hotel in Sonora. She was quite a character. Shiree'

Janelle said...

Thank you for transporting me (temporarily at least) to one of my very favorite places! Awesome photos of what looks like a magical weekend for you. I'd recognize Robert Kinkaid's truck anywhere!!!

Brooke said...

Oh shoot, looks like I'm late to answer, but "Bridges" happens to be one of my favorite movies and with the Clint Eastwood/Carmel connection, I suspected it was his truck! Looks like a great weekend in Carmel!

Hill Country House Girl said...

What a wonderful trip! I love that you embarrass your daughters - I do, constantly, and I have finally told them I just have to be me and hope they can get over it! I would have been playing the drums, too, if I had been with you!! Looks like a glorious place!

katiedid said...

All of you Clint lovers out there are right! Bridges of Madison County....sigh...what a great movie.

Hill Country....I am in constant danger of doing something that will scar them for life...c'est la vie! Haha!