Sunday, November 8, 2009

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch...

Whenever company comes to visit us here in Carmel, (and that is quite often these days), we hightail it down to the Ranch - Mission Ranch, that is. Nothing beats sitting out on the deck at sunset, looking out over the meadows and wetlands to Carmel Beach, and Point Lobos beyond.

This charming complex (lodging and restaurant) was purchased in 1986 by local legend Clint Eastwood, who has lovingly restored the property. Let me take you on a tour of the grounds.

Surely the "largest flower planter in the West"

The 1850's Farmhouse

Flowers planted in a tree stump

This must be the honeymoon cottage!

The historic bunkhouse, the oldest structure

The sheep are pets. No lamb on the menu here!

Happy Trails partners!


  1. What a charming place. I'd love to spend some serious time there!! Love that pic of the sheep. xoxo

  2. Ahhh..glad those lil lambs can live in peace. I so love Carmel. It is simply serene and lovely as these pictures testify. Ahhh....Enjoy.

  3. Wonderful photos...we are in Santa Cruz and Mission Ranch is a regular stop in the late afternoon when we are in the area...champagne and that view...nothing better!
    I found you over at Willow Manor!

  4. This is wonderful. I never knew.

    We need to get to know one another better. You're the only person in my entire life -- who knows me better -- has ever accused me of being well-organized. However, it has always been a dream and a goal. I guess those things are important, dreams and goals that is because the rest just isn't happening.

    I do love your blog.

  5. How beautiful. We visited Carmel on one of our trips to the States and I remember thinking how pretty it was. I love the Farmhouse and Honeymoon Cottage and the flowers are so lovely. Thanks for showing us. XXXX

  6. What lovely photos, I enjoyed this so much!

    And hey, I forgot the sugar in that cookie recipe. It's now been corrected, so pop over and get the right version before you make them. Sorry about that!! :P

  7. wow, what lovely photos and a charming place to while away a few hours!

  8. I haven't been to Carmel in many a moon. What a dreamy place to stay! I love those sheep...

  9. If I ever go to Carmel again, I sure will not miss to visit The Ranch. The first time around I didn't even know it existed -hard to believe!

  10. I can see why you like taking your guest there. It's like a little piece of heaven. Thanks for the info on the sheep! Nice to know they're in no threat of being dinner!

  11. What a beautiful and restful place to take your visitors...lucky them, xv.

  12. Lovely place. Beautiful landscapes, and what a whimsical little honeymoon cottage.

  13. Oh my, is this heaven on earth? I tihnk so.

  14. This is such a charming place. I have been there a few times and love it! For my sisters anniversary this year - her kids gave her and her husband a two night stay there. They loved it!