Thank You Dorris Day for making Carmel By The Sea Dog Friendly
We owe a great debt of gratitude and thank you to famed actress, animal activist and hotelier Dorris Day. It is because of her that Carmel By The Sea is dog gone crazy and super dog friendly. Ms. Day owns The Cypress Inn in Carmel. It’s Connie and my favorite hotel to stay at when we are in town. The hotel has a doggie menu, at the reception desk a huge clear glass vase is filled with dog biscuits. Luxe beds and a spa menus are available for the Cypress Inn’s guest’s dogs. The lobby is choc filled with dogs large and small. All kinds of different breeds led by their traveling owners. On a recent visit we got comfy in a couch and snuggled by the warmth of the fire place enjoying some live jazz in a small lounge at the Cypress surround by guests and their dogs.
Their is a fantastic bar and restaurant just off the lobby and and the walls are adorned with photographic art and movie posters and memorabilia from Dorris Day’s Hollywood movie days.Many of the attractive tiles embedded in the walls are architect Julia Morgan’s leftovers from her Hearst Castle project.
The Weston Gallery
Carmel is like no other town in California. Home of Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford’s daughter, it has fantastic eateries and restaurants. Posh clothing and home furnishing shops. Top of the line antique shops. And, some of the best art galleries in the nation. To wit: The Weston Gallery, celebrating their 25th Anniversary. I’ve visited the Weston several times and the show on this recent trip was astounding. Watkins, Adams, Bullock, Cole and Edward Weston, Burnhard and Karsh to name a few. The Weston’s holdings are tremendous, its like enjoying face time with the great photographers or our time in a mini museum with no stanchions.
The Dog Diaries
Visiting Carmel is a treat. A walk down Carmel’s main street, Ocean Avenue provided me with so many opportunities to meet and greet pet owners. I have to say that I am sad though. The weekend before we got there was the Poodle Parade. It was 400 strong. Oh well, I’ll catch that next year. For a pet photographer or any type of photographer, photographing in Camrel is a right of passage. Carmel Beach, were Ocean Avenue meets the Pacific Ocean is where all the locals dogs walk their owners in the morning. So after we hit up Carmel Belle (an amazing organic cafe) for some intense and delicious organic coffee we headed down to the sand.
Below: left: A Cypress tree at sunset – Alisomar beach. right: Before our morning stroll at the entrance of Carmel Beach. Funny thing is I don’t remember ever seeing a pile of dog poo anywhere in the city. Carmel is extremely clean. Almost every store had doggie treats and a water bowl near by.
Dogs take over the streets on Ocean Ave., the main street in Carmel By the Sea.