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Monday, August 6, 2012

Mission Ranch Hotel, Carmel, California

The Mission Ranch Hotel is located in Carmel, California, and consists of several buildings scattered over 22 acres close to Carmel Beach.

Due to its unique location, you can not only expect to be presented with some stunning views of the beach and the ocean, but also with rustic scenes of mascot sheep grazing in the beautiful, wide open meadows on which this hotel is situated.

The sheep and meadows are part of the rich heritage of this hotel's past. Built in the 1800s, it used to belong to a Native American who deeded it to a storekeeper in 1852. It became one of the first Californian dairies, was turned into a private club later on and functioned as an officer's club for Army and Navy during WW II and back to farm again.

Apparently, the property changed owners 17 times until it eventually was bought and rescued from turning into a condominium complex by no one other then famous actor and former Mayor of Carmel; Clint Eastwood. He bought the ranch in 1986 and had it renovated and restored back into the original and traditional 1800s style, preserving its diverse history.

A restaurant and piano bar can now be found in what used to be the creamery, while the barns, farmhouse, bunkhouse (one of the oldest buildings on the ranch), and other buildings have been converted into 31 hotel rooms, suitable for families, romantic getaways, weddings and other events.

Besides each building being restored and depicting a different architectural period of its history and surrounded by cypress and eucalyptus trees, the previous farmland is complimented by newly planted gardens and a landscaping that blends right in with its original environment.

If you are looking for peace and quiet, beautiful views, while soaking up some of the atmosphere of times gone by then this is the perfect location for doing so and it won't break the bank either!

See also:
Accommodations At The Mission Ranch Hotel
Accommodations At The Mission Ranch Hotel Part 2
Activities at the Mission Ranch Hotel

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