Carmel Coast Sunset

Cruising the Carmel Coastline is a breathtaking experience and certainly not one to be missed in this lifetime.  Located along the colorful Central California Coast you can follow Highway One alongside Scenic Road past Carmel Beach City Park witnessing expansive ocean views on one side and quaint bed and breakfasts along the other.

An iconic California experience, the Carmel Coastline connects the Monterey Coast, known for attractions such as Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the Big Sur Coastline known for its towering redwood forest which runs along the impressionable Big Sur River.  Enjoy even more beautiful scenery as you wind down one of the most scenic drives in the world, Scenic 17 Mile Drive.  Here, you’ll tour past the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course, the home of The Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove passing gorgeous and well-manicured estates.

Carmel offers locals and guests an abundance of stunning natural beauty and an exceptional array of attractions, such as a variety of colorful beaches, sophisticated hotels, fresh seafood restaurants with world renowned chefs, the highest caliber golf courses, and delightful outdoor shopping.

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Memorial Day Commemoration in Devendorf Park

On Monday, May 28, American Legion Post 512 and the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea will commemorate Memorial Day.  Believe Inn will definitely be there for the events, which include:

  • memorial day commemoration, devendorf parkRinging of the WWI Memorial Bell, located at Ocean and San Carlos, at 11:00 a.m.
  • Speeches by the mayor and various local dignitaries in Devendorf Park.
  • Color Guard presented by the Monterey High Junior Navy ROTC Cadets program.
  • Open House at American Legion Post 512, located on Dolores between 8th and 9th, after the ceremony.

For more information, please call American Legion Post 512 (831- 624-9941) or Cindi Lopez-Frincke, Community Services Assistant (831-620-2020).

How much do you know about Memorial Day?  Believe Inn was surprised to learn that this federal holiday, once known as Decoration Day, began after the Civil War as a memorial for Union soldiers who had died in the conflict.  During the war, ladies’ organizations and schoolchildren in the South had decorated Confederate graves in various cities.  Each region had its own date, although it was often in May.  In the 20th century, Memorial Day was broadened to honor all Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces who died in all wars.

Memorial Day has also been an occasion to remember our loved ones, regardless of whether they served in the military.  After 1968, when the holiday was moved from May 30 to the last Monday in May, Memorial Day became a long weekend devoted to family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach and swimming pools, and, of course, the Indy 500 Race.

Please join us on May 28 as we remember those who died in the cause of freedom.  If you have visitors in town for the holiday, Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge are the perfect places for them to stay!  To find out about lodging and reservations, call 831-373-3252 or 1-888-551-4455.

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Great Places to Shop in Monterey

Father’s Day, graduations and wedding season are fast approaching, and you know what that means!  Yes, it’s time to go shopping, one of our favorite pastimes at Believe Inn.  No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find the perfect purchase in Monterey County.  Read on for our suggestions!

  • great places to shop in monterey, father's dayStella Page Design (831-601-3730) has exquisite handbags, clutch purses, wallets and jewelry to please the discerning woman on your gift list.
  • Do you need a Louis XVI lady’s desk?  Or maybe some Tiffany lamps?  Trotter’s Antiques in Pacific Grove (831-373-3505) is the place for you.
  • The shops at The Lodge at Pebble Beach stock men’s and women’s clothing, indulgent bath products, jewelry, art and, of course, golf apparel and accessories.  We at Believe Inn love browsing the magnificent archival photographs at Images of Pebble Beach (831-622-6538) and lusting after the sparklers at Marchesa Jewelry (831-625-3129).
  • If your favorite graduate needs eclectic home décor, be it wall art, curtains, rugs or desks and chairs, then Cost Plus World Market in Seaside (831-393-2078) is your port of call.
  • Carmel Art Association (831-624-6176) is a treasure trove of works by the great early California artists (Armin Hansen, Williarn Ritschel, Paul Dougherty, Mary DeNeale, Morgan, Percy Gray, Francis McComas, E. Charlton Fortune, John O’Shea and many more), as well as contemporary artists living on the Monterey Peninsula.
  • Carmel Plaza (831-624-1385) has luxury stores and boutiques (Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co., to name a few), fine restaurants (Believe Inn heartily recommends Bistro Beaujolais on the Plaza and Patisserie Boissiere), and seasoned concierges who can handle any kind of inquiry.

For your visiting guests who need a great place to stay while they recuperate from shopping, Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge come to the rescue!  Call 831-373-3252 or 1-888-551-4455 to make reservations and find out more about lodging.

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Monterey Rock & Rod Festival 6: Music, Cars and Motorcycles!

Yes, Monterey County, it’s that time of year to celebrate rock & roll and custom cars and motorcycles!  We at Believe Inn can’t wait for Monterey Rock & Rod Festival 6 and Best of the West Competitions, from Friday, May 18, to Sunday, May 20, at Monterey County Fairgrounds.  Why are we so thrilled?  Well, who doesn’t love rock & roll and the chance to see hundreds of vintage, custom, classic, hot rod, street rod and muscle cars and trucks?  Add custom and classic motorcycles, competitions for the vehicles and a dance contest, and you have our idea of a great party!

monterey rock & rod festival, cars and motorcycles, musicEvents include:

  • Live rock & roll begins with a Sock Hop at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Dance Contest and Silent Auction.
  • Saturday sees the start of the car and motorcycle show and live music rocking the Payton and Local’s Stages all day and night.  Come hear great music from Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Terry Sylvester (formerly of the Hollies) and Chicano All-Stars, among others.
  • Sunday offers more great music, more car and motorcycle shows and awards presentations.

There will also be several types of vendors on hand, offering food, specialty items and classic car accessories.

The Festival is sure to be a great time for everyone.  And since we at Believe Inn also love a good cause, we’re thrilled that the Festival’s proceeds go to Gateway Center’s Capital Campaign Program.

The event will be held rain or shine, so mark your calendars!  And get your tickets now, because this is one popular event.  For more information, call 831-649-0102 or send a mail to

If you have guests in town who need a great place to stay while they enjoy the Festival, Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge will be music to their ears!  Call us on 831-373-3252 or 1-888-551-4455 to make reservations and find out more about lodging.

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Take Mom to Lunch or Dinner on Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching! Have you made your plans yet? We at Believe Inn have some suggestions on where to take Mom for her special day. Whether she prefers a champagne brunch or a swanky dinner, many restaurants in Monterey are ready to treat her in style. So have a look at our list and make your choice. Oh, and please make your reservations today to avoid disappointment!

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  • Stillwater Bar & Grill in Pebble Beach (831-625-8524) is one of our Monterey’s top seafood restaurants, and with good reason! Not only is the menu fantastic (the open-face lobster sandwich is one of Believe Inn’s secret indulgences), but the stunning views almost make you forget to eat. Almost.
  • Wickets Bistro at Bernardus Lodge (Carmel Valley; 831-658-3400) is a small European bistro featuring elegant cuisine in a casual setting. Maybe Mom would enjoy a duck confit pizzetta with caramelized torpedo onion and arugula? She will definitely love the garden, the source of the organic produce used in many of the dishes.
  • For comforting Mediterranean dishes and quirky specialties served in a rambling wooden structure, head to Fandango (Pacific Grove; 831-372-3456).  We at Believe Inn cannot resist their couscous Algerois with chunks of lamb flavored with North African spices.  Make sure you save room for dessert!
  • Rio Grill in Carmel (831-625-5436) is a cheerful place with marvelous Southwestern cuisine and a justly famous wine list. The smoked corn soup with prawn and chili will delight your palate, as will the scallops garnished with pea shoots and a slice of bacon. The servers are warm and hospitable will happily take a digital shot of your group for a memorable end to the meal.

We hope you’re now ready to spoil Mom. And remember, Believe Inn Monterey and Carmel Hill Lodge are great places for your out of town guests! Call us on 831-373-3252 or 1-888-551-4455 to make reservations.

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