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Sunday, July 7, 2013

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot...

But in this case, the parking lot made a lot more sense.

We just got back from a 4th of July getaway in Carmel and Big Sur. It was fun to show my partner some of the places I got to see when I was shooting an independent film there a couple of years ago. We stayed at this quiet hotel called the Tradewinds and discovered they had a hotel cat who greeted guests and visitors! Once we saw Sweetie, we knew we were in the right place.

 
 
Tradewinds has a tropical theme which is kind of funny for foggy Carmel, but we actually had a couple of hot days which made it feel nice. Our first morning at breakfast, we saw these framed pieces of the hotel's history that made us love and appreciate the tropical d├ęcor even more:
 
 

 
Apparently there was a central swimming pool when the hotel first opened. Now it's one of their parking lots. Usually, you'd think it a travesty to pave over a swimming pool. But with the cooler, foggy weather of the central coast (and Carmel's expansion and development since the hotel first opened in 1959) it makes more sense to have the parking there for guests, especially since street parking seemed tight in the downtown area.

Plus, they did some amazing landscaping when they remodeled and removed the pool:



 
We were just thrilled to see Sweetie walking around each day. Carmel really is a city of animal lovers. (We were also thrilled to have a fireplace in our room on the last two chilly, foggy nights!)
 

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