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Rica’s Carmel-By-The Sea

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Marin County | California

In what shows definite signs of becoming a ritual — two years in a row! — we celebrated Rica’s birthday this week in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

I’m normally not interested in crowded tourist destinations, but this is a town Rica and I really enjoy and it measures up to the hype:

World-renowned for its European charm, beautiful white-sand beach, performing arts, and hundreds of shops, art galleries and restaurants, Carmel-by-the-Sea was rated a top-ten destination in the United States by Conde Nash Traveler. Like a jewel found along California’s Central Coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea has the sophistication of San Francisco and glamour of Hollywood nestled into one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. . . . It’s a place with charm and sophistication that makes everyone feel like a celebrity.”

Our usual pattern is to check in to the modest Homestead Inn, and then brunch at Clint Eastwood’s elegant Mission Ranch Resort. From there, we usually try to walk off our eating binge with a tour of downtown Carmel. After getting our fill of the shops and sites, we head to the beach, or nearby Point Lobos National Reserve.

Mission Ranch Brunch

Rica with the first of three plates. A fractured wrist couldn’t hold her back!


This is just the start of dessert.

Clint Eastwood golf photo

Clint Eastwood’s photo on the wall of his Mission Ranch golf room. Photographer unknown.

Clint Eastwood rescued this 1800s dairy ranch from condo developers and turned it into a beautiful but unpretentious resort just a few blocks from downtown.  If you sit on the dining terrace of the restaurant you will be treated to special views of Point Lobos, Carmel River Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

Old Farm House

This is where at Mission Ranch we will be spending our 25th wedding anniversary next December.

Homestead Inn

Homestead Inn. A modest part of the Mission Ranch family.

Homestead Inn

Rica leaving our “Lucky 48.”

Rica under the stars.

Rica will always be my star.

Rica checking-out the livestock. Carmel has to be one of the most pet-friendly towns in California

Rica checking out the livestock. Carmel has to be one of the most pet-friendly towns in California.

The locals can be fascinating.

The locals can be fascinating.

The Cheese Shop

When I asked Kent Torrey, owner of The Cheese Shop, if he minded a photo, he said “Not at all, look behind you.” There must be a hundred of him in this exact same pose on his shop wall.

Soap Store

Soap almost good enough to eat!

red slippers

Rica just learned that she needs surgery on her wrist, but nothing will slow her down. Her surgeon is the best, Dr. David Lincoln Nelson.

Point Lobos

The ocean at Point Lobos.  A beautiful spot to end a busy day.


Written by Ron Greene

February 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm

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  1. Fantastic, thanks so much. We prefer Pacific Grove, more low key, but same part of world. Hurray! Love, j

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    Judith Pruess-Mellow

    February 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    • The whole area is beautiful. We like the dogs in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Funny how people make choices.

      Ron Greene

      February 11, 2013 at 9:23 am

  2. Ron, Gita and I are over joyed to see Rica and the place in the pictures. We, however, miss you in the pictures. Next time you are in like a place like it, request someone around to catch both of you together. We often do. When is your birthday? I vaguely remenber that it is also in February. What is your plan for the birthday? Jai

    Jai Sinha

    February 8, 2013 at 5:09 am

    • I try to post only good photos and wouldn’t trust a stranger with my camera. Besides, Rica looks much better in photographs than I do!

      Ron Greene

      February 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

  3. Really enjoyed reading about Rica’s birthday weekend and seeing the fun photos of Rica and the various locations you visited or stayed at. As Jai above, I would have liked to see a picture of you or even better of both of you there. Broken wrist or not it seems you had an outstanding weekend!

    Magali Salomon

    February 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

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