Destination: Hofsas House, Carmel-by-the-Sea – A Travel Experience to Remember

My stay at this hotel was complimentary and was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.


Years ago Ocean County was mostly summer homes. ?For nine months of the year year-rounders enjoyed peace, quiet, and the beauty of the land. ?Then tourism became the BIG business as?bennies?and?shoobiesflocked to the seaside coast to get away from the cities and stifling, scorching heat.

New population, different economy meant day trippers and vacationers jammed roads and demanded access to the beach. ?Locals lived their lives around them avoiding the hustle and bustle of the?GSP?and ?Atlantic Ocean vistas like the boardwalk, the amusements, and the sand perpetually from Friday to Monday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Time’s march changed the?fabric of the Jersey shore and its way of life. ?Large parcels of open land became ?retirement villages. ?Second home cottages became full time residences. The arrival of strip malls, banks, gas stations, and fast food made agricultural rural suburban. ?A half century later ? gone are the egg farms, the general store, the milk and ice machines and the intimacy of a small town feel.


Thomas Wolf said, “You can’t go home again.” ?Guess that means moving on to another place, hopefully a better place like Carmel-by-the Sea immortalized by Jack London in The Valley of the Moon. ?Describe its?quaint, romantic, picturesque, pretty houses aesthetically as turn of the 20th Century. ?Describe its resident?artists, poets, writers, and photographers as a slice of history.


Carmel-by-the Sea is a one square mile city in a forest. ?Its pines, mountains,?sandhills, kelp beds, and?mile long beach, make it?a U. S. top 10 destination?set in Old World European elegance. ?Its?ethnically diverse?4,000 population averages about 59 years ?in age, with 59% of residents owning their own homes.?Bravo to ordinance restricted neon signs, national chains, conventions. ?Kudos to ever-present performing arts, cultural galleries, boutique shops, wine tastings, pubs and restaurants.


Visitors, be aware this place has no street addresses (uses legendary names instead), ?no parking meters, no streetlights, no sidewalks, no house to house mail delivery, and a 1920’s no high heels law still on the books. ?Plus it is #1 Dog Friendly Heaven with off leash dog walking allowed.


I try to buy support America, buy America, and travel America. ?From personal experience, I can tell you Carmel-by-the Sea is vacationing at its best. ?Its natural beauty and outdoors surpass all hopes. ?Its hospitality exceeds all expectations. Thank you, Carrie?Theis, for your generous and kind invitation. ?Hubby, granddaughter Princess, and I enjoyed every moment of our special time together because of you and all you did to make our visit special. ? You get ***** ?plaudits for your efforts and planning.


From the moment we entered the lobby until the time we left two days later, Carrie and a well trained staff succeeded in making?Hofsas?our one of a kind home away from home. Dutch doors, Fred?Hofsas’s?mosaic coat of arms and Maxine?Albro’s?mural bids guests welcome into Bavarian themed?Hofsas’s?four-story main building. ?Other?Albro?paintings within the lobby and room 47 help create the character and atmosphere guests appreciate enough to want to return.


Our?Hofsas?House Deluxe Two Room Suite accommodations were comfortable, spacious, and immaculate. ?The ?wet bar, wood-burning fireplace, private outdoor balcony and barbecue simply sweet, sweet, sweet. ?Amenities include heated pool, decks with views, dry sauna,?wi-fi, personalized concierge services, and ?gourmet continental breakfast featuring home brewed coffees, teas, and juices to complement treats like ham croissants and fresh almond pastries along with staple offerings like yogurt and fresh fruit.


Carrie?Theis?represents life in?Carmel-by-the-Sea. ?Because of her knowledge of the area, nearby attractions like the Carmel Mission, bonfire sunsets, kelp forests and tidal pools on its coast and her recommendations of businesses with the personal touch (like the?Carmel Bakery, The Cheese Shop, handcrafted? Arroyo?Seco?Monterey?Estate?Ventana?chardonnay, the Carmel Mission, Monterey, the?Monterey?Bay Aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, El?Estero?Park),?she opens ?new vistas.


The smiling face of Princess enjoying the panorama of bay life you made happen. Thank you, good host Carrie Theis for a time to remember. ?Put Hofsas?on your bucket list if it is not already there.










Because of Carrie’s?knowledge and planning, hubby, Princess and I sampled and savored the best. Casual, trendy late night dining at Mundaka introduced us to Spanish cuisine tapas. Leisurely socializing and enjoying friendship over plates of delicacies like Aceitunas (marinated olives), Gratin (potato, butternut squash, mahon cheese), Rusa (shrimp, potatoes, peas, carrots, aioli, and egg), and Tortilla (potato, egg, onion, sea salt) topped off with Mexican Coca Cola in a glass bottle ?truly is one-of-a-kind experience to remember.

More formal dining at French brasserie Fandango with its rich, refined, epicurean menu, its helpful waiter and impeccable service is still another. ? Fandango’s charming, relaxed, rustic atmosphere is excelled only by the quality, taste, and ample portions of fantastic meals we enjoyed (pictured below).

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Hofsas?House offers several different packages including?Monterey?Wine & Cheese Pairing; Champagne & Cheese Pairing with?Hofsas?Engraved Flutes; Beach Fire and?S’mores?Bundle; Couples Massages; Family Reunion; Tail Wagging; ?Crafting; Artist; and more. For more information, go to? features include Home, Hotel Features, Rates & Reservation, Internet Specials,?Hofsas?House Blog, Meetings & events, Directions, About Carmel, Hotel Brochure, Video, Picture Gallery, News, Contact Us, Web Club, and My Reservation.

You can learn more on the Hofsas House website. They are also on Twitter and Facebook.

10 thoughts on “Destination: Hofsas House, Carmel-by-the-Sea – A Travel Experience to Remember

    1. Ashley,
      My only regret from the moment we arrived to the time we departed was leaving. Carrie was wonderful. She knew the area, its attractions, its people. Her recommendations made it easy for two grandparents traveling with their Princess to enjoy themselves as well as their Princess. Shops, restaurants, cheese, wine, the beach, the pines were well worth the lengthy drive from Southern California. Knowing what Carmel-by-the-Sea offers in arts and entertainment, we dream of another trip there. I heartedly recommend Hofsas for its quality and value.

  1. I’ve stayed here and it’s a sweet property in such a lovely area. I’m lucky to live about 35 minutes away and have grown up going to so many of the nearby areas you mentioned. My brother in law was married in the Carmel Mission too!

    1. The Mom Jen,
      When hubby and I honeymooned we enjoyed Old Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica. Its gold and blu pulpit was like a stairway to heaven. Enchanted by Carmel Mission grounds, I wish mass had not been going on. I can only imagine what I did not get to see. The area and the land aare so historically rich. I might have missed it had not it been for Carrie’s recommendation and precise directions.

    1. Onica,
      Hofsas is a family business begun by Carrie’s grandmother then passed on. Its sense of history and tradition take it from cookie-cutter to a special place and a destination always to remember. I kept the Cheese Shop information so I could reconnect with it and order special gifts (they ship) for special people.

  2. From the looks of everything, I had a hard time believing you weren’t in Germany! It all looks like the south eastern area of Germany, just minus the alps! And I miss Germany so badly, I would love to visit Carmel by the sea! It would feel like going home!

    1. Dear Amber,
      I grew up in the era before malls and supermarkets. Bigger is not better; nor is modern preferable to old It takes from the feel of things. As a girl I dreamed of doing a Grand Tour of Europe and focusing on Germany, its live Passion, its castles, the Mauserturm. I longed to see its art, how Hummels were made as well as its steins and cuckos.

      If you are going to the West Coast, be sure to take the time to savor Caramel. Its Hofsas beats even luxury chains. It has its own flavor, flare, and identity.

    1. Cindy B.,
      I wish I had taken more photos. However, in travel from Houston there I misplaced my camera and had to depend on Hubby for most of the shots. His battery life is limited. Next time I will travel with a backup camera for sure. Check out the Hofsas site for more views of the towm its attractions, its people.

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