We were headed from SF to Paso Robles, and knew we wanted to stroll around Monterey & Carmel, and then be able to hit coastal route 1 & Big Sur for the next day. Mission Ranch was the perfect stop-over. We arrived in the late afternoon, and checked into one of the bungalows in the Meadow Fourplex. Lovely patio, overlooking the meadow and about 40 grazing sheep. I walked up to the restaurant and got a chilled bottle of white wine and a couple of glasses -- we watched the sun set before heading back to the restaurant for dinner.
Both the accommodations and dinner were very nice. This is a great spot: it's relaxing and cozy. The bed was very comfortable, and the room & bathroom were very clean. The restaurant was busier than I had expected for a Monday evening. Every table was full, and there was a few parties waiting. They don't take reservations, but as a guest, you get perferred seating. Our server was a viery nice young man, eager to please. I had the short ribs and my husband had the prime rib. The food was hot, tasty, and nicely presented. In the restaurant, there is historic photos and info about the property - very interesting, since it's had quite a history since the 1940s.
Breakfast in the AM is served in the guest center at the tennis courts. Complimentary breakkast includes lots of baked goods, fruit, yogurt, cereal, coffee, etc. Nothing particularly delicious, but it was enough to get us started on our way south down the coast.
We enjoyed our time at the ranch, and would definitely stay there again. This is a historic part of Carmel, and the current management presents it as a comfortable, quiet, respite for travelers. It's not a posh or elegant resort, it's more comfort and cozy. Mr. Eastwood has owned the ranch since 1986, so I say thank you for saving it from condo development, and for hanging on to it for all these years.
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- Mission Ranch Carmel California