Hofsas House Review – Carmel-by-the-Seas Home Away From Home

At some point the vacation has gone from a chance to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries to trying to pack something into every second of everyday to make the most out of your so called vacation. If you are looking to get back that real vacation and want to get back to that relaxed and carefree vacation, a leisurely stay at Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea is for you. They have created the perfect atmosphere that will let you enjoy your vacation, whatever you want it to be.

Hofsas House

Owned and operated by the Theis Family, Hofsas House  is within walking distance of everything Carmel has to offer, including a stunning beach, fine restaurants and shops, and wine tasting. The Hofsas House has created a wide assortment of vacation options that allow you to create an experience that is perfect for a family, couples, friends or anything and anyone in between including your dog if you just can’t stand to leave your pooch behind.

Carmel Beach

The European setting is just minutes from Monterey, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and Pacific Grove . You can choose to park your car and leave if for the duration or hop in and find yourself at any number of great tourist attractions. What sets Hofas House apart from what you will find on a normal vacation is that is anything but your typical vacation spot. Just walking into the reception area you immediately feel as if you are walking into a friends house as opposed to a hotel. Just a cozy and warm setting, you are greeted like someone who the Hofsas House has not seen in years but is happy to have you back whether you have ever been there before or not.

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What you will love about the Hofsas House as well is that they have 38 one-of-a-kind rooms boast European comfort and lovely views, not to  mention amenities like fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and everyone else seeking an  extra special getaway. Dutch doors in every room allow guests to welcome in the ocean air, and free WiFi enables them to stay connected to the outside world, but you are likely to forget all about that computer after one day in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Carmel-by-the-Sea you will quickly learn by taking a leisurely stroll downtown, is extremely dog-friendly. Just how dog-friendly, well Carmel-by-the-Sea was named the number one place to visit with your dog by DogFriendly.com in 2011. It is not just a great place to take your dog, but it is also fun just to gaze at all the dolled up dogs in cute outfits and looking like they are about to enter a doggie pageant. Hofsas House realizes that Carmel-by-the-Sea is a town that loves dogs so they have created dog friendly rooms. Hofsas House has one of the most pet friendly hotels around as all pets receive their own gifts including a Frisbee and special treat to start their vacation and your pooch will have their own in-room bed. There is no dog around who won’t love spending a day on beautiful Carmel Beach, running, splashing, playing catch, you will be worn out before they will. Not every room is pet friendly, so just make sure you let Hofsas House know you are bringing a companion.

The dog friendly package is just one of the special packages that Hofsas House offers its guests.  If you want to get your vacation started with a relaxing day at the Hofsas House with your dutch door open and the ocean breeze filling your room, you might want to try the wine and cheese package. What better way to get acclimated to Carmel-by-the-Sea than getting to your room and finding a bottle of Ventana Wine and gourmet cheese from the Cheese Shop, which is perfectly paired with your wine. If you are looking for a little more family friendly package, try the beach fire and s’mores package. Who does not love s’mores and the beach is no better place to enjoy them as the Hofsas House provides you with a wood bundle with starter and matches for fire, beach blanket, smores supplies and a safety flashlight. Hofsas House is also the perfect spot for families or your family reunion. Huge rooms, plenty of things to do for groups, Hofsas House will make sure your family has a memorable stay.

Manzoni Wines

If you want to experience all of the wine options that Carmel-by-the-Sea has to offer, the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ is a great opportunity to sample a wide assortment of wineries.  You can visit seven tasting rooms all within a short walking distance of Hofsas House. Another great option to discover the wine within Carmel-by-the-Sea is to talk to the concierge at Hofsas House and get the insight to best wine stops in town, the information by itself is priceless and will make your trip that much better.

When seeking out a restaurant to try you can never go wrong with one that is a favorite of the locals and that is exactly what Mundaka is. While Carmel-by-the-Sea offers a wide assortment of great local restaurants, the tapas style Mundaka sticks out for the unique and in-season dishes.  You never know what you will find at Mundaka from week-to-week as the chef himself never knows, as he seeks out the freshest and most local flavors and ingredients to create a new menu every week. You might find fresh Monterey crab, wild arugula or lamb burgers, you just never know what is in store for you, but what you will find are unique combinations and fresh flavors.

Pebble Beach Golf Course

Carmel-by-the-Sea is also a perfect vacation destination due to its proximity to so many other wonderful spots that make for a daytime visit. Taking a short drive over to Pacific Grove and Cannery Row is a must while you are in town. Right on the edge of the ocean is the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.  You can get an up close look at penguins, sea otters, sharks, turtles as well as being able to get some great shots of whales from the deck of the Aquarium and you will find that some of the most interesting and unique creatures are the smallest. You are not going to find many places that have the amazing sea dragons or visit the “Jellies Experience,” but these creatures will keep you busy and intrigued all day long. You will also find plenty of tours, you can even plan a sleepover or do some scuba diving.

Amazing creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you have done the bright lights of the big cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas and you are looking for something other than your typical tourist city vacation spot, Carmel-by-the-Sea should be the destination for your next adventure. While most vacations will leave you with memories, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hofsas House will leave you with plenty of those memories but it will also be remembered as that vacation that leaves you with a feeling that you have found your home away from home.

For more information on Carmel-by-the-Sea, visit: www.CarmelCalifornia.com

For more information on Hofsas House, visit: www.HofsasHouse.com

For more information on the Monterey Bay Aquarium, visit: www.montereybayaquarium.org

For more information on Mundaka, visit: www.mundakcarmel.com

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