Lovely, spacious, cozy and cottage-like
My husband and I had a lovely three days at Michelle's cozy, roomy, cottage-apartment. Both she and her husband, whom we spoke to a little while, were lovely. Both interior spaces and outdoor spaces (including a hot tub) were awesome. When we walked into the ground floor apartment, we were greeted at the half wall kitchen island with a bottle of wine, and homemade cookies in a jar. Michelle made a large homemade baked bread and had stocked the refrigerator with milk, freshly picked strawberries and OJ. The small, but well organized kitchen had shelves, cupboards, drawers and cabinets with plenty of supplies for coffee and tea, dishes, wine glasses, coffee cups, and other cooking utensils/equipment. The kitchen sink was an (Italian-style) painted ceramic piece of art with counter and there was a Keurig coffee maker, electric tea kettle, microwave, a convection/broiler/toaster oven and an electric skillet for any cooking we would want to do. A tiny (2nd) bathroom and door was off the kitchen. The bedrooms (2) were spacious and beautifully decorated with plenty of storage space, lighting for reading before falling asleep, and each opened up to its own outdoor patio with artsy and whimsical outdoor decor and seating. The main bathroom had everything we could have needed and more (including a heated towel rack, great shower, large vanity with sink, adjustable make-up mirror on the wall, separate sit down make-up vanity with mirror and chair, not to mention a cabinet of additional towels and many other essentials we may have needed). The living room/dining area was roomy for the two of us and four people would have been comfortable in it. Movie DVDs, books, tourist brochures, maps of the area and surrounding areas and games were available. Michelle had a notebook to welcome us and acclimate us to the apartment and the area. Also in the notebook, she lets you know she has passes for the Monterey Aquarium and we took advantage of them. Additionally, there are lots of outdoor areas for sitting, grilling; including a winding step path with a red safety railing, beautifully landscaped all the way down. When you arrive and drive down the long driveway to the house and its rental apartment, you see a garden full of beautiful plants along the way and end at Michelle's art studio with its bright red door with a huge basket planter full of succulent plants; a most welcoming touch. We would definitely stay here again.
California Dreamin’ at its best in Carmel California