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April 17, 2007

Picturing Carmel

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

About a year ago in my post Carmel Has Gone to the Dogs I poked fun at Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Dogs aside, Carmel is an interesting place to visit. Or even live, if you can spare more than a million bucks to buy a house. It has been an artist colony for the last century (Robinson Jeffers, Edward Weston, auteur Clint Eastwood, etc.) and these days seems to have almost as many art galleries as it does pooches.

To atone for my doggie post, I offer you the following photo essay on Carmel.


Although Carmel is already almost terminally quaint, with a little strolling you can stumble across buildings that represent quaintness-on-steroids: "storybook style" architecture.

Even dwellings can be pretty quaint, though not many equal these.

Ah Carmel! Interesting tree. Silver Bentley (parked curbside, no less -- brave owner!). And the KRML radio studio. It's all-jazz, befitting this jazz-festival-holding neck of the woods.

Carmel can be whimsical, too. This shows a sign above the entrance to an underground parking garage.

And as the sun sinks slowly in the west, we bid a fond farewell to quaint little Carmel-by-the-Sea, its charmingly affluent natives and the dogs they worship.



posted by Donald at April 17, 2007


Famous residents (wiki):

* Ansel Adams, photographer
* Jennifer Aniston, actress
* Jean Arthur, actress
* Mary Austin, novelist
* Barbara Babcock, actress
* Eric Berne, psychiatrist
* Orlando Bloom, actor
* Beverly Cleary, author
* Roy Chapman Andrews, naturalist and explorer
* Mary DeNeale Morgan, painter
* Doris Day, Actress, Singer
* Clint Eastwood, actor and former mayor
* James Ellroy, author
* Joan Fontaine, actress
* Percy Gray, painter
* Robert A. Heinlein, author
* Robinson Jeffers, poet
* Sinclair Lewis, novelist
* Jack London, novelist
* John Madden, sports Announcer
* Xavier Martinez, painter
* Patrick McGoohan, actor
* Kim Novak, actress
* Brad Pitt, actor
* Jeannette Rankin, first US Congresswoman
* Ira Remsen, chemist
* Eric Schlosser, writer
* Charles Schwab, businessman
* Upton Sinclair, novelist and social reformer
* George Sterling, poet
* Robert Louis Stevenson, author
* Rick Still, radio personality
* Edward Weston, photographer
* Betty White, actress

"The racial makeup of the city is 94.58% White, 0.44% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 2.25% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. 2.94% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Posted by: adrian on April 18, 2007 8:16 AM

We stayed in Carmel over a long weekend about five years ago. Beautiful natural setting and I agree that the town is almost too cute to handle. I did particularly like Robinson Jeffers home, Tor House, and I find that inexplicably I never took a photo of it.

We did go to some wineries in Carmel Valley and found that a corrective to the preciousness of Carmel by the Sea.

Posted by: Reid Farmer on April 18, 2007 10:38 AM

"Terminally quaint" is nice. And thanks for the photos. Carmel is gorgeous, god knows. But has it become so overrun by tourists -- er, people like me -- that it's now unbearable? Or does it retain some real-people-actually-live-here reality?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on April 18, 2007 11:57 AM

The thing about Carmel is the trees. The light filters down through the million leaved fine mesh of the California version of trees that line the residential streets. I don't know squat about trees. But all the trees in California seem to have these tiny little leaves (pin oaks?) and it makes for a, dare I say it? enchanted shimmer, that you don't get anywhere else.
Other than that, the town is horridly cute.

Posted by: ricpic on April 18, 2007 5:10 PM

My initiation to Carmel was during my week-end passes from Fort Ord in the late 50's. I've returned a few times since, and have always enjoyed walking the streets and sampling the many gallery experiences. One time, after a night of dining at a restaurant said to be partly owned by Clint Eastwood (hoping to,but never bumping into), and hitting a bar or two in the wee hours,I was heading for my car, when I heard and saw a surprising thing: a garbage trucking making its pick-ups from the town's businesses. Kind of sobered me right up. A little touch of reality in this fairy-tale villiage.

Posted by: Rockdock on April 19, 2007 12:22 PM

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