European-inspired cottages near the coast
The striking white stucco of L’Auberge Carmel has a pedigree dating back to 1929. Famed San Francisco architect Albert Farr — who designed Jack London’s first home in Sonoma County — was hired to design a European-style complex of 16 apartments wrapped around an inner courtyard. The Sundial Apartments soon became a haven for artists and authors launching the forested coastal colony into the Bohemian era. Carmel-by-the-Sea remains a center of creative expression and the historic building has enjoyed a renaissance as L’Auberge Carmel, a 20-room boutique hotel on the Relais & Châteaux roster since 2007. The inn offers the highest standards in luxury conveniences and amenities as well as personalized guest services from room service and evening turn down to valet parking and chauffeured house car transportation.