The unplanned vacation. Day 1 (Nov 5th, 2015)
As mentioned in my last post, an unfortunate bumper car incident put me in a rental car whilst my truck was being repaired. I had family that had contacted me only days earlier to see if there was any chance I could meet them in Carmel, California. Carmel is about a 2 hour drive from my home and is a town I love because it is known as the most dog friendly town in the United States! It’s known for stuff like art and food too but what’t the point of any of that stuff if you have to leave your best friends (the dogs) at home?
The pups and I headed to Carmel on the 4th of November. We arrived just in time to enjoy a wonderful dinner with my birth mother Dana & her husband Kurt at Il Fornaio. After a good dinner and conversation we parted ways around 9pm and I headed off to find my hotel and they headed back to their accommodations.
In the past I have always stayed at Carmel Resort Inn – some little cottages that were in a nearby neighbourhood and dog-friendly. Fortunately I had called them before heading to Carmel because they are no longer a dog-friendly hotel. This was a disappointment to me but as it turns out the place I did find, Carmel River Inn is a true gem! Carmel River Inn had the option of cottages as well as regular hotel rooms. I had booked my room and advance and discovered that by booking the room (the cottage that is) through my smartphone Expedia App I was able to save $25.
Carmel River Inn was perfect!! I loved the place so much that I knew at least 1 more night was in order. So Thursday afternoon after I officially checked out of the hotel, I used the Travelocity App on my phone to book another night (saving another $25) and requested that I move to a different cottage, cottage 22 which I observed to be slightly more private and with a great little outside patio.