Artists, Writers, Musicians, Painters
After the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, many artists, musicians, writers, and painters came to Carmel by-the-Sea, California.
Clint Eastwood and Doris Day
In later years, celebrities began to flock to Carmel by-the-Sea. Some came to visit, others bought homes in the area. In the mid-1980’s actress, Doris Day, purchased the Cypress Inn along with businessman Denny LeVett and made it a dog-friendly hotel in the center of town. Clint Eastwood became mayor of Carmel from 1986-1988. A little known fact is that Clint Eastwood is largely responsible for the acquisition of the children’s library building located on the corner of Mission and 6th.
Local Insights about Doris Day
Do you know where Doris Day lives? Play a lively round of golf at Quail Golf Club and you’ll be able to see her home high above the 18th tee. If you don’t have time for golf, you can still take a leisurely drive along Valley Greens Drive and stop at the 18th green. You’ll have views there of her beautiful, yellow home. By the way, Clint Eastwood is a member of Quail.
Another little known fact: Doris Day celebrates her birthday in Carlson Hall, which is located in the basement of Church of the Wayfarer on the corner of Lincoln and 7th. Doris Day was 90 years young in April, 2014.
Hang Out With Clint Eastwood
Would you like to hang out with Clint Eastwood? No problem. Head on over to the Mission Ranch on Friday evenings. If Clint is in town he often can be found in the piano bar, sometimes playing a tune and chatting with the frequent patrons. One Christmas Eve I passed Clint coming out of the Hog’s Breath Inn on San Carlos between 5th and 6th and he gave a friendly ‘hello’.
Graeme McDowell and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach
Did you know that after Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach golf course in 2010 he celebrated at Brophy’s Tavern in Carmel? You can check it out on the corner of San Carlos and 4th and raise a pint yourself!
Want to see other celebrities? Hang out on Ocean Avenue. You’re likely to see actors and other celebs having lunch or strolling along the shops. Last year we spotted Sam Elliott having lunch with his wife, Katharine Ross, at Portabella located on Ocean Avenue between Lincoln and Monte Verde. If you’d like to run into John Madden, you can try Cafe Carmel on Ocean between Mission and San Carlos.
Who have you seen?
Have you been to Carmel by-the-Sea and spotted a celebrity in town? We’d love to hear your story. Send us a note and let us know. We’d love to hear about the celebrities, like Clint Eastwood, that you have seen in Carmel.