Monte Verde Inn and Casa de Carmel, located in Carmel-by-the-Sea and only four blocks from Carmel Beach, have been acquired by Carmel Boutique Inns. Carmel-by-the-Sea is 1 square mile of unincorporated city set along Carmel Bay on the Monterey Peninsula. Crystal Petersson, general manager of the company’s iconic 1929 Cypress Inn co-owned with actress Doris Day, also serves as GM of the two new properties—co-owned by Kate Levett-Crayne and her husband Casey Crayne. The 10-room Monte Verde Inn underwent a soft renovation this winter and has a Spanish- Mediterranean exterior while the adjacent seven-room Casa de Carmel is more streamlined and has been rebranded under the inn’s name. Carmel Boutique Inns is adding the two properties back into its portfolio after owning both until 2008.

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 

 

Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.