Carmel By-The-Sea: Scenic Road and a Visit to Tor House



Today we continue our Carmel By-The-Sea weekend. The first day was spent wandering through the art galleries and boutiques in Carmel Village, see last week’s Carmel post here, and today we are going for a leisurely stroll down Scenic Road and take a tour of the historic Tor House.



At the west end of Ocean Avenue lies Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach is to the North and Point Lobos to the South. There is a walkway to the left of the beach which leads you along Scenic Road with views of the white sands of Carmel Beach on the west side and beautiful architecturally unique homes on the east side. Some of these million dollar homes have a rather storybook architecture and some even look like castles. 



As you continue down the walkway, the white sands of the beach give way to waves splashing up against large rocky outcroppings. The weather down by the ocean can be breezy, so remember to bring a light jacket or windbreaker, hat for sun protection, and a camera for the beautiful scenery.




For our walk and tour, I wore my Metro Slouch pants from Athleta with a taupe front wrap long sleeve top also from Athleta. (I don’t see this top available on the website any longer).  I styled the pants and top with a steel blue light weight jacket from a prior season cabi line and accessorized with a light weight scarf.  Layering is always the key to dressing when you are by the ocean. To complete the outfit, I slipped on a pair of Asics MetroLyte walking shoes and headed out for a completely comfortable day of sightseeing. For more on the Metro Slouch pants, read my prior post on athleisure wear here.




When you get to Ocean View Avenue, take a left and walk about one city block along the road and you will arrive at Tor House. This is the house of the American poet Robinson Jeffers. It was in this house that he wrote all of his major works. Jeffers began building the house is 1918 as an apprentice to a building contractor. In 1920, Jefferson began building Hawk Tower as a retreat for his wife and a place for his two sons to play. The tower took about four years to complete and was built entirely by Jeffers himself.





Photos are not allowed inside the house, but the house is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. As you enter the home, you are surrounded by beautiful redwood paneling throughout the house which consists of a living room, three bedrooms, one bath and a tiny kitchen and large dining area. The walls of the dining area contain stones from many places around the world, including a stone from the Sphinx in Egypt. Robinson Jeffers and his wife did not travel much, but their friends brought back many treasures to Jeffers and his wife from their own world travels.


The tour continues around the back of the house with stunning views of the coast and then on through the English cottage garden and ends with a climb up Hawk Tower.





For directions and more information on booking a tour of Tor House, visit the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation website. The tour lasts about an hour and is extremely informative with the docents reading excerpts from several of Jeffers’ poems throughout the tour.


After the tour was over, we headed back along the coast to the village of Carmel for lunch at Cantinetta Luca where I ordered the tagliatelle Bolognese and was not disappointed….delicious. Then on to more shopping. 🙂


Until the next post on the stunning views at the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, stay stylish and comfortable.



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