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A soothing, Asian-inspired retreat in a fun, artsy beach town.
When it comes to architecture, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a quirky little town, displaying everything from Mediterranean villas to Hansel and Gretel cottages. Among this eclectic collection: Tradewinds. East Asia meets the California coast in this quaint boutique property on the outskirts of downtown. The hotel has been family owned since 1959, and mixes furniture imported from Bali and China with California Coastal architecture. All 28 rooms are adorned with custom fabrics, down pillows and feather beds; guests also enjoy the use of kimono robes and Aveda bath products. Most accommodations have fireplaces, and the Serenity and Poets suites boast two balconies apiece. Guests receive complimentary continental breakfast daily, and Wi-Fi Internet access also is free. The courtyard, which once housed an in-ground pool, now boasts a soothing fountain, a fire ring and a number of benches for quiet contemplation.
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