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A copious breakfast is served each morning either to your room or, if you prefer, in the sun-dappled courtyard. Our breakfasts include fresh fruit, juices, hot beverage, cereals, yogurts, eggs, French pastry, bagels and toast.


Wine and cheese served between 4 and 6 p.m. Savor the flavor of local wines from Chateau Julian in Carmel Valley, while enjoying a variety of cheeses and signature snacks.

Mingle with other guests in the beautiful courtyard or cozy up to the inviting fireplace in the lobby.

Look through the basket of menus for all the local restaurants and pick your dining pleasure.


The Vagabond’s House was built in the late 1920’s, and was known as a place where artists stayed to be inspired in their work.

Don Blanding, a famous poet of the South Seas, fell in love with Carmel and would stay for months at a time, writing. In the late 1920’s, he published his book with a poem by the same name, Vagabond’s House. The book became a best seller.

In 1941, the carpenter and then owner Charles F. Rider expanded on the original building, and built what came to be called Rider Carmel Apartments.

It was in 1947 that the guest apartments were renamed Vagabond’s House Apartments, after Don Blanding’s poem.

The Vagabond’s House has a long history of distinction. After changing hands several times, The Vagabond’s House, in the early 60’s, had earned the praise, “One of Carmel’s Best Motels. Old World Charm and Atmosphere with 20th Century Comfort.” By the late 1960’s, under the discerning direction of Lester and Leonie Erickson, it had become one of only 4 inns that were accepted into the prestigious book The Berkshire Traveller Almanack & Journal, by Norm Simpson.

Chuck and Patsy Watts bought The Vagabond’s House from the Ericksons in 1974, and maintained its impeccable notoriety.

Fianlly, in 1978, Dennis LeVett, who then owned the Benbow Inn in northern California (another of the famous 4 inns mentioned above), fell in love with The Vagabond’s House, and made it his own. And its reputation for excellence, charm and distinction continues today.

Presently, The Vagabond’s House, as well as the other Carmel Boutique Inns, is under the direction of Denny’s daughter, Amanda LeVett… truly a family business!


Have you looked in our oak tree? What IS that? Named after the man-eating potted plant in “Little Shop of Horrors”, our stag-horn fern Audrey III may be the largest in northern California!

Audrey was cloned in 1978, taking 2 leaves and wiring them on a piece of moss to the tree. She is obviously thriving here! Her sister lives in a greenhouse at the Stanford Inn in Mendocino (but has not grown as Audrey has).

Some little known facts about Audrey (and other stag-horn ferns):
• She mates for life (with the oak tree)
• She loves banana peels
• Please watch out for your Chihuahua…

The Vagabond's House: 4th and Dolores, P.O. Box 2747, Carmel, California 93921
Phone: 831.624.7738 • Toll Free: 800.262.1262 • Fax: 831.626.1243 • EMAIL
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