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California USA Timeshare News: July 15, 2017

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CARMEL: The Hyatt Carmel Highlands, which you can glimpse in the tweet in this week’s Odds & Ends section, will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on Friday, July 28. That’s 100 Years. 10 Decades. 1,200 Months. 36,500 Days – as the resort points out with justifiable pride.

The resort is offering a special event on the big day, which is limited to 100 guests at $100 per, inclusive. It’s a “Local Legends Event Featuring Renowned Local Chefs and Winemakers” that celebrates Monterey County’s acclaimed wines and winemakers and the renowned chefs who will create a dining experience of a lifetime.

I’ll bet it’s already all booked up but you can call and ask, if you’re feeling lucky. And even if you’re not feeling lucky, you can still enjoy everything about this resort; it’s not going away. They have a lot of special events planned to commemorate their centennial through the year. Go to highlandsinn.hyatt.com or call 831-620-1234 to find out what’s in store.

Overlooking California’s scenic Big Sur coastline outside of Monterey, this is one of my favorite resorts in the world, situated in my favorite area in the world. I just don’t think that scenery gets any better than big Sur – and I’ve seen a lot of magnificent scenery.

This oceanfront retreat, which opened on July 28, 1917, 21 years before historic HWY 1 opened, was the dream of J. Franklin Devendorf, the co-founder of the nearby seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. He didn’t build the hotel, but he was the one who opened it and it remains as special as it has always been.

To each his own, I know, and I take nothing away from Hawaii’s magnificence or the Austrian Alps or Banff or Kyoto or anywhere else; to me, California’s HWY 1 from San Simeon north past Monterey is IT. And the Hyatt Carmel Highlands is just about as good as it gets.

A little history: Hyatt took over management of the property in 1999; when the company sold its subsidiary, Hyatt Residential Group, to Interval Leisure Group in 2014 the Carmel Highlands was one of the properties included in the deal. It included the 48-room hotel, 94 timeshare units and two restaurants.

It isn’t big, but it’s intimate – and sometimes smaller is better. Happy Anniversary to a very special resort!

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1 comment

  1. Monte Wray

    I share your enthusiasm. Please update on the road repairs that will allow drivers to easily return to Big Sur. I recently heard that normal travel may be 10 months away.



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