Fairytale Cottage in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Hugh Comstock's Hansel Cottage photograph by Linda Hartong. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission

Imagine you're on vacation in California, driving down the coast to Santa Barbara. Suddenly an earthquake hits southern California (about 300 miles away) and you find yourself "stranded" in a quaint little village named Carmel-by-the-Sea. You have no ruby slippers, no dog named "Toto" and no compadres to get you to the Wizard for help. So you make the best of the situation and settle down to experience Carmel. It doesn't take long before you're smitten by the fairytale cottages there and you'd be glad  to stay and live happily ever after. But, alas, you must return to your home. 

A year later you sell your Kansas home and move to a cottage of your own in the enchanting community of Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? For Linda Hartong and her husband it was a dream come true. Now Linda blogs and shares her fabulous photos of Carmel's cottages and gardens, as well as its shops, at "Once Upon a Time. .Tales From Carmel by the Sea". (You can also view her wonderful Carmel cottage photos here at her Flickr gallery.) 

If you've never been to Carmel you need to visit Linda's blog to get a sense of this very special place. And even if you have been there, as I have, you'll enjoy Linda's tours --  she's even managed to get inside some of these delightful cottages and photograph the interiors for us. Lucky girl.

Speaking of interiors, what's your favorite cottage room? Mine is the kitchen. Coming up with ideas for our own cottage kitchen was a lot of fun. 

Our Cottage Kitchen

While browsing through online photos this morning, I came across this adorable play kitchen DIY project. Total cost $30!

If my grandchildren were younger, I'd definitely make this for them. I mean, how cute is this? If you're interested in making your own little kitchen, here's the link to the "how to".

Hope you have a very cottagey weekend.



  1. What a great story about your friend that moved to Carmel....I have visited there a couple of times and it is a wonderful and beautiful place.....

    My favorite room of my cottage is the den we added that goes out to the creek...The creek is loud as it runs down the mountain and what fun to sit and listen to its music.....I love your farmhouse sink; I have a copper one and I love it....

    I hope your weekend is full of blessings....

    1. Nancy, your cottage den by the creek sounds wonderful. Would love to see it AND that copper farmhouse sink. Must be gorgeous. Do you have photos???? Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated. God bless.

  2. Cute and cuter! Love your blog and am now following you!

    1. Thanks. Hope your'e having a great weekend. :)

  3. Carmel is indeed beautiful - I've visited there before. Actually, I'd LOVE to have a cottage anywhere - just a place to get away to!

    1. I think that's the dream of a lot of us. One thing's for certain. You have lots of beautiful photographs to fill a cottage. You're a wonderful photographer. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated.

  4. What a delightful story of the people who ended up at Carmel-by-the-Sea! How lovely that she blogs about her quaint new CA home! I love the fairytale cottage, and I adore that sweet little play kitchen. Alas no grand-daughters. It really is adorable!


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