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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, homemade croissants, bagels and toast.


Wine and cheese served between 4 and 6 p.m. Savor the flavor of California wines 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 is managed by Thomas Rogers and is owned by Amanda LeVett.


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