Sightseeing Tour

Carmel History Tour

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Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea with a Carmel History Tour that includes the Fairy Tale Cottages designed by Hugh Comstock in the 1920's. According to Carmel legend, Hugh 's wife Mayotta made her "Otsy-Totsyville" rag dolls for sale. This was a cottage industry but their cottage was too small for her growing business. Comstock, who had no background in architecture, designed the "Hansel" cottage for his wife.

The cottage resembled the type of house one would expect to find in the forests of Grimm's Fairy Tales. The storybook design with sloping rooflines became popular in the little village of Carmel. The Gretel Cottage followed. Comstock and builder M. J. Murphy designed several of these cottages still standing in this quaint wooded village on the edge of Carmel's exclusive 17-Mile Drive.

Visitors will also learn about other cottages in the area along with the Golden Bough Theater and the Carmel Bach Festival. See the quaint City Hall and learn why Carmel has attracted numerous celebrities and golfers to this beautiful community on Monterey Bay.

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