Storybook Cottages Where You Can Grab a Bite in Carmel
Comstock built what's now The Tuck Box in 1927, and the cottage was first used as a restaurant several years later. Today it's a beloved English tea room, a community staple that serves up egg breakfasts, lunchtime soups and salads, and afternoon tea complete with house-made scones and olallieberry spread. Wine and beer are available as well.
Housed in a whimsical cottage designed by Ted Kuster in the 1920s, Carmel's Cottage of Sweets has been doling out delicious licorice candies since 1959. In the early '80s they added homemade fudge. Cherry brandy cordials, fruit flavored Turkish Delight, and anise hard candies are also par for the course.
Carmel Storybook Cottages Where You Can Stay the Night
Although the bulk of Comstock's original cottages are private residences, Carmel-by-the-Sea is home to some similarly-styled storybook cottages where you can rest your head. Constructed in 1925, Carmel's Lincoln Green Inn is home to five renovated luxury cottages, each one inspired by the Tales of Robin Hood. The pet-friendly cottages all have their own kitchens, private yards, and fireplaces.
How to Find Comstock's Cottages
Swing by the Carmel Visitor Center along Ocean Avenue between Junipero and Mission streets to pick up a self-guided map of Comstock's storybook structures. Although there are no street numbers in Carmel-by-the-Sea, here are the general addresses of some of his best-known creations:
Hansel and Gretel Cottages: Torres Street between 5th and 6th avenues
The Hugh W Comstock Residence (formerly known as Obers): The corner of 6th Avenue and Torres Street
The Storybook Cottage: Santa Fe Street near 5th Ave
Our House: The west side of Santa Fe Street midway between 5th and 6th avenues
W.O. Swain Cottages (five English-style cottage homes grouped together, which include Doll's House, Birthday House, Ocean House, Fables, and Honeymoon Cottage): The west side of Santa Rita Street between 6th and Ocean avenues
Know Before You Go
Most of the cottages are privately owned—please be respectful when visiting and always stay outside any fences or gates. Many of the streets also have restricted parking.