Movie icon Doris Day is turning 90 on April 3rd and to honor the occasion Carmel’s Cypress Inn is mixing up a celebratory classic bourbon & bone cocktail and donation to Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). In addition to the 90 to 90 fundraiser the Inn is hosting a Yappy Hour during which the newly created cocktail will be served with a doggy bone back for $9.90. It’s on tap from April 1 through April 30. All proceeds will be directed to Day’s charitable organization focused on animal rescue, spay and adoption programs. www.cypress-inn.com.
Sporting a brood of rescue dogs of her own, Hollywood’s golden girl and animal activist set the standard for four-legged travel long before pet-friendly lodging was in vogue. Cypress Inn was one of California’s first hotel properties to welcome pets in the mid-1980s and has since seen everything from parrots to potbellied pigs check in for an adventure by the sea. Today, the historic 1929 inn -- just a ball’s toss from leash-free Carmel Beach -- joins 22 Carmel-by-the-Sea properties catering to canines. Standard perks include concierges carrying grain-free all-natural dog treats, daily Yappy Hour, culinary canine menu and all of the Inn’s 44 newly-renovated contemporary guestrooms appointed with dog bowls, plush dog beds and in-room fireplaces.
Founded in 1978, Doris Day Animal Foundation (www.DDAF.org) has lobbied and provided grants and funding for a variety of programs directed to animals in need. The” 90 to $90,000” campaign includes an online auction, film marathons, new book and music releases, Crystal Cruise and a variety of events. DDAF-supported programs include World Spay Day, an annual event which has helped spay and neuter more than 1.5 million animals, the Horse Rescue & Adoption Center, Eyes in the Skies raptor rehabilitation center and Duffy Day Lifesaving Program targeting senior and special needs animals facing euthanasia.
A bit on the quirky side with its ornate entrance to the clubby Terry’s Lounge and Fidos in fedoras, everything about the Cypress Inn speaks to the Golden Age of Hollywood with a sleek retro vibe. The Mediterranean-style landmark speaks equal parts Shar-Pei and Sazerac with a sidebar of Pillow Talk playing in the backdrop. Resident “startenders” stoke the lounge vibe with hand-crafted cocktails playing off Day’s leading co-stars (think Reagan’s classic Orange Blossom with a side of jellybeans). As the sun sizzles into the sea, the daily Yappy Hour delivers a parade of lifestyles of the rich and aimless in a four-legged format, with a side of Muttinis.
The 44-room Cypress Inn offers a Hollywood-by-the-Sea charm. Co-owned by Day, the property rests in a Mediterranean footprint with vaulted ceilings, airy courtyards, in-room fireplaces and a crisp, contemporary décor. Ideally located just blocks from Carmel Beach and walking distance to 100+ art galleries, the Inn offers such amenities as afternoon tea, a the pet-friendly Yappy Hour and sustainable dining menu at Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge, Carmel’s first and only Seafood Watch program participant.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is one square mile of incorporated city set along Carmel Bay on the Monterey Peninsula. It is located 120 mi./192 km., south of San Francisco and 350 mi./560 km., north of Los Angeles. The Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) is served by non-stop flights from Denver (DIA), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Phoenix (PHX), San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO). For additional information click on www.cypress-inn.com; www.carmelcalifornia.org.
If you're too young to remember Doris Day, or just need a refresher, watch the biopic video.