NOTE: The original photo was from Flickr.com. It has since been removed from their site. So, please use your imagination.
This photo of a cottage style home in Carmel, California, almost looks surreal, much like a Pixar film. Be assured that this is very real and utterly arcadian. One interesting observation is the sign located directly above the sub-level garage. It reads, "High Tide." Carmel is a seaside community, which leads one to imagine: what would this cottage look like surrounded by a moat?
Almost 23 years ago, my husband, Barry, and I spent our honeymoon in Carmel, California. We stayed in a charming location that offered a room called the Hansel and Gretl Cottage. No, it wasn't the structure showcased here, but it was sweet. It featured a master bedroom built into a loft. The flames of the first floor fireplace danced through the loft banister, creating glowing strips of warmth on the stuccoed ceiling.