Have a Little Art, Wine and Plenty of Pastries in Carmel California

01 Jun
Have a Little Art, Wine and Plenty of Pastries in Carmel California

This is my artist friend Margery and mutual friend Heidi who owns a bohemian clothing an accessory online store

 My husband and I took  a day trip to Carmel last weekend to see a dear friends’ art show at Anthony “Tony” Vanderploeg’s  Amsterdam. Margery Ammond and I have been friends for many years. She and I met at the neighborhood book club. We spent many hours together pouring over books, as Margery has always been an avid reader. Turns out, Margery is also a fabulous artist.


Margery Ammon with the owner of the Gallerie Amsterdam Tony Vanderploeg

But that wasn’t a surprise to me. About 15 years ago, my siblings and I purchased a beautiful painting of Margery’s that was a scene from the Senanque abbey near Gordes France. This portrait oil painting has a huge field of lavender flowers with an abbey in the background. Simply exquisite! My Mother keeps the colorful mural over her fireplace, since lavender flowers are her favorite.


This is Margery’s painting. Such a beautiful piece of art

As you can see Margery’s new pieces are just as gorgeous. This time she paints pictures of butterflies along with gorgeous flowers from her garden. Outstanding work. In the past, she has focused on paintings of vineyards in Napa, and Healdsburg, scenes of Mount Diablo, gorgeous landscapes of Lake Tahoe and also earlier pieces of still lifes of fruit and silver.

I have a huge appreciation for people with these amazing creative skills as I can’t draw a stick figure. But that’s okay, we all have our strengths. Mine happen to be more culinary oriented. And I can’t forget when Margery generously donated her quality pots and pans to me since she bought a new stove which required a whole new set of cookware. So thoughtful of her!

Margery also displays her art in Truckee California at Art Obsessions, in Canada, and in Europe as well. I’m sure you will fall in love with her art like I have. She enjoys painting as a hobby and works very hard on her craft 4 days a week. She loves what she does and it shows. She paints for the joy of seeing vibrant colors on a blank canvas. We met for lunch today to get caught up since she doesn’t attend the book club meetings anymore. She’s too busy painting! Margery‘s smile radiates through the room and she brings joy to everyone around her. How lucky I am to have met her and to have gotten the chance to see her latest art show.  

If you make a trip to Carmel, be sure to check out the Carmel Bakery. Ken and I stumbled into this special place along our walk through the streets in that cute little town. Since my husband and I had to cut our visit short, we grabbed an ice cream cone and few pastries for the car ride home. This bakery was EVERYTHING! I practically bought one everything that I laid my eyes on. The cherry turnover was delish, as well as the raspberry strudel pastry that my husband devoured before I could get a bite. Of course, I had to taste their gingerbread cookie too. A little disappointing actually. Not as gingery as I would have liked plus it was somewhat dry. The hot chocolate didn’t blow me away,  but it was good and chocolatey nonetheless. I bought my hubby the cheesy pretzel since he loves bread and he gobbled it up right away.

You won’t want to miss out on a day trip to Caramel where you can enjoy lots of art galleries (65 total), get in a winery or two, or grab a coffee from the local bakery before heading out of town. It’s a happening place and worth the two hour drive down the coast.We didn’t make time to visit a winery, but walked by Albatross Ridge and I was sooo tempted.If I didn’t need to help with the driving, I would have been all in.

We even took my son’s dog Hank for a walk on the beach.Caramel is a  dog friendly town, it seems everyone has a puppy. Hank was hoping I would drop my ice cream cone, so he could have a lick or two. That wasn’t going to happen because I’m a mocha almond fudge freak. I’m obsessed.And I didn’t even have to share because my husband doesn’t like chocolate! Score. More for me!

Leave me a comment below about your favorite artist, ice cream flavor or recent adventure. I’d love to hear all about it. Get out there and make it a great day!

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9 responses to “Have a Little Art, Wine and Plenty of Pastries in Carmel California

  1. King Ben's Grandma

    June 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Wow, her art *is* gorgeous! I get stuck in front of paintings at galleries and museums. I’ll just stand and look and look and look… almost feels like I’m entering the scene on the canvas.
    Mocha Almond Fudge is the best flavor of ice cream! The best!
    Fun day trip. There are a lot of awesome little towns up and down the coast.

    • terismyth

      June 1, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      I’m with you. In awe when I visit art museums . My younger sister Julie got the “artsy” gift in my family.

      And yes! So many great places to spend the day allng the California coast.

      Thanks for your gracing me with your time by leaving a comment here. It’s great to hear from you.

      Hope your virus has disappeared by now and you are on your way to wellness.

  2. Leanna Thompson

    June 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    MOCHA ALMOND FUDGE!!!! I also like butter pecan and pralines and cream.

    • terismyth

      June 1, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Oooh! Butter pecan! Another fun treat.

      I’m also in love w caramel sauce or hot fudge. There’s nothing better.

      Your feedback is appreciated cousin.
      Did you and your son make his way to my neck of the woods yet?

  3. Donna

    June 3, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Enjoyed this blog Teri! Almost made me feel like I got away! Margery sure is talented-I too, am in awe of gifted, creative people.

    • terismyth

      June 4, 2018 at 2:14 am

      Thanks Donna. We need to make a day trip together. It’s been too long…

  4. hippievibetribe

    June 3, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Great story…..Carmel is one of my inspirational getaways, if you not a painter when you get there you will be when you leave. awaits all your hippie vibes. Thank you for sharing Teri.

    • terismyth

      June 4, 2018 at 2:18 am

      Thanks for including your website Heidi. I love your taste in clothes, shoes and accessories.

      You are quite artsy too Miss Heidi. Your bedazzled fireplace hearths and Christmas decorations blow me away every year. Just fabulous!


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