Remember Doris Day and wonder what the legendary actress is up to these days? Well for starters the 90-year-old former box offices buster is co-owner of the charming 44-room Carmel Boutique Inns, Cypress Inn–an idyllic summer getaway with Mediterranean-style property with its vaulted ceilings, airy courtyards, in-room fireplaces and a crisp, contemporary décor.
The Inn also houses Terry’s Restaurant + Lounge, Carmel’s first Seafood Watch program participant, and foodie focal point of the property with its fluid architecture and Spanish Colonial flair, muted oyster and alabaster tones and comfortable grey tufted leather banquettes rimming the outer room. Clean lines are matched with a host of vintage black and white photographs gracing the walls. One of the major design elements is the silver-leaf paper treatment on the barrel ceiling, which lights up to create a jewel box effect throughout the entire room.
The re-imagined space pays homage to the original Moroccan décor inspired by the restaurant’s namesake and Doris Day’s beloved son, Terry Melcher, while adding a bit of glamour and sophistication. A mixed floor plan combines multiple seating arrangements for a total of 50 diners.
Terry’s locally-sourced menu portrays a Mediterranean flair that remains true to its Monterey Bay roots. With tapas and starters such as Monterey Bay Calamari and Grilled Monterey Artichokes with Dungeness Crab Timbale, Ahi Tuna Poke and Curry Lamb Meatballs making a showing. Dinner delivers a piquant new Lamb and Chicken Harira served with couscous, Chickpea Curry, Monterey Sand Dabs, sinful Braised Short Ribs served in a rich Zinfandel-veal reduction and Grilled Salmon with a brunoise of tomato, bell pepper and fennel. The signature Cypress Burger, paired with caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese, is also on tap.
A line-up of ’20s to ’40s-era hand-crafted cocktails keeps things buzzing at Terry’s Lounge. Based on the 1957 film “Kiss Them For Me,” Cary Grant’s love of the minty Stinger, a drink most likely born during Prohibition to disguise the smell of hooch, debuts on the carte as does the historic Pisco Punch and powerful Who’s the Boss, blending the firepower of three spirits — lemon, simple syrup and classic angostura bitters. For non-traditionalists, the Sidecar’s cousin – Between the Sheets – rounds out the Brandy selections.
President Reagan, who starred with Day in the 1952 “The Winning Team,” favored the gin-n-juice Orange Blossom which is served with a side of jelly beans. Whiskey-drinking James Cagney, who starred with Day in the 1955 “Love Me or Leave Me,” inspired a spin on the classic Old-Fashioned. Other stars on the menu include a vintage Whisky Sour, Clover Club and punchy Rum Zombie as well as locally sourced wines from Monterey County’s top AVAs.
Conveniently-located blocks from Carmel Beach and within walking distance to 100’s of art galleries, Cypress Inn sits 120 miles south of San Francisco and 350 miles 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).
Watch the video to learn more about Doris Day.