A lone and solitary cypress stands guard over the Pacific Coast, holding its permanent residence in a crag of granite. Saltwater sprays buffet it while the wind blasts threaten to topple it. But for more than 200 years, this gorgeous tree has stood tall and strong, refusing to bow to its adversaries. The Lone Cypress Pine is a symbol of tenaciousness and individualism. Visit it on your next trip to Monterey. Make a pilgrimage along the scenic 17 Mile Drive to find this gorgeous piece of the West. Settle your home base at one of the hotels near Lone Cypress Pine, Monterey, CA.
History of the Lone Cypress Pine
First reported upon in 1889 by a correspondent in the Monterey Cypress Newspaper, the Lone Cypress Pine was seen growing in a water beaten rock along the 17 Mile Drive. Created in 1880 by Railroad entrepreneurs to draw tourists to the area, the Drive became so popular that by 1901 a quarter toll was charged for driving along the route with the Lone Cypress standing at its Midway Point. In 1919, the Lone Cypress continued its ascent to fame when its image was displayed as the trademark for the new resort opened by Samuel Morse.
Stabilized by stone masonry and then by steel cables in 1941 and 1948, the tree remained strong and open to the public. But by 1969, a fence was erected to protect the roots and the Lone Cypress Pine became closed off to the public and viewable from a distance only. In 1984, an unknown arsonist tried to destroy the tree with fire but thankfully was unsuccessful. Scarred but still upright, there the Lone Cypress Pine still stands today. What started as a seed in, authorities’ guess 1813, is today a striking and distinctive sight, a symbol of the Pacific Coast.
There is a fee to drive along the beautiful 17 Mile Drive, but it is definitely worth it. See the beautiful Pebble Beach golf courses that are spectacularly manicured. Cruise along the coastline and enjoy seeing the horizon before you at panoramic Cypress Point. Pick your way along the beach at Point Joe. Enjoy easy access to this slice of heaven when you stay at one of the hotels near Lone Cypress Pine, Monterey, CA.
Where to Stay
Don’t come all this way just to leave after one day’s worth of leisurely drive along the coast. Reserve your stay at one of the beautiful hotels near Lone Cypress Pine. Welcoming and comfortable, each hotel offers the best amenities. Plus, each of the hotels near Lone Cypress Pine, Monterey, CA, not only offers convenient location to the 17 Mile Drive but are also close to the best attractions in the area.
Awake to a free continental breakfast at both the Best Western Carmel’s Town House Lodge and the Clarion Collection Carmel by the Sea. Get cozy by your fireplace at the Carmel Lodge. And enjoy on-site restaurants at the Bay Park Monterey Hotel. Signature hospitality and comfortable spaces await you at your choice of hotels near Lone Pine Cypress, Monterey, CA.