“She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.”
― Holly Black,
Carmel is an enchanting little town by the ocean that would make you believe fairy tales are real. With quaint little cottage shops it’s like stepping into a storybook. For any dreamers yearning to set their imagination free or star crossed lovers looking to spend a romantic day together, this is the spot for you!
This is a child’s fantasy sweet shop come true. And let’s be honest an adults one too! With sugar plums and fudge galore, your sweet tooth will be sure to leave this shop happy. Carmel also has several other sweet shops that are equally delightful so be sure to find them all!
Fitting in with its whimsical surroundings, enter this hidden alley to find yourself in a secret garden leading to the Thomas Kinkaid gallery. Once inside you will be greeted with his famous colorful style with most of the paintings featuring his Disney classics.
Fun Fact: Thomas Kinkaid might be a little bit of a romantic himself. In every painting he hides several N’s after his wife Nancy. Take a look by his signature to find out how many are hidden in each painting.
No visit would be complete without stopping at this famous pristine beach. This is a perfectly picturesque place to stop and watch the sunset or have a picnic in the sand with a bottle of wine from one of the amazing nearby wineries.
If you want to take a trip down history lane the Carmel mission church is one of the most authentically restored of all the mission churches in California. It has been listed as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. You can now go here not only for concerts, art exhibits and lectures but as a museum of history.
For any Client Eastwood fans, this is the stop for you. This Pub used to be owned by the famous actor. Little do most people know he actually became Mayor of this charming little town. He leaves behind his legacy in this quaint pub that is a great place to stop by and have a beer after all your exploring!
If beer isn’t your thing than fear not. Carmel is sprinkled with Wine tasting bars for the more discerning connoisseur. A fun way to spend the day is buying a wine tasting passport from the Carmel chamber of commerce visitor center. For $65.00 you can have a $10.00 wine flight at 9 different tasting rooms
For a small little town it packs a big punch when it comes to its festivals, be sure to check the calendar of events so you don’t miss any from the Carmel Bach festival filling the air with sounds of classical music, to the art walk featuring all 21 of the artists with galleries in Carmel.
While traveling in route to Carmel-by- the sea don’t miss out on what is considered to be the most scenic road in the world. 17 mile scenic drive does not disappoint. This windy roads takes you through a delightful loop through scenic beaches and look out points that are definitely Instagram worthy. Be sure to have $10.00 in cash on hand though in order to have access.