I don't know that I've ever fallen so hard and so fast for a new place as I did with Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. It's a place I've always been a little curious about, based on the name alone, and I was so excited to see it on our itinerary when Monterey County invited me for a weekend of exploration. There was so much to do I hardly know where to begin, but I'll start with how every day starts: coffee! 

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  • The Carmel Coffee House
  • Robertson's Antiques
  • Pilgrim's Way Books
  • Embassy Suites
  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
  • Folktale Winery & Vineyards
  • Carmel Mission Museum Store
  • Garland Ranch