Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

With whimsical storybook architecture, hidden-passageways and tucked-away courtyards, there is much to be explored in this charming village by the sea! Stroll the town's main block, Ocean Avenue to discover unique boutiques, local art galleries and adorable inns and hotels –many of which are pet friendly. You'll also find metropolitan shopping at Carmel Plaza, and plenty of diverse restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and markets.

Though Carmel-by-the-Sea is but one-square mile in size, the village has more restaurants per capita than any other small city in America, including Michelin-starred Aubergine Restaurant, and more than a dozen wine tasting rooms serving up some of the best Monterey County regional wines. Download the free mobile Carmel Wine Walk for exclusive experiences and specials!

And don't miss the white sands of Carmel Beach! The sunsets are legendary, accompanied by picturesque Monterey Cypress trees and great surfing. Plus, it's one of the most dog-friendly beaches in the area. Learn more at Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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