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, and wander through storied streets to discover unique boutiques, world-renowned local art galleries, 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.

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Monterey County's agricultural abundance takes farmers markets to a whole new level. Pick up local produce and specialty items at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Farmers Market on Thursdays.

Cruise along Scenic Road, a coast-hugging route that more than lives up to its name. Revel in distinct architectural styles, including historic buildings like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Walker Residence and poet Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House. Go back in time at the historic Carmel Mission, built in 1771 prior to California’s statehood.

Attend various musical and theatrical events at the Sunset Center and Pacific Repertory Theatre.

 

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