What to do While in Carmel
Looking for a getaway up the coast this summer?
Have a long weekend and not sure where to go? Carmel by the Sea is a great option just a few hours from Los Angeles County north on the 101. Here's a few ideas as to what to do either on a couples retreat or with the family. Oh and since they are celebrating their Centennial birthday, there are even more events planned to enjoy.
Hofsas House (read more here) is a very comfortable, and charming Bavarian-style hotel. Extremely pet friendly it features a heated pool and offers beautiful ocean views from the upper rooms. Plan on parking your car and enjoying the walk to everything within the city, it's all just that close. Continental breakfast is served daily and can be enjoyed in the lobby fireside or taken to your room.
A must do while in Carmel by the Sea: Get a Wine Walk Passport (available for purchase at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th & 6th in Carmel-by-the-Sea). It's a self guided tour within the square mile of Carmel. At $65 you get 9 sampling cards which provides 4-5 samples each. The wines are amazing, you will learn a lot and spend time chatting with the wine makers themselves. The passports unused (if by the off chance you have any left) never expire. Such a fun way to explore the city.
Wanna spend the day on the beach? Head to 5th Ave. Deli, stock up on some of their yummy fresh made sandwiches and soup or other treats and make the short drive a few miles north to Point Lobos State Reserve. There you can watch the sea otters, sea lions and enjoy the most beautiful coast line while having a picnic. There are tons of hiking trails to explore or if you are into diving, there are 2 areas designated to do so.
Head north on Highway 1 about 4 miles to Monterey Bay. With tons of dining choices and the Monterey Bay Aquarium (my visit recap here), it's one of the most beautiful aquariums we have seen. Fishermen Warf is also a fun place to explore while Big Sur is just 40 minuets south.
The central coast has so many things see and places to go. It has a landscape all of it's own as the mountains meet the sea, it's truly a majestic region. The weather is usually mild and perfect for exploring while not getting too hot. Check the city's official travel page for festivals and special events to immerse yourself even further in the city's activities and local hangouts.
Ever been to Carmel by the Sea? This was our second trip, it's a real gem hidden in the trees with a vibe all it's own and we can't wait to go back again!