Monday, October 24, 2016
I had always heard that Carmel-by-the-Sea was beautiful, so when I was sent to Palo Alto, California for work earlier this month, this seemed like the perfect road trip.  

Mike and I set out down Highway 1 early on a Saturday morning, and arrived in Carmel-by-the-Sea just in time for lunch. We immediately discovered that Carmel is as charming and beautiful as it's described. It's easy to see why it's a hub for writers, artists, and movie stars. (Marilyn Monroe was rumored to love this little beach town, and Clint Eastwood once was mayor) This European-style beach village is filled with cottages, secret passageways, lovely shops and restaurants, and cobblestone streets that lead you all the way down to the white sand beaches.  No chain restaurants or street addresses are allowed in Carmel, which really adds to its charm.

Although it's just one square mile in size, it's difficult to check out all the restaurants and shops that line the streets. Eventually I just became mesmerized by the pretty storefronts and immaculately landscaped yards we were walking by.

While Carmel is indeed charming, it is also quite swanky. Plenty of high end boutiques and luxury cars reminded us that Carmel isn't exactly a retirement destination for us any time soon. But it sure made for some fun people watching!

While in Carmel we enjoyed lunch at A.W. Shucks, and dinner at Porta Bella,  and stopped for wine tasting at a few wineries. My favorite winery was Caraccioli Cellars, which specialized in bubbles. Cool atmosphere, and lovely bubbles!

Mike and I really enjoyed Carmel beach the most though. The beach is nestled right next to Pebble Beach golf course, which Mike really enjoyed sneaking a view of.

Carmel Beach is super dog friendly. Everyone brought their dog to the beach! It was so fun to watch dogs of all shapes and sizes leap in and out of the deep blue waves that crashed on the shore. I was amazed at how pristine the beach was with all the canine visitors.

We walked the beach when we first arrived, and once again at sunset. Gorgeous views and soothing sounds of the sea. So glad I can say I've been to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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