72 Hours in Carmel-by-the-Sea - An Insiders Guide
As visitors arrive in the quaint coastal Central California enclave of Carmel-by-the-Sea a collective sigh of relief is carried on the cool ocean air. Park the car, you won’t need it for the next 72 hours – welcome to the insiders guide.
Stop in at the Carmel Plaza and welcome our newest neighbor Kate Spade to the village. A shot of color adds a bright cheery feel to the already flower lined promenade. Across the way visitors will find Blue Lemon, where jewelry-making classes can be scheduled and taken or hand crafted designs can be purchased. With many more options lining the streets of Carmel-by-the-
After working up an appetite from shopping, experience the latest expansion of David Fink’s empire, 400°’s Gourmet Burgers & Fries. Burgers, fries, hot dogs, and shakes as well as kids meals are all on the menu and each one is more delicious than the last. For a more refined lunch- any of the Firok Shield’s family restaurants (he has 3 in Carmel), or Portabella on Ocean located within a quaint Comstock cottage or Patisserie Boissiere all offer epicureans delights.
Time to walk off lunch and prepare for the remaining hours ahead. Make your next stop the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center on San Carlos between 5th & 6th, here you can pick up the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea wine tasting passport, (www.facebook.com/
Upon arrival at the hotel be welcomed by one of the friendly innkeepers in our city. One of the many unique facts about the 1x1 square mile of the Carmel-by-Sea:
As the evening ensues, be sure to check the schedule for one of the upcoming events in Carmel-by-the-
And the sun sets on day 1.
Day 2: A morning stroll along Ocean Avenue, leads to one of the most pristine beaches in America. Stop off for breakfast or coffee at a local eatery, you won’t find any chain restaurants or fast food in Carmel-by-the-
Before you get back to your inn, be sure to dodge into a few of the more than 40+ courtyards that grace the village. Visitors and locals are often surprised by the public displays of art that are found in side courtyards as a little delight for taking a “road less traveled.” As a side note, it has been over 20 years since “Dirty Harry” was mayor of Carmel-by-the-
Renowned as a mecca for artists, writers and musicians since the turn of the last century, American Style awarded Carmel the prestigious “Top 25 Art Destinations in the U.S.” in 2012. The Carmel Art Association (www.carmelart.org)
If guests are in town during one of the many days that hosts an event, the fall lineups and world-class productions at the historic Golden Bough Playhouse, the intimate Circle theaters, and famous outdoor Forest Theater include Beauty & the Beast, Julius Ceasar, and Much Ado About Nothing. (www.pacrep.org)
Ready to begin Happy Hour? By all means, go where the locals go: Terry’s Lounge (inside the famous Doris Day’s Cypress Inn) offering Yappy Hour, and live music for you and well-leashed guests. Il Fornaio has the best deal in town with a $5 menu with select food (including full pizzas), wine and cocktails, plus $3 beers; or if visitors like an atmosphere of see and be seen then Vesuvio—the newest flagship in the Pepe International consortium—is open, with expanded Starlight 65 lounge rooftop deck, great happy hour, and serves an “Adult Happy Meal.” If pubs and cheers for beers is more up your alley, than Brophy’s Tavern is the place for Monday Night Football, and Jack London’s has regular live music and sports TVs. A.W. Shucks on Ocean Avenue remains a locals and visitors favorite oyster bar and grill respite.
After a busy day, grab a picnic basket and a bottle of wine with delectable’s from Salumeria Luca, The Cheese Shop, Bruno’s Market, or Nielson Brothers Market, walk down to the beach and let Romantic Room Designs (www.romanticroomdesigns.com)
Day 3: Greet the morning with a soothing yoga class on the beach offered by Lululemon, (www.lululemon.com/
You’ve worked up an appetite now, and rest assured it will be assuaged with the Carmel Food Tours. Carmel’s newest tour in town offering tastings of specially-selected, world-class foods and wines that help visitors become acquainted with the unique history and culture of Carmel-by-the-