Carmel by the Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a beautiful town and a great location in the coastal northern California. Carmel is renowned for its charming small streets lined with art galleries, antique shops, interesting boutiques, cafes, fine restaurants and small wine bars featuring local California wines and crafts beers. One of our favorites is the Lafayette French Bakery which offers real French croissants as well as great coffee. Carmel has an original Spanish Mission and the Spanish influence is seen in its buildings and decorated courtyards.
I began visiting Carmel by the Sea some years ago and instantly fell in love. Since then my husband and I return to this small romantic and laid-back town for special occasions.
We enjoy our usual rituals which includes at least one hike in nearby Point Lobos. Pinnacles National Monument (with its California condors) and Big Sur can each be reached in about an hours drive. If you are traveling in Northern California and have the opportunity to visit the coast, Carmel by the Sea would be a great choice.