Names of artists and celebrities such as Ansel Adams, Jack London, Clint Eastwood, Doris Day, or John Madden have always been synonymous with Carmel. But the charm of this exquisitely perfect coastal town goes far beyond the ability to recite the names of its famous occupants.
I know I could visit Carmel a dozen or more times a year and never get tired of the place, despite the endless crush of tourists. Carmel has it all and then some. And just when I think that perhaps I might grow weary of the hikes up and down the hills around town, I catch a whiff of the salt air, sink into an Adirondack chair, open a good bottle of Chardonnay and let the world drift by... The roar of the ocean, the forever-young surfers, the smell of salt air and row upon row of cottages that line the steep hills -- these are all constant reminders of a place on the Pacific that calls to me and begs me to return. And I will.
Things like neon signs, billboards and hot-dog stands are prohibited in Carmel; dogs themselves are welcome everywhere. At last count there were more restaurants than one can keep track of, each with a personality so inviting that I find it difficult to stop at less than two -- per day -- whenever I visit. There are almost as many art galleries, and I have lost count of the number of little shops offering everything from T-shirts to T-bone steaks and everything in between.
Whether you would like to sit in the sunshine that often floods the Pacific Coast, or you prefer to sit beneath the warm glow of a propane patio heater that takes the chill away from the afternoon fog that sometimes rolls in from the cool ocean, Carmel has a venue for your dining pleasure. And whether you prefer casual or formal, you can rest assured that there is an unforgettable dining experience awaiting you…
Tastes and Tours in Carmel
Pismo to Carmel: One Taste at a Time
We arrived in Carmel at around 3:30 pm – just in time for a bit of shopping and the get cleaned up for dinner. It had been a long time since we had the pleasure of a meal at one of my favorite all-time venues: Mission Ranch. Their Bleu Cheese-topped burger is likely one of the best I have had anywhere; this evening’s version was no exception!... Read more
The Tasting Rooms of Carmel Valley
It was a perfect day to embark on a little tasting exploration, so we headed east, along Carmel Valley Road, toward the village of Carmel Valley. Our chosen destinations were three wine tasting rooms there: Bernardus, Heller and Joullian. All of them offered... Read more
Golfing in Carmel
Imagine a destination unlike any other… with pristine and spectacular scenery, deluxe accommodations, delicious dining, and breathtaking vistas where you can create your own championship moments on exceptional golf courses by day and enjoy a relaxing escape by night. Visit Carmel California and you can have all of what you can imagine. From The Links at Spanish Bay to Spyglass Hill to the historic gem of them all – Pebble Beach Golf Links, home of tournaments like the AT&T Pro-Am and the US Open – and many more, just waiting for you.
- Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course
- Pebble Beach Golf Links
- Poppy Hills Golf Course
- Quail Lodge Golf Club
- Rancho Canada, East Course
- Rancho Canada, West Course
- Spyglass Hill Golf Course