Known for its gorgeous cliffs, fun alleyways, and local shops, Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect getaway for those traveling to or in California. No matter if you want to window shop, restaurant hop, play at the beach, or taste wine all day, there is something for everyone. There is an endless list of things that you can do, but here are some of my favorite Carmel-by-the-Sea activities:
Explore Hidden Passageways
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small Europeanesque town with quite a few passageways and alleys. We loved strolling down the little streets, in order to find hidden shops and treasures. You all know that I am all for off the beaten path travel and all of the hidden alleys definitely fit my travel style – I seriously could have spent an entire week doing this! Each passageway is so unique and picturesque – I had my photographer, Victor Villatoro with us and we couldn’t stop snapping pictures.
Our hotel, The Hofsas House graciously left me a couple wine passes from The Carmel Wine Walk. The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a Wine Tasting Passport for $100 which allows drinkers to use a pre-paid pass to get four 1oz. pours at 10 out of 13 participating wine tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea. “The Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a self-paced self-guided stroll to the tasting rooms which are all within a few blocks of each other on both sides of Ocean Avenue. They are Blair Estate Artisan Wines, Caraccioli Cellars, Carmel Road, Dawn’s Dream, De Tierra Vineyards, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Cellars, Scheid Vineyards, Shale Canyon Wines, Silvestri Vineyards, Smith Family Wines, Vino Napoli, Windy Oaks, and Wrath Wines,” according to Visit Carmel. We tried Caraccioli Cellars, Carmel Road, Dawn’s Dream, Galante Vineyards (just had a bottle at Cantinetta Luca), and Shale Canyon Wines, Scheid Vineyards while we were in the area. Scheid Vineyards even gave us extra free wine tasting passes to a few other tasting rooms in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea – it was so nice of them!
Point Lobos State Reserve
I originally mentioned Point Lobos State Reserve in my post about Where to stop along the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), but Point Lobos State Reserve is just gorgeous! We went with Victor and took the majority of our pictures there. If you want a gorgeous hike, check it out.
The 17-mile drive is one of the most searched for phrases when it comes to Carmel-by-the-Sea activities and for good reason, too – it is gorgeous! Travel + Leisure even calls it one of America’s most scenic drives. While we opted to eat and drink our way through Carmel-by-the-Sea, I really wish we would have had time to do the full drive. Next time, my fingers are crossed that we will have a few extra free days in Carmel!
Hang at The Beach
The entire town of Carmel is extremely dog-friendly (which I love!), and this rings true for the beaches, as well. They can even be off-leash if they are well behaved. Carmel is known for being “One of America’s Top Beach Towns.” With its white sand, gorgeous water, and cliffs, you cannot find a better view in all of North America. Spend a relaxing day or evening at the beach and you will be happy! Look at this gorgeous picture taken by Victor:
There are plenty of Carmel-by-the-Sea activities and there is something for everyone. Have you been to Carmel, California? If so, what was your favorite thing that you did?