Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dreaming of California ~ Carmel-By-The-Sea

Carmel-By-The-Sea is a charming, European-style village, with a Mediterranean climate, overlooking the gorgeous white sands of Carmel Beach.  Everything in town is within walking distance.  There are many fabulous boutiques and delicious restaurants and family owned coffee houses all within the one-square mile downtown area.

A few interesting facts about Carmel-By-The-Sea:

1.  There are no street addresses.
     Locations are "the corner of Ocean Avenue and Mission Street" or "look for the Tuck Box".

2.  No chain restaurants are found within Carmel.

3.  There is a law that bans the wearing of high heels.
     Local police no longer enforce this code that was passed in the 1920's.

4.  Carmel is home to more than 20 "fairytale" cottages that are nearly one hundred years old.

5.  When exploring Carmel, look for the more than 40 unique secret passageways and courtyards.

While there are all kinds of hotel options in Carmel, many luxurious, there are also some very nice, budget friendly places to stay, too.  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Comfort Inn Carmel-By-The-Sea.  Every room has a Dutch door that opens onto a beautiful courtyard, and breakfast is served by a cozy fireplace.

I could have wandered the city for days, browsing the quaint boutiques and taking pictures.  I look forward to being able to visit Carmel again one day!

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