I often refer to Carmel as my ‘happy place’. There’s something refreshing about the food, shopping, beaches, and overall feel of the area. The drive from Santa Barbara to Carmel was the longest stretch of our 5-day road trip. And at times, the scariest. Pacific Coast Highway is no joke and thankfully, I was never behind the wheel. In fact, I was banned from driving once everyone saw my parallel parking skills (or lack thereof). Backseat passenger for life!
No matter how many times you drive through Big Sur or Pebble Beach, the scenery never gets old.
Breakfast: Carmel Belle
Lunch: The Bench. It’s pricey but the views make it worth every penny. I’m usually not a dessert person, especially at lunch, but the Wood-Roasted Strawberries with Crumble Topping, Balsamic Glaze and Cheesecake Ice Cream was to die for.
Dinner: La Bicyclette. This restaurant has become a Carmel staple for us.
Cypress Inn. We love staying at this charming and cozy Inn (if you aren’t a dog lover, this isn’t the place for you).
Elizabeth W (remember this post?), Paloosh, Girl Boy Girl, Cottage of Sweets: there’s nothing better than perusing the shops around the quaint little town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Big Sur. Grab a drink at Post Ranch Inn– be sure to take note of their dress code. Or for something more casual like a burger and a beer, head to Nepenthe Restaurant for the incredible views.