If there was ever a place where I go to relax, unwind, drink wine and eat good food, it is Carmel, California. The beach there is so beautiful any time of year, it is a stone’s throw from some great wineries and the restaurants are great. The town has so much charm and if you are a golfer, you are right next door to the famous Pebble Beach course. For more action, you are just a short drive away to Monterey Bay and the waterfront there.


Cobblestone Inn – Bed & Breakfast

This is a great budget option in a great location. Indoor/outdoor access to many rooms. Sort of set up like a fancy motel.  Nice staff and off street parking.  Suites are great for families as well.

Sandpiper Inn – Bed & Breakfast

This is a cute little place right next to the beach, so great location.  Many rooms have fireplaces

Inn at Spanish Bay

For the golfer or special someone that is looking for a luxury resort. This is located in Pebble Beach, on the famous 17 mile drive. Just a short drive to Carmel.


While it is not difficult to find an incredible place to eat, here are a few of my favorites…

Casanovas Restaurant

Casanova Restaurant (pictured above)
For the lovely 2 hour lunch or the utterly romantic of dinner.  The ambiance here feels like you have just entered into a darling restaurant in the French countryside somewhere. Al Fresco dining on their terrace or they have a fun indoor place too. Basement would be great for events. Highly recommend the cheese plate, daily special, profiteroles for dessert and a bottle of Champagne of course. Might be a good idea to call ahead for a reservation.

Hog’s Breath
Once owned by local resident Clint Eastwood, this is a charming little open air sanctuary in the middle of the town.  There is a tiny bar of about 8 seats too if you prefer to sip your beet indoors.  Fun place for grabing pub grub and relax with a beer.  Would be a great place for a larger group.

Forge in the Forest
Carmel is pretty much Fido’s paradise. It is one of the more dog friendly towns I have ever been to in the US.  This place is reasonable and great for a good outdoor lunch. I have brought my dog here before and they even have a little doggie menu.


When you are not relaxing, eating shipping the town or walking on the beach, here are a few more ideas on what to do in the area:

  • 17 Mile Drive: Check out the Pebble Beach Golf Links as well as the amazing coastline and fantastic homes along this drive. There is a national parks fee for this.
  • Golf: There are many golf courses in the area, but Pebble Beach is the most popular
  • Wine Tasting: Here is a fun article about the wine in the region, including the top 5 wineries to go to.
  • Monterey: Stop for a cup of clam chowder on Canery Row at the Fish Hopper before exploring the waterfront, shopping or hitting up the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium