Our last day in the Monterey area (insert frowny face here) brought us to the neighboring city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small beach city about 20 minutes away on the Monterey Peninsula. Within minutes of arrival, we had all fallen hard for Carmel.

From its absolutely charming storefronts and restaurants,

On the other side of this pink doorway is a delightful little breakfast and lunch restaurant called The Cottage.

To the polished gardens,

Carmel is a delight to all the senses.

As you stroll down towards the ocean, play a little game of House Hunters Carmel (which might require an earlier game of pretend PowerBall winner!). It never hurts to imagine!

I’ll take this one,

Or either of these.

These ones are technically just garages, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers!

Greet your new neighbors as they walk by…they’re by far some of the nicest you’ll meet in California. Can’t really blame them, they live in paradise.

Then head down to the beach and stroll along the water.

Or just take in the view with a few sweet friends.

There are patios for sitting.

And plenty of shops to pop in and out of.

From clothes to housewares, there’s something for everyone. In fact, if anyone is in the market for a $25,000 music box, I have just the place. Not surprisingly, there are lots of signs around that say some version of “you break it, you buy it.” Window shopping, anyone?

You can even window shop for windows!

Be sure to find one of the prettiest fire stations in America.

Or grab a little shade under a blooming Bougainvillea.

One day in Carmel is hardly enough, but as that was all we had, we really made sure to Sea-ze the day.

31 thoughts on “Carmel-By-The-Sea

  1. Great blog, lovely photos – thank you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!


  2. Those beach view photos were incredible! It looks like a wonderful trip, too bad your headed home.

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    1. It was one of the prettiest beaches I’ve seen in the US! Can’t wait to go back!

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  3. What an amazingly beautiful place

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  4. Wow, love the photos! I haven’t been there since the early 80’s. May have to talk the hubby in a trip!

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    1. It was such a pleasant surprise when we got there! Already planning a trip back!

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      1. The photos were beautiful I had to show my hubby to try and get him excited to take a trip there. Happy travels!

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    1. Me too! Thanks for checking it out with us!


    1. I couldn’t have said it better! Such a beautiful place!


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    Flipped to The “Travel MaG” :

    Thank you, both. Enjoy !


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    1. Thanks for checking it out and for sharing! Much appreciated!

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  6. Lovely place and beautiful photos

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    1. Thank you!! It certainly is a stunning place!

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  7. I love this place!!

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    1. Isn’t it amazing?! We had such a fun time!

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  8. Even the garages are pretty. Some places are just too photogenic 🙂

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    1. Carmel is certainly one of them! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Beautiful place and amazing photos!

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    1. Thanks so much! We had the best time and are looking forward to hopefully getting there again soon!


  10. Oh my god, even the fire station is cute! I ADORED Carmel as well, it’s such a pretty town!

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    1. Agreed!! It was our favorite stop in the area. Thanks for reading!


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