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Take the poppy-lined path to this park’s dramatic limestone tip, where you’ll see bull kelp swaying in the tourmaline waters. Keep your eyes peeled for sea otters, harbor seals and breaching whales.
62 Hwy. 1, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Photo credit: Thomas H. Story
This self-guided tasting tour is the best way to sample the local bounty. Go to the Carmel Chamber of Commerce to pick up your pass ($65), which scores you wine flights at any nine of the 14 participating wineries along Ocean Avenue. We recommend the Pinot Gris at Blair Estate, rosé from Silvestri Vineyards and Pinot Noir from Windy Oaks Estate.
Cedar sauna, eucalyptus steam bath, hot tubs with thermal waterfalls and cold plunge pools… A few hours of soaking and steaming at Carmel’s co-ed relaxation spa should be high on the list of priorities for this seaside getaway. Trust us, it’s the best $44 you can spend.
27300 Rancho San Carlos Rd., Carmel
At Cypress Inn, four-legged friends are the guests of honor. Owner and dog lover Doris Day (yes, the 1940s screen legend) hosts a daily ?yappy hour? from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the hotel lounge. Order a special puppy burger for Fifi while you sip another glass of Pinot Noir from a neighboring vineyard.
Lincoln St. and Seventh Ave., Carmel-by-the-Sea
The 28-acre vineyard-set property just underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and is Carmel’s poshest place to shack up. Freshen up in your suite at this rustic-chic ranch estate before heading down to the hotel’s Lucia Restaurant for seasonal California cuisine like artichoke salad with black truffle vinaigrette and local Dungeness crab. Then embrace your inner hippie and sign up for moonlight yoga, hypnotherapy and lavender harvesting.
415 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley
Glide along the crystalline sands of Carmel Beach at sunset and then light up a beach bonfire (in one of the designated rings) to watch the tide come in.
Bonfires are permitted south of 10th Avenue only
Before you leave Carmel, make a lunch stop at the original farm stand founded by the two Manhattan transplants who went on to become organic-greens pioneers. Order from the kitchen’s killer salad bar and don’t miss out on the “clip your own” herb garden.
7250 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel-by-the-Sea
Image credit: Flickr/See Monterey
For a small dose of history, book a tour of the stone home and surrounding gardens of poet Robinson Jeffers, which dates back to 1918. Tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays.
26304 Ocean View Ave., Carmel
You’re as likely to see horses as you are grapevines in this part of wine country, which has roots that run deep in ranching. (Real-life cowboy Clint Eastwood was once the mayor here.) But lest you write off Carmel as a sleepy retirement community for the wealthy, we’ve rounded up all the right ways to make the trip a lively weekend jaunt. Check out our slideshow here.
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