It’s been over a decade since I’ve spent any time in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s just as charming as I remembered.
The weather has been even cooler than forecast, so I’m glad I packed a jacket and sweaters. As my “wild cards” I threw in my Uniqlo down vest and a camel lightweight merino crewneck sweater. (Merino wool is great for travel: it’s lightweight, comfortable in a range of temperatures, and doesn’t pick up odors.)
We arrived in the afternoon and after getting settled in our lodgings, took a stroll down to the beach and around town.
This photo is deceiving…the town and the beach are PACKED. Most businesses are not requiring masks indoors for fully-vaccinated folks, but we’re wearing ours in public indoor spaces and outdoors when we can’t maintain distancing. (A lot of other people are too.)
The next morning we set out to do some exploring around town and grab a late breakfast. The sun hadn’t come out yet and it was still quite chilly, so I doubled up on the sweaters. And added a bandana to keep my neck warm…
We happened to stumble onto an outstanding spot for breakfast, Carmel Belle. Two thumbs up!
Carmel was founded in 1916 as an artists’ colony, and has always been known for its charm. You see a lot of “storybook” architecture here. (Though many of the older cottages have been replaced by more modern styles.)
We took a long walk along the beach early in the afternoon to enjoy the stunning seascapes before the afternoon fog rolled back in. I’d swapped out my cardigan for a lighter (but needed!) windbreaker.
I absolutely love the stunning coastline and cypress trees in this little corner of the earth!
Hope you enjoyed this little scenic tour! We’ll be moving on to the next stop in our itinerary today. (And none too soon; Car Week has started and it’s about to get very noisy and crowded in town. 😬 🚘)