Following my trip from Carmel Valley, I took a quick drive over to Carmel-by-the-Sea. The popular California beach city celebrates its 100th birthday and in style with breathtaking views. The city is set up like a small village and everything is within walking distance. The town has great restaurants, lodging, shops and of course views of the beach.
I stayed at Hofsas House, which is a family-owned hotel in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
The hotel is quite charming and offers all of the amenities that travelers would want, including a continental bakery with the best pastries one could ever want. The ambiance is warm and inviting with European influences. The property has Pacific Ocean view rooms with private balconies, so guests can relax with a glass of wine and stare out into the ocean, while enjoying fresh ocean air.
The staff is very accommodating and offered top notch service with personal recommendations from the owner, Carrie Theis. After speaking with Carrie, one can tell that she truly loves what she does and it shows the legacy of the family tradition. She took time to ask my interests and highlight spots on a map that I would enjoy.
While I was in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I took time walking through the beach city and enjoying shops, including a newer attraction, Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea. The wine walk featuring a wine tasting passport for $65, which offers one $10 flight at nine different tasting rooms.
The wine tour is self-paced and self guided, as the tasting rooms are conveniently located within blocks from one another, so don’t worry you don’t have to use your wine tasting passport in one day.
Some of the wineries include Blair Estate Artisan Wines, Caraccioli Cellars, De Tierra Vineyards, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Cellars, Scheid Vineyards, Shale Canyon Wines, Vino Napoli and Wrath Wines.
As a Chicagoan, I wanted to take every opportunity to be by the beach, as I could, so for lunch the next day, I ventured over to 5th Avenue Deli, which offers an amazing array of deli salads, sandwiches and more. I grabbed a picnic box and headed over to the beach to enjoy my lunch by the ocean.
The drive is known as one of the most scenic drives in the world and it lives up to that. Drivers follow the trail with opportunities to pull over and explore their journey. The drive takes you through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest.
Following the drive, I had dinner at Beach House Restaurant and Bar at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. The restaurant has panoramic views and by its name, you’d expect it to have amazing ocean views. The menu features pasta, steak, burgers.
After spending two days in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I felt relaxed and refreshed, which was the perfect getaway to relax and enjoy California’s dream spot.
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