Julie’s Guidebook for Guests: Carmel-by-the-Sea & Beyond

Julie
Julie’s Guidebook for Guests: Carmel-by-the-Sea & Beyond

Sightseeing

Enjoy walking the many charming streets and courtyards of the one-mile square of Carmel-by-the-Sea. With its world-class dining, shopping and activities, and lovely homes lining its residential streets, there's always something to intrigue the eye.
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Carmel by the sea
San Antonio Avenue
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Enjoy walking the many charming streets and courtyards of the one-mile square of Carmel-by-the-Sea. With its world-class dining, shopping and activities, and lovely homes lining its residential streets, there's always something to intrigue the eye.
First built in 1797, Carmel Mission is one of the most authentically restored mission churches in California.
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Carmel Mission
3080 Rio Rd
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First built in 1797, Carmel Mission is one of the most authentically restored mission churches in California.
Widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world, this famous coastal landmark runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, featuring awe-inspiring vistas and legendary sites perfect for a day of exploration. Marvel at some of nature’s treasures including The Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove. Follow 17-Mile Drive’s red-dotted line to arrive at an enchanting world full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests and iconic golf courses. See the iconic Lone Cypress, ponder the giant trees at Crocker Grove, the untouched beauty at Fanshell Beach, the power of the Restless Sea at Point Joe, stroll the boardwalk above the beach at Spanish Bay, and much more. 17-Mile Drive connects Pacific Grove to Carmel, winding through the heart of a cypress forest. Here and there, the vista opens up to take in the Pacific and its golden rocks. Recommended stops include: Seal Rock, with a picnic area and eared seal observation point; Cypress Point and Lone Cypress, for the viewpoints over the coast of Monterey. You can stop at the Pebble Beach Market (3miles from Treetops) for made-to-order deli sandwiches, salads and desserts at the Pebble Beach Market, which is located right outside The Lodge at Pebble Beach. It's located at 1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach. For a map of 17-Mile Drive, copy this link: https://www.seemonterey.com/listings/17-mile-drive®/937/
17 Mile Drive
17 Mile Drive
Widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world, this famous coastal landmark runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, featuring awe-inspiring vistas and legendary sites perfect for a day of exploration. Marvel at some of nature’s treasures including The Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove. Follow 17-Mile Drive’s red-dotted line to arrive at an enchanting world full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests and iconic golf courses. See the iconic Lone Cypress, ponder the giant trees at Crocker Grove, the untouched beauty at Fanshell Beach, the power of the Restless Sea at Point Joe, stroll the boardwalk above the beach at Spanish Bay, and much more. 17-Mile Drive connects Pacific Grove to Carmel, winding through the heart of a cypress forest. Here and there, the vista opens up to take in the Pacific and its golden rocks. Recommended stops include: Seal Rock, with a picnic area and eared seal observation point; Cypress Point and Lone Cypress, for the viewpoints over the coast of Monterey. You can stop at the Pebble Beach Market (3miles from Treetops) for made-to-order deli sandwiches, salads and desserts at the Pebble Beach Market, which is located right outside The Lodge at Pebble Beach. It's located at 1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach. For a map of 17-Mile Drive, copy this link: https://www.seemonterey.com/listings/17-mile-drive®/937/
Scenic Road Walkway is a one-mile long windy walking path that overlooks Carmel's beach and coastline on one side and Carmel's beautiful homes on the other. Benches are along the way to sit and enjoy the spectacular views. (Directions from Treetops on Ocean: Walk West on Ocean Ave .7 mile to Scenic Drive. Walk South on Scenic Walkway.)
Scenic Road
Scenic Road
Scenic Road Walkway is a one-mile long windy walking path that overlooks Carmel's beach and coastline on one side and Carmel's beautiful homes on the other. Benches are along the way to sit and enjoy the spectacular views. (Directions from Treetops on Ocean: Walk West on Ocean Ave .7 mile to Scenic Drive. Walk South on Scenic Walkway.)
Step back in time and follow the romance of Carmel's poet, Robinson Jeffers, and tour his oceanfront stone cottage, Tor House, climb Hawk Tour, reminiscent of ancient Irish stone towers, and stroll through the English cottage garden rich in color, texture and fragrance. Experience the atmosphere of this 1918 property that inspired some of America's finest poetry. Tour reservations should be made in advance via the Tor House web site, on the “Tours” page. Docent-led tour of Tor House, Hawk Tower and the old-world gardens are conducted hourly every Fri. and Sat. The first tour begins at 10 a.m. and the final tour at 3 p.m. Each tour is limited to a maximum of six people. As of 2020, tour costs are $12 Adults, $7 full-time students 10 years old and older. Call ahead/go online to confirm availability and make reservation.
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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
26304 Ocean View Ave
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Step back in time and follow the romance of Carmel's poet, Robinson Jeffers, and tour his oceanfront stone cottage, Tor House, climb Hawk Tour, reminiscent of ancient Irish stone towers, and stroll through the English cottage garden rich in color, texture and fragrance. Experience the atmosphere of this 1918 property that inspired some of America's finest poetry. Tour reservations should be made in advance via the Tor House web site, on the “Tours” page. Docent-led tour of Tor House, Hawk Tower and the old-world gardens are conducted hourly every Fri. and Sat. The first tour begins at 10 a.m. and the final tour at 3 p.m. Each tour is limited to a maximum of six people. As of 2020, tour costs are $12 Adults, $7 full-time students 10 years old and older. Call ahead/go online to confirm availability and make reservation.
Located 3.5 miles south of downtown Carmel, built in 1931, this peaceful spot offers ocean views to Point Lobos, gardens and benches to sit on.
Carmelite Monastery
27601 CA-1
Located 3.5 miles south of downtown Carmel, built in 1931, this peaceful spot offers ocean views to Point Lobos, gardens and benches to sit on.
Iconic Carmel Beach can be accessed from Treetops by walking directly west on Ocean to the beach. There is no end to the scenery: the majestic Pacific Ocean, surfers catching a ride on the waves, dolphins and otters swimming about, dogs frolicking off-leash, the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright house and rugged Carmel Point to the south, and golfers tackling Pebble Beach Golf Links to the north. Incomparable evening sunsets spark uncontainable beauty every direction you look.
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Carmel City Beach
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Iconic Carmel Beach can be accessed from Treetops by walking directly west on Ocean to the beach. There is no end to the scenery: the majestic Pacific Ocean, surfers catching a ride on the waves, dolphins and otters swimming about, dogs frolicking off-leash, the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright house and rugged Carmel Point to the south, and golfers tackling Pebble Beach Golf Links to the north. Incomparable evening sunsets spark uncontainable beauty every direction you look.
Designed by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright at the age of 84 and privately owned, it's only open to the public one day each June to benefit the Carmel Heritage Society however you can walk by it on Scenic Drive in Carmel. The stunning structure was designed in 1948 for Mrs. Clinton Walker of San Francisco who asked Wright for a house “as durable as the rocks and as transparent as the waves." The 1200 square-foot home recalls the prow of a ship and is a single-story structure, built on granite boulders with a triangular foundation made of Carmel Stone. Other features include a broad, low copper roof covered with baked-enamel shingles of blue-green color – to match the color of sea and sky – that is supported by a massive floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a hexagon floor plan, Wright’s trademark seemingly-unbroken horizontal lines of the casement windows that face the ocean and the “Cherokee-red” painted ribbons of steel that frame them. See more photos of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC72Qs4syJQ
Clinton Walker House - Frank Lloyd Wright
26336 Scenic Road
Designed by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright at the age of 84 and privately owned, it's only open to the public one day each June to benefit the Carmel Heritage Society however you can walk by it on Scenic Drive in Carmel. The stunning structure was designed in 1948 for Mrs. Clinton Walker of San Francisco who asked Wright for a house “as durable as the rocks and as transparent as the waves." The 1200 square-foot home recalls the prow of a ship and is a single-story structure, built on granite boulders with a triangular foundation made of Carmel Stone. Other features include a broad, low copper roof covered with baked-enamel shingles of blue-green color – to match the color of sea and sky – that is supported by a massive floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a hexagon floor plan, Wright’s trademark seemingly-unbroken horizontal lines of the casement windows that face the ocean and the “Cherokee-red” painted ribbons of steel that frame them. See more photos of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC72Qs4syJQ

Outdoor Activities, Trails & Parks

Take an electric bike tour around Carmel with Mad Dogs & Englishmen or rent one of their stylish electric bikes.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Mission Street
Take an electric bike tour around Carmel with Mad Dogs & Englishmen or rent one of their stylish electric bikes.
Walk the tranquil 3-mile paths of Mission Trail Nature Preserve and enjoy the setting and the sounds of nature. Watch for poison oak. Note: cell coverage is spotty.
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Mission Trail Park
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Walk the tranquil 3-mile paths of Mission Trail Nature Preserve and enjoy the setting and the sounds of nature. Watch for poison oak. Note: cell coverage is spotty.
Devendorf Park is a charming little Oasis in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea with benches and a small pond with fish. A peaceful place for a picnic.
Devendorf Park
6th Mission St
Devendorf Park is a charming little Oasis in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea with benches and a small pond with fish. A peaceful place for a picnic.
This family park is located at the corner of Camino del Monte & Junipero. Playground, basketball court, sand volleyball court, two tennis courts, horseshoe pits, barbeques, bathrooms and plenty of benches.
Forest Hill Park
3026 Junipero St
This family park is located at the corner of Camino del Monte & Junipero. Playground, basketball court, sand volleyball court, two tennis courts, horseshoe pits, barbeques, bathrooms and plenty of benches.
A sunny courtyard park with an old world charm is what guests will find when happening upon Picadilly Park. Perched on Dolores between Ocean and 7th Avenue, benches and a gurgling fountain allow visitors to stop and relax in the shade or a sunny spot. Designed by landscape architect Walter Guthrie, the garden demonstrates the use of drought-tolerant species appropriate to the Carmel area. Many of the garden's plants are found nowhere else in the world, or in only limited areas in California. Species include the Gian Chain Ren, Red-flowering Currant, Coast Live Oak, Manzanita, Douglas Iris, Bush Anemone, and Catalina Ironwood.
Picadilly Park
Dolores Street
A sunny courtyard park with an old world charm is what guests will find when happening upon Picadilly Park. Perched on Dolores between Ocean and 7th Avenue, benches and a gurgling fountain allow visitors to stop and relax in the shade or a sunny spot. Designed by landscape architect Walter Guthrie, the garden demonstrates the use of drought-tolerant species appropriate to the Carmel area. Many of the garden's plants are found nowhere else in the world, or in only limited areas in California. Species include the Gian Chain Ren, Red-flowering Currant, Coast Live Oak, Manzanita, Douglas Iris, Bush Anemone, and Catalina Ironwood.
From the gardens of Carmel Historical Society's First Murphy House enjoy a spectacular view of Carmel Bay, walk the paths bordered by native plants, and relax on one of the garden's benches for a perfect place to stop and catch one's breath. The First Murphy House was built in 1902 by 17-year old Michael Murphy, who went on to become one of Carmel's greatest builders. Tours of the house are available. Public restrooms are located adjacent to the park.
Carmel Heritage Society
80 Lincoln Street
From the gardens of Carmel Historical Society's First Murphy House enjoy a spectacular view of Carmel Bay, walk the paths bordered by native plants, and relax on one of the garden's benches for a perfect place to stop and catch one's breath. The First Murphy House was built in 1902 by 17-year old Michael Murphy, who went on to become one of Carmel's greatest builders. Tours of the house are available. Public restrooms are located adjacent to the park.
Located 15 min from Treetops and downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley is a popular spot for leisure hiking. Breathtaking views lie around every corner of this 4,462-acre park, with trails varying from easy to strenuous. Notable features at Garland Ranch Regional Park include the Carmel River, Garzas Creek, a redwood canyon and a charming waterfall. Historic buildings dot Garland Ranch Regional Park, allowing visitors to experience Carmel Valley as it once was.
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Garland Ranch Regional Park
700 W Carmel Valley Rd
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Located 15 min from Treetops and downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley is a popular spot for leisure hiking. Breathtaking views lie around every corner of this 4,462-acre park, with trails varying from easy to strenuous. Notable features at Garland Ranch Regional Park include the Carmel River, Garzas Creek, a redwood canyon and a charming waterfall. Historic buildings dot Garland Ranch Regional Park, allowing visitors to experience Carmel Valley as it once was.
Gibson Beach and China Grove are located at Point Lobos State Reserve about 4 miles from downtown Carmel. With stunning rugged ocean views, wildlife and trails, Gibson Beach is accessed from Bird Island Trail with its trailhead at the very end of Point Lobos’ scenic road and is the highlight of this superb park. Don't leave valuables in your car and be watchful for slippery rocks/walkways.
Gibson's Beach
Gibson Beach and China Grove are located at Point Lobos State Reserve about 4 miles from downtown Carmel. With stunning rugged ocean views, wildlife and trails, Gibson Beach is accessed from Bird Island Trail with its trailhead at the very end of Point Lobos’ scenic road and is the highlight of this superb park. Don't leave valuables in your car and be watchful for slippery rocks/walkways.
Iconic Carmel Beach can be accessed from Treetops by walking directly west on Ocean to the beach. There is no end to the scenery: the majestic Pacific Ocean, surfers catching a ride on the waves, dolphins and otters swimming about, dogs frolicking off-leash, the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright house and rugged Carmel Point to the south, and golfers tackling Pebble Beach Golf Links to the north. Incomparable evening sunsets spark uncontainable beauty every direction you look.
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Carmel City Beach
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Iconic Carmel Beach can be accessed from Treetops by walking directly west on Ocean to the beach. There is no end to the scenery: the majestic Pacific Ocean, surfers catching a ride on the waves, dolphins and otters swimming about, dogs frolicking off-leash, the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright house and rugged Carmel Point to the south, and golfers tackling Pebble Beach Golf Links to the north. Incomparable evening sunsets spark uncontainable beauty every direction you look.
The Skyline Nature Trail in Jacks Peak County Park in Monterey is a 15-minute drive away and is a gorgeous place to hike that's not too strenuous. With 8-1/2 miles of trails, the Park offers views of Monterey Bay, Carmel Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains that are astounding. The hike to these breathtaking views, however, won't take your breath away; a parking lot near the top of the hill brings you close to the peak. You can see fossils from the Miocene epoch embedded in the shale as you walk the Coffeeberry Trail. The Park is home to one of the only remaining natural stands of Monterey Pine trees in the U.S. The Park's a favorite for birders and is on the Central Coast Birding Trail as it has an abundance of species.
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Jacks Peak Park
25020 Jacks Peak Park Rd
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The Skyline Nature Trail in Jacks Peak County Park in Monterey is a 15-minute drive away and is a gorgeous place to hike that's not too strenuous. With 8-1/2 miles of trails, the Park offers views of Monterey Bay, Carmel Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains that are astounding. The hike to these breathtaking views, however, won't take your breath away; a parking lot near the top of the hill brings you close to the peak. You can see fossils from the Miocene epoch embedded in the shale as you walk the Coffeeberry Trail. The Park is home to one of the only remaining natural stands of Monterey Pine trees in the U.S. The Park's a favorite for birders and is on the Central Coast Birding Trail as it has an abundance of species.
Gorgeous state reserve along the coast only an 8-minute drive from Carmel.
Point Lobos
Point Lobos
Gorgeous state reserve along the coast only an 8-minute drive from Carmel.
Located 13 minutes (8 miles South of Carmel) is gorgeous Garrapata State Park with its two miles of beachfront, coastal hiking trails and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.
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Garrapata State Park
34500 CA-1
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Located 13 minutes (8 miles South of Carmel) is gorgeous Garrapata State Park with its two miles of beachfront, coastal hiking trails and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.

Food scene

Hidden away in one of Carmel's many courtyards, Stationaery offers fabulous breakfast, lunch, and gourmet coffee. Celebrate the bounty of the Monterey Bay, with breakfast offerings such as smoked salmon and crème fraîche on sourdough toast, biscuits and sausage gravy with chive blossoms, and potato pancakes with crème fraîche, prosciutto, and poached eggs. Lunches include sandwiches and salads as well as heartier fare, with selections such as spaghetti with pork sausage, broccoli rabe, chili, and pecorino, and pork shoulder with guajillo chili, avocado, cilantro, and masa tortilla. Monday - Sunday Breakfast & Lunch: 8am - 2pm Saturday - Sunday Breakfast & Lunch: 8am - 2:30pm
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Stationæry
San Carlos Street
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Hidden away in one of Carmel's many courtyards, Stationaery offers fabulous breakfast, lunch, and gourmet coffee. Celebrate the bounty of the Monterey Bay, with breakfast offerings such as smoked salmon and crème fraîche on sourdough toast, biscuits and sausage gravy with chive blossoms, and potato pancakes with crème fraîche, prosciutto, and poached eggs. Lunches include sandwiches and salads as well as heartier fare, with selections such as spaghetti with pork sausage, broccoli rabe, chili, and pecorino, and pork shoulder with guajillo chili, avocado, cilantro, and masa tortilla. Monday - Sunday Breakfast & Lunch: 8am - 2pm Saturday - Sunday Breakfast & Lunch: 8am - 2:30pm
Casual spot for light meals, treats, coffees, smoothies.
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Carmel Belle
Ocean Avenue
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Casual spot for light meals, treats, coffees, smoothies.
Hip, bright space for dining.
7th Avenue & Dolores Street
Hip, bright space for dining.
Charming coffee shop also serving tempting treats, sandwiches and more located off Ocean Ave. in one of Carmel's wonderful hidden courtyards.
Carmel Coffee And Cocoa Bar
Mission Street
Charming coffee shop also serving tempting treats, sandwiches and more located off Ocean Ave. in one of Carmel's wonderful hidden courtyards.
Delicious area-sourced seasonal Californian dishes are served in a casual setting.
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Basil Seasonal Dining
7th Avenue
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Delicious area-sourced seasonal Californian dishes are served in a casual setting.
Cultura’s creative fare is inspired by the cuisine of Mexico, with particular attention paid to the region of Oaxaca. On fair evenings, dine alfresco in the courtyard setting with outdoor fire pits.
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Cultura Comida y Bebida
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Cultura’s creative fare is inspired by the cuisine of Mexico, with particular attention paid to the region of Oaxaca. On fair evenings, dine alfresco in the courtyard setting with outdoor fire pits.
Casual, corner cafe serving Mediterranean & Middle Eastern plates in warm, homey surrounds. The owners bring hospitality to a new level, thanks to a jovial greeting and warm farewells.
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Yafa
5th Avenue
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Casual, corner cafe serving Mediterranean & Middle Eastern plates in warm, homey surrounds. The owners bring hospitality to a new level, thanks to a jovial greeting and warm farewells.
For a bit of Big Sur in the Carmel Highlands, take a windy drive 5 miles (7 min drive) south of Treetops into the hills off Highway 1. Pull in at this luxury Hyatt on the coast and brace yourself for a breathtaking experience. Perched on the cliffs over the roaring Pacific and encased by large windows, this aptly named spot boasts panoramic views. A roaring fireplace dissipates any misty chill coming off the ocean. savor innovative California coastal cuisine, made with the freshest seafood, meats and locally sourced produce and ingredients with a seasonal focus. An excellent choice for both everyday dining and special occasions, Pacific’s Edge Restaurant offers a convivial ambience along with jaw-dropping views that cannot be topped. For sunset dining, this can't be topped.
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California Market at Pacific's Edge
120 Highlands Dr
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For a bit of Big Sur in the Carmel Highlands, take a windy drive 5 miles (7 min drive) south of Treetops into the hills off Highway 1. Pull in at this luxury Hyatt on the coast and brace yourself for a breathtaking experience. Perched on the cliffs over the roaring Pacific and encased by large windows, this aptly named spot boasts panoramic views. A roaring fireplace dissipates any misty chill coming off the ocean. savor innovative California coastal cuisine, made with the freshest seafood, meats and locally sourced produce and ingredients with a seasonal focus. An excellent choice for both everyday dining and special occasions, Pacific’s Edge Restaurant offers a convivial ambience along with jaw-dropping views that cannot be topped. For sunset dining, this can't be topped.
Call ahead to check hours and availability. From the Michelin Guide: "With few seats, limited hours and a two-person staff, snagging a table at this no-frills sushiya can be a real challenge. But those willing to make the effort will be rewarded, because Akaoni offers some of the region’s most pristine sushi—at surprisingly down-to-earth prices. A 12-piece chef's choice platter is offered for those who'd like to put their fate in the kitchen's hands, but savvy diners know to go straight for the options on the daily specials board-like buttery local spot prawns served to order from a tank right behind the omnipresent counter. Simply plated and nicely cut, the nigiri far outshines most of the cooked dishes. But if you're looking to supplement your sushi, the light and crispy vegetable tempura is a worthy option."
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Akaoni
6th Avenue
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Call ahead to check hours and availability. From the Michelin Guide: "With few seats, limited hours and a two-person staff, snagging a table at this no-frills sushiya can be a real challenge. But those willing to make the effort will be rewarded, because Akaoni offers some of the region’s most pristine sushi—at surprisingly down-to-earth prices. A 12-piece chef's choice platter is offered for those who'd like to put their fate in the kitchen's hands, but savvy diners know to go straight for the options on the daily specials board-like buttery local spot prawns served to order from a tank right behind the omnipresent counter. Simply plated and nicely cut, the nigiri far outshines most of the cooked dishes. But if you're looking to supplement your sushi, the light and crispy vegetable tempura is a worthy option."
This quintessential bistro and relaxed neighborhood spot offers delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner in the heart of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Offering seasonal cuisine with a California /Mediterranean/French viewpoint, plus a handful of pizzas and fantastic breads fired in their wood-burning oven.
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La Bicyclette Restaurant
7th Avenue
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This quintessential bistro and relaxed neighborhood spot offers delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner in the heart of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Offering seasonal cuisine with a California /Mediterranean/French viewpoint, plus a handful of pizzas and fantastic breads fired in their wood-burning oven.
Rustic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu.
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Dametra Cafe
Lincoln Street
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Rustic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu.
Located 4.7 miles (7-min drive) east of Treetops (on the way to Carmel Valley), The Farm Stand is more than just a market and café…it’s a destination that provides both an engaging and educational experience. Take a tour of our organic grounds with our resident expert Farmer Janna; or pick your own fresh herbs from the herb garden and berries from the berry patch. It's also a delicious organic café, which features hot meals, sandwiches, coffee, ice cream, and an amazingly abundant and ever-changing organic salad bar. Our market offers beautiful organic produce; delicious, often locally-produced specialty organic packaged goods; flowers and Earth-friendly gifts.
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Earthbound Farm
7250 Carmel Valley Rd
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Located 4.7 miles (7-min drive) east of Treetops (on the way to Carmel Valley), The Farm Stand is more than just a market and café…it’s a destination that provides both an engaging and educational experience. Take a tour of our organic grounds with our resident expert Farmer Janna; or pick your own fresh herbs from the herb garden and berries from the berry patch. It's also a delicious organic café, which features hot meals, sandwiches, coffee, ice cream, and an amazingly abundant and ever-changing organic salad bar. Our market offers beautiful organic produce; delicious, often locally-produced specialty organic packaged goods; flowers and Earth-friendly gifts.
Located in an historic cottage once owned by Charlie Chaplin's private chef, Casanova's rustic French and Italian cooking features deliciously simple dishes, ranging from the likes of hearty cannelloni to a peak-season grilled peach topped with pickled onion, toasted almonds and torn basil. Before opening in 1987, the family remodeled the building after their Belgian farmhouse and even dug down to replicate their wine cellar, which today houses a notable collection. A private room invites 2-8 people to enjoy the chef’s prix-fixe on Vincent Van Gogh’s very own dining table.
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Casanova
5th Avenue
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Located in an historic cottage once owned by Charlie Chaplin's private chef, Casanova's rustic French and Italian cooking features deliciously simple dishes, ranging from the likes of hearty cannelloni to a peak-season grilled peach topped with pickled onion, toasted almonds and torn basil. Before opening in 1987, the family remodeled the building after their Belgian farmhouse and even dug down to replicate their wine cellar, which today houses a notable collection. A private room invites 2-8 people to enjoy the chef’s prix-fixe on Vincent Van Gogh’s very own dining table.
For a very special night, Aubergine, one of the select restaurants to boast a highly coveted Michelin Star, located in L’Auberge Carmel, offers an appealing mix of luxury and simplicity. Reservations are a must with only a dozen or so tables, it’s an intimate retreat that offers personalized attention. Their 25,000-bottle wine cellar will perk up any oenophile around. The kitchen eschews elaborate technique for a classic approach to fine dining, integrating superlative local seafood and even the sea itself. Imagine the likes of seawater jelly topping a briny Kumamoto oyster heaped with caviar. Then, delicate coastal greens like red vein sorrel pop up in a dish of edamame with buttery chanterelles and black trumpet mushrooms; just as kombu envelops a carefully seared slab of delicious A5 Wagyu beef. Desserts boast equal refinement, with satisfyingly sweet and savory creations like the goat cheese panna cotta crowned with juicy and paper-thin slivers of bright red apple.
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Aubergine the restaurant at L'Auberge Carmel
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For a very special night, Aubergine, one of the select restaurants to boast a highly coveted Michelin Star, located in L’Auberge Carmel, offers an appealing mix of luxury and simplicity. Reservations are a must with only a dozen or so tables, it’s an intimate retreat that offers personalized attention. Their 25,000-bottle wine cellar will perk up any oenophile around. The kitchen eschews elaborate technique for a classic approach to fine dining, integrating superlative local seafood and even the sea itself. Imagine the likes of seawater jelly topping a briny Kumamoto oyster heaped with caviar. Then, delicate coastal greens like red vein sorrel pop up in a dish of edamame with buttery chanterelles and black trumpet mushrooms; just as kombu envelops a carefully seared slab of delicious A5 Wagyu beef. Desserts boast equal refinement, with satisfyingly sweet and savory creations like the goat cheese panna cotta crowned with juicy and paper-thin slivers of bright red apple.
Delicious flavors abound in Portabella's updated French and Italian selections served in a charming old-world setting indoors and on their patio for outdoor dining.
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Portabella
Ocean Avenue
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Delicious flavors abound in Portabella's updated French and Italian selections served in a charming old-world setting indoors and on their patio for outdoor dining.
A combination pastry shop and restaurant, this Carmel classic combines a cheery French feel - antique tables and chairs and ornate wall sconces - with delectable dishes and inspired pastries.
Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant
7th Avenue
A combination pastry shop and restaurant, this Carmel classic combines a cheery French feel - antique tables and chairs and ornate wall sconces - with delectable dishes and inspired pastries.
Family owned Mexican restaurant serving Baja California recipes. Charming colorful interior and patio dining.
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Pescadero Mexican Restaurant
7th Avenue
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Family owned Mexican restaurant serving Baja California recipes. Charming colorful interior and patio dining.
Charming rooftop dining in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea with selections from Mediterranean, Greek and Thai cuisines.
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Treehouse Café
San Carlos Street
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Charming rooftop dining in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea with selections from Mediterranean, Greek and Thai cuisines.
Authentic French classics such as cassoulet and homemade pâté pair with fine wines in an intimate atmosphere.
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L'Escargot
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Authentic French classics such as cassoulet and homemade pâté pair with fine wines in an intimate atmosphere.
Cantinetta Luca offers rustic Italian for dinner featuring an authentic menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy featuring hand-crafted dishes using the finest Italian goods and locally sourced ingredients in a lively atmosphere.
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Cantinetta Luca
Dolores Street
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Cantinetta Luca offers rustic Italian for dinner featuring an authentic menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy featuring hand-crafted dishes using the finest Italian goods and locally sourced ingredients in a lively atmosphere.
Rise & Roam is a modern, craft bakery and pizzeria committed to using organic ingredients – from gourmet pizzas to sandwiches, soups, salads, coffee and wines.
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Rise + Roam
7th Avenue
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Rise & Roam is a modern, craft bakery and pizzeria committed to using organic ingredients – from gourmet pizzas to sandwiches, soups, salads, coffee and wines.
Delicious food in quaint courtyard.
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Il Tegamino
8 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Delicious food in quaint courtyard.
Chef-owned seafood-centric - exceptional food. Chef/Owner Jonny Black's background includes being chef at Michelin Star Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.
Chez Noir
San Carlos Street
Chef-owned seafood-centric - exceptional food. Chef/Owner Jonny Black's background includes being chef at Michelin Star Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.

Body & Mind

Pilates in town.
Pure Barre
Mission Street
Pilates in town.
Beach yoga Sundays 10:15am (call to confirm); Tai Chi; Barre work
CarmelBarre and Go Figure Activewear
8th Avenue
Beach yoga Sundays 10:15am (call to confirm); Tai Chi; Barre work
Carmel Valley Ranch is 7-1/2 miles east of Treehouse (10-15 min drive). It has a beautiful spa that's worth looking into.
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Carmel Valley Ranch
1 Old Ranch Rd
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Carmel Valley Ranch is 7-1/2 miles east of Treehouse (10-15 min drive). It has a beautiful spa that's worth looking into.
An "eco, organic, and chemical-free day spa".
Signature Day Spa
210 San Carlos St
An "eco, organic, and chemical-free day spa".
Located 5 miles, (10-min drive) from Treetops, Refuge has a couple of choices for massage as well as Thermacycling - which is heating up in their sauna then cooling down in their outdoor spa pools. They also have warm outdoor spa pools. Note, this is a coed spa.
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Refuge
27300 Rancho San Carlos Rd
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Located 5 miles, (10-min drive) from Treetops, Refuge has a couple of choices for massage as well as Thermacycling - which is heating up in their sauna then cooling down in their outdoor spa pools. They also have warm outdoor spa pools. Note, this is a coed spa.
Anytime Fitness in Carmel Rancho Shopping Center in Carmel is a 5 min drive (1.6 miles). Call ahead to confirm hours and availability. As of 2022, a 1-week Gym Guest Pass was $40. Open daily.
Anytime Fitness
26536 Carmel Rancho Boulevard
Anytime Fitness in Carmel Rancho Shopping Center in Carmel is a 5 min drive (1.6 miles). Call ahead to confirm hours and availability. As of 2022, a 1-week Gym Guest Pass was $40. Open daily.

Theatre, Music & Performing Arts

Indoor performing arts center -- music, theatre, discussions, art and more.
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Sunset Center
San Carlos Street
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Indoor performing arts center -- music, theatre, discussions, art and more.
America's most important Bach festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, celebrates its 83rd season in 2020 with 15 days of performances, talks and educational events. Usually begins in mid-July. The focus is not only on J.S. Bach, but also on the many artists he influenced, such as Handel, Mozart, Brahms, and more. Musicians from the around the world perform an amazing array of multiple concerts and dozens of events and multiple concerts every day. View the full schedule and buy tickets at the Carmel Bach Festival website www.bachfestival.org.
Carmel Bach Festival Offices
Mission Street
America's most important Bach festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, celebrates its 83rd season in 2020 with 15 days of performances, talks and educational events. Usually begins in mid-July. The focus is not only on J.S. Bach, but also on the many artists he influenced, such as Handel, Mozart, Brahms, and more. Musicians from the around the world perform an amazing array of multiple concerts and dozens of events and multiple concerts every day. View the full schedule and buy tickets at the Carmel Bach Festival website www.bachfestival.org.

Unique spots to check out

Moto Talbott museum in Carmel Valley, California, features more than 170 iconic, unique, and antique motorcycles from 16 countries. Located in sunny Carmel Valley 20 minutes east of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Moto Talbott Motorcycle Museum
4 E Carmel Valley Rd
Moto Talbott museum in Carmel Valley, California, features more than 170 iconic, unique, and antique motorcycles from 16 countries. Located in sunny Carmel Valley 20 minutes east of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Art Galleries

Unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry all locally hand crafted in Carmel. Carmel native Robin, with the help of her apprentice Keeza, create a constant stream of beautiful jewelry using sterling silver, semi-precious gemstones, shells and other natural materials
Robin's Jewelry Carmel-By-Sea
San Carlos Street
Unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry all locally hand crafted in Carmel. Carmel native Robin, with the help of her apprentice Keeza, create a constant stream of beautiful jewelry using sterling silver, semi-precious gemstones, shells and other natural materials
Internationally known as one of the premier galleries specializing in historically important, museum quality Early California paintings executed between 1880 and 1940. ​
William A. Karges Fine Art
6th Avenue
Internationally known as one of the premier galleries specializing in historically important, museum quality Early California paintings executed between 1880 and 1940. ​
Features some of the best Early California and American Paintings, plus contemporary works.
James J Rieser Fine Art
Features some of the best Early California and American Paintings, plus contemporary works.
Artists range from emerging to mid-career artists, most of whom live and work in the Monterey Bay Area. California Contemporary Post War Abstract Expressionism. ​
Gallery North
Artists range from emerging to mid-career artists, most of whom live and work in the Monterey Bay Area. California Contemporary Post War Abstract Expressionism. ​
Nancy Dodd's Gallery is home to the work of some of Northern California's most engaging contemporary and plein air artists. "Light and airy, open and unconfining," wrote one critic. Simply put, Nancy's imaginative collection is a must visit for all Carmel gallery-goers.
Nancy Dodds Gallery
San Carlos Street
Nancy Dodd's Gallery is home to the work of some of Northern California's most engaging contemporary and plein air artists. "Light and airy, open and unconfining," wrote one critic. Simply put, Nancy's imaginative collection is a must visit for all Carmel gallery-goers.
Specializing in the uncompromising classical darkroom craftsmanship that made Carmel-by-the-Sea world-famous for fine art photography, Photography West Gallery has been a sanctuary for artist-printed film photography since 1980.
Photography West Gallery
7th Avenue
Specializing in the uncompromising classical darkroom craftsmanship that made Carmel-by-the-Sea world-famous for fine art photography, Photography West Gallery has been a sanctuary for artist-printed film photography since 1980.
San Carlos St Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12:00-4:00pm; Closed Monday and Tuesday Tracing its roots back to the Friends of Photography, founded in 1967, Carmel's Center for Photographic Art (CPA) remains the second oldest members’ photography gallery organization in the country. A short walk from Ocean Avenue brings you to the venerable gallery launched by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Brett Weston. If you have an interest in photography and in networking with other enthusiasts and appreciators, you’ll enjoy their exhibitions, artistic-development programs, lectures, and special members’ nights. If you’d like to learn more about photographic art and collecting, consider joining CPA’s vibrant photography community by becoming a member. Exhibits change regularly so it's a great place to visit whenever in town. ​
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Center for Photographic Art
9th Avenue
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San Carlos St Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12:00-4:00pm; Closed Monday and Tuesday Tracing its roots back to the Friends of Photography, founded in 1967, Carmel's Center for Photographic Art (CPA) remains the second oldest members’ photography gallery organization in the country. A short walk from Ocean Avenue brings you to the venerable gallery launched by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Brett Weston. If you have an interest in photography and in networking with other enthusiasts and appreciators, you’ll enjoy their exhibitions, artistic-development programs, lectures, and special members’ nights. If you’d like to learn more about photographic art and collecting, consider joining CPA’s vibrant photography community by becoming a member. Exhibits change regularly so it's a great place to visit whenever in town. ​
Gorgeous California impressionist paintings of the surrounding area.
Galerie Plein Aire
Lincoln Street
Gorgeous California impressionist paintings of the surrounding area.
Founded in 1927, Carmel’s oldest gallery features the work of more than 100 professional local artists, and is dedicated to presenting only the finest work for sale by artists living on the Monterey Peninsula. The Carmel Art Association displays a wide variety of styles and media, and changes its exhibitions every month. The historic building provides exhibition space for its members’ works and in the interest of community involvement sponsors film series, lectures, concerts, and art demonstrations. The Carmel Art Association is a non-profit organization that has a long and proud heritage. Many of its early members were among the great early California artists including notables Armin Hansen, William Ritschel, Paul Dougherty, Mary DeNeale Morgan, Percy Gray, Francis McComas, E. CharIton Fortune, John O’Shea and many more. The purpose and spirit of the Association’s founding members continues today and it has retained its identity as an artist owned and operated sales gallery for over 87 years.
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Carmel Art Association
6th Avenue
7 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Founded in 1927, Carmel’s oldest gallery features the work of more than 100 professional local artists, and is dedicated to presenting only the finest work for sale by artists living on the Monterey Peninsula. The Carmel Art Association displays a wide variety of styles and media, and changes its exhibitions every month. The historic building provides exhibition space for its members’ works and in the interest of community involvement sponsors film series, lectures, concerts, and art demonstrations. The Carmel Art Association is a non-profit organization that has a long and proud heritage. Many of its early members were among the great early California artists including notables Armin Hansen, William Ritschel, Paul Dougherty, Mary DeNeale Morgan, Percy Gray, Francis McComas, E. CharIton Fortune, John O’Shea and many more. The purpose and spirit of the Association’s founding members continues today and it has retained its identity as an artist owned and operated sales gallery for over 87 years.