Carmel Village Inn

Ocean Avenue and Junipero Street, PO Box 5275, Carmel, California, 93921, United States
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by woutersn

Will travel to Carmel. Is it possible to bike
to Big Sur Lucia Lodge.? That's a nice restaurant
overlooking the Pacific? How long wil that take?

Re: carmel

by swissfondue

Hi there, just MY opinion but I wouldnt go to the effort of biking to Lucia Lodge which is quite a distance from Carmel (around 50 miles) and rather hilly by the way.

The views are nice but the restaurant is just ok. If you are after nice views of the Pacific, I think you'll find the best ones about 15 miles south of Carmel around the vicinity of the Bixby Bridge.

Re: carmel

by travelgourmet

Lucia Lodge is noted for the view, not the food. Overpriced and unimaginative in food offering. It sits about 47 miles south of Carmel-by-the-sea and by vehicle takes about 1 hour. As mentioned, the Bixby Bridge is one of the most dramatic photo shoot on Hwy 1 and is closer, only 13 miles from Carmel. Of course, if you want the long bike ride then Lucia Lodge is the distance to go. It sits after Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and can't be missed with large Lucia sign out front. Don't confuse the Julia Pheiffer Burns State Park with the Pheiffer Big Sur State Park which is much closer to Carmel-by-the-Sea. If you go past Lucia, the next area is the Limekilm State Park. Overall, the drive can be more dangerous by bike. See Road Conditions at:
To get an idea of what is in the area check out website:
Of course, Virtual Tourist members have some great tips on Big Sur:

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by Badger1492

For some really scenic views I recommend Point Lobos State Reserve. It is nearer to Carmel, but I am not sure about bike access since on the map it looks like Hwy 1 is the only connecting road. Still, it is a beautiful place.

Travel Tips for Carmel-by-the-Sea

Whalers Cove at Point Lobos

by SteveOSF

Point Lobos State Reserve at Carmel’s shore was one of my favorite things about Carmel. It is operated by the California State Park Service. When we arrived at the park, the ranger at the gate suggested three hikes that would help us best explore the reserve in the limited amount of time we had before sunset. The recommended walks would reveal the reserve’s diverse coastal scenery. The first walk suggested was at Whalers Cove. From the parking area at the trailhead, there is a nice view of the cove. We pursued the trail up some stairs and walked around Cannery Point, which provided some wonderful scenery of the rocky shore. This was a fairly short hike which rewarded us with views of the coast to the north.

Pebbles Beach (homes with privat golf-course)

by Pavlik_NL

Pebbles Beach is the exclusive domain of the richer then rich. Capital houses with golfcourses as backyard stand here next to eachother and still one has to pay an extra tol to drive over the17 miles drive through Pebbles Beach. The lonely tree maybe reflects the fact the being rich leads often to being lonely. (-:

Bird Island Trail at Point Lobos

by SteveOSF

The third trail that the ranger recommended was at the southern portion of the park. It is named Bird Island Trail. The trail traverses the rugged shoreline and looks down onto China Beach. The trial proceeds to a fork where you can either turn left towards Gibson’s Beach or continue along to the right towards Bird Island where the trail terminates. Along this trail we were treated to a nice sunset.

No Numbers

by Rixie

There are no house numbers in Carmel, which sometimes makes it difficult to find a place. Addresses are given as intersections, e.g. Ocean and Monteverde.

On our latest trip to Carmel, we were driving a rental car with a GPS. I was stymied by the first step: Enter destination address. There's probably a way to enter an intersection into a GPS, but I didn't know how and had no manual, so I chose a house number at random.

After we arrived in Carmel and were headed for our hotel, we found ourselves blocks away from the center of town, in a residential neighborhood.

"Wait, this can't be right," I said. Then I remembered. The GPS lady was correct. She was taking us to the random house number I'd selected.

Canine Friendly

by Rixie

Carmel is an extremely dog-friendly town. Almost everyone we passed was walking a dog; I felt kind of deprived because we didn't have one! One shop had dishes of water and dog treats outside the door for the benefit of its canine customers.

We even saw what seemed to be a German Shepherd (Alsatian) club: I counted nine dogs in the group. Yo, Rinty!

Do keep your dog leashed for his/her safety and that of others.


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Address: Ocean Avenue and Junipero Street, PO Box 5275, Carmel, California, 93921, United States