Since the early 1900's, Carmel By The Sea was known as a center for Arts since there are many artists and art galleries located along the area and hence the cost of living in the place is high and the houses are expensive. Since Carmel has many art galleries, rich people come to Carmel to buy these exquisite pieces of art made by local artisans and due to this, they started an art and film festival occuring for 5 days once a year, usually in the Fall Month of October where many noted artist and movie celebrities and Sundance independent film people go to and participate in the festival and also buy the assorted works of art made by the local artists of Carmel.
Fondest memory: for more information on the assorted Carmel arts and Film Activites, please searched to the website below.
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Just being in Carmel is a delight. As I strolled the streets of this community I came to love it more. All the boutique shops, all those things to spend your money on, all the stuff you've never seen before.
Personally, I couldn't get enough of it.
Fondest memory: The Normandy or Tudor style architecture is eye candy for someone like me.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
Fondest memory: The second trail the ranger recommended was from a parking area near Cypress Cove. At this parking lot an information station and restrooms are conveniently located. We proceeded along a trail near the information station and followed it to Cypress Cove. Here we realized that this was not the loop trail the ranger had recommended. It was the wrong trail. But at a place like Point Lobos, can there be a wrong trail? We had taken the Old Veteran Trail, and were compensated with nice views of the cove that included an impressive cypress tree that was growing right out of the bluff above the water. We considered ourselves fortunate to have stumbled into this brief diversion from our planned course.
Fondest memory: The second trail that the ranger recommended was the Cypress Grove Trail. The trailhead is at the parking lot where the Information Station is located. After our stroll along the adjacent Old Veteran Trail, we proceed to make the loop along the Cypress Grove Trail. This trail penetrates a cypress grove named Allan Memorial Grove that clings to the coast. Then it wraps along the shore and around a point. At the north most portion of the point, we saw some whales out in the ocean. This loop proved a very pleasant trail and presented a nice balance of trees and water.
Fondest memory: 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.
Fondest memory: China Cove protects a beach that can be accessed from the Bird Island Trail. A natural arch spans the water at the cove. As the beach is much lower than the trail, one needs to descend a lengthy wooden staircase to reach the beach below. From the Bird Island Trail, China Cove presents a scenic vision.
Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In America it wasn’t really that hard to find the brand we liked, it was clearly Budweiser, popularly referred to as Bud.
Budweiser is a lager made with a proportion of rice as a substitute adjunct for barley malt. This immedaitely shows the problem for selling it in Europe as traditional brewers serve beer with only the four main ingredients (water, hops, wheat and barley). So Budweiser is not produced accoring to the German "Reinheitsgebot". But we found out that it didn’t taste distinctively different.
The Budweiser bottle is a rather familiar icon to most Americans. The bottle has remained relatively unchanged since its introduction in 1876. We liked it, but the fraze “King of all Beers” is a bid of an overstatement!
Favorite thing: Monterey Cypress & Pines which grow in abundance in Carmel are native to Central California and Cedros Island off Baja Mexico.These rare and beautiful trees thrive on fertile soil, cool climates and low coastal fog. Some of the pines have been introduced in South Africa, Australia & New Zealand for timber. But the largest and healthiest native Monterey Pine Forests are located on the Monterey Peninsula.
Favorite thing: California is full with old Spanish missions. Starting with San Diego in the south and going to the north along the coast. One of the most charming ones is the Carmel mission.
The mission was founded on June 3, 1770 by Father Junipero Serra and is called 'Mission San Carlos Borromeo'
You can find the mission a mile south of the city of Carmel on Junipero Avenue.
The history of the Mission :
San Carlos Borromeo is believed by many to be the most beautiful of all California missions. It is here that Fr. Serra made his headquarters for his California missionary work, and where he was buried upon his death in 1784. A year after its founding, the mission was moved from Monterey to a beautiful site in Carmel Valley. The Monterey site was not only inadequate for growing crops, it was a long way from where the Native Americans resided. Fr. Serra was buried in the sanctuary beside the altar in the adobe church next to his longtime friend Fr. Crespi. A few years later the current large stone church was built around the small adobe church. In 1803, upon the death of Fr. Lasuen, Fr. Serra's successor, he too was buried in the stone church.
When secularization occurred in 1834 all of the mission lands, except the church site, were sold to private parties. The great stone mission church was abandoned and for 30 years stood roofless after its collapse in 1851. Enough money was eventually raised in 1884 to build a new roof, but the steep pitch was out of place with the original design. The latest restoration, begun in the 1930's, has restored a more suitable roof, and is believed to be the most authentic restoration in the entire mission chain.
You can find much more information about the mission on this website http://www.carmelmission.org/
Favorite thing: During the winter months, the grey whales migrate south to Mexico to have their pups. It's a great time to go out and observe the marine life out here! In the summer, there are blue whales and various other whale species that migrate.
Favorite thing: After an exciting day of whale watching out at sea, we drove down from Monterey to Carmel via the 17 Mile Drive. It is everything you could imagine it to be and more!!! It was the most beautiful day for this drive! Clear blue skies and an offshore wind that swept along the coast, giving way to whitecaps in the ocean. There are several amazing points along the way and we fully took advantage of each one!! :)
A drive down scenic ave. in Carmel then park and take a stroll or have a picnic on Carmel Beach. It's safe, clean and beyond beautiful.It overlooks Pebble Beach Golf Course as well.Great surfing, whale watching, otter viewing abound.Its doggy heaven...no leash requred...however you have to clean up after your dog....its only fair
Fondest memory: Living here is a privilege.
My favortie thing about Fisherman Wharf in Carmel is that since I was a small boy to today you can find the organ grinder and monkey there.
Small children can walk up, give change and the monkey will perform little tricks, kiss you etc...
Seems hokey, but I love it. A definite Carmel tradition.
Fondest memory: What monkey isn't your friend?