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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Walking around Carmel is such a delight, the buildings are so pretty and as we were there in August, everywhere was a riot of colour with the floral displays.
In fact you can actually go on a walking tour of Carmel, seeking out all those little alleys and courtyards. Information about the walking tours is obtainable at the Visitors Centre, which is at San Carlos/5th and 6th.
Tel No. 831 624 2522
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!! :)
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.
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: Just blocks from one of the world's most beautiful beaches, in the heart of Carmel-By-The-Sea, you will find CARMEL PLAZA. A unique collection of over fifty shops and restaurants in an elegant courtyard and luscious garden setting.
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.
go on the 17-Mile Drive.... It actually leads you on a scenic tour of some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.
And the admission fee per entry? US$7. Don't let the price of admission deter you from visiting this place. It's really, really worth it!
On another note, the feeding of wildlife here (any kind of wildlife!) is RESTRICTED because it may jeopardize the safety of these wild animals and damage the landscape. So, DO NOT FEED any animals that you spot along the way!!!
check out some of the lovely houses here. Oops... sorry. MANSIONS, I mean. :-) The homes situated along the rugged coastline cost a bomb (so I heard) and since I can only afford to dream of staying here one day... I'll like to share with you a pic of my dream house! :-)) I've always been brought up to THINK BIG. So, here it is!
Fondest memory: Part of the quirkiness of Carmel-by-the-Sea is that there are no street addresses here! And properties are identified by their cross streets and locations such as three houses down on Dolores. Also, cottages are given names such as Doll House. Very amusing!