Downtown Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea

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    Art Galleries

    by machomikemd Written May 8, 2012
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    Like what I've said in my previous tips, Carmel By The Sea Became Famous in the early 1900's as artists started flocking here to make their works of art among the romantic beaches and the view of the famed Monterey Cypress Trees and at present, It has more than 100 art galleries located in the one square mile area that caters to all kinds of art like paintings, sculptures, canvass, film, trinkets and more and has all types of budget from the cheap to the uber expensive collector art pieces. For art admirers, the artistic creations in Carmel-by-the-Sea provide tough competition for the spectacular beaches, oceans of flowers, and abundant Cypress trees-all bathed in Pacific breezes.

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    Quaint Art and Shopping Hamlet

    by machomikemd Written May 8, 2012
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    Carmel By The Sea is just a Small Hamlet in the Monterey County Area but it packs a punch since it has a lot of Art Galleries, Shops, Strip Malls located in the small downtown area which you can walk though and the area boast of more than 100 art galleries located in the roughly one square mile downtown area where you can buy assorted works of art by the artists. Carmel also has a number of Bed and Breakfast inns for the weary traveller. It is also close to the famous Pebble Beach and Monterey and Pacific Grove and is the gateway to the Scenic Part of the Ca Highway One to the Romantic Central Coast of California.

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    Evening Entertainment in quaint Carmel

    by SONG Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    You could almost say they "roll up the streets in Carmel at night" but that is not entirely
    true. It IS a quiet little village with not a lot of high powered entertainment at night.
    Most folks probably begin the evening with a stroll along the beach and catch the sunset.
    The homes along the street are always beautiful and most owners seem to know that
    the visitors love to see the inside of the home, if at all possible. No, they don't invite you inside.......wish, wish, wish. But, many homes have ample lights turned on so that you can
    catch a glimpse of the interior. Afterwards, most people simply go to a favorite restaurant and have a nice meal for the rest of the evening. There is also a small theatre for current movies.
    And nearby Monterey frequently offers concerts and plays at evening performances. While I was there, the music from Phantom of the Opera was being performed.

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    The "Winters" of my content

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 4, 2011

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    There's so much packed into such a relatively small area here I was amazed. 58 galleries in the space of nine blocks! I was into gallery overload.
    The first one I really went into was Winters. Sometimes in life you have experiences that you cherish; this was such an experience. We wandered in unannounced and were engaged fairly soon in conversation which led to the best cup of tea we had in American served in quality crockery and silverware; the sort of circumstances to which I could become addicted to.
    They also spend half their year in France where they have another gallery but, let's face it, the love of Joan and Jerry is their poodle; ever present, ever pampered and named, as you'd expect, Monet.
    Having a 5 minute conversation without numerous references to the dog can be quite difficult.
    Their gallery had a wonderful eclectic selection of quality works and I was delighted to just have been exposed to them for however short a time.
    The building itself used to be the local theatre and is historic in its own right.
    After about 3/4 of an hour there it was time, regrettably, to leave.

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    Weston Gallery

    by iandsmith Written Jul 4, 2011

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    Ahh, photography, something I am definitely interested in and here, right before me, were prints of the famed Ansel Adams, not to mention at least three other photographers whose works were of such significance that they had all be recorded in print in "coffee table" books.
    I was salivating over all the works on show here and the prices indicated on them reflected the quality of the works. The cheapest Adams' I saw there was a mere $23,000 and they ranged to $60,000 except for one that was labelled P.O.A. As I have often said the past, "If you have to ask, you can't afford it". I didn't ask.

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    Shops and art galleries of Carmel

    by SONG Updated Jan 3, 2011

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    You will find unique and interesting shops and art galleries throughout Carmel. Ocean Avenue is the main street of town, running east and west and ending at the bottom of the hill at the beach. Many side streets running north to south also have shops and art galleries which sell items not seen in the average hometown.
    Many of the art galleries contain works of world-famous artists such as Richard MacDonald, whose art gallery is Dawson Cole located at the corner of Lincoln and Sixth. One of my good friends is his sister and she specifically asked me to stop by his gallery to see his works. Unfortunately, he was not in the gallery that day but was at his studio in Monterey. Maybe next time. The custom in Carmel is to not have numbers on the residences and businesses but to just give a location such as above. Take several hours to stroll the streets and visit as many shops, art galleries, etc as you can. Of course, if you need a little refreshment while whiling your time away, there are always yummy ice cream shops, bakeries, and parks to satisfy you.

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    Shops and art galleries of Carmel

    by SONG Written Jan 1, 2011

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    You will find unique and interesting shops and art galleries throughout Carmel. Ocean Avenue is the main street of town, running east and west and ending at the bottom of the hill at the beach. Many side streets running north to south also have shops and art galleries which sell items not seen in the average hometown.
    Many of the art galleries contain works of world-famous artists such as Richard MacDonald, whose art gallery is Dawson Cole located at the corner of Lincoln and Sixth. The custom in Carmel is to not have numbers on the residences and businesses but to just give a location such as above. Take several hours to stroll the streets and visit as many shops, art galleries, etc as you can. Of course, if you need a little refreshment while whiling your time away, there are always yummy ice cream shops, bakeries, and parks to satisfy you.

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    Shop 'Til You Drop

    by Rixie Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    Part of the fun in Carmel is wandering around and browsing through the shops. Some are chains, like J. Jill and Anthropologie, and others are quirky independent stores.

    Most of them are way above my price range, but it doesn't cost anything to look. And you never know... you might find that special gift you've been searching for. :)

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    Downtown Carmel

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jul 12, 2008

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    Downtown Carmel centers on Ocean Avenue, just one mile from Highway 1 and about 1/2 mile from the beach. This area is packed full of expensive shops, restaurants, tiny hotels, and more, all with a very quaint and historic feel. Carmel has always been known for its art, and the downtown area has dozens of shops with paintings, crafts, and antiques. I really enjoyed the quiet and picturesque alleys, courtyards, and gardens as well as the amazing architecture and fancy cars.

    I've also stopped at Clint Eastwood's old bar called the Hogsbreath Inn, as well as the Jack London Inn, the Flying Fish Grill, Tommy's Wok, Katy's Place, A.W. Shucks Oyster Bar, Brophy's Tavern, and numerous shops and galleries.

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