This famous street in Nearby Monterey, just a few miles from Carmel By The Sea, formerly known as Ocean View Avenue, became world famous due to the Famous Novel of John Steinbeck called Cannery Row that also became a movie.
In 1958 it was renamed into Cannery Row in honor of the Novel and Film. It was before a long line of Sardine Canneries, which was the main business along the street but the last one closed in 1973. Due to the Novel and film, the place became famous and Tourism Related Activities started to pick up and the tourism related establishments like restaurant, shops, hotels, the Monterey Bay Aquarium began to sprout and many of which are located in former cannery buildings, and a few historic attractions. Some privately owned fishing companies still exist on Cannery Row, housed on piers located a short distance from the historic district frequented by tourists.
Located just next door to the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn is the Senator's Cottage. It is part of the TicklePink Inn complex, with the Cottage being the last remaining structure from the estate of Senator and Mrs. Edward Tickle. It is perfect for a honeymoon because you have practically an entire house to yourself....basically a small cottage. Included inside are two bedrooms, a kitchenette, living room with fireplace, and dining room. I did not go inside it, but instead I peeked into the windows (it was UN-occupied....lol) and walked around the grounds. There is a small private patio, perfect for sitting and gazing out on the Pacific Ocean below. It is a gorgeous view from this patio and / or the cottage. Isolated in the hillside among lots of trees, this cottage makes a perfect honeymoon escape. Mid-December 2011 rates were quoted around $439 to $ 599 per night. Prices of course change with season and yearly.
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Drive along the coastline away from the broad whites sand beach and you will discover some beautiful rocky points. It is not only scenic but fun to climb on the rocks and explore the little nooks & crannies for sea life, shells and native plants.
The Carmel Mission was founded in 1771 by Father Junipero Serra. The first mission church in California to be built from stone, this beautiful old church does not disappoint.
The church was in session when we visited, and a hushed, peaceful atmosphere surrounded the old building-inside and out. Beautiful dark wooden pews, polished to perfection, shone in the light of the overhanging chandeliers.
The gardens surrounding the church were in full bloom. One can see the cell that Junipero Serra lived in, and he is buried within the church grounds.
The church building is considered the most authentically restored Franciscan mission. The courtyard and gardens are peaceful places to meditate or rest.
Self-guided tours are available. Admission to the grounds and mission is $5 for adults,
There is also a museum within the grounds, which gives information and photographs of the Monterey Peninsula and other Francescan missions. Good photo history of the restoration of the Mission.
Museum shows visitors what Mission San Carlos Borromeo was like during different eras through displays, and allows them to see the cell where Junipero Serra lived and died.
Entrance donations ($5 adult, $4 senior, $1 child) go to the restoration of the mission. The Carmel Mission's museum is open Monday through Saturday 9:30am-5pm and Sundays, 10:30am-5pm.
For the most extensive view of the area, visit Jacks Peak, located in a county park just minutes from downtown. From the top - which is easy to reach from the park's parking lot - you can take a .8 mile walk and see wonderful vistas in all directions, giving unobstructed views of Monterey Bay to the north, Carmel and the ocean to the south, and Carmel Valley to the east. There are miles of other hikes here, along with trails for horses and biking. The park also has one of California's last remaining stands of Monterey Pine forest.
The last time we were in Carmel, there wasn't much surf -- maybe three-foot breaks -- but there were quite a few optimistic surfers out in the water.
Since Northern California waters are chilly, you'll need a full wetsuit like this surfer girl...and maybe add neoprene booties and a cap.
Be aware that there is an undertow here -- see Warnings and Dangers.
There were several fisherfolk who had set up their gear by the water's edge. I talked to one man, who said that he catches mostly surfperch. However, he said he wasn't expecting to catch much that day because there were too many people and animals around.
He still seemed to be having a good time. :)
Though technically in the Carmel Valley. Earthbound farms,( you may have seen their name on raisins at Whole Foods or lettuce and other organic produce.) Has been a working organic farm for 25 years. They also have a produce store and a little restaurant. They have picnic tables where you can sit and eat .And all the while you are surrounded by lavender and other fragrant flowers and herbs to,from the herb garden. You'll want to take some home when you've seen all the lovely,fragrant sprigs on the table.
The Monterey peninsula and Carmel area are extremely well known for the beautiful scenery along the coastline. Here there is a unique interaction between rugged rocks, noble trees, rough waters and open sky. Everyone knows about the fabled 17 mile drive, with its homes for the rich and $10 entrance fee for less wealthy tourists. But don't be put off by this. The coast drive from Monterey to Asilomar is free and as beautiful as can be. The drive south from Carmel, through the Carmel Highlands and down to Big Sur is also phenomenal. The thing to do is take the time to detour whenever you want. Little hikes are available along the way. A favorite spot for us is Andrew Molero State Park, just as you begin to enter the Big Sur area. This park has great coastal walks and a nice little beach.
The photo is from the Carmel Highlands area.
The 17 Mile Drive is a scenic route that runs from Monterey to Carmel. Starting in Pacific Grove, the road follows the Pacific Coast line, through the exclusive Pebble Beach area and then loops back via the Del Monte Forest.
We only drove the most scenic section (around 10 miles) from the Pacific Grove Gate to the Carmel Gate. The cost to enter the area was $9.50 per car (Sep 2008), but we felt the lovely coastal scenery certainly made it worthwhile. Upon entry, you will be given a useful map which highlights the main points of interest along the way.
We stopped to look at Bird Rock, home to shorebirds and also seals and sea lions, and enjoyed the coastal views from Cypress Point Lookout. Speaking of Cypresses, we saw the 'Lone Cypress', which has been sitting alone on its rocky perch for over 250 years. We also saw the Ghost Tree, and went for a wander at Pescadero Point.
The most exciting thing we saw, from Alex's point of view anyway, was a glimpse of the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Course, which he dreams of playing at one day.
So this isn't completely Carmel, it runs from Asilomar to Carmel, mostly through Pebble Beach. To drive the entire 17 miles is windy and gets a little bit boring. The route used to run along the coastal road in Pacific Grove. When Pebble Beach closed it up, they wanted to keep the name "17 Mile Drive" so they made it loop through the hills, into the woods and behind the hospital. If you're going to drive it, save the time and stay along the coast.
The drive now costs $9.25 (as of 4 August 2008) per car. Take your receipt to one of the Pebble Beach resorts and treat yourself to a snack and some drinks and you can get the price of the drive knocked off your bill.
Along the drive, you'll see the Lone Cypress, the Ghost Tree, Stillwater Cove, Bird Rock and (my favorite) the Restless Seas. You'll also pass the famous golf courses of Pebble Beach and depending on the time of year, may see a tournament being played.
Carmel is an art mecca. If you know art, you already know this. If you are a general tourist or traveler, you may want to know what the buzz is about. Of the many galleries willing to show their goods and hopefully make a sale, one I think that well represents the historical significance of the Monterey area artists scene is Trotter Gallery. Even if you are only casually interested in art, this is worth stopping in to see. There is some prosaic and even tacky material for sale in Carmel, but here you will see only good stuff.
This area had an important and vibrant art colony in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Artists in the Monterey Peninsula Art Colony produced beautiful quality paintings that reflected the spirit, beauty and freedom of California that attracted bohemians and artists. In these paintings you will see how artists recreated on canvas the light, water, land and foliage that make the Monterey Peninsula uniquely beautiful.
Trotter has two galleries, on in Carmel and another in Pacific Grove. Both deserve a visit.
The Carmel Mission was constructed in the late 1700s as part of the chain of California Missions founded by Father Junipero Serra. Although first established in nearby Monterey, the Mission was moved after one year to be closer to the Carmel River and its abundance of fresh water. The California Missions were about one day’s travel from each other so that a traveler could reach the next one by nightfall. With an original intent of converting the Native American Indians to Catholicism, unfortunately some Indians did experience some harsh treatment as a result of the Mission System.
The Mission is still an active parish and is open to the public to explore. The old church is impressive and definitely worth a look inside. The Mission contains a museum and various other historical displays within its grounds.
To enter the Mission grounds, go through the visitors' center. We visited the Mission on a Sunday, and as masses were conducted throughout the day, no admission was charged. Donations, however, were appreciated.
In 1769 the Spanish priest Father Junipero Serra set off on an expedition with Gaspar de Portola to found missions in New Spain (California). His main motivation was to Christianize the natives & to make them loyal subjects of Spain. San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission is the 2nd in a chain of 21 missions located along the El Camino Real (the Royal Hwy in Spanish) from San Diego to Sonoma. They are spaced about 30 miles apart from each other or 1 days journey on foot or horseback. The Mission in Carmel was Father Serras favorite. He served as Presidente of the Missions there, died there & is buried there under the floor of the church.The Mission was founded in 1770 & is one of the oldest Spanish styled buildings in California.
Enjoy a beautiful drive around the historic 17 mile coast. Entry can be made from one of 5 gate entrances. Plenty of picnic areas, points of interest, golf courses, restaurants, hotels and photo ops are available. This is also the home of the very famous Pebble Beach Golf tournament which opened in 1919! Be sure and check out the lone cypress as well. This beautiful cypress has survived over 250 years in this location.
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