Weekend Guide to Carmel

Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF

 

For an easy weekend trip from San Francisco, drive two hours south and pull off Highway 1 into Carmel-by-the-Sea, a charming town just north of Big Sur. With a calm breeze blowing off the ocean, sun-kissed sand, and bright blue waters, Carmel is a town of fairy-tale cottages, boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. You can head into the nearby hills and Carmel Valley for wine tasting experiences, or just stay in town and soak in the charm.

 

Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF
Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF - flowers
Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF
Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF - homes across from the beach

Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF - homes in carmel by the sea
Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF - homes right on the ocean

Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF see
Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF

Visit La Bicyclette in Carmel California - pizza and pink bubbles are perfect, The Taste SF
explore the boutiques - Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF

 

La Bicyclette

For lunch or dinner, stop into La Bicyclette, a European bistro. When we visited, we had the perfect lunch of pizza, salad, and a split of Ferrarri Rose bubbles (seen more here). Then head to the ocean for a walk on the beach.

 

Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF relax at the beach
Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF flowers by the ocean

Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF - walk along the beach

 

Beach

Spend some quality time relaxing by the sea. This beach reminds us of the Amalfi Coast with giant rocks jutting out of the ocean and clear blue waters. Make sure you bring a light sweater; this isn’t a sunbathing spot, but don’t let the cool breeze stop you from getting your toes in the sand.


Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF - take a bike for a ride around the city
Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF - ocean

Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF

 

Where to Stay

For the cutest boutique hotel in Carmel, you’ll want to head to L’Auberge Carmel. Just down the street, you will find their shop Luca, the perfect place for European sandwiches, charcuterie, and imported Italian products.

 

Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF - dogs on the beach
houses in carmel by the sea - whale gate - Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF
Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF - flowers
Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF the cheese shop

 

Cheese Shop

Head to The Cheese Shop to find cheese for the perfect picnic by the ocean. The original Cheese Shop was founded in 1973, and their selection is phenomenal. They also have a wonderful selection of wines too.

 

wine tasting - Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF
Weekend Guide to Carmel from The Taste SF - tasting rooms in carmel

 

Wine Tasting

If you want to stay in town, many wineries from the nearby Carmel Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands have tasting rooms in downtown Carmel. You can just walk from one to the other, so you don’t need to worry about driving. We recommend Wrath, Carmel Road, and Silvestri tasting rooms to start. Then branch out from there depending on how much time you have. Wrath was one of our favorites, and is conveniently located just next door to The Cheese Shop!

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1 Comment

  1. great article! i spent my honeymoon in Carmel by the Sea.
    your article makes me want to go back for our 10th anniversary!

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