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- 17-Mile Drive17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953recommended 17-Mile DriveThis is a very spectacular drive through great villas and a very tidy lanscape, built by th man but completly under nature strength. It occurred it was a windy day when we drove through It and I was ... read morerelly astonished by colours and the sea strength.Recommended for:Manuela Nadin
There was a kind of storm the day I was there... really impressive.recommended 17-Mile DriveIts a beautiful drive with great views of both coast and homes! Lots of coast and waves and possibly wild life to see. You could pull over and walk around or better yet, rent a bike from up north in ... read morePacific Grove and ride down though I must mention that it is not for the faint of heart. Be forewarned if its a super beautiful day you may be in a long line of people who are also vying for some scenic time. Though I think they now charge for you to go through there and I used to get by with pretending to go visit a guest at one of the hotels strewn along the path. However I think they are now on to me and no longer let people in willy-nilly like. ;DRecommended for:JohnMichael
you could possibly walk it or rent bikes and travel down from pacfic grove.
- Heller Estate Organic Vineyards, Tasting Room69 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924recommended Heller Estate Organic Vineyards, Tasting RoomFun place to wine taste. Unique because Heller produces certified organic wines.Recommended for:Colby Goff
If you're looking for a fun afternoon of wine tasting head to Carmel Valley Village and start at Heller and from there you can walk to 4 or 5 additional tasting rooms. Just get a driver.
- The Restaurant at Mission Ranch26270 Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923recommended The Restaurant at Mission RanchFull, fun atmosphere with a piano player and terrific drinks. Lots of locals hang out here and it's always festive. I haven't tried the food.Recommended for:Colby Goff
Mission Ranch is a good spot to hit one night even if you eat dinner somehwere else beforehand.
- Cantinetta LucaDolores Street between Ocean and 7th, Carmel, CA, United Statesrecommended Cantinetta LucaRecommended for:
- Nepenthe48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
recommended Carmel BeachIts a wonderful beach at the end of the walk from downtown carmel. Mind you its a downward slope so dont let gravity take you away and get into the mind set that you have an incline getting back from ... read morethere however it's worth the effort. Further note is that the beach itself is at the bottom of another incline/decline from the parking lot to the water. But you can stay at the top and just take in the view and the fresh ocean air. There's a couple of gnarled trees that seem to fit perfectly the rear of your pants and you can sit and let time pass you by. If you're lucky you can find a branch large enough for two. Otherwise there is more than enough sand-estate for you to sit anywhere.Recommended for:JohnMichael
I dont know what the weather will be like but its a nice walk from downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea...
- Rocky Ridge & Soberanes Canyon TrailsHwy 1 Carmel, CA 93923, USArecommended Rocky Ridge & Soberanes Canyon TrailsSingle best day hike in the world. Period. Starting at the beach, you trek into a canyon lined with cacti, followed by riparian woodland and then a magnificent coastal redwood forest. From there, you ... read morerise sharply into the broad, open Santa Lucia highlands, with views of the Pacific coast like none other. This can be a semi-rigorous venture, but it's extremely convenient to the Monterey peninsula and the views are worth their weight in gold. Try to reach the lookout bench for sunset and bring a bottle of wine!Arlo Hemphill
The Rocky Ridge and Soberanes Canyon trails is a loop trail that I consider the best day hike anywhere - in the whole world! Aside from the lovely beach, it's really the only infrastructure that one can visit inside of Garrapata State Park. The trail, if you do the whole loop, goes through every California ecosystem imaginable - rocky coastline, riparian woodland, redwood forest, chapparal and montane grasslands with views of the Pacific that will have everyone on Gogobot dropping their jaws and wishing they were with you and your mom!
- Garland Ranch Regional Park700 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, Californiarecommended Garland Ranch Regional ParkOne of my favorite hiking areas in the Monterey area. It's just a few miles up the sunny Carmel Valley and rises steeply into the Santa Lucia mountains and into the Ventana Wilderness. There are ... read morenumerous hiking and horse trails, and a great variety of inclines and distances for all fitness levels and time frames. Trails lead primarily through oak forest on the front side, but the park also hosts coastal redwood canyons, coastal prairie, riparian woods, vernal pools and even a few permanent ponds and a lake. The Carmel River flows through the Park and is usually a beautiful and refreshing clear water brook. The park is also a popular dog walking and recreation area for local residents.Arlo Hemphill
Garland Ranch is great place to go on a scenic day hike in Carmel Valley. It's only 10 minutes or so from downtown Carmel and is a municipal park that would make most towns cry in envy. The park borders with the Ventana Wilderness, so the very tame and organized trail system that you find at the park's entrance actually extends far into the backcountry. There are a number of trails that can be done in 2-4 hours, but the option is there for much longer trips into redwood canyons and uninhabited valleys.
- Baja Cantina7166 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923recommended Baja CantinaThis is by far my favorite Mexican restaurant in Central California. Great food, great drinks and an atmosphere that cannot be beat. I say Mexican, but the only thing Mexican about this place is the ... read moremenu - and at that they excel - but the decor is a welcoming hodgepodge of automobile memorabilia in an atmosphere reminiscent of ski lodge-cantina fusion. The outdoor deck is awesome and live music is featured there regularly. Best of all, unlike the nearby Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Valley nights are often comfortably warm (HINT: Looking to escape the fog bank chill in Monterey - come here!). The food is an excellent mix of Mexican and American classics, with a good dose of innovation mixed in. Try the rosemary chicken burrito - it's to die for.... And the margaritas, well, they're a little on the pricey side, but go down like liquid gold, and can be ordered in 12 oz, 24 oz or in large pitchers [DANGEROUS...]. Love this place!Arlo Hemphill
If you like the outdoors and good food, you'll love Baja Cantina. Situated in the (usually) sunny Carmel Valley, they feature Cal-Mex food in a fun, eclectic pub setting. There is a very large outdoor deck and on the weekends you'll often find live music. The burritos are outrageously good and the setting is amazing - at the edge of mountains bordering the Ventana Wilderness.
- Forge in the Forest Restaurantsouth west corner 5th avenue Junipero Street, Carmel, CA, United States
- Casanova Restaurant5th Avenue, Carmel, CA, United States
- Point Lobos State Natural ReservePoint Lobos, Carmel, CA 93923
- NewgrangeNewgrange, Co. Meath, Ireland