Living in California certainly has its perks with the endless options of sightseeing, ocean views, mountain ranges, vineyards and so forth. We’ve tried to make efforts to see as much as we can up & down the coast, but it’s always helpful when I have family visiting as they’re more inclined to push me to make it happen. Thanks to my Mom for planning a girls trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, I was finally able to venture north and spend some quality time seeing this quaint, majestic town nestled on one of the prettiest parts of the west coast.
In the past 5 years or so I’ve noticed that I get motion sickness quite easily and therefore am not particularly fond of road trips. This does not bode well when taking a road trip to Carmel. If you’ve never been there before, it should be a “must do” on your travel bucket list. One of the most alluring parts of this area of the coast is the remarkable drive along Pacific Coast Hwy 1. Although it has FAR TOO MANY turns for my liking and you’re driving just mere feet away from a very steep drop off, it’s a view unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
We tend to camp up this way in Big Sur so I’ve taken this drive numerous times & would rather take the faster, straighter route, but since my Mom was visiting I obliged to take her the scenic way. There are plenty of turn-offs to take a quick break and grab picture after picture of coastline and ocean blue waters for as far as the eye can see. Plan on taking your time through this passage as there is no option to speed through it!
After a nice long journey, our first stop was wherever they were serving wine! This is wine country so plan on taking full advantage of tastings in the area’s abundance of wine tasting rooms. Our visit was to The Coastview Vineyard in Carmel Village. I was immediately in love simply due to the aesthetics of the place. It matches the decor of my home, complete with the reclaimed barnwood and galvanized finishes.
Once I finally got done oogling the design of the tasting room, I got down to business with my first wine flight. In all honestly, there wasn’t a single wine I didn’t enjoy. Now that could of been simply because I was famished from the drive, but I was impressed with the offerings so much so that I purchased my first bottle, a Rosé of Syrah, that would be coming home with me from the trip!
As the dog lover that I am, I couldn’t help but take a picture of the tasting room mascot, Scarlett! Just the cutest little pup ever that was so friendly and just wanted any bits of your attention that you could spare from your wine tasting.
Onwards to checking in to our hotel. If you didn’t know this already about Carmel, but they are an extremely dog-friendly community. Most everything you want to do, you’re pooch can come along with. Thus, we ended up staying at the Cypress Inn which is partly owned by the beloved Doris Day and Dexie was certainly welcomed with open arms (complete with a doggy blanket in the room!).
When we did venture out it was to meander amongst the shops and restaurants in the main part of town or to head out to take the 17-mile coastal scenic drive that takes you through the infamous Pebble Beach.
After our 2-night stay we took our time heading back home along the Pacific Coast Hwy. This time stopping to take longer breaks (apparently Dexie isn’t fond of all the turns either) and to walk through some of the cute towns along the way. We even stopped to check in on the hundreds of seals chilling on the beach near Hearst Castle.
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