As much as I love Pinterest’s assistance in planning weekends away, I get a little impatient with all the wordy reviews. Just tell me where to go.
Thus I give you;
The basics; that cute fairy-tale looking town which you see all over Pinterest. About 2 hours drive down from San Francisco and 6 hours north from LA. Breath taking views, amazing restaurants and picturesque houses all on the California coast. Sold.
Stay here. The quaintest most well considered guest house we’ve stayed. Open fire places in all the rooms, completely dog friendly and they left us a basket full of treats on Easter Sunday. If the home baked quiches for breakfast and freshly made cookies which you can help yourself to AT ANY TIME don’t seal the deal I don’t know what will.
Get your picnic from here. Although there’s shed loads of restaurants to explore, grab a fresh made sandwich and cake from the village bakery which you can enjoy right on the beach (they also serve Starbucks if you’re wondering where people get the cups from).
Walk along here to see all the pinterest worthy houses and then discover and contemplate life here on the quieter less touristy beach (note; swimming not recommended on any of the Carmel beaches due to strong tides).
Shop here. This quaint little shopping court was a new discover for us. Favourites like J Crew, Anthropology mixed in with independent retailers and boutiques.
Try out the cheese and wines here. The staff are super friendly and eager to make you taste the merchandise. Grab some cheese and crackers and then head upstairs to the balcony to enjoy under all the fairy lights.
Get your sugar fix here. Free samples anyone?
Eat here on the fairy light lit terrace (the lamb kebabs are uh-mazing) or sit outside and enjoy the live music and cocktails here. For the appeal of the adult only courtyard dining space alone also try here.
Unwind here. Phones are banned and there is a strict silence policy which makes the experience even more relaxing. Plus you don’t have to talk to anyone. Visit just before sunset to miss the masses and make the most of the outdoor fire pits.
Visit here. Even if you’re not a golf fan. The views are spectacular, as are the houses which line the course. Have a drink in the club house and pretend you’ve just finished a round.
Driving down the one from San Francisco? Make a pit stop in Santa Cruz to explore the boardwalk or Capitola to grab a snack. Avoid the massive queues for pizza along the front and visit here. The home-made sauerkraut is a must.