The Travel Diaries: Carmel-by-the-sea, California

This is probably the ultimate throwback, and it’s not even Thursday. I was editing some of my old photos last night and I came across the first batch of photos that I ever took on my Nikon D5100-my trip to Carmel back in June 2011. That combined with the fact that my travel features have proved to be my most popular posts, plus I’ve been feeling pretty inspired after spending the past week in anticipation of each new post on my friend Caras new travel blog-I decided to dedicate a post to picturesque Carmel.
Where in the world?
Carmel-by-the-sea is located in North California. It’s about two hours from San Francisco by car and 6 hours north of Los Angeles.
How do I get there?
Getting to Carmel isn’t the easiest. Despite it being a popular spot with tourist there is no bus operating between it and San Francisco. To get there we took a day tour that stopped in Carmel with Viator. The tour also included stops in Monterey and taking in the 17 Mile Drive. But unfortunately that only left about an hour and a half in Carmel. The obvious option is to rent a car and drive down-if you’re that brave.
Why should I go?

San Francisco offers visitors a lot of options, from trips to the Napa Valley, tours of Alcatraz to visiting the Giant Redwoods but in my research before my trip I was immediately taken in by Carmel’s charm. Carmel’s big claim to fame is that Clint Eastwood used to be mayor there but it’s the most picturesque town I’ve ever seen so obviously it appealed to my Disney sensibilities. Every ounce of it feels like it was carved out of a fairytale. From the whimsical cottages to the fantastic scenery there is so much to see. Carmel is also home to some unusual shops-like a year round Christmas shop and a number of other one of a kind stores. A 5 minutes stroll from the quaint shops will have you on the beech which no trip to California is complete without. Despite wearing tights that day-it was freezing even in June- I just had to dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean. If you’re visiting San Francisco the day trip is more than worth your while but if you can take and extended trip down to Carmel and stay for a night or two.

P.S check out my mams awesome interiors blog here for more on the quirky shops in Carmel


  1. February 24, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    This little town is so quaint!!! Love it!

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