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