While the turtle can easily carry its home on its back, humans must choose between a hotel and staggering chiropractic bills. Take comfort in a home-away-from-home with today's Groupon: for $125, you get a one-night stay in a king room, good for up to three people on existing bedding, at the Carmel Village Inn, located in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Carmel Village Inn hosts visitors amid the scenic, seaside village of Carmel with spacious king rooms and a welcoming bottle of burgundy vintage. Wanderers luxuriously collapse onto down comforters, which are bolstered by a row of five pillows marching along the casual country headboard, or ease into full baths to transform organic bath products into soap-bubble tiaras. Come morning, chefs whip-up a breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., consisting of warm and cold dishes such as ham frittata, waffles, and sliced pineapple. Guests can dine alongside a flickering gas fireplace at clusters of wicker tables or grab a coffee or gourmet tea for a trip down Ocean Avenue to the Carmel Beach City Park for a one-on-one volleyball match.
Among Carmel's one-mile-by-one-mile grid of quaint cottages, brand-name boutiques, wine-tasting rooms, and fine-dining establishments draw everyday visitors and celebrities alike. Former mayor Clint Eastwood may amble down the streets while muttering famous one-liners under his breath, and big-name golf pros often wander in after winding down games on famous courses north of town. Nearby, coastal parks such as Point Lobos State Reserve capture crashing waves and marine fauna, such as sea otters, sea lions, and mer-cats.