In the center of picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea, two private bed and breakfasts—Monte Verde Inn and Casa de Carmel—are just a few minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. In addition to being about four blocks from the beach, the inns are surrounded by the quaint shops and restaurants of downtown Carmel. Both properties are upscale yet share a homey atmosphere. You’ll find fireplaces, expansive patios, and quiet, shaded courtyards on the premises. Whether you settle in at Monte Verde Inn or Casa de Carmel, you’re ensured individually decorated accommodations.
The serene and cozy guest rooms feature white-and-red toile linens and white pine furniture. Some rooms have honey-colored wood floors, electric fireplaces, and exposed wooden beams, whereas others have vintage French paintings on the walls and views of the courtyard. Head outside to lounge on cushioned seats in front of the fire pit. In the morning, a complimentary breakfast basket filled with juice and pastries is brought up to your room.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California: Bohemian Outpost with Boutique Shops and Wineries
Located on the California coast just a few hours south of San Francisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea is surrounded by colorful scenes, from green meadows to the blue Pacific Ocean. “If you’ve never been to Carmel-by-the-Sea,” writes Coastal Living, “picture a quiet English village along a rugged Pacific coastline.”
Quaint small town: the town is only 1 square mile and has no streetlights of numbered addresses; author Jack London once lived in the area
Outdoor activities: whale watching and kayaking in the Pacific; hiking among the redwoods at Big Sur, located 45 minutes up scenic Highway 1