Carmel-by-the-Sea wrap up… what to see + where to stay

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How do I love Carmel-by-the-Sea, let me count the ways…

  1. It’s an average of 65 degrees year round, which just happens to be my favorite temperature because hello sweater weather!
  2. Flowers are EVERYWHERE.  Flowers here bloom year round due to the climate.  Our pictures just don’t do it justice, they are everywhere!
  3. I want to move there! I dream of moving here and walking Roxy to grab coffee every morning followed by a walk on the beach.
  4. Wine!  A Wine Tasting Passport is $100 and gets you one flight at ten of the 14 participating tasting rooms.  We loved walking (stumbling) around learning about the vineyards.
  5. Dogs — This city is EXTREMELY dog friendly.  We loved dog watching.
  6. Food — So many wonderful restaurants to choose from!  I tried and loved La Bicyclette, Anton & MichelCarmel Bakery (for sweets), Vesuvio (sit on the patio).
  7. Beach — Since I live in a landlocked state, it was a treat that every morning we walked with our coffee to the beach.  It was the most dreamy way to start the day.


I hope you enjoyed all our photos from this fun trip.  For where to stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I suggest La Playa Carmel (for by the beach) and Quail Lodge & Golf Club (if you want to be closer to Carmel Valley and love to golf) — both are beautiful!  Also see this post for all of the outfits I wore while I was there.

And speaking of, the top I’m wearing below is on sale till Sunday.  It’s such a great transitional top — wear it now, wear it later.   It’s a top you’ll love going out in!

  • Karen Lester

    How fun! I love all your photos — and the lace tops.

    • You know how much I love a little lace 😉 XO

  • Natali

    Great photo diary and such a stylish outfit, your lace top is wonderful!

    • Thank you so much lovely! XO

  • Peggy Koster

    Beautiful setting and post!!!!

    • It’s just the most darling city! XO

  • Linda Joseph

    I use to live there and I miss it terribly, it will always be home to me, thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. I love your outfit, it’s so pretty and so are you!

    • I bet you do! I travel all over and instantly I fell completely in love. I can’t stop saying how charming it is because IT REALLY IS! It’s like a little dream by the ocean. Can’t wait to go again! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post — XOXO

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Your pictures are stunning and I love that top!!! We love Carmel!! Can’t wait to go back!!