A Quick Trip to Charming Carmel-by-the-Sea

Just a short 2-hour drive south of San Francisco, along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway and 17-Mile Drive, you’ll find the impossibly charming town of Carmel, known for its tranquil vibes and laid-back California lifestyle. Read more to find out how we’d spend the day in this quaint coastal gem, just in time for this year’s US Open at Pebble Beach.


Most people visit Carmel during the summer, although it is truly wonderful all year-round. Combine that with our love for the town and the US Open being held at Pebble Beach in just a few weeks, and putting together a travel guide was a no-brainer.

What to See & Things To Do In Carmel

First stop: Carmel Mission Bascilica. Designated as a National Historical Landmark, Mission Carmel also hosts concerts, art exhibitions, and many other community events. Enjoy a sun-filled afternoon at Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant that sits on 22 acres of lush field and garden views of Point Lobos, Carmel River Beach, and the Pacific Ocean. Before it became the acclaimed destination to celebrate special events, Mission Ranch was home to one of the first dairies in California. It was later preserved by former Carmel Mayor, Clint Eastwood. Only minutes from our Carmel store location, Mission Ranch is the perfect place to enjoy the scenery. End your afternoon watching the sunset at Carmel Beach, a must-see spot for surfing and savoring the west coast breeze.

Where to Stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea

There are plenty of wonderful Carmel lodging options that’ll make it nearly impossible to choose just one. L’Auberge is a classic, 20-room spot with European inn vibes. If you’re a fan of hidden gems, you’ll love La Playa, built in 1905 by an artist as a gift to his wife, and known as the “Grande Dame of Carmel.” The hotel recently underwent restoration, but its rustic Spanish charm remains. Traveling with a four-legged companion? The Cypress Inn is pet-friendly, which comes as no surprise considering that the late Doris Day, a famed animal lover, co-owned the Spanish-Moorish style hotel until her death. Even if you didn’t bring your dog, the inn is a dog-lover’s heaven...you’ll spend happy hour playing with Australian Shepherds and golden retrievers. The town also has plenty of AirBnb options that’ll give you a real idea of what it’s like to live in this quaint village.

Our Favorite Eats & Restaurants in Carmel

Carmel is a foodie’s dream destination, as the tiny streets of downtown are lined with restaurants. Start your day with a coffee and a quick bite and the Carmel Coffee House. Grab lunch at La Bicyclette and dine for dinner at Little Napoli. Satisfy your sugar fix and grab something sweet at Carmel Bakery or Seventh & Dolores to end your day. Regardless of your travel preferences, Carmel-by-the-Sea should be at the top of your must visit list. Fair warning, though: once you’re home, you’ll find yourself spending time figuring out how to go back and experience the casual coastal lifestyle again!

Whenever you find yourself in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and say hello to our wonderful store team and check out our newest collection.