Thursday, July 22, 2010

my favorite things.... vacation edition

i always go on and on about the time i spend in carmel california. seeing as i often discuss my favorite things on this blog, i thought it only fitting to introduce you to this wonderful town (if you haven't already had the pleasure).

a little background...
Carmel-by-the-Sea, usually called simply Carmel, is a small town in Monterey County, California, founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1916. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, the town is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. In 1906, the San Francisco Call devoted a full page to the "artists, poets and writers of Carmel-by-the-Sea," and in 1910 it reported that 60 percent of Carmel's houses were built by citizens who were "devoting their lives to work connected to the aesthetic arts." Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and the town has had several mayors who were poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director Clint Eastwood, who was mayor for one term, from 1986 to 1988.

The town is known for being "dog-friendly", with numerous hotels, restaurants and retail establishments admitting guests with dogs. Carmel is also known for several unusual laws, including a prohibition on wearing high-heel shoes without a permit, enacted to prevent lawsuits arising from tripping accidents caused by irregular pavement. These laws, however, are currently not enforced.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is located on the Pacific coast, about 330 miles north of Los Angeles and 120 miles south of San Francisco. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 4,081.

a few photos to ooooh and ahhhh over...
the beach...

ocean avenue and the shopping

the cottages...
the mission (where my hubby and i said "i do")...
dan and i leaving the carmel mission as husband and wife!

there you have it... carmel by the sea. it's so much better in person! hoped you enjoyed my brief tour and i also hope this inspires you to visit. it's totally worth it! promise,


  1. Most definitely ohhing and ahhing!

  2. Wow! What a wonderful place! and, to have gotten married there. Thanks for sharing. It is on my lists of places to visit now. :)

  3. Oh man, are you serious? What a beautiful place! I think the shops are even more tempting than the beach...maybe...