This little beachside town on California‚Äôs Monterey Peninsula defines ‚Äúcharming and quaint.‚Äù
With fewer than 4000 people who all want to keep the town as it is (thank you very much), it‚Äôs understandable how quaint city laws are kept on the books. These laws include not allowing high heels without a permit, not installing street lights or putting street numbers on houses, and not cutting trees to make room for new buildings‚Äîthe buildings must be built around existing trees. Tr√©s quaint.
Carmel-By-The-Sea prides itself on being a walkable seaside community. Park and walk to wine tastings, shopping, galleries, inns, restaurants (most are dog friendly with doggie menus), and the beach.
When your feet beg for a break, hop in the car and go a bit farther afield. Two nearby places not to be missed are Asilomar to check out Julia Morgan‚Äôs definitive architecture, and the Carmel Mission where the body of newly canonized Juniper Serra lies. If time permits, Point Lobos offers a close-up look at the gasp-able beauty of the jagged, wave-crashed coast and, if you‚Äôre lucky, an eyeful of whales, sea lions, or those adorable back-floating sea otters.