"Whaler's Cove"

Whaler’s Cove in Point Lobos

I wrote about Carmel for Uptake this week from an “almost local’s perspective.”  My mom and dad have lived there for over twenty years, my husband and I were married in Carmel and I visit often.  I’m what you’d call a “wannabe” local.  Don’t get me wrong; I love my hometown in Contra Costa County, but someday I’d like to live in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Carmel, California – An Ideal Roadtrip for Bay Area Residents

Home to Clint Eastwood, Dorris Day and Betty White, this picturesque village is frequented by the newlywed and the nearly dead.  It’s a great place to visit with a special someone and with the cost and hassle associated with flying these days, Carmel is an ideal destination for the Bay Area roadtripper.

Sunshine in Carmel Valley, California

My favorite place to stay was the Cobblestone Inn, formerly owned by Four Sisters Inns. (Has anyone stayed there since the changing of the guard in April of 2008? ) My new favorite restaurants are Bistro 211, located in the Carmel Crossroads shops and Basil in downtown Carmel, between Ocean & 7th.  The Thai short ribs, braised in a sweet & spicy barbecue sauce, served over scallion mashed potatoes are to die for.

I mention a host of other things to  see and do in Carmel from a  local’s perspective over on the  UpTake blog.  UpTake, a travel search engine, was launched in May 2008 but has since been purchased by Groupon.

What are your favorite things to do in Carmel, California?

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