A wannabe Carmel resident

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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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6 Responses to “A wannabe Carmel resident”

  1. Alison says:

    Great information on Carmel. I drive through to Big Sur all the time, but have not explored Carmel at all(you don’t see much of it from HWY 1)….now I see that it has a TON to offer…..in beauty/restaurants/atmosphere/shopping/etc.!

  2. Nancy says:

    Hi Alison,I’m glad you enjoyed the Carmel article. There are new restaurants opening in and around Carmel all the time. I often hesitate to share the Carmel Valley sunshine secret, but what the heck, it’s nice to share the love I have for the gorgeous area.

  3. Dorothea says:

    Carmel is for the newly wed and the nearly DEAD! Sorry but this place average age is 80plus. I have never seen so many old MAD people and LONELY! They love their pets and that’s it! Sorry this place is the most artificial I have ever seen.
    I admit that the nature is beautiful and the beach too, but the rest… :-(

  4. @Dorothea
    It’s true, Carmel residents do love their pets and, unfortunately, it is such an expensive place to live, that only the wealthy can afford Carmel. Still, I would like to live there some day.

  5. Hello Nancy,
    I found your site by poking around looking at what visitors to the Monterey Peninsula might find. I like your suggestions, it looks like you are having fun when you come to visit your family.
    I am wondering if you would like to come along on one of my walking tours and get an insiders view of our local treasures. You can check out the website at calegacytours.com, there is a section about myself and my tours. Reviews on Tripadvisor might be of help as well. I would love to help you add more content to your travel blog.
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Monica

  6. @Monica
    Thanks for the invite to take part in one of your walking tours. I’ll try to be in touch on my next visit to Monterey county.

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