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1 night in Carmel

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1 night in Carmel

Hi All,

We are staying in Carmel for one day and one night at the end of July and would like to know what we should prioritise. We will be driving down from San Francisco early morning and have the whole day in Carmel, staying at the Tickle Pink Inn.

I think we will do the 17 mile drive - is that just a route along which we can stop? What else can we do in the day and where can we eat in the evening?

Thanks for all your help


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1. Re: 1 night in Carmel

The 17 Mile Drive is a toll road that loops around and winds its way through coastline, golf courses and large estates. There are several gates you can access the 17 Mile Drive from, but, honestly, you'll find better scenery in Point Lobos between Carmel by the Sea and the Tickle Pink Inn. If you're going to pay to see good scenery, then make it worth your while and opt for Point Lobos instead.

Carmel by the Sea has lots of fun shops and Carmel Beach at the end of Ocean Ave is the prettiest beach in the area.

You can also take in the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row.

The Monterey Peninsula has an abundance of fine dining. You could enjoy a formal meal at Pacific's Edge at the Highlands Inn next door to Tickle Pink or opt for something in Carmel by the Sea or Monterey.

A few additional dining options:

Carmel by the Sea: Grasing's, Anton & Michel, Il Fornaio, Rio Grill off Carmel Valley Road

Monterey: Montrio Bistro, Tarpy's Roadhouse off Highway 85 toward Salinas, The Sardine Factory, Massaro & Santos on the Coast Guard pier

Pacific Grove: Fandango, Max's Grill, Red House Cafe, Pepper's Mexicali Cafe

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2. Re: 1 night in Carmel

That is so helpful, thank you very much. I'd quite like to see Pebble Beach Golf Course while I'm there as a huge golf fan but will be sure to go to Port Lobos also.

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3. Re: 1 night in Carmel

The nice thing about the 17 Mile drive having so many gates, is that you don;t have to drive the whole thing. Part of it curves away from the coast and can be skipped. So you can enter the Carmel or Highway 1 gate, follow the coastline until the road turns inland and then either turn back toward Carmel or exit at the Pacific Grove/ Seventeen Mile Drive gate, make a left and drive along the stunning Pacific Grove/Asilomar Beach coastline toward Monterey.

I would plan something along the lines of this:

Leave SF early, drive straight to Point Lobos State Reserve (The later in the day it gets, the busier it gets), spend a few hours hiking the scenic trails (Don't worry... they're easy), double back to Carmel by the Sea for lunch at one of the pretty courtyard restaurants, browse the shops, drive down to the beach, 17 Mile Drive via the Carmel gate, exit at PG gate, drive Asilomar/PG coastline to Monterey, visit the MBA & Cannery Row, check into hotel, dinner at Pacific's Edge.

Edited: 5:20 pm, July 01, 2012
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Hi Razmo,

If your schedule permits, a drink at the Inn at Spanish Bay (on 17 Mile Drive) around sunset is wonderful. Sit by the outside fire pit and wait for the bagpiper to play (usually around 6 pm, but the time may vary in the summer). Also, downtown Carmel has so many good restaurants, but our 'go to' places are Bisto Beajulois (http://www.threecarmelrestaurants.com/) in the Carmel Plaza courtyard. Super friendly and great food or Grasing's as mentioned above.

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We really enjoyed our meals at Terry's Lounge& La Bicyclette in Carmel a couple of weeks ago. Anton & Michel is another one of our favorites. :)

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6. Re: 1 night in Carmel

You can actually see part of the Pebble Beach golf course, step on it even, without ever going on 17 Mile Drive. Just go to Carmel beach at the foot of Ocean Avenue and walk the beach to the north. Make a short climb up the bluffs and you'll be on the edge of the golf course.

-Mr. Toy


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