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Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

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Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

We stayed in Carmel last September and fell in love with the people and area. We are returning this August and wasn't sure if we should base ourselves solely in Carmel for five nights or in any of the surrounding areas.

We went as far south as Big Sur last time and never really visited Monterey but could do so from Carmel. Are there other places along the coast further south that would be worth a night stay or should we stay in the Beautiful city for the full 5 nights?

Thank you

Grover Beach, Ca
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1. Re: Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

".....Are there other places along the coast further south that would be worth a night stay ?"......

Yes! Cambria.

We call Cambria the poor man's Carmel. But don't let that deter you from researching this cute seaside town nestled in a pine forest. Cambria is close to world famous Hearst Castle and an elephant seal rookery near the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. It's also close to the scenic west side Paso Robles wine country and Morro Bay. Cambria has charming inns on Moonstone Beach Drive and several excellent restaurants for fine dining.

www.cambriachamber.org/

Big Sur refers to the 90 miles of coastline between Carmel and Cambria with lots of great sights and stops to soak in the views.

I suggest 3 nights Carmel

2 for Cambria

If you plan on returning home via SF, you can take the faster route back via the road to Paso's wine country (Hwy 46) to Highway 101 to get back to SF.

Edited: 9:19 pm, March 19, 2013
Vancouver, Canada
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2. Re: Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

Great suggestion from Kibblesmom. Hearst Castle is amazing. One of the best quotes ever.....uttered by British playwright Gerorge Bernard Shaw, when he first saw the Hearst Castle..."This is how God would have done it...if He had the money."

Consider staying in Pacific Grove instead of Carmel in that portion of your trip. Pacific Grove is a lovely little place "between Carmel and Monterey. Wonderful B&B accomodation there.

Ohio
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3. Re: Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

Wow

thank you both for the advice, I will do some research. We are flying in and out of SFO so was thinking of heading south first then Carmel on the way back

Monterey Peninsula...
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4. Re: Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

If you haven't seen much of the Monterey Peninsula beyond Carmel, you'll find plenty of things to fill multiple days. Monterey, for example, is the second oldest city on the west coast and is loaded with historic sites. And of course there is the aquarium, wharf, and several museums. Pacific Grove has a lovely shoreline, as does Pebble Beach. In the surrounding areas there are many forested parks to explore. And Carmel Valley has much to offer as well. Monterey and Carmel also have several performing arts venues to fill your evenings.

You might want to browse my website for ideas. The link is below.

-Mr. Toy

www.montereypeninsula.info

Carmel, California
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5. Re: Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

5 nights is not too long for Carmel. There's plenty to do in the surrounding area. We usually stay a week or longer. We've been up and down the coast and haven't found another location we enjoy as much.

Pacific Grove...
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6. Re: Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

Hi. You didn't mention your exact dates, but I want to warn you that the period from around August 12 or 13 through about the 19th or 20th will be crazy busy with the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance auto show and auction. It brings big crowds to the area, making lodging in the Carmel area more expensive and harder to find. If you can avoid those dates, you'll have an easier time finding lodging and won't have to fight crowds at the restaurants. Even if you do come at a different time, book your room soon because August is a very popular month here.

Edited: 7:53 pm, March 20, 2013
Ohio
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Thank you for the advice- we arrive Wed Aug 21st through Sunday the 25tb. They told us that the car show ended that Sunday prior to our arrival.

Vancouver, Canada
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8. Re: Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

There are some wonderful accomodations options around the Peninsula...but Carmel is a popular spot in August. Make your accomodation choices as soon as you can.

Some of my faves in Pacific Grove:

http://www.oldstangelainn.com/

http://www.centrellainn.com/

http://www.thesevengablesinn.com/

Carmel, California...
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9. Re: Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

Hi M-L Ohio. Glad to hear you enjoyed your last visit to Carmel. I used to live in Ohio, but moved to Carmel 5 years ago. It's hard to answer your question about staying 5 days in Carmel, or traveling down the coast a bit. Either way there are lots of things to see. It just depends on whether you want more relaxation, or more sight-seeing. If you stay in Carmel, there's so much to see in Pacific Grove and Monterey. You'd definitely fill up your 5 days.

Also, don't know if you have considered it, but you can sometimes get a vacation rental in Carmel. This would give you a 'home' for your stay. Check out Carmel Rentals at www.carmelrentals.net. You might be able to find something since you are arriving after the Concours.

Enjoy your trip!

Monterey Peninsula...
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10. Re: Carmel and surrounding areas visit this August

Just to clarify ILoveCarmelCal's post, house rentals within the city limits of Carmel are illegal for less than 30 days. The site he recommends should know the rules, and only rent homes outside the Carmel city limits. However, I have seen some inappropriate rental offerings on some national rental websites like VRBO. So if you choose that route, be cautious.

-Mr. Toy

www.montereypeninsula.info