We love Carmel and come every year to see in the New Year. Our favorite place to stay is the Sea View Inn. Carmel can be busy that time of year, but the Sea View is our little retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Ocean Avenue. It is a bit of a walk to town, but that's what we like about it. Take a flashlight if you are walking at night, as the street is dark and there is no sidewalk. The rooms are beautifully decorated and immaculately clean. We prefer room 6 because it has such a nice bathroom, but all the rooms are delightful. The beds are super-comfortable, with high quality linens and wonderful pillows. We always take advantage of the living room with the fireplace - such a cozy place to sit and read. Wine and hors d'oeuvres are served every afternoon at 5:00 p.m. and it is a great way to meet the other guests. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. and although it is not a hot breakfast, the food is beautifully prepared and very, very fresh. There is an assortment of cereals, along with boiled eggs, fresh fruit, and several kinds of pastries. We did not go hungry! In addition to all of this, there is Traci. She is amazing. She is the quintessential inn keeper - warm and friendly, but not intrusive. She makes you feel like family in all the good ways. We will keep coming back to the Sea View Inn, every New Year's, for as long as we can.