Hello Carmel forum,
I've never been to carmel before and we're going to be there 2 nights over new years. We are staying downtown and looking for a nice romantic but not stuffy place for dinner and then a place to spend the evening hopefully walking distance from downtown. We don't care about views since it will be dark by the time we go to dinner, and we'll be doing lots of hiking during the day. The main thing we are looking for is ambiance (something unique, rustic, romantic, great decor) and great food (a great chef or unique menu and good wines), we also love some live music but that can be a separate after dinner destination. We are a married couple in our low 30s and just want to have a fun and romantic new years together.
Let me know if you have any advice! We will be going to mission ranch for brunch one day, so prefer to keep it downtown for new years eve evening.