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Stay in Carmel or Carmel-By-the-Sea

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Stay in Carmel or Carmel-By-the-Sea

Want to escape for my wife's birthday in early November, around Nov 1. Wondering about places to stay, not break the bank, weather that time of year and sightseeing in the area. Will rent a car to get around. Scenic drives, etc. Also, if I want to extend to another area, any recomondations Thanks for the help. Also, where doees one fly into?


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1. Re: Stay in Carmel or Carmel-By-the-Sea

The best way to do this would be to use the Carmel Hotels link and put in your dates and see prices. You can also look at hotels B&Bs in Pacific Grove or Monterey. One of the things about visitors and forum members is that everyone has different banks so it is best to look at what is available and decide. If you need specific help, please post your budget and folks can help

Carmel valley, Carmel Highlands, Carmel town are just very close to each other and carmel town has plenty of shops and restaurants to walk to

When you say you want to extend to another area, how many days do you have ? Many may want to go to Cambria and spend a day as they drive along the Big Sur. Others may want to visit Santa Cruz. And others may think it is more fun to visit San Francisco.

Airports -- SJC would be the largest airport close and then SFO and OAK. United has non-stops if you are interested but there are others as well that serve this area.

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2. Re: Stay in Carmel or Carmel-By-the-Sea

Weather in early November should be quite nice. Sometimes even warm-ish but definitely cool in the evenings. While it's the beginning of rainy season it's rare to get much early in the month.

Carmel and Carmel-by-the-Sea are the same place. But on the peninsula is also Monterey and Pacific Grove. For your purpose I'd stay either in Carmel or Pacific Grove.

Agree with above (whatever his name his today!), if you have the time, take a day to drive down Highway 1, through Big Sur and stay in Cambria. You can come back through Paso Robles, perhaps stop at a winery or two and return via Highway 101.

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A very nice, reasonably priced hotel in downtown Carmel is The Normandy Inn on Ocean Ave. We have stayed here a few times. It is right in the heart of Carmel and the rooms are very pretty and clean. They have an outdoor heated pool and breakfast is included with your room, served in a spacious breakfast room.

www.carmelcalifornia.com is a nice website for this area. :)

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You will want to stay in Carmel-By-The-Sea. It has been years since we happily stayed twice at Normandy Inn. A couple years ago we stayed at Tradewinds which was also nice. Would have liked to stay at Cypress Inn but it was not available for our last trip and is somewhat pricier than other options.

www.carmelcalifornia.com lists many places to stay with maps, pictures, prices.

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Just for clarification, "Carmel-By-The-Sea" is the full legal name for the city of Carmel, but most people just say Carmel. About the only place you'll see the legal name used is on formal documents and public buildings, like the fire station. Also, the unincorporated neighborhoods immediately outside the city limits are also called Carmel.

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6. Re: Stay in Carmel or Carmel-By-the-Sea

They are the same place. You can fly into San Jose, or directly into the Monterey Airport (we use that airport frequently; it's more expensive than flying into San Jose but the convenience is worth it).

For really inexpensive lodging, you can try the many motels on Munras Ave. in Monterey, which run from $60-$85 a night - low on atmosphere but very convenient and easy on the budget. Choose carefully, though, as there are some real dumps along there - check the TA reviews.

The next level up in Monterey would be places like the Best Western Plus De Anza, or La Quinta, both very nice hotels where you can get rooms for around $100.

Carmel is just a hop, skip and jump from this area.

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