a getaway to carmel-by-the-sea

a getaway to carmel-by-the-sea
carmel-by-the-sea is just as charming as the way the
name rolls off the tongue. it’s one of the ideal getaways
from san francisco, and coming here is a breath of
fresh air. it’s a place to slow down, relax, take in
the beauty, stroll, and watch the sea sparkle.
this little town and area is near-and-dear to my heart
after coming for tennis camp during summers
growing up, and now we love any chance to head 
down just 2 hours from the city to the perfect getaway.
here are a few favorites from town…more posts of
monterey, the 17 mile drive, our hotel, and the beach
are on the way! this area is too beautiful to cram it
all into just one post :) so bear with me!
as you wander around you see things like this ^^
“penny lane,” a wooden gate, and cutest flowers.
the streets & homes look like a fairy tale!
we stayed at one of my favorite hotels we’ve been to
{more on that later} .. and we were steps from the
beach so we made sure to stroll here every morning.
good friends make a good place even more fun.
we stuffed ourselves at the best classic breakfast spot in
town, katy’s place. you can’t miss it, and you don’t want to!
everything is such high quality here, and they do it right.
you can order one of many types of eggs benedict, coconut
pancakes, hot chocolate piled with whipped cream + 
sprinkles, and on and on. don’t miss this spot in carmel!

this area has so many visitors, yet it always feels quiet,
low-key and charming. you have no choice but to be
relaxed in this town. there are lots of art galleries,
boutiques, and darling stores to browse.
and as long as you’re slowing down and relaxing, a 
good spa is the perfect activity in carmel. this is the 
place to treat yourself! kendall and i loved getting 
pedicures at signature day spa. it’s a great location 
right in town so you can wander from shopping 
straight to a little bit of pampering, and it’s top notch 
when it comes to products and services. the owner 
is an expert on all these things, and she’s created 
such a warm, cute environment for this spa. it’s the 
perfect place to go while on a girls trip to get 
pedicures or facials all together! this was such a treat.
let’s definitely not forget one of the best places in
carmel, the cottage of sweets. it has to be the cutest
building in town, and definitely the best treats. it has been
carmel’s sweet shop since 1959, and it still has the most
classic feel with homemade fudge, imported european
candies, and every kind of licorice imaginable.

we definitely got our fair share of sweets.

there are just a handful of places i can think of
that really draw a lot of people yet maintain the charm
and easiness of a small town. laguna beach, cannon
beach, and carmel-by-the-sea are my very favorites on
the west coast..and this is the closest to us! so i think
we need to come back down into this fairy-tale land
much more often. . .and i hope you visit too!
.. more to come from carmel ..