Carmel really is a year 'round destination. Each season has its own attractions, the wildflowers in the spring, the warm summer days and nights, changing colors and the harvest in autumn. Winter is mild in Carmel, and even when the days are wet or blustery, there is plenty to do.
There are so many indoor sights, the Mission, the shopping arcades, cozy restaurants, pampering day spas, and more. With the crowds waiting for summer days, you can enjoy Carmel at a leisurely pace and see a completely different side to our charming village.
Ocean Watch and Visit to Historic Carmel Mission
- Park on Scenic Road (or take a leisurely walk) and watch the ocean. the walking path is approximately one mile and is great exercise with a magnificent view. Stairways are discreetly situated along the road and lead to the beach. Only in the winter season will you see the unique sandbar formations. It is a short drive to Carmel Mission Basilica where you can see the Basilica Church, the Harry Downie Museum, the Munras Family Heritage Museum and other exhibits of the important landmark of California's heritage.
There Is always Shopping!
- Carmel has some of the most interesting shops you will find anywhere. In the winter season, you can travel the stone-paved alleyways while staying dry under the awnings or in the arcades. Shops of all description are available and within easy walking distance. And, Carmel's restaurants, cafes and pubs make it easy to stop for refreshments to keep up your stamina!
Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Purchase Aquarium tickets at the Horizon Inn and enjoy a 2-day unlimited visit to the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visit the web site for more information about special exhibits and activities.
Need more ideas? Then stop by the front desk and use our Concierge service. Carmel is our home and we want you to feel it is yours as well!