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Great Things To Do In Carmel

Carmel has something for everyone. Are you here for a solo retreat, a romantic couple's getaway, a family adventure, an outing with your dog, a family or group reunion? Carmel has an activity you will be sure to enjoy!

Here are some of our staff favorites...

Barefoot Walk on Carmel Beach

At the bottom of Ocean Avenue. Turn left on Scenic Road and find nearly a mile of beautiful white sands beach, plenty of parking and public access to the beach via various stairways.

After Dinner Stroll around Carmel-by-the-Sea

Window shop and feel the flavor of Carmel without the crowds.

Point Lobos State Reserve Drive and Nature Walks

Known as “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world”. Approximately 5 miles south of Carmel on Hwy 1. Entrance to the park is $10 if you drive in. Free if you park in designated area along Hwy 1 and walk in.

Be sure to take your camera

Drive Scenic Hwy 1 South to Big Sur

Access Temporarily Limited - Check with the Front Desk for more information.

A 26-mile coastal drive with unparalleled views of our rugged coast.

Lunch at Nepenthe Restaurant, the Big Sur Bakery or the Ventana Inn or hike the beach trails at the end of Sycamore Canyon Road, one mile past Pfieffer State Park on the right. Additional day hikes can be found in the Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park 8 miles south of Nepenthe. This is a narrow winding road so please use caution.

Make it a Spa Day at Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel

Advanced Reservations Recommended.

This world renown spa opened its flagship location in Carmel just 10 minutes from the Inn in the Crossroads Village. Each and every one of Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel's rituals embodies the expertise of creator Monsieur Poiroux. Cinq Mondes' facial rituals, massage rituals, and body treatments are truly unique in both the ritual of the service and the products.

Escape to THE REFUGE

Advanced Reservations Recommended

Located just 5 miles east off Carmel Valley Rd, multiple hot and cold pools, fire-pits, steam room and relaxation rooms. 4-hour day pass available starting at $45.

Check out their website for further details and available packages

Visit Historic Carmel Mission Basilica

Newly Refurbished

Be sure to check out the Old California Inner Plaza and Gardens

Pebble Beach / 17 Mile Drive

At the bottom of Ocean Avenue turn right on San Antonio Street and follow to the entry gate. $10.25 Entry Fee per vehicle, refundable with purchase of food or beverage at one of the local businesses. Visit scenic Pebble Beach Lodge. Consider lunch at the famous Tap Room or their new restaurant The Bench. From the Pebble Beach Lodge stay on the coastal road which will take you all the way to Pacific Grove and access to Cannery Row

Monterey Bay Aquarium / Historic Monterey & Cannery Row

World Renowned Sea Aquarium. Hotel passes good for 2 consecutive days. Many interactive exhibits. Great place to bring the kids. See historic Monterey, including John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and early California historic buildings.

Carmel Wine Walk

Over 15 tasting rooms featuring Monterey County wines all within walking distance of the Inn. Discount Wine Walk Passes are currently available at Caraccioli Cellars Tasting Room.

Lunch and Wine Tasting in Sunny Carmel Valley Village

10 miles east on Carmel Valley Rd (off Hwy 1) Carmel Valley Village

Offers warm sunny weather, good restaurants, and many boutique tasting rooms all within walking distance of one another.