Our stay at the Carmel Valley Ranch was pure magic. The hotel sits on a large property with acres and acres of land. There are wild turkeys roaming everywhere, goats, chickens, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot some deer roaming around. There are rolling green hills, vineyards and gardens everywhere you look, plus views of the mountains that look particularly magical at sunrise. If you like a rustic, woodsy feel, this is your spot!
La Bicyclette: For lunch (or brunch on the weekends), this spot in downtown Carmel is wonderful. The food is French-Italian fare, always fresh and tasty, and the restaurant hosts a homey, quaint atmosphere.
Valley Kitchen: We managed to have a number of great meals at the Valley Kitchen for dinner, which is within the grounds of our hotel. Easy and local! I highly recommend getting the truffle fries and a margarita. My meat-eating friends ordered the burger both nights, and it looked divine.
Carmel Beach is a must-see. The beach is long and sprawling with white sands and low, rolling waves. Keep in mind it’s dog friendly, so expect a lot of dogs running around off leash (with the exception of our overly boisterous golden retriever).
Girl Boy Girl: I always make time to stop into this boutique, which is right on the outskirts of the downtown area and a great spot for unique fashion finds. Some of my top purchases include my favorite AGOLDE jeans, super comfy sweatshirts from The Great, suede Isabel Marant booties and some cute vintage rocker t-shirts that are hard to find!