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The best of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Set in a forested, coastal village strewn with quaint Hansel & Gretel cottages, Carmel-by-the-Sea is infinitely charming. Yet don’t let the storybook setting fool you. Amidst the fanciful facades, you’ll find exceptional, serious-minded eats; think Top Chef meets The Shire. Restaurants tend toward fine dining with atmospheric environs, varied cuisines, and fresh seafood pulled from Monterey Bay. This is the kind of place where you wouldn't want to be caught in cargo pants, but can freely take Fido around with you, as they're famously dog-friendly. Plan your next dinner stop with our handy guide to the best restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea exudes romance, from its cobblestone streets to its storybook architecture. Already a beneficiary of the Monterey Peninsula’s dramatic coastal scenery, the forest-set village doubles down with secret gardens and window boxes brimming with picture perfect blooms. It’s so exceedingly charming, we’re just glad Charmel never became a thing. Here, cozy inns are the lodging of choice with warming fireplaces and comforting breakfasts. Thankfully, innkeepers have recently begun modernizing interiors, upping thread counts, and assembling a quality spread that’s worth getting out of bed for in the morning.