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Celebrating Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Centennial

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One of my favorites cities in California is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Carmel-by-the-Sea was officially incorporated on October 31, 1916, and it has been delighting visitors ever since.

Why is it one of my favorites? I promise, it is more than just all those wine tasting rooms (though if you can take their Wine Walk, or create your own, you should). I love the galleries, cottage-housed businesses and lovely homes. I love that they largely favor local businesses over big chain stores. I love staying at one of their boutique hotels (like Hofsas House) and walking to incredible meals on Ocean Avenue. The white-sand beaches are the stuff of postcards; Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is stunning and the winding 17-Mile Drive, which takes you out of the town, offers views that you won’t soon forget. To top it all off, it’s seemingly a very safe town, even for solo female travelers.

Beauty and history combine here, and it is a place that anyone visiting California’s Central Coast should experience at least once. And in honor of their centennial, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite photos of Carmel-by-the-Sea.



Downtown in the fall



The Grill on Ocean Avenue



Breakfast at Em Le’s Restaurant


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View from the Hofsas House balcony in Carmel-by-the-Sea


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A visit out to the Carmel Mission (Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, 1770) is a must!


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No trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea is complete without a trip to the beach.


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Even in the rain, the views are incredible.


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A view from the cliffs in Point Lobos.


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A wind shot of us at Point Lobos


lonecypress3, Lone Cypress, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 17-Mile Drive

You can see the Lone Cypress as you drive the 17-Mile Drive


Want to learn more about things to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea? Try my suggested itinerary for a weekend trip to the area. It’s full of recommendations for what to eat, drink and see in this charming, ocean-side town. Also, if you happen to be in the area on October 29th, you don’t want to miss the centennial celebration parade that is being planned!



20 Comments on Celebrating Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Centennial

  1. Gorgeous!

  2. This place looks gorgeous. I’m planning on another Cali Road Trip next year and this sounds like it would be a great stop along the way 🙂

  3. I’m from the Bay Area and absolutely love Point Lobos!! Nice tip 🙂

  4. I do love California’s central coast! I haven’t been in the Monterey area since 2013 but am excited to return soon. Beaches, fantastic food and ah-mazing wine. What more could anyone want?

    • PatriciaSteffy // October 26, 2016 at 9:30 pm // Reply

      Exactly!! I’d love to be able to sample my way through every restaurant and all the wineries. LOL! It might take me a while, but I’m up for it!

  5. Great shots! I’m kinda new to NorCal and I keep hearing abut how adorable quaint and idyllic Carmel-By-The-Sea is! I almost made it there last year, but had to turn around at Monterey to head back home!

  6. Carmel by the Sea looking absolutely charming and enchanting. The downtown area in the fall looks great and I would love to go to The Grill.

  7. What a cute little place! 100 years is definately worth a party

  8. Ok so you had me at wine walk but then I saw the great views and I am completely sold. Thanks for sharing information on this.

  9. It looks like such a beautiful place. Another to add to my list for my next visit to the US 🙂

  10. 100 yrs is too long enough to preserve Carmel-by-the-Sea as beautiful as that. I wish I could visit there too.

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