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.
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!