Carmel, California ~ Concierge

Around Carmel

carmel california shoppingOne of the best ways to see Carmel is on foot. You will discover over 60 hidden courtyards where many specialty shops and cafes are found. You will also find the special charms of Carmel-by-the-Sea as you discover secret pathways, award-winning gardens, and enchanting fairy tale cottages … the homes, haunts, and history of famous artists, writers, and movie stars. Stroll along the white-sand beach. Or picnic on the bluff tops over looking Carmel Beach and the Pebble Beach golf courses and coastline.

Within 15 minutes, visit Monterey with the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row as well as many other places of interest. Pebble Beach and 17-Mile Drive are within minutes. While there, meander to Pacific Grove, referred to “America’s last home town.” For a slightly longer trip, sunny Carmel Valley is a treat with ranches and orchards and the Carmel Valley Village with unique shops and restaurants. An hour will take you to Big Sur, which locals often refer to as “a state of mind”. Be prepared for a lovely day and incredible views.

Shopping and Dining

Find a variety of lovely shops, boutiques and visit Carmel Plaza for an exceptional experience. A mile trip to either the Barnyard Shopping Center or Crossroads Shopping Center where you can find unique shops and restaurants should also be on your agenda. A variety of wonderful restaurants await your choice. We are also happy to recommend our favorites.

An Artist Town … Culture in Carmel

Carmel’s primary social and cultural facilities are the Sunset Community and Cultural Center, the Harrison Memorial Library, the Golden Bough Playhouse and the Outdoor Forest Theatre.

winemaker event

28th Winemakers’ Celebration
August 29, 2020, 1:00 PM
$75 – $125
Dolores Street between Ocean and 7th
(831) 375-9400
Over 100 wines made from 42 different varietals will be available for sampling at the Winemakers’ Celebration in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to ask questions and discuss the wines with the winemakers themselves.

art festival

27th Annual Carmel Art Festival
& Sculpture in the Park
September 18 – 20, 2020
Open to the public
(831) 626-4000
Combining plein-air painting and live sculpting with exhibits, sales and lots of live music, the Carmel Art Festival takes over Devendorf Park for three days. Artists create their exhibition paintings outdoors on Wednesday and Thursday all around the Monterey Peninsula, bringing them to Devendorf Park on Friday afternoon for judging.

sand castle event

60th Annual Sandcastle Contest
September 26, 2020, 8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Open to the public
(831) 620-2020
The sandcastle contest is held on Carmel Beach south of 10th Avenue. Building begins at 8:00am and judging at 12:00pm. For decades, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Monterey Bay chapter of the American Institute of Architects have collaborated on The Great Sand Castle Contest, announcing the date and theme a few weeks prior to the big day. Everyone who would like to build a castle can enter the contest.

“Perfect location. Accessible to everything in Carmel. Right off of Ocean Avenue. Reception staff are wonderful. Breakfast is just the right amount to start the day. In room coffee pot with wonderful Carmel coffee. Can’t ask for more, other than a permanent residence.”

– Diane Wilson