Texans in Carmel
I'm looking for interesting places to viset while in Carmel this summer. We are staying a few days at Mission Ranch and a few at the Homestead. I litterally know nothing about the area and would like some recomendations for both nice meals and any hole of the wall places (if Carmel area even has any!) Good bars and good views.
Wine tasting in Carmel Valley. About 25 mins from Mission Ranch. Lunch at Corkscrew or Rustica. Really makes for a nice day. If you don't want to do it on your own, try thishttp://www.toursmonterey.com/. If you want to do it on your own, post back for best stops.
Point Lobos about 3 miles S of Carmel. Great for an easy hike, picnic, photos, and sea life watching.
Big Sur about 40 mins S of Carmel. Beautiful oceanscapes all the way. Have lunch at Nepenthe (my favorite), Post Ranch Inn, Ventana Inn or the Big Sur Bakery.
Shop in Carmel. There are art galleries, cafes, boutiques of all kinds.
In Monterey, visit the aquarium, world class. Get tix in advance via your Inn or on the internet.
It is only 5 mins away from Carmel.
If you are golfers or just like to check out fabulous homes, take the 17 miles drive.
I could go on, let me know more about your interests.
Restaurants: Pacific's Edge at the Highlands Inn for dinner or the California Market for lunch about 4 miles S of Mission Ranch. Mission Ranch is good too. Great outdoor deck seating and a piano bar for later.
Big Sur Bakery
47540 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
California Market Restaurant
120 Highland Dr, Carmel, CA
Mission Ranch Restaurant
26270 Dolores St, Carmel, CA 93923
Pacific's Edge Restaurant
120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA 93923
Passionfish and Fandango, both just a little north in Pacific Grove.
Not a hole in the wall but worth a stop for it's "old west ambiance" (snicker, snicker as I say that to someone from Texas) Hog's Breath Inn.
Link for Carmel.