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May 17, 2011 02:45 PM

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.

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    1. 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.

      1. 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 this 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

        1. Chowhounder's sent us to Mundaka for an array of delicious tapas and sangria in a very agreeable and lively setting in downtown Carmel. Good choice.

          1. Passionfish in Pacific Grove/Carmel area
            Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn for lunch in Big Sur
            Cantinetta Luca Carmel
            Tap Room or Roy's for drinks for the bagpipes on the back greens...17 mile Pebble Beach/Inn at Spanish Bay.