Every year thousands of people visit California's world famous village of Carmel by the Sea. Meandering through art galleries, shops and restaurants on Ocean Avenue, and a visit to Carmel Beach are the usual "musts" for first time visitors. It's easy to miss the really good parts. This tour will take you behind the scenes to see a Carmel by the Sea that is as much a feeling as it is a place. Carmel is a village founded by "the creatives"....writers, painters, poets, actors, producers and photographers. They all came here over 100 years ago, because it offered unlimited peace and beauty as well as a unique freedom to reach for the stars - undimmed by street lights because they're not allowed in Carmel. You'll see and hear the stories of the outdoor Forest theater, historic hotels like the Pine Inn, Cypress Inn and La Playa hotel. You’ll visit the famous Comstock Houses, the Murphy houses, Robinson Jeffers Tor House and even Frank Lloyd Wright's "Cabin on the Rocks."
This tour will take you to breathtaking and stunning views of the ocean, from Carmel Beach, around Carmel Point to the bird haven and River Beach. You’ll see how all the houses here are creatively un-alike, with names instead of numbers, gardens in every front yard and fences that are artistic expressions in themselves. We will also talk about Clint Eastwood and how he has touched Carmel with his famous Hogs Breath Inn, and the 150 year old Mission Ranch that he saved from destruction. We will end the tour where the story of Carmel began - Father Serra's Carmel Mission. This tour is meant to inform, entertain, inspire, and perhaps even help bring out the creative art and spirit that you have inside as well.
Hog's Breath Inn, Murphy’s First House Carmel, The Golden Bough Playhouse, Tor House, Carmel Mission Basilica Museum
We will begin in the parking lot in front of Carmel Poke Company just inside the second entrance of the Crossroads Shopping Center, just outside Carmel by the Sea city limits. If you’re coming from the north, head down highway 1, passing Carpenter, Ocean and Carmel Valley Road intersections. Then turn left at the stop lights at Rio Road, then a right at the light between the Shell station and Wells Fargo Bank. Just behind the bank you will see Carmel Poke Company...turn right into that parking lot. From the south, go up highway 1 to Rio Road, turn right and then right again at the second light. Park in the parking lot in front of Carmel Poke Company, behind the Wells Fargo bank and start the tour.
Places to stop along the way:
Forest theater, Comstock houses, Devandorf Park, The Cheese shop, Carmel Plaza, Hogs Breath Inn, Cypress Inn, Murphy’s First House, The Pine Inn, La Playa hotel, The Golden Bough Playhouse, La Playa Hotel, Kuster House, Cabin on the Rocks, Tor House, Clint’ Eastwood’s Mission Ranch, River Beach, Carmel Mission
Best time of day:
Anytime of day is great! But, you will have less traffic if you take the tour during the week. Weekends are busier in Carmel.
As you travel down Ocean Avenue, the main shopping street in Carmel, be aware of pedestrians crossing the street. They have the right of way and are often not paying attention. They are on vacation! While all of the streets on the tour are safe, some of the sides streets are fairly narrow and have lots of trees, so it might be a bit uncomfortable for large RVs.
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