On this off-the-beaten-path walking tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea, we will visit Carmel Beach as well as many other unique and hidden out of the way places. You will begin in downtown Carmel at the historic Pine Inn, visit First Murphy House Museum, walk Carmel’s quiet northwest residential district, pass architecturally significant homes, discover the hidden Jane Powers Walkway and cross the boardwalk of North Del Mar Dunes to the north end of Carmel Beach which sits at the foot of the magnificent Pebble Beach Golf Links. We will return to our starting point at the Pine Inn via 4th Avenue. Along the way you will hear stories about some of Carmel’s early residents, such as artist Jane Powers, writer Mary Austin, poet Robinson Jeffers and his wife Una, as well as architects M. J. Murphy, Hugh Comstock, and Albert Henry Hill.
Albert Henry Hill House, Carmel Beach, First Murphy House Museum, 4th Avenue Riparian Habitat, Harrison Memorial Library, Jane Powers Walkway, Jane Powers Art Studio and Home, North Del Mar Dunes, Ocean Avenue, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pine Inn, Rose Cottage (Mary Austin House), Sunwise Turn Cottage Fairy Tale House by Hugh Comstock, Richardson Cabin and Trethaway House (former homes of Robinson and Una Jeffers) and Windy Oaks Wine Room.
Begin your tour from the red-brick courtyard of the Pine Inn. You will find this midway down the west side of Lincoln Street between Ocean Avenue and 6th Avenue. Enter the courtyard under the wrought iron arch that says Pine Inn. This is between Windy Oaks wine room and Fjorn Scandinavian on the right and Fourtane Jewelry on the left. In the courtyard you will find a glass gazebo and the Panetteria Bakery. Park your car as close as possible to the Pine Inn. Most spots on Ocean Avenue have two hour limits; where as parking off Ocean Avenue in the residential areas will not be limited. Pay attention to all parking signs. Desire a cup of coffee to take with you on your walk? You may find this and other beverages or quick snacks at the Panetteria bakery which is just inside the gazebo, in the Pine Inn Courtyard. The sign and awning in the courtyard over the gazebo say Il Fornaio. There is also a public restroom located in the Il Fornaio restaurant which is attached to the Panetteria.
Places to stop along the way:
Carmel Beach, First Murphy House Museum, Harrison Memorial Library, Il Fornaio Bar and Restaurant, Pine Inn, Panetteria Bakery, Windy Oaks Wine Room
Best time of day:
Afternoons are best if interested in stopping in at the Harrison Memorial Library (open every day 12pm to 4pm), Windy Oaks Wine Room (open every day 12pm to 6pm), or First Murphy House Museum (Tuesday – Thursday 12pm to 3pm). Otherwise it is best to visit this walking tour during day time hours only.
There are two sets of stairs on this tour. One near Mary Austin’s Rose Cottage and a set of 64 stairs to get down to Carmel Beach. The hike back up 4th Avenue from the beach is a bit steep. The hike on Monte Verde between 4th and 5th is also a bit steep. Please keep this in mind when deciding on whether or not to take this tour.
If stairs are an issue though, note that you can easily forgo taking the set of 64 stairs down to the Carmel Beach and still have some nice views of the beach.
Also note that when taking pictures with your phone you should use the still photo setting not video. Using video will cause the VoiceMap app to close and you will have to restart the tour.
Carmel is a unique village in an urban forest. Because of the heavy tree coverage near the Mary Austin House (Rose Cottage), GPS is not always reliable.
The homes that you will be viewing are privately owned so please respect resident’s privacy and stay behind fences and close to street. Carmel’s streets are narrow and there are not many sidewalks. Walk as close to the house side of the street as possible, pay very close attention when you cross the street, and watch for uneven ground and low hanging tree limbs when walking. When you come to intersections, make sure that any cars coming your way see you and have stopped. Just be mindful of your surroundings as you enjoy this beautiful and unique off-the-beaten-path walking tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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