Brian and I took a weekend vacation to Carmel!

A big part of my childhood was spent there, so I love going back.

Carmel Then:

Carmel Now:


We do encounter one problem. The men in my family (and the ones we marry) tend to be abnormally tall, and the houses in Carmel are built for abnormally small people.

Eating is one of my favorite things to do, and some of the best restaurants are in town.

We met my best friend from Carmel, Heather, and her husband Adam.

We went to the Flying Fish for dinner.

This is my all-time favorite restaurant.

The best abalone!

After dinner, we went to a dive bar in downtown Carmel (didn’t know one existed there!)…complete with a WII, disco ball, vinyl wall decals and boom box as the “sound system”….

Living it up at Ody’s Tavern

The next morning, we went to the Tuck Box for scones. Brian was very reluctant to go here when we first came to Carmel together years ago. We’re both not scone people and a feminine tea house is the last place he wants to hang out….but there is a reason it is huge tourist attraction. The scones are really good, and the atmosphere is very Alice in Wonderland. Now we always make sure to go at least once.

For dinner we went into Pacific Grove to Peppers! They have the best tamales I’ve ever had (half of the time they aren’t available…). And great margaritas…..and classic window lettering.


Overall, our trips are always memorable. I need to make a custom calendar with pictures from our trips during different months. It would be great to see them all next to each other. Other places worth eating:

Marinus at Bernardus Lodge.

The Little Chicken House!  (My favorite!)

Little Napoli

Mission Ranch

Fun Facts about Carmel:

  • High-heeled shoes are outlawed (the law used to be enforced long ago..)
  • The city of Carmel-by-the-Sea does not have numbered addresses. You must name your house. Some of the names: Hansel and Gretel, Periwinkle, Sea Urchin….
  • There is no mail delivered (post office only), but if you wanted to order a pizza you would give the address as the name of your house.
  • There are no parking meters
  • Father Junípero Serra (the first President and founder of the early Missions) is buried there



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  1. Zoe 26 August, 2011, 17:15

    What a magical looking place! How blessed you are to have it, and to have made so many happy memories there. Looks like a fabulous weekend away.

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  2. becky 12 September, 2011, 16:58

    oh, my husband and i got engaged at the tuck box. carmel’s one of our favorite places with lots of family and friends that live there and our jeweler (sarkis) was just up the street and we picked up the rings and couldn’t wait – so we headed there and got engaged (we’re lame-plan-ahead-no-surprise-sorts-of-people). anyhoo, blog-stalker here and i had to comment after seeing this post.

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    • Jamie 13 September, 2011, 00:12

      Yay! I love nonweird stalkers!
      We got engaged in Carmel, too (at Mission Ranch) !!!!
      LOL I am cracking up, you mean you had planned where you would both get engaged? That is really funny.

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  3. anna 27 October, 2012, 20:02

    My husband and I spent our honeymoon traveling Pacific Coast Hwy 1 from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel in 2002. We went back to visit in 2007 with the kids…. beautiful place.

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  4. Amanda 28 October, 2012, 06:36

    I love your photos! I went to Carmel once, with my sister. It was like something out of another little happy world, just wandering around the streets. I did not know that about the lack of street numbers though!

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