Ready for a relaxing few days off, we decided to head to beautiful Carmel By-The-Sea for a long weekend. We try to make it a point to get away to this European style village on the Monterey Peninsula once a year to just get away from it all. We love the views of the beautiful scenic coastline and wandering among the many art galleries and shops of this cozy little village.
It’s not difficult to spend hours wandering around just a few blocks of this delightful village. There are many stone-paved alleyways that shoot off the main shopping street of Ocean Avenue and lead to additional shopping and dining courts. I could wander all day here. We always seem to discover a different passage that leads us to a never before discovered shop or restaurant. Here is a view of one of the storybook passages that leads to the Thomas Kinkade Gallery.
We had some extra time before dinner, so we walked down to the always beautiful white sands of Carmel beach for this stunning view. We will spend more time here in my next post for a stroll down Scenic Drive and a tour of the historic Tor House.
Next, we walked back to our reservations at the romantic Casanova restaurant. This restaurant offers an outside dining area along with several smaller connected dining rooms inside the restaurant. The French-Italian menu offers many tasty selections and also houses a table from the Auberge Ravoux in France where Vincent Van Gough used to eat.