Carmel | Quite a storybook town

Carmel, California.

Carmel is like a picture you would see on a cover of an English classic: of a brightly painted door or an wood-framed window peeping out of a green facade of shrubs and creepers decked with flowers.

Carmel, California.

Take a walk around the town and you see brick house here, an English cottage there, some Mission-styled architecture, some half-timbered structures; each of them prettied up with a garden full of flowers or planters overflowing with flowers. There are decorative lamps adorning the stone and brick buildings, and flower-laden vines taking over many a wall and roof.

 Carmel is a seaside town in California that you could easily mistake for an English village with some Spanish touches.

Also called Carmel-by-the sea, this charming town is also known for being home to several artists and poets and authors and musicians. The most famous resident of this city however must be Clint Eastwood. Mr. Eastwood had even served as the Mayor of Carmel in the 80s.

It has been a while since I was in Carmel. But I remember, like it was just yesterday that I was there, how charming and picturesque the little town was. Even the businesses in the downtown area were housed in the story-book type houses this place is known for. Carmel looked like a good place to buy art, specially crafted jewelry and unique pieces of home decor. The city also seemed to have several inns, Italian restaurants and coffee shops with wrought iron patio furniture outside, painted in white and looking like they belong in a period drama.

Carmel, California.
Carmel, California.
Carmel, California.
Carmel, California.
Carmel, California.
Carmel, California.

Carmel, California.Another thing I must tell you is that there are no fast food chains here, almost no swanky buildings and no door numbers. In a long time, I hadn’t seen houses with names written on the gates or at their front doors. It really did feel like another place, another country.

 I also couldn’t help noticing was that this city seemed an extremely dog friendly city. There were so many dogs out on the streets, big ones, tiny ones and dogs of every breed and colour. Several shops had doggie bowls with water at their doors, so that the canine tourists walking around town could take a sip if thirsty.

 When I was reading up about the place, I found that this place had this rather unheard of law of prohibiting the use of high heels without permit. I hear that the idea is to prevent people from suing the city for uneven pavement of the side walks. Unfortunately I had come across this piece of information only after I got back from my visit, or I could have taken notice of what kind of footwear everybody was wearing. I’m not even sure many people know about the law. Maybe I’d have known if I had gone in heels. That was day I was wearing the most comfortable flats I had (with soles like that of a running shoe) and so I got to really enjoy the walk down Ocean Avenue.

 Ocean Avenue is a road that turns off Highway one, passes through downtown Carmel and then goes all the way down to the beach. If you like scenic drives, you can continue down past Carmel City Beach and embark on a seaside drive past several sea-front homes and inns and beaches and finally get to Carmel River Beach.

Carmel City Beach, Carmel, California.
Carmel City Beach.
Carmel City Beach, Carmel, California.
Carmel City beach is a white sand beach.
Carmel City Beach, Carmel, California.
And almost a mile in length.
Seaside homes, Carmel, California.
Some seaside homes beside Carmel City Beach.
Carmel River State Beach, Carmel, California.
Carmel River State Beach.
Carmel River State Beach, Carmel, California.
Also from Carmel River State Beach.
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43 Comments

  1. Indeed a storybook town.. totally like last century or may be last to last ? 🙂

  2. Feel like the whole thing is a set up. Such beautiful settings! I liked the lamp.

  3. What a beautiful setting… seems quite an aesthetic visual treat! 🙂

    • Carmel is a visual treat indeed. It was so difficult for me to pick up pictures for this post. There were too many lovely sights there, as you can see. 🙂

  4. Such a charming place. Those houses look so lovely. Glad to know about this place, Divya.

    • Charming seems to be the word that best describes it. With all those lovely house-like shops and the flowers all over the place it is such a pretty little town.
      I'm glad you liked what you saw here, Nomad.
      Have a good weekend. 🙂

  5. Lovely! Storybook like indeed:)

  6. good read with awesome pictures

  7. Wow! Like a fairytale post with all the pictures from a different world altogether.. Amazing photos (specially the last one) 🙂

  8. Beautiful pictures from the town. Truly from story book.

  9. The first picture stole my heart. Quaint and alive. Indeed a storybook town.

  10. What a beautiful place! How I wish to be there someday
    Thanks for the virtual tour dear. Loved this post 🙂

    • Isn't it? Looks like a great setting for a story, right Purba? ;)I hope you'll get to see it sometime soon.
      Thank YOU.
      So nice to know you love what you saw here. 🙂

  11. Beautiful place. Nice to read your post. Awesome pics.

  12. Nice coverage specially flowers pot on wall.

  13. Lovely settings with equally nice write up Divya!

  14. Such are the hidden treasures tucked in the nooks of the planet that I'd never know existed but for you posts! I loved those images and the bit of about high heels.

    • I'm glad I could bring it to you. Carmel felt like a place that looked after with so much love and care. 🙂
      I wish I'd known about the heels-rule before I visited. It's something I'm going to look out for if I go that way again.

      Thank you for stopping by, USP. 🙂

  15. Ah lovely pics! Carmel is indeed an enchanting town 🙂

  16. Such pretty cottages and by the sea too!

  17. Beautifully captured!! Also good to know that it is extremely dog friendly! 🙂

  18. WOW! Such a cute city ! The house surrounded with flower plants is very beautiful.

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