Carmel | Quite a storybook town

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...
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 a 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 blooms. 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, poets, authors and musicians. The most famous resident of this city however must be Clint Eastwood. Mr. Eastwood has 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 that were painted in white, and looking like they belonged 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 the 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’d definitely 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 a 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 coast. 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 on this post.
  • Prasad Np
    28 July 2016 at 5:52 am

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

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Yeah, very storybookish. 🙂
      Isn't it so pretty with all those plants and flowers?!

  • Indrani
    28 July 2016 at 6:07 am

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

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:29 pm

      It's looks so pretty that it looks like a movie set, right? 😀
      But it's a proper little town.

  • Maitreni Mishra
    28 July 2016 at 6:29 am

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

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:31 pm

      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. 🙂

  • R Niranjan Das
    28 July 2016 at 7:09 am

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

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:34 pm

      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. 🙂

  • Amit Agarwal
    28 July 2016 at 9:21 am

    Lovely! Storybook like indeed:)

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:35 pm

      It is. 🙂
      Thank you for coming this way, Amit. 🙂

  • joshi daniel
    28 July 2016 at 9:29 am

    really awesome 🙂

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:35 pm

      I have to agree with you. 🙂

  • Easwar Arumugam
    28 July 2016 at 10:01 am

    good read with awesome pictures

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Easwar. 🙂

  • Saumy Nagayach
    28 July 2016 at 11:23 am

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

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Yeah, quite a fairytale. You should check out the Solvang post I've linked to this post. I'm sure you'll like that place too, Saumy. 🙂

      That looks like a happy family, in that last pic, huh?! 🙂

      Thank you, Soumy. 🙂

    • Saumy Nagayach
      29 July 2016 at 1:55 am

      Oh I missed that link..checking it now..

      And you got that right(abt happy family)! I meant that only ��

      Btw thanks for sharing these wonderful posts ��

    • dNambiar
      29 July 2016 at 10:16 pm

      It's a pleasure. And thank you for being such a responsive reader. 🙂

  • Rajesh
    28 July 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful pictures from the town. Truly from story book.

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:41 pm

      It is a very photogenic place, Rajesh. 🙂
      Thank you. 🙂

  • Nisha
    28 July 2016 at 8:22 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:42 pm

      That's my favourite sight from the downtown area. So pretty, right?
      Quaint and alive indeed, Nisha. 🙂

      Thank you for coming by. 🙂

  • purba chakraborty
    28 July 2016 at 8:27 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      28 July 2016 at 8:44 pm

      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. 🙂

  • rupam sarma
    29 July 2016 at 3:22 am

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

    • dNambiar
      29 July 2016 at 9:57 pm

      It is, Rupam. 🙂
      Thank you so much.

  • manali – himachal pradesh
    29 July 2016 at 5:39 am

    Nice coverage specially flowers pot on wall.

    • dNambiar
      29 July 2016 at 10:09 pm


    • dNambiar
      29 July 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you.

  • Rahul Bhatia
    29 July 2016 at 7:30 am

    Lovely settings with equally nice write up Divya!

    • dNambiar
      29 July 2016 at 10:10 pm

      It is.
      Thank you 🙂

  • umashankar
    29 July 2016 at 4:06 pm

    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.

    • dNambiar
      29 July 2016 at 10:16 pm

      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. 🙂

  • Siddhartha Joshi
    30 July 2016 at 2:50 am

    Ah lovely pics! Carmel is indeed an enchanting town 🙂

    • dNambiar
      2 August 2016 at 12:44 am

      Thank you. Isn't it!
      You've been to Solvang too, right?:)

      It's so nice to see you here after a long time, Sid. 🙂

  • Mridula
    30 July 2016 at 8:17 am

    Such pretty cottages and by the sea too!

    • dNambiar
      2 August 2016 at 12:59 am

      Double Treat!! 🙂

  • magiceye
    1 August 2016 at 3:00 am

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

    • dNambiar
      2 August 2016 at 12:59 am

      Extremely. I was surprised to see bowls full of water left outside stores.
      Boze would be so welcome there. 🙂

  • Ranjana’s craft blog
    1 August 2016 at 6:38 am

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

    • dNambiar
      2 August 2016 at 1:00 am

      It's super-cute, Ranjana.
      That's one of my favourite pics from the Carmel album too. 🙂

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