Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and the city has had several mayors who were poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director Clint Eastwood.
The city is known for being dog-friendly, with numerous hotels, restaurants and retail establishments admitting guests with dogs. Carmel is also known for several unusual laws, including a prohibition on wearing high-heel shoes without a permit, enacted to prevent lawsuits arising from tripping accidents caused by irregular pavement.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is located on the Pacific coast, about 330 miles (530 km) north of Los Angeles and 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco. Communities near Carmel-by-the-Sea include Carmel Valley and Carmel Highlands.
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California at sea level. In addition to being a small coastal residential community of incredible single-family homes, Pebble Beach is a resort destination and home to the famous golf courses of Cypress Point Club, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Some of the top golf courses in the country, The Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Inn at Spanish Bay, The Lodge at Pebble Beach and four of the eight golf courses inside the Pebble Beach community.
Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California. Known for its Victorian homes, Asilomar State Beach, and is also known as "Butterfly Town U.S.A." for the annual migration of the monarch butterflies. The city is endowed with more historical houses per capita than anywhere else in California. Seventy-five percent of the homes in Pacific Grove are considered historical. Pacific Grove contains several habitat types including marine, littoral, pine forest and mixed oak woodland. Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area, Lovers Point State Marine Reserve, Edward F. Ricketts State Marine Conservation Area and Asilomar State Marine Reserve are marine protected areas in the waters around Pacific Grove.
are marine protected areas in the waters around Pacific Grove.
Carmel Valley is known for it's consistent sunshine and mountain views. The Village in Carmel Valley has a number of wine tasting rooms, as well as several high-end hotels affiliated with the wineries. Wineries with tasting rooms in Carmel Valley include Holman Ranch, Bernardus, Boëté, Chateau Julien, Chateau Sinnet, Folktale, Galante, Georis, Heller Estate, Joullian Village, Joyce Vineyards, Parsonage, San Saba and Talbott. A public bus, called the Grapevine Express Route 24 and run by Monterey-Salinas Transit, stops at most of these tasting rooms. Family friendly and in the Carmel school district (one of the top districts in the state) the valley is a great place to call home.
The Monterey Wine Trolley also offers a tour on a former San Francisco trolley that makes stops at several wineries in the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel Valley Village.
Located between Carmel Highlands and San Simeon, where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. It is frequently praised for its dramatic scenery. Big Sur has been called the "longest and most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the contiguous United States," a "national treasure that demands extraordinary procedures to protect it from development" and "one of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the world, an isolated stretch of road, mythic in reputation." The stunning views, numerous beaches and recreational opportunities have made Big Sur a popular destination for tourists from across the world and prize place to own a piece of unspoiled paradise for generations.
The stunning views, numerous beaches and recreational opportunities have made Big Sur a popular destination for tourists from across the world and prize place to own a piece of unspoiled paradise for generations.
With a rich history on the coast of California attracting visitors since the 1700's, Monterey had California's first theater, public building, public library, publicly funded school, printing press, and newspaper. The city and surrounding area have attracted artists since the late 19th century and many celebrated painters and writers have lived there. Until the 1950s, there was an abundant fishery. Today, restaurants, boutiques, and attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and Old Fisherman's Wharf continue to make it a favorite international tourist destination and place to call home.
Today, restaurants, boutiques, and attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and Old Fisherman's Wharf continue to make it a favorite international tourist destination and place to call home.