Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Day in Carmel

My favorite day-trip is most definitely Carmel. We went there on our honeymoon seven years ago, and we go back to visit almost every time B has some time off. Yesterday was just such a day. Here are just a few photos I took along the way. I can't think of a cuter, more charming little community.

Carmel is filled with amazing art galleries and antique really can't go wrong with an entire day spent just hopping from shop to shop. But just in case Carmel isn't on your summer to-do list, let's take a little tour together:
Cottage of Sweets
A candy store nestled in a charming little cottage. What could be sweeter?

{photo via cottage of sweets}

The Cheese Shop
The best selection of cheeses around. We always grab a baguette, some salami, and some new varieties of cheese here. Then we walk across the street to the park for a little picnic.
{photo: mine}

Thinker Toys
We almost always make a stop at Thinker Toys. It's such a fun place jam-packed with toys for kids of all ages.
A little coffee shop/bakery with the perfect selection of baked goods. My favorite is this amazing little crispy, flaky, cinnamon-y delight that melts in your mouth. Trust me--you'll know it when you see it.
Such a fun little shop. It's full of model airplanes big and small. Yesterday, I fell in love with these sweet little hot air balloons that would be so cute hanging from the kids' bedroom ceiling.

And most importantly, don't forget to stop by the beach:

The water's a little chilly, but worth rolling up your jeans and kicking around a bit. The sand is perfect, and sometimes you can see sea lions swimming about in the waves.

That concludes our tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Have a Happy Wednesday!


Ginger said...

I can't wait to make the move to SoCal; Carmel is my No. 1 weekend getaway once I'm out there;)

Jackie said...

I love Carmel! Definitely one of my favorite day trips. Glad you had a nice little day there.

Kotori said...

Carmels is a place I've always wanted to visit. Thanks for letting me tag along on your day trip! this just makes me want to go more, though.

Anne @ The City Sage said...

Carmel is my number one getaway spot--I just LOVE it there, whether I'm with my mom or my husband. We almost had our wedding there but decided on sonoma instead since it would be warmer in the evening...

But the shops, the architecture, and the beach are all so addictive!

Miss Aimee said...

love carmel. so fun. great photos.

down and out chic said...

oh it sounds so nice, i want to go.

off switch designs said...

oh, i've been there before! so pretty! :)