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Countless Things to Do in Carmel

There are few places on earth as incredibly dynamic, yet so quaint and picturesque, as Carmel-by-the-Sea, named by Travel & Leisure as one of America's Favorite Beach Towns. Explore a wealth of things to do, just steps away from the Colonial Terrace.

Situated on Carmel Bay and nestled in a pine forest above the spectacular white-sand beaches of the Pacific Ocean, the one-square-mile village of Carmel offers endless vacation and cultural opportunities, as well as plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment. You'll have a wonderful time no matter what you choose to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

In the surrounding area, visitors can see the spectacular Big Sur coastline.  Or explore shops, wineries and restaurants in the Carmel Valley.  Choose to visit the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium, named the "Best Aquarium in the World" by TripAdvisor®.  Or enjoy golf at Pebble Beach.  There are endless opportunities to experience greater Monterey County.

If your interests are in exploring art, music, food and wine, the offerings in Carmel and Monterey are staggering with a festival and events calendar that is unrivaled anywhere on the west coast.  The annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel Shakespeare Festival, Carmel Bach Festival and Monterey Bay Blues Festival are just a sampling of events presented by professional artists, actors and musicians from Carmel and around the world.

Our guests return to the Colonial Terrace year-after-year to participate in these diverse festivals and events that promote and enhance the creative traditions of Carmel.

When summer is upon us, Carmel visitors and locals alike will enjoy such as the Monterey Wine Festival, Steinbeck Festival, MOTOGP World Championship, US Open Golf Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links and the always incomparable, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Utilize some of the resources below to tailor your own Carmel getaway.

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Nearby Sights & Visitor Attractions

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Arts & Entertainment

  • National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
pebble beach golf


  • Pebble Beach Golf Course


Inexpensive / Casual:

  • The Forge in the Forest
  • Jack London’s (local bar)
  • Katy’s Place (breakfast & lunch only)
  • Cash payment only
  • Grill on Ocean Avenue
  • The Tuck Box
  • Village Corner


  • Dametra Café
  • Hog’s Breath
  • Il Fornaio
  • PortaBella
  • Flaherty’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
  • Flying Fish Grill
  • Little Napoli
  • Carmel’s Bistro Giovanni

Fine Dining:

  • Anton & Michel
  • Casanova
  • Le St. Tropez
  • La Bicyclette
  • Grasings
  • Cantinetta Luca (known by Luca)