We’ve been wanting to get away from LA for a while now, especially with the heat we had been experiencing. We started looking into heading somewhere up the Coast in search of some nice weather. We decided on Carmel-By-The-Sea for a number of reasons. It was relatively close, it is an incredibly charming destination and it is one of the most dog friendly cities you can find! We also hadn’t been in a few years and we were eager to return. We really had an amazing time, so much so that I wanted to write about our experiences and to give you guys some recommendations of things to do.
There are an abundance of places to stay, like the luxurious L’Auberge Carmel or the adorable Vagabond House Inn where we stayed on our last trip. Both are highly rated but we decided to try someplace new so we picked Le Petit Pali on Ocean. Le Petit Pali actually offer another location just a couple blocks away on 8th Avenue too. Both are new to the area and we love experiencing newer properties, warts and all but for the most part, we enjoyed our stay.
There were a couple of teething issues that come with staying at a new property. Our suite wasn’t ready by the guaranteed check in time and we also found out that the fireplaces weren’t working. But the hotel staff were extremely apologetic and refunded us our resort fee as well as our pet fee. Other than that, we found our stay to be very comfy and the amenities were a really nice touch. A French style continental breakfast is served for guests, there is a lovely cocktail/wine social hour in the late afternoon and delicious daily cookies brought to your room every evening. We spent quite a bit of time on the patio chatting with other guests while our dogs all chilled and enjoyed the sun. Like I said, Carmel is extremely dog friendly so nearly every room had a furry guest (or 2) accompanying their humans.
But the best feature of the hotel had to be its location. A 15 minute walk to the beach and surrounded by the best dining options in Carmel. It was so nice being able to walk to our dinners and we have quite a few dining recommendations that I’ll share below this post. Carmel has some amazing restaurants and we even found a great bar for a nightcap! We were very fortunate with the weather. It was sunny and comfortable in the day and nice and cool at night so we were able to dress up when we went out. Freddie and Bruce had so much fun on the dog friendly (of course!) beach and their joy was palpable every time we returned to the hotel for a break.
If you guys are looking for a quick getaway and want to bring your furry best friend along to live their best life. Or maybe you just want to experience the Central Coast beach culture then Carmel-By-The-Sea is the spot for you.