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Valley Soul is an alternative indie rock band with folk, funk & blues influences from Carmel, California. They're recognized for their soulful instrumentals, organic three-part harmonies and intrepid lead guitar. The sextet utilizes four songwriters

Carmel, California Welcomes You!
Carmel, CA, known as Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the world's most beautiful beachside & windswept romantic getaways. This charming village is a world-class California destination resort for lovers and weddings, golfing, spa-enthusiasts, gourmets, wine connoisseurs, auto aficionados, hikers, artists, musicians and movie stars. This magical Pacific Coast artist community boasts pristine, white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters, native Cypress trees and a storybook village complete with virtually every luxury, not to mention an array of entertainment options for the seasoned visitor or the first-time guest. A European flavored California paradise with top dining, best in car events, equine competitions, golf, food & wine celebrations and natural beauty abounding. Celebrities love Carmel - home to Leon Panetta, Doris Day and Clint & Dina Eastwood.
Travelers can also visit nearby Monterey, either by driving the short way or via the world-famous 17 Mile Drive. This city, made famous by John Steinbeck in his epic book "Cannery Row," is located at the shores of one of America's most famous natural ocean sanctuaries and is home to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. A stay in Monterey places travelers not only close to Carmel, but near the shops of Cannery Row and the restaurants of Fisherman’s Wharf, which offer some of the freshest seafood served anywhere on the Pacific Coast.

Carmel Hotels

Carmel-by-the-Sea is world-renowned for its rustic cottages, quaint inns, historical hotels, spa resorts and fabulous international events. The architecture ranges from Comstock-designed, fairytale styled inns to posh, elegant luxury suites overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Pine forests. Hotels and inns offer many services for dining, spa, wine, entertainment and sports. By virtue of the Carmel’s small setting, almost everything is within walking distance from each hotel, including boutiques, restaurants and galleries.
· Dolphin Inn · Wayside Inn · Candle Light Inn · Svendsgaards Inn · Carriage House Inn

Carmel Restaurants

Wines and fine dining are abundant in Carmel and on the Monterey Peninsula. Many of the Monterey Peninsula's best restaurants are under the ownership of world-renowned chefs whose culinary accomplishments are certain to please the refined palate or the first-time visitor. Reservations are a must in the busy season and especially during the larger events such as the AT&T Golf Classic, The Bach Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the many art & wine festivals that are scheduled year-round in Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz and other peninsula towns. Many of fine dining restaurants also have facilities for private parties, events, conferences and Monterey weddings.

Carmel Attractions

Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach play host to many world class events, such as the AT&T Golf Tournament (formerly known as the Bing Crosby Open) and the Concours d'Elegance, which hosts a entire week of special parties, fashion shows, car auctions and a gathering of international car clubs. The Pebble Beach Equestrian Center has a complete line-up of annual events that bring horses and riders from around the world to compete in these elegant and well-known gatherings. Additionally, art & wine festivals throughout the year provide travelers with a chance to satisfy their epicurean sides.

Carmel Nightlife

Carmel's luxurious, small-town setting isn't home to a vast array of nightspots, but there are definitely nightlife options for those who know where to look. Many of the hotels have posh little lounges where locals and visitors can curl up with a cocktail and many of the restaurants boast lively bar areas. Mission Ranch, a popular jazz bar owned by Carmel-local Clint Eastwood, offers up live music weekly and during their popular Sunday brunches.

Carmel Real Estate

Carmel is well known for its beachfront homes and quaint Comstock cottages. The variety and style of architecture of Carmel homes extends from the redwood cottages of Carmel's bohemian past to mansions with stone facades and every modern convenience. Many of the older homes are zoned historical and therefore have considerations in remodeling or updating them as the city of Carmel has laws conserving their heritage. Since Carmel does not have street signs or numbered addresses, many of the residences have whimsical names such as "Tinkerbell's Cottage" or "The Tree House," reflecting the literary history of Carmel.

Carmel Jewelry

As Carmel is a top wedding destination, jewelers abound in this little village by the sea. European-trained artisans who create classical designed wedding bands and artists that can make wearable jewelry art pieces are available for friends, lovers or the new bride and groom. Many of the Carmel jewelry designers are world-renowned, recognized with high honors and awards from the top jewelry associations. Designs from all around the world are available, and it’s not uncommon to find a truly fabulous one-of-a-kind piece while jewelry shopping in Carmel.

What to Do in Carmel - Itineraries & Sightseeing

Romantic Carmel

Carmel is a top destination for the romantic in all of us. This seductive, yet charming, beachside community features romantic hotels and inns, fine dining, scenic beaches, pampering day spas and more. Just a stroll down the white sand beaches, linger in a ocean front hot-tub or hike the peaks of Big Sur as the romance of Carmel takes you to paradise.

Pet-Friendly Carmel

Dogs rule in Carmel! While sandy beaches and open expanses are dream destinations for dogs, Carmel also features many indoor places for locals and visitors traveling with their four-legged companions. This guide lists an array of pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, businesses, resources and attractions in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Carmel Golf Courses

The Monterey Peninsula & Pebble Beach are famous for their golf courses. Prestigious resorts host ATT and World Class tournaments and competitions throughout the year. The area boast the world's best golf courses are within a brief drive, making Carmel and Monterey a must-visit destination for sportsmen & women alike. Celebs from Arnold Palmer to Frank Sinatra & Ray Romano have made golf famous on the Peninsula!

Outdoor Activities in Carmel

of Carmel Beach where visitors can arrange tours, hikes, kayaking, picnicking, diving and whale watching at the touch of a finger. Both the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary and the Old Monterey wharf offer easy access to sports fishing and bookings for any of these activities. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Carmel enjoys white sand beaches and abundant marine life coexisting with breathtaking forests, marshes and mountains.

Carmel Theater

Carmel has several performing arts groups in the village. The most unique is the forested, outdoor theater which celebrates 101 years this season. The Forest Theatre Guild is the original Bohemian community theater, the oldest one still performing. Monterey Peninsula has eleven theaters that offer a diversity of dramatic productions. The Sunset Center caters to performances by classical touring theatrical performers, comics, music performers and one man shows, while Carmel's smaller stages produce fine dramatic theater. Monterey Peninsula College has a yearly calendar of events. The Golden Bough, a historic playhouse offers musicals and has a Circle Theater with more intimate plays. The Carl Cherry Theater features local talents for their plays and has an art gallery housed inside the historic home location in town. Carmel Valley has just revived their own Magic Circle Theater just 12 miles from the beach. Not to worry as you are sure to find something in the theater arts on our calendar year around in Carmel at one of these fine theaters.

Meeting & Conference Guide

Carmel hotels & resorts provide exceptional corporate and business facilities for meetings, seminars and corporate offsite events. In most cases, a full range of services is available for each event, including audio/visual, event planning and catering.

Carmel Wedding Guide

A famous wedding destination, Carmel (Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove & Monterey Peninsula) boasts everything needed for the perfect big day, from beachside or estate wedding locations to florists and dress designers. This comprehensive guide to Carmel weddings maps out some of the best resources for the bride and groom.

Carmel Shopping

In this one square mile village by the sea, everything is within walking distance —hundreds of boutiques, antique stores, artisan jewelry shops, galleries and destinations boasting exquisite furnishings and haute couture. Coach is here on Ocean Ave, Prada and Gucci at the Carmel Plaza has 3 levels showcasing posh shops like Tiffany's and Louis Vuitton. The Crossroads Shopping is just south of the village on Highway 1 & Rio Road with fine dining and unique boutiques and The Barnyard on Carmel Rancho Road nearby has beautiful courtyard shops and dining not to be missed. Don't forget Del Monte Center in Monterey along the Hwy 1 and Pacific Grove has sweet little shops to pass the time and enjoy our local color.

Carmel Festivals & Events

Carmel is regularly inundated with entertaining festivals and events. The world-famous Bach Festival brings hundreds of visitors to see breathtaking concerts every July and August, the annual Concours' d'Elegance welcomes the finest automobiles in the world for an elite beachfront competition, and the nearby Pebble Beach resorts frequently feature horse shows and world-class golf events. Concert series often take place in the Carmel Mission, the Sunset Centre Theatre and in local churches like the Church in the Forest, and art & wine festivals are held regularly.

Carmel Arts & Wine

Carmel has yearly art and wine festivals, cowboy poetry events, wild game BBQ's, chili cookoffs and elegant chef's dinners paired with fine wines produced in Monterey throughout the year. Rich in history, this one-square mile town has many choices for travelers to enjoy during their stay. Check out the calendar to see the latest information on upcoming events.

Carmel Weather

Carmel offers a moderate temperature throughout the year. The artisan city lies in the midst of a microclimate, being on a peninsula, surrounded by the ocean and backed by mountains and valleys. This idyllic resort community has unique and changeable weather patterns.

Carmel Travel

Traveling to and from the Monterey Peninsula is surprisingly simple. With an easily accessible major coastal highway providing a scenic driving route for San Francisco Bay Area locals and the Monterey Peninsula Airport serving out-of-towners, finding the way to Carmel is as easy as enjoying a vacation there.