July 16, 2022
Carmel, CA

Katie & Chris

    Things To Do

Things To Do

These are just a few of our favorite restaurants and activities in the area. There are many more places to visit and see in Carmel and Monterey! We advise doing some further research online and making all reservations ahead of time.


Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

Boutique shopping and dining in Carmel-by-the-Sea including clothing, art, wine-tasting, restaurants, cafes, and much more. Stroll the streets and window shop!

Carmel Beach

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

At the foot of Ocean Avenue, Carmel Beach is one of the most iconic spots on California's Central Coast and is rated "One of America's Top Beach Towns." From morning to night Carmel Beach attracts visitors and locals alike to take in the majestic scenery and fun activities.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
, (831) 648-4800

From sea otters to seaweeds, our unique oceanfront location and timeless galleries bring the wonders of the ocean to life for our visitors. (No in-person ticket sales. Tickets must be reserved in advance for a specific date and time.)

17 Mile Drive

17 Mile Drive, Del Monte Forest, CA

Scenic 17-Mile Drive in Picturesque Pebble Beach. (Admission to 17-Mile Drive is $10.75 per vehicle.) Follow 17-Mile Drive’s red-dotted line to arrive at an enchanting world full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests, and iconic golf courses. Discover one of the most scenic drives in the world!

Carmel Mission Basilica Museum

3080 Rio Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923
, (831) 624-1271

This is our ceremony venue, but you may be interested in touring the mission and museum more thoroughly another time during your stay! This architectural and cultural gem is one of the most authentically restored of the chain of 21 California Missions, originally built in 1770 and brought back to its original glory in the 1940s. (Docent group or self-guided tours available. Admission to the grounds and mission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children, and children under 6 are admitted for free. The Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.)


5th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923
, (831) 216-3811

We LOVE this restaurant. Romance abounds at this French & Italian restaurant with an outdoor patio once frequented by Van Gogh. Ask to be seated on the back patio!

La Bicyclette Restaurant

7th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923
, (831) 622-9899

We love this restaurant! Great for breakfast (Fri-Sun), lunch, or dinner in Carmel-by-the-Sea. La Bicyclette features European Country Cuisine, hand-crafted using local ingredients and old-world artistry.

Treehouse Café

San Carlos Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
, (831) 626-1111

We had our 5th-year anniversary dinner at this restaurant. Ask to sit on the rooftop!

Il Fornaio Carmel

Monte Verde Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
, (831) 622-5100

Excellent restaurant connected to The Pine Inn and across the street from Monte Verde Inn. We had a lovely dinner here on the rooftop after deciding to have our wedding in Carmel!

Hog's Breath Inn

San Carlos Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923
, (831) 625-1044

Hangout known for the Clint Eastwood-inspired decor dishes up American comfort food & cocktails. (Also the location we're meeting at for our welcome drinks on Thursday!)

Brophy's Tavern

4th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
, (831) 586-5566

Relaxed Irish pub in a cozy two-story house featuring comfort food, craft draft beer & local wines.

Folktale Winery

8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923
, (831) 293-7500

Great wine and food in Carmel Valley! Wine Garden is open - a perfect outdoor setting to enjoy lunch or dinner. They often have live music in the garden as well! (Reservations are required for all guests of the Wine Garden.)

Holman Ranch Tasting Room

18 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
, (831) 601-8761

We had a celebratory tasting here right after deciding Holman Ranch would be our reception venue! Great wine, and an opportunity to explore the Carmel Valley.

Georis Winery

1 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
, (831) 659-1080

This tasting room in Carmel Valley offers good wines and a really nice open bright patio with a garden.

Cannery Row

Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

Home of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, restaurants, shopping, and more activities in Monterey.

Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940

Old Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey was built in 1845 for regular passenger and freight service. Known as the “Monterey Bay Whale Watching Capital of the World” and a top destination of visitors from around the world, Monterey’s Old Fisherman's Wharf provides a wide array of award-winning dining, shopping, deep-sea fishing trip, whale watching tour, bay cruises, a glass-bottom boat, marine life, fishing and sailing, and strolling leisurely in a gorgeous setting overlooking the Monterey Bay.

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