June 24, 2023
Carmel Valley, CA

Megan & Isaac

    Things To Do

Things To Do

If you're looking to explore the area while visiting, here are a few recommended spots! Looking to travel somewhere else in California? Make sure to reach out to us for our top recommendations - we've got you covered!

17 Mile Drive

17 Mile Drive, Del Monte Forest, CA

17-Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California, much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses, mansions and scenic attractions, including the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees.


Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

Visit charming Carmel-by-the-Sea for walkable restaurants, galleries, and great boutique shopping. Check out Carmel Beach at the bottom of the hill!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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

Located oceanfront in historic Cannery Row, this aquarium - great for kids and adults alike - is one of the best in the country. There are 200+ exhibits, including otters and their new Deep Sea exhibit, with the largest collection of deep-sea animals in North America. Note: all tickets must be purchased online - tickets are not available in person.

Wine Tasting in Carmel Valley

5 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

There are 15+ winery tasting rooms in downtown Carmel Valley - have fun trying some local California wines!

The Cheese Shop

Junipero Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Huge selection of cheeses – stop and get some cheese and then bread from a local bakery, a bottle of wine and walk a few blocks to the Carmel beach and instant picnic!

Bear + Flag Roadside

7152 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

Casual patio-driven pitstop by the local wonder Chef Todd Fisher, who also owns The Meatery in Seaside. Brisket burnt ends breakfast burritos, great sandwiches, BBQ plates, salads, beer and wine (and in the AM only, fresh Red’s donuts from Monterey!)

Dutch Door Donuts

1 Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Fun, made to order hand-cut donuts in flavors like Maple Bacon


102 Crossroads Boulevard, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

Good sandwiches – Try the CBD (fried chicken, bacon, duck fat fried donut with spicy sauce), or any of their other sandwiches. Beer and wine. Closes at 3.

Dust Bowl Brewing Co. Tap Depot

290 Figueroa Street, Monterey, CA 93940

Great selection of beer, gigantic outdoor patio. Wedo’s Food truck on site also serves some really good fish tacos and some other pub-type fare.

Corkscrew Cafe

55 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Casual lunch and dinner spot in the Valley.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

Gorgeous scenery, ocean and birds! Tip: Get there early and park for free on the road and walk in. Lines get quite long for cars and parking inside is limited. Recommend starting to the left side of trail for prettiest beach setting.

Big Sur Adventures E-Bike Rentals

2106 Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

During low tide, you can take the fat tire bikes onto the harder sand at Del Monte Beach - so much fun! You can also ride along the rec trail, or within 17 Mile Drive, wherever you want! You don't need to do a tour, you can simply rent a bike - they provide all gear.

Carmel Beach

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

At the foot of Ocean Avenue, Carmel Beach is one of the most iconic spots on California's Central Coast!

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