The Carmel River ambles over the valley floor between two mountain ranges through horse farms, ranch resorts
, and meadows liberally sprinkled with spreading oaks. Just a few miles from the Pacific coast, but a world away, the tawny climate of Carmel Valley is warm and dry. Except for a big shopping and restaurant complex at Highway 1 and Carmel Valley Road, the valley has little commercial development. Your choices are golf, horseback riding, hiking, biking, tennis, or lying in the sun by a swimming pool. Once settled in the peace and quiet and sunshine of the valley, you may find it difficult to leave, but you will enjoy forays to the ocean beaches
and to the artist’s colony and shopping mecca of Carmel, a square-mile village of rustic country cottages and shingled beach
houses in an idyllic forest setting. Carmel’s winding lanes are shaded with ancient oaks and cypress, and everyone in town, it seems, is an avid gardener. Hanging baskets and blooming window boxes are everywhere. Shopping at the literally hundreds of boutiques and art galleries is the main activity of visitors to Carmel. Originally a Bohemian artists’ and writers’ colony, the town has more than one hundred art and photography galleries. Highlights include: cowboy days, tennis, golf, horseback rides, beach walks, Serra's mission, a boutique binge, and art galleries. The detailed itinerary in this chapter is a driving tour that features extensive recommendations for sightseeing attractions, recreational activities, lodging, restaurants, shopping, and more.
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