Looking to get away for a relaxing long weekend with surf, sand, great food, and wine? Check out Carmel-by-the-Sea, a scenic drive a little more than two hours south of San Francisco. The picturesque town, which is a jewel box of local eateries, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms, is the perfect way to relax. Here, our friends at Yelp offer up five ways to make it an unforgettable trip.
Consider booking your room at this recently-renovated boutique inn, which is conveniently located within a few blocks of the local business scene. A handful of rooms feature fireplaces, perfect for cozying up after a stroll through town. Complimentary breakfast and evening wine and cheese receptions add to the charm.
Plan ahead with a reservation—even if it's for lunch—at this popular European bistro when you arrive to Carmel. A leisurely glass of wine or two paired with cut-to-order charcuterie and an artisan cheese board is a lovely way to unwind.
Things to expect at Dametra Cafe: gigantic wine pours, fresh and hearty Mediterranean plates, and being treated like family—truly. Owners Faisal Nimri and Bashar Sneeh will visit your table, play instruments and sing to the crowd, encouraging guests to stand up and dance. Reservations are a must.
This wine tasting room, one of a growing number in the heart of Carmel, provides a relaxing experience with fun and personable guides who don’t take themselves too seriously. The wine list offers a wide range of styles with favorites including the very drinkable Triple Layer White, Pinot Noir Rosé, and Odd Lot Red.
If you’re looking to take your relaxing weekend to the next level, don’t miss Refuge, an outdoor spa located about a 15-minute drive away from downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. A day pass provides unlimited access to two acres featuring a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, several cold and hot plunge pools, and more. Bonus: Refuge also offers traditional massage services at an additional cost.
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