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Known for being a mecca for writers, playwrights and artists, you'll find your family trip plan in Carmel-by-the-Sea can include a wide variety of exhilarating family fun. With beaches untouched by development and homes known by name -- not address -- this quaint town has a mystique and cultural appeal your whole family will enjoy.
When looking for places to stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea, start with the Colonial Terrace. It's the closest to the beach at only 72 steps away! Another comfortable place to lay your head is the Carmel Forest Lodge. This Bed 'n Breakfast is family-friendly with full kitchens, fireplaces and is close to attractions like Big Sur and Pebble Beach. Close to the lodge is the Forest Theater Guild, an outdoor theater in a beautiful forest setting. If you want your Carmel-by-the-Sea family vacation to come with a history lesson, consider the Pine Inn. It originally opened in 1903 and after a major renovation in 1941 this history-filled hotel offers 12 stores, rooftop garden dining areas and all with a Victorian and French flair. One last hotel to add to your itinerary is Lobos Lodge. This kid-friendly hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea sits in the heart of town, walking distance to most everything. They offer afternoon cookies and coffee, continental breakfasts and fully stocked suites with dining rooms, wet bars and balcony views.
Should your tummies begin to rumble, there are plenty of tasty places to eat in Carmel-by-the-Sea. A great example of a restaurant recommended by locals is the famous Katy's Place, also called "Carmel's Breakfast Tradition"®. In business since 1982, its fun, it's homey and the residents say the food is fantastic. With a name, like that, how can it not be great? When lunchtime rolls around, head over to 400 degree Gourmet Burgers and Fries named after their custom-made cast iron griddle created by the Montague Company, which opened in 1857 and is one of the oldest on record. If you want the best way to sample local cuisine then take Carmel-by-the-Sea's Downtown Food Tour. It's a walking tour so bring comfortable shoes. One last place the kids should enjoy is r.g. Burgers. It has the "Bite my Burger" seal of approval and its simple menu has something for every member of your family.
Now you have a place to stay and plenty to eat, so it's time for some fun with the many Carmel-by-the-Sea activities which won't disappoint. For a sweet beginning, stroll over to the Cottage of Sweets. This candy-lover's paradise has fudge, local chocolates and over 50 kinds of licorice. Right next door is Carmel Valley Village. Complete with cobblestone streets and a number of unique shops, you'll feel like you stepped into an old English village. It's located on the Carmel River where you and the family can fish, swim and relax. The Carmel Valley Ranch Resort -- with private docks, fireplaces and 500 acres of gardens and woodland areas -- is only a few miles away.
A must see family attraction in Carmel-by-the-Sea area is Point Lobos State Reserve. Come and watch the sea lions and the other marine life in its natural habitat. It's a great Carmel-by-the-Sea activity to bring bikes, stay for a picnic and bring the camera to catch some of the breathtaking views.
As you, build your Carmel-by-the-Sea family vacation; look at MiniTime's trip planning tool and parent reviews for helpful hints to create a trip full of fun and memories.