Even though Carmel-by-the-Sea’s roots as an artists’ colony date back more than 110 years, today “art” is around every corner you turn in the village. And visitors to the charming town along the Pacific can make art of their own with a choice of hands-on creative experiences.
Whether its artists busy at work in their galleries (where there are more in one square mile than any other city in the US), award-winning chefs creating works of edible art in the village’s world-class restaurants, or shop owners crafting head-turning storefronts, the essence of art is as defining to Carmel as its white-sand beaches and fairytale cottages.
“Art is such a wonderfully immersive experience in Carmel-by-the-Sea,” said Kathy Sharpe, local artist and gallery owner. “It may be an altogether different experience than when the artists’ colony got its start here in 1906, but art is indeed alive and thriving in so many ways today.”
Carmel Art Tours offers 90-minute guided, informal walking tours to help you get up close and personal with Carmel’s village art galleries, where artists are not only found working but telling stories about the process behind their creations. Many local artists offer private sessions and retreats where even beginners can immerse themselves in creative expression.
Carmel-by-the-Sea’s restaurants boast a host of talented executive chefs who could hold their own on the world stage but opt for California’s Central Coast where they feature fresh, local foods with Monterey County’s award-winning wines. For instance, Justin Cogley, executive chef at Aubergine, showcases a broad combination of flavors and textures with a balance of innovation and deference to the finest local ingredients. The restaurant has received the Forbes Travel Guide’s highest five-star rating of excellence, and Cogley’s creations are as appealing to the palate as they are to the eye.
Carmel Food Tours offers a three-hour, guided tour of Carmel’s most interesting attractions. These tour offer food tastings from seven unique eateries coupled with insightful presentations of Carmel’s cultural, historical, and architectural highlights provided by knowledgeable and entertaining local guides.
It’s never been easier to book a lodging reservation at one of the village’s quaint inns. A newly introduced “Book Direct” feature on the Visit Carmel website allows travelers to quickly and conveniently make reservations, with special rates, directly with innkeepers.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is accessible via Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is just a 10-minute drive away and served by direct flights to and from San Francisco (SFO, United Express), Los Angeles (LAX, United Express, Alaska Airlines), Las Vegas (LAS, Allegiant Air), Phoenix (PHX, American), and San Diego (SAN, Alaska Airlines). San Jose International Airport (SJC) is 75 miles north.
Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea’s website, carmelcalifornia.com to access restaurant, hotel, and event information. Carmel-by-the-Sea as a top-rated, world-renowned destination where one-of-a-kind visitor experience where everything is in walking distance of a variety of charming hotels, inns and B&Bs.