Once Upon a Time…

…Two Fairy Princesses (my sister and me πŸ˜‰ – hey, it’s my story) went to visit their favorite fairytale town of Carmel-By-The-Sea

If you have ever wanted to experience what living in a real fairytale town might be like, spend a day in Carmel, CA. This storybook town is filled with Gingerbread style cottages, quaint shops, delicious bakeries and restaurants and this is all located on the most beautiful coastline you’ve ever seen.

You could truly spend days strolling the side streets in order to see all the shops and restaurants this small downtown has to offer. The town is filled with antique stores, art galleries, retail shops, home accessory stores ~ all housed in adorable buildings that look like they are right out of a child’s fairytale storybook.

The shops offer beautiful, high-end merchandise but be prepared to spend some money because these aren’t bargain shops. Ocean Avenue is to Carmel what Rodeo Drive is to Beverly Hills, and with the local celebrity crowd that live in town such as Clint Eastwood and Doris Day, you can see the type of clientele the town draws. No worries, you can just window shop like most tourists who visit from around the world.

However, I do highly suggest that you go to one of the incredible bakeries and grab yourself a sinful pastry and some coffee and do a little people watching.

The two Fairy Princesses chose to have lunch at one of their favorite spots, The Grill, but there are so many places to choose from it will boogle your mind.

If you are lucky enough to be able to stay the night, I suggest you experience sleeping in one of the many Bed & Breakfasts located downtown which allows you to walk everywhere (as parking is quite limited in this town) and to see the ocean. The Cypress Inn, below, is owned by Doris Day and is pet friendly.

A visit to this charming town is a must, if for no other reason than to put a smile on your face and sweep you into a fairytale for just a short while.

Even the Fire House is filled with character and charm.

My secret dream is to one day live happily ever after in this town (hmmm…better pump up the 401k contribution)…for me, the sign below says it all.


35 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time…

  1. Please find me a *Lady that needs an old mans company, that will fly me there, and keep me there in the shops of plenty… great description of the town and wonderful pictures to go with it… *(A good looking Lady please, I might not be a cup of tea, but I do have high standards)

  2. I’m not at all surprised Doris Day’s Inn is pet-friendly – she’s a terrific lady. We’re a few lotteries away from ‘belonging’ in a place like that, but could certainly fake it for long enough to visit. Most importantly, what’d the guys do while you princesses lived the fairy tale life?

  3. Ooooh, these are gorgeous pictures. You have a gift for bringing out the best of your destinations, making them all look desirable and fun! I am ready to pack my bags and head to the west coast!

  4. Beautiful pics! I love quaint little towns like these. I just recently went to a little place here in Florida called Mount Dora. It is a old city with a lot of architectural appeal. It’s very photogenic. Hopefully I’ll get a pic or two up on my blog from there soon!

  5. As always, you capture the feeling of the place with your beautiful photos. We were there the day before and it was absolutely beautiful!

  6. Once upon a time when we visited the US (we were very young) we went to this fairytale place and saw Clint Eastwood drive down the highway in his sportscar. I still have the serviette clips that I bought at one of these charming shops

  7. Such a great story and pictures. I hope the Princesses write another story, this just whetted my appetite for more!! Love it! πŸ˜€

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