…Two Fairy Princesses (my sister and me 😉 – 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.