Weekend Getaway: Carmel by the Sea



Want a coastal escape in California not too far from San Francisco, Wine Country, the beach & beautiful drives like over Big Sur? Look no further than Carmel by the Sea. This was the first trip I took with my boyfriend & it was absolutely perfect; we had wonderful hospitality at The Hofsas House as well as walks to the beach & delicious food, all right outside our doorstep. Added bonus? They’re one of the most dog friendly getaways you will find, nearly all hotels will let you bring your 4 legged bestie!


For a romantic morning, get yourself out of bed to walk to the beach & watch the sun rise. You will be in good company as there’s a great blend of locals & visitors walking the streets. For an aquatic adventure, check out the world-famous Monterey Aquarium then get some shopping in at adorable one of a kind shops like The White Rabbit, World class shops like The Cashmere Company & fun, Willy Wonka like shopping at Cottage of Sweets. You won’t regret it 😉
If its wine you’re in search of, grab a passport to wine taste at 10 awesome wine tasting rooms; a great thing about the passport is, they do not expire & you can visit each winery as you wish; 2 one day, 3 the next, whatever you wish.

While Mike & I didn’t have time our last trip, next time we visit, we’re definitely driving the 17 Mile Drive; a gorgeous, one of a kind, winding road filled with natural beauty & lush landscapes for, you guessed it, 17 miles.

Mornings in Carmel by the Sea
Mornings in Carmel by the Sea


Look no further than The Hofsas House. Park your car once & leave it there as you’re smack in the middle of everything you need within town. Each room boasts a fireplace & some have a great kitchenette which is perfect to bring in your own munchies & wine. Each morning, you’ll awake to a great breakfast in the lobby with coffee carafe, trays, fruit & danish to enjoy before you begin your day.



The Country Cottage is adorable for breakfast & lunch, while dinner for us was all about The Grill on Ocean; gluten-free options & seriously one of the best cuts of salmon I have had, this was a beautiful 4 star dining experience.

For more information on planning your getaway to Carmel by the Sea, visit www.carmelcalifornia.com. xo


  1. Samantha

    June 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Great post and beautiful photos! We have family that lives in that area and are only about a 4 hour drive away. I haven’t been up there in a while, but it is a great place to go for a romantic or family getaway.

    1. AlongComesMary

      June 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you so much, Samantha!!

  2. Logan Can

    June 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    This looks so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Carmel! It looks like the perfect place to relax.

    1. AlongComesMary

      June 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks, Logan!! It truly is magical 🙂

  3. Tia

    June 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    You are making me want to get in the car and drive there right now!! Beautiful photos and great tips 🙂

    1. AlongComesMary

      June 23, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you, Tia!!

  4. Jessica Doll / Team Wiking

    June 24, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Carmel is one of my absolute favorite places! I have heard so many good things about Hofsas house, I might have to go stay there one day.

    1. AlongComesMary

      June 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Do it, Jessica! The staff & owner are wonderful!!

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