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Dive into the Wonders of Point Lobos

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A beautifully-colored rock with starfish clinging to it.

Photo by Kip Evans

Imagine swimming into a forest of giant kelp, feeling the warm sunshine on your back and the cold waters all around you. Point Lobos State Marine Reserve provides a chance for divers to explore wonders of the Pacific Ocean. Located to the south of Carmel by-the-Sea, Point Lobos is located on the north end of the Big Sur coastline. It is a less than ten minute drive from the Carmel Mission Inn. Point Lobos is widely considered California’s best dive spot due to the rich marine life, clear water and interesting topography.

Hiking in Paradise

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Beautiful View of Point Lobos Coastal Trail

Photo by Dave Evans

Point Lobos State Reserve is a hidden gem along the California Coast. Point Lobos can sometimes be overshadowed by the popularity of Big Sur, which is just a few miles further south along Highway 1. Boasting a rich wildlife and beautiful landscape, Point Lobos is an excellent destination for hiking.

Visit Carmel Mission Inn (Spanish Version)

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Carmel Mission Inn’s Convenient location allows you to fully enjoy all that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer. Wine tasting, world class golf courses, designer shops, and world famous Point Lobos State Reserve are located only a short drive away from the hotel. Watch our video to learn about various recreational activities available while staying in Carmel Ca at Carmel Mission Inn.

Visit Carmel Mission Inn (Chinese Version)

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We take you on a video tour of just a few of the many fun things to do while exploring Carmel, CA and staying at Carmel Mission Inn, Carmel’s Best Value Hotel. In our short video, we’ll explore a few options only a short drive away from the Carmel Mission Inn such as, world class golf courses, gourmet restaurants, designer shops, wine tasting tours, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and world famous Highway 1. We hope you enjoy our video and stay at Carmel Mission Inn on your next vacation to Carmel, Ca.

Christmas in Carmel

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The Carmel Mission

Christmas is coming and the streets of Carmel are decked out in holiday cheer. Carmel brings Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to life with its cottage like buildings, winter trees with twinkling lights, miles of garland and big red bows tied around bountiful wreaths. I for one cannot help but feel warm inside during this time of year and Carmel, CA brings the complete Christmas package, minus the snow, to our small slice of heaven on California’s Central Coast.

Peace Of Mind Dog Rescue – 4th Annual Oldies But Goodies Party

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The Carmel Mission Inn hosted this year’s Oldies but Goodies Rock N’ Roll Party which was held to benefit Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. The goal of Peace of Mind is to find loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. The event was held in order to raise funds for Peace of Mind so that the organization can continue its dog rescue efforts.

Barnyard Food and Wine Celebration

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This year’s Barnyard Food and Wine Celebration was another fun-filled event complete with live music by Victory Lane, a special performance by Delaney Ann, dozens of local wines, and mouth watering cuisine prepared by various local Barnyard restaurants. The proceeds generated from the event benefited the Carmel Valley Rotary Foundation.

Monterey County – A Wine Destination

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By Richard Oh

Winemaker
Otter Cove and Oh Wines

The Pinot Grapes of Richard Oh

Beautiful ripe pinot grapes.

Monterey County has grown world class, quality grapes for many decades. The Wine Enthusiast magazine named Monterey County one of the ten best wine travel destinations of 2013.  Here is what Wine Enthusiast editor Steve Heimoff had to say about Monterey County wine country, “it has beautiful scenery, including Big Sur, the 17-Mile Drive and the Pebble Beach golf courses. It has the tourist venues of Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. It has the upscale galleries and bistros of Carmel-by-the-Sea.”

Running on the Edge of the Western World

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View of Big Sur

Photo by Tom Rolander

Written by Sally Smith

The 29th Presentation of the Big Sur International Marathon takes place Sunday, April 27, 2014. Thousands of runners from all 50 states and 25 countries will gather that weekend to take part in any of six races along California’s scenic Highway 1. Though the marathon sold out in record time, spots are still available for the marathon relay, the 5K and the 9-Miler, a beautiful route that takes runners and walkers into Pt. Lobos State Reserve. Visit http://www.bsim.org for more information.

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Permanent Exhibits

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The aquarium's three story Kelp Forest is the centerpiece of the Ocean's Edge galleries.

© Monterey Bay Aquarium

In addition to its changing special exhibitions, the aquarium’s permanent exhibits include a towering three-story kelp forest; touch pools and other hands-on exhibits; the Splash Zone  family galleries; and the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit, home to sandbar and hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, ocean sunfish and on occasion, a great white shark.