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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Lastly, if you only had time for one stop, without hesitation I’d tell you to visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Located 27 miles south of the Carmel Mission Inn, this iconic scene sums up the beauty of the Big Sur coast in one iconic setting.

Soberanes Point and Wild Calla Lilies Grove

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Soberanes Point – Garrapata State Park

Soberanes Point – Garrapata State Park

Another favorite sunset location of mine is Garrapata State Park. On the northern end is an area known as Soberanes Point. Although not visible from the Highway, there is a cool arch (that I refer to as the Soberanes Arch).

Hurricane Point and Point Lobos State Reserve

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Hurricane Point

Once the light begins to fade from the Pt. Sur location, get back in your car and drive north for about a mile to Hurricane Point for sunrise light.

Hurricane Point gets its name from the strong updrafts that at times can make opening a car door a struggle; yet, in the early morning, winds are generally non-existent and the first light of sunrise will bathe the hillsides with warm light.

Garrapata State Beach and Point Sur

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Sunset over Garapata State Beach

A trip to the Monterey Peninsula would not be complete without a day spent touring one of the world’s most idyllic coastlines – Big Sur!

The Big Sur coastline is generally defined as a magnificent 98-mile stretch of land and sea from Carmel to the north, to Cambria at the southern end.

Carmel Mission Inn Features Monterey Bay Aquarium

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to hundreds of incredible sea creatures. Discover another world under the sea when you watch our short video about this amazing local aquarium. In our short video tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you’ll see colorful coral reef fishes, a giant green sea turtle, huge leopard and sevengill sharks, playful penguins, and elegant jellyfish and seahorses. We hope our video will inspire you to take a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on your next visit to the Monterey Bay Area.

Charlie Chaplin in Carmel-by-the-Sea

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A painting of Charlie Chaplan under a canopy of trees.When I come to Carmel one of my favorite pastimes  is to walk the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea in evening and enjoy warm lights of the shops and restaurants … without streetlights.   Occasionally this little town surprises me with either its unique sense of architecture or at times its art.   For example, just down the street from La Bicyclette and in the courtyard of the Cypress Inn you will find a fascinating piece of street art painted by Thierry Guetta.   Here is Charlie Chaplin floating in a giant pink heart.  Not exactly what I expect to see in Carmel-by-the-Sea, but still a delight.

The Beaches of Carmel, California

 

The Beaches of Carmel, California On your next vacation to Carmel, don’t forget to stop at the many beaches located only a short drive away from Carmel Mission Inn. Soft white sand, crystal blue water, and vibrant sunsets are just a few things you’ll have to look forward to as you enjoy another wonderful day on the beach. Watch our short video to discover just a few of the many stunning beaches in Carmel.

Your Carmel Adventure

This two minute whirlwind video tour takes you from Highway One to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with dozens of video clips gathered from across the Monterey peninsula. Here you will find highlights of the sites, sounds, and taste of Carmel and the surrounding area.

Monterey County Wag N’ Walk 2013

Monterey’s annual Wag N’ Walk- a-thon was a wonderful way to bing the community together to enjoy a scenic walk along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail with everyone’s beloved pet. The event is held by the Monterey County SPCA to help raise funds and awareness for animals in need.

Sea Otter Classic 2013

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Carmel Mission Inn invites everyone to watch our video of the 2013 Sea Otter Classic. The original event started with 350 athletes and 150 spectators. Today more than 9,000 athletes and 55,000 fans attend the Sea Otter Classic, and the event is regarded as a, “celebration of cycling.” Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans.