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Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula have long been considered a fabulous getaway destination for affairs of the heart. Romantic interludes, beachside weddings and extravagant events are just some of the offerings that bring lovers, brides & grooms and those seeking adventure to this world class destination. This area offers many exceptional upscale activities such as golf, fabulous spas, fine dining, browsing the art galleries, boutique shopping and outdoor pleasures. While romantic adventure can be found in a variety of ways listed below are some of our favorites.

Point Lobos is considered the jewel of the California park system and one of the natural wonders on the Monterey Peninsula. The park entrance is about two miles from the Carmel Mission Inn and considered a “must see” by those who love this area. The park is accessible by car for a small entrance fee. Once inside the park you will find walking paths that will lead you through some of the most breathtaking scenery that makes Monterey famous. Said to be “the greatest meeting of forest and ocean” this park provides public access to natural beauty some believe is unequaled. A journey through the park with someone special will not easily be forgotten.

At the foot of Ocean Avenue, you will find the white sands of Carmel Beach with breathtaking views from Carmel by the Sea to Pebble Beach. The serenity and beauty provide a romantic getaway any time of day, but the sunsets are absolutely amazing. Truly one of those special places on earth, it has a magical allure that can warm the heart.

Roll down the window and feel the sea breeze as you and that special somone travel south down one of the most amazing roads in the world. The California coastline offers dramatic and breathtaking views of the rugged Pacific Ocean, and there are plenty of areas to pull over and take out the camera. As you travel south, you will discover the giant redwoods and the town of Big Sur. The staff at the Carmel Mission Inn recommends a stop at the famous Nepenthe Restaurant. The restaurant features a large outdoor patio and views of the Pacific Ocean. The views are truly mesmerizing. There you will also find shops featuring some of the works of local artists. As you stop to take in the beauty of this place you will feel you are in another world.

With numerous awards in both food and wine categories, the Pacific’s Edge is truly a special occasion restaurant. The atmosphere is romantic, the soft lighting is seductive and the views of the Pacific Coastline are truly amazing. The cuisine is described as contemporary American with California Steakhouse offerings. For an evening of dining adventure on the California coast the staff at the Carmel Mission Inn highly recommends the Pacific's Edge.

Carmel has many exceptional restaurants where casual elegance is one of the key ingredients. You will find a variety of settings to include private dining rooms, outdoor cafes, hidden courtyards and fabulous gardens. Carmel-by-the-Sea provides an intimate setting for your special celebration. After dinner, enjoy an enchanting, romantic walk through the streets and courtyards of Carmel. The soft ambient lighting provides a warm glow you will certainly enjoy. Please be advised that the Carmel nights can be a bit chilly, so hand holding is a must.