San Francisco - Carmel
Saturday August 25, 2012
Overnight @ Carmel Horizon Inn
Return ride to SF Sunday August 26, 2012
Cost: Free (you supply your own bike and meal/lodging spend)
Note: You are responsible for securing hotel reservations.
Carmel Horizon Inn: 800-350-7723 - Web: http://bit.ly/nyTgN9
Reserve for Saturday night
Check for room availability online: http://bit.ly/mTCgNv
Road Time: 3 hours 19 mins
Distance: 221 km / 137 miles
Whale watching, fishing, kayaking, surfing, swimming, hiking, beach combing, golfing, and parasailing are all easily within reach.
Enjoy world-class shops, restaurants, wineries, art galleries, theaters and music venues.
Carmel Insider's Guide
Barefoot Walk on Carmel Beach: This beautiful white sands beach is perfect for a romantic walk anytime of the day. One mile in length, this beach connects Carmel by the Sea with Pebble Beach and offers sweeping vistas of unparalleled beauty. Home to surfers, dog lovers and newlyweds. No one ever tires of the magic found at Carmel Beach.
Wine Tasting in Carmel Valley Village and Lunch al Fresco: The heart of Carmel Valley Village is home to a multitude of Central Coast wineries and tasting rooms, most within in walking distance of one another. Located just 10 miles from Carmel by the Sea, this warmer inland town is nestled among California Live Oaks and boasts many upscale tasting rooms such as Talbott, Heller and Joullian and casual epicurean eateries including Cafe Rustica, Wills Fargo and Corkscrew. Accessible by motorcycle but for those who want to wine taste check out the Grapevine Express which offers an exclusive route to and from Carmel.
Bonfire on the Beach at Sunset: One of the many unique things you will find in Carmel by the Sea is the ability to have bonfires on the beach. Carmel offers up the chance to enjoy an amazing sunset on a white sands beach while cozying up on a blanket in front of a roaring bonfire.
Scenic Drive to Sea Otter Refuge, Big Sur and Lunch at Nepenthe's: What an amazing coastline the Central Coast has to offer and what better way to explore it than with a day trip to Big Sur on Scenic Hwy 1. Plenty of convenient places to pull over and take in breathtaking views of California's dramatic Pacific Ocean. Short hikes are also available to get up close and personal with plant life and coastal scenery. Only 45 minutes from Carmel is famed Nepenthe's Restaurant. Owned by the Fassett family for over 60 years Nepenthes captures the essence of Big Sur with a large outdoor patio and deck and uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. Shopping is conveniently located at the adjacent Phoenix Boutique, which is stocked with Big Sur inspired treasures.
Cocktails on the Patio of Spanish Bay Resort—Complete with the Bag Piper: You don't need to pony up the dough for a room at the expensive Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, CA to enjoy the beautiful coastal view and a sunset serenade from a Scottish bag piper at dusk. The Lobby Lounge serves cocktails and appetizers and has an extensive wine list (which is to be expected in this ritzy enclave of the Monterey Peninsula.) As for the bag piper, he starts on the hills at 6:15pm (in the summer) and winds his way back up to the terrace as the sunsets. There is a $9.25 fee to enter the 17-mile Drive to reach Spanish Bay. Self-parking is free.
After hours Window Shopping on Ocean Avenue: Carmel is a "Walking Town." Unique, distinctive, enchanting – that is what awaits the shopper in Carmel-by-the-Sea who explores the stores on Ocean Avenue and in the surrounding courtyards. No street lamps or neon signs, only the soft glow from the store fronts and twinkle lights down main street (illuminated from December - March) make this a very romantic place to explore especially at night.
Walking Tour of Point Lobos: Point Lobos is one of the natural wonders of the Monterey Peninsula and only minutes from Carmel by the Sea. This state park is a must see! Accessible by motorcycle for a small fee, or free for those willing to park along Hwy 1 and walk in, takes you up close to some of the most impressive native wildlife and breathtaking views of Carmel and Pebble Beach coastline that make the Monterey Peninsula so famous. There are several walking paths that will take you around part or all of the park where you can enjoy watching otters feed on shellfish and sea lions frolicking in the protected coves, walk under the cover of mist in coastal cypress groves and along the bluffs above the surf.
Dinner in Carmel by the Sea: Carmel has no shortage of exceptional restaurants ech offering a different twist on a culinary delight in the most romantic coastal setting. Many restaurants boast private dining in quaint courtyards under the warmth of heat lamps, the charm of lighted umbrellas or the canopy of bountiful gardens.
Carmel restaurants listing: http://bit.ly/mW2qaP