Carmel By the Sea, Calif.

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TH ERE’S JUST SOME­THING MAG­I­CAL ABOUT Carmel-by-the-Sea (called Carmel for short). Nes­tled be­tween the Pa­cific Ocean and the Santa Lu­cia Moun­tains, this gem on the Cen­tral Coast of Cal­i­for­nia has been a fa­vorite get­away for decades for ev­ery­one from hon­ey­moon­ers to hip­pies. It still lures trav­el­ers of all types with its com­bi­na­tion of breathtaking nat­u­ral beauty and quain­tyet-so­phis­ti­cated feel. If you’re seek­ing a travel des­ti­na­tion where you can “un­plug,” log some hik­ing time, bike along the coast, sam­ple de­li­cious health­ful of­fer­ings in­clud­ing lo­cal or­ganic pro­duce and seafood, pam­per your­self with a spa treat­ment, or just un­wind, look no fur­ther than Carmel. Earth­bound Farm eb­farm.com Lo­cated in Carmel Val­ley, Earth­bound Farm’s Farm Stand of­fers fresh or­ganic pro­duce, de­li­cious or­ganic food, gourmet gro­ceries, or­ganic flow­ers, and unique gifts. Stop by for lunch al fresco with a scenic farm­land view. The Cheese Shop thecheese­shopinc.com If wine tast­ing isn’t your thing, try cheese tast­ing! The Cheese Shop has an in­cred­i­ble se­lec­tion of gourmet cheeses, plus wines, aged meats, crack­ers, jams, and honey. of­fers a stay that’s a far cry from the cook­iecut­ter ex­pe­ri­ence of large chains. Sev­eral rooms fea­ture fire­places, kitchens, bal­conies, and ocean views. Step out­side, and you’re in the heart of Carmel, within walk­ing dis­tance to shops and restau­rants. A com­pli­men­tary con­ti­nen­tal break­fast is served each morn­ing in­clud­ing fresh pas­tries from a lo­cal bak­ery. And pets are wel­come! Beaches— Take a stroll in the sand, jog along Scenic Road, surf, or watch the sun­set. Bike— There are more than 45 bike trails in Carmel. Find out where at mapmyride.com.

Hof­sas House Hike— Nearby is Point Lo­bos State Re­serve’s Cy­press Grove Trail, a 1-mile loop among Cy­press trees. For more ex­pe­ri­enced hik­ers, Gar­land Ranch to Snive­ley’s Ridge is a popular choice. Visit ev­ery­trail.com for more. His­toric Walk— Grab a map and take a tour of his­toric build­ings, art gal­leries, and more. Spas— Visit top-rated Refuge (refuge.com) or Kush Day Spa (kush­in­car­mel.com). Go to Carmel­cal­i­for­nia.com for a full list of lo­cal spas. Wine Tast­ing— The Carmel Wine Walk By-the-Sea ($65) is a self-guided tour of 12 tast­ing rooms from re­gional winer­ies. Don’t miss: Wrath and Scheid tast­ing rooms, which fea­ture wines from sus­tain­able vine­yards.

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