The win­ter won­der­land of Que­bec City or the foodie par­adise of the Cali coast?

Would you rather soak up the sun in Carmel-by-the-Sea or frolic in the snow in Que­bec City? It’s a tough call.

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WALK Carmel Beach is just a short stroll from La Playa. Let your toes sink into the fine white sand while you chat with lo­cals who have the ul­ti­mate lux­ury of liv­ing across the street from the waves. lunch Book the Vin­cent Van Gogh ta­ble (trans­ported from an inn in France where the painter used to eat) at the rus­tic, ro­man­tic Casanova Restau­rant in Carmel. Or­der the pot of shell­fish with herbs and gar­lic, and keep an eye out for celebs like Clint East­wood (who has his own restau­rant nearby). DRIVE Peb­ble Beach’s 17 Mile Drive, which winds along the jaw-drop­pingly-lovely coast and through the misty Del Monte For­est, is just a 15-minute drive from Carmel. Give your­self lots of time—there’s much more to see here than just the iconic Lone Cy­press (like vi­brant wild­flow­ers cling­ing to the cliffs). Keep driv­ing south to Big Sur via High­way 1 for an­other 140 kilo­me­tres of look­outs, bridges and beaches to ex­plore. You’ll want to pull over at al­most ev­ery curve, but save time for Pfeif­fer Beach. Its patches of pur­ple sand and key­hole arch set in the surf are stun­ning. SHOP Pop in to pe­ruse the Henry Miller Me­mo­rial Li­brary, a quirky cof­fee stop/out­door con­cert venue/book shop where some cab­i­nets have signs like “Dear Beau­ti­ful Per­son, Please open me up and take a look. I am a lonely cabi­net and crave at­ten­tion & af­fec­tion. Love The Cabi­net & My Fel­low Books.” DRINK & dine Book a late meal at Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar in Pa­cific Grove. Chef Jef­frey Weiss’ South­ern Mediter­ranean share plates will make it al­most im­pos­si­ble to de­cide be­tween of­fer­ings like oc­to­pus with lemon mer­me­lada and lamb meat­balls with mint and muham­mara.

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