The possibilities for romantic getaways and places to stay are endless along this portion of the Carmel coastline.
From the tip of the Pacific Grove peninsula to the rugged Big Sur Coast, you will find terrific opportunities for places to explore, relax and stay that are unlike anywhere else.
Charming cottages, nostalgic inns of the 1930's, and world famous resorts that offer every indulgence imaginable are all within a reasonable drive.
Picture yourself here, and then take a deep breath!
Where to stay in Big Sur is a matter of preference.
You can rub shoulders with dignitaries and movie stars who sometimes stay at the Ventana Inn which has been ranked by Fodors magazine as among the best in the world.
Or you could choose the other extreme and stay in an ancient redwood forest complete with showers, a real wood burning fireplace and a mini-mart nearby.
Regardless of your choice, well planned romantic getaways will very likely leave you a changed person. Almost everyone I know who has visited this area and has stayed at least a few nights, speak about the magical nature of this part of the California coast.
While there is high demand for accommodations in this rugged part of the coast, you might consider these places that offer a unique and unforgettable big sur hotel experience.
A few nights in this tiny but quaint village might well be an experience different than anything you had in mind.
You could choose from a variety of hotels in Carmel with classic 1940's architecture where you can experience and enjoy the nostalgia of an era long past ... in an English cottage steps from the ocean, or a bed and breakfast inn where your romantic getaway stories are sometimes shared each morning of your travels with new friends at the breakfast table. Romantic getaway packages that include restaurant tours or whale watching tours are always available.
You could also stay in a wide variety of ocean front resorts that rival anything anywhere else in the region ... some that are rated by Conde Nast and Traveler magazine as among the best in the world.
Whatever your preference, it's all here. Even cheap romantic getaways are possible when you know where to look.
Whether your drawn to the beaches of Asilomar, or interested in strolling along Cannery Row, the wharf, or visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you will find the perfect romantic getaway here.
Choices of Monterey bay restaurants range from the nostalgic experience of the Sardine Factory near Cannery Row to Fresh Creme where a dramatic French influence is key to their very popular cuisine.
Monterey Bay hotels and resorts cater to both the casual and the discriminating romantic getaways traveler and many are located near the Monterey wharf and other Monterey attractions. Monterey Aquarium discounts are available.
There are unlimited things to do in Monterey.
In vintage Pacific Grove, along the most westerly point for miles, you will find many Bed and Breakfast Inns, historic lighthouses and dining experiences that will help you remember your romantic honeymoon getaway. You might even visit the infamous Lovers Point and take in the ambiance of this part of the coastline.
There are also many trendy Pacific Grove restaurants that feature coastal cuisine to choose from.
All of the17 mile drive lodging possibilities are truly exceptional and are priced from spendy to very pricey, but worth it for that special occasion, wedding or anniversary.
I would definitely visit each of these unique places, have dinner or lunch, take in the scenery here and along the romantic seventeen mile drive, walk on the beach, listen to the seagulls, and take it all in ... and if it satisfies your budget you could even stay.
There is nothing else that's quite the same. After all... this is a not to be forgotten romantic weekend getaway.
Sometimes this section of the coast has a bit less fog during the fall and winter so that might be a consideration, although the resorts here are set in stunning settings among well preserved oak trees.
If your really concerned about early morning fog ....how romantic...then stay in Carmel Valley lodging at the Carmel Valley Ranch. Located at One Old Ranch Road this destination is on a hill in Carmel Valley about eight miles from the highway and away from the beach. Here you will find acres of private homes adjacent to the lodge with acres of vineyards Full service Aiyana Spa a fine restaurant and an elegant place to enjoy a very quiet quiet stay.
The newly renovated Quail Ranch Lodge in the same area is in a gorgeous setting designed around a California ranch architectural motif. Rates here can be surprisingly low. Romantic getaway packages are frequently offered.
If at all possible while you visit the coast, stay along the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean in Carmel Highlands.
Stay at the Tickle Pink Inn, where they claim a "A view you will never forget" and ask for the Senator's cottage or one of the "Ocean Cove' rooms.
If you want to bathe while watching the ocean waves roll in, request the spa suite with a view. Once owned by Senator Edward Tickle, this ocean side setting once was the place of a small stone cottage where the California senator lived with his wife Bess.
It is my first choice in Carmel Highlands for the perfect romantic getaway.
It's not an overstatement to say that you would be hard pressed to find better camping opportunities anywhere else in California.
Stretching from a few miles south of Carmel all the way to Saint Lucia, the possibilities are amazing. If you looking for Big Sur Camping you can stay in the redwoods, camp in overwhelmingly beautiful natural settings and still be close to legendary restaurants and a long list of places to see.