On warm days in Carmel, there’s nothing better than hitting the beach with my pups. I like to stop by Carmel Belle for a cappuccino and a “Clean N Green” juice, and then head down to the water on Ocean Avenue. I let my dogs get nice and tired from running and playing in the sand, before taking them along to our next stop.
*Editor’s note: Carmel prides itself on being one of the most dog-friendly towns in America. Dogs are allowed off-leash on Carmel Beach.
Drive down to Big Sur for a hike and beach day at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. I love exploring the stunning Big Sur coastline—there’s truly nothing else like it! Stop by the aptly named Coast Big Sur restaurant for a late lunch (I love the “Mezze” bowl and the “Mix & Match Snacks”) and take in the epic views while enjoying a refreshing “It’s Spritz!” cocktail on the deck.
*Editor’s note: Allow yourself an hour for the scenic drive between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur.
I love to sit by the fire pits and watch the sunset at STICKS, the sports bar at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. If you arrive early, you can catch the daily bagpiper performance too, which begins on the first tee at The Links at Spanish Bay in front of STICKS (check website for times, which vary throughout the year). Order dinner, then end the day with a walk along Asilomar Beach (of course!).