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Emma May
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The Best Local Beaches—And How To Enjoy Them

Salted Stones jewelry founder Emma May knows a thing or two about surf and sand. Spend a day with the ultimate beach girl.
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Inspired by California beach culture, Emma May’s Salted Stones collection of classic, buildable jewelry is made to go from days by the sea to life’s big events. A GIA-trained graduate jeweler, Emma handcrafts her natural gemstone and diamond pieces in her Pacific Grove studio — where she also helps her many custom-design clients dream up show-stopping engagement rings and rework family heirlooms. This fall, Emma launches her first ready-to-wear fine jewelry line, featuring solid gold and diamond necklaces, rings, and earrings that exude everyday luxury — a perfect extension of her Salted Stones ethos.

MORNING

10A 

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.

11A

Head to Stationæry for brunch—which always includes the seasonal potato pancake or chilaquiles! Stationæry is my go-to spot to take visitors as well. Insider tip: Ask about the dog-friendly dining options on their outdoor patio.

Afternoon

12P

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.

Evening

5:30P

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!).

Cover photo by Heather McSwiggin

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!

PLAN YOUR DAY
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