Bay Area LIFE: Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect getaway

Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. (KGO) -- Want to get outta town?! Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect getaway this winter!

World-renowned Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small beach city on California's Monterey Peninsula, has inspired artists, sparked romances, and attracted celebrities for decades. Rated a top-10 destination in the U.S. year after year, Carmel-by-the-Sea is an amazing, European-style village nestled above a picturesque white-sand beach where everything is within walking distance from your charming hotel or inn. From performing arts and cultural activities to hundreds of Carmel shops, restaurants, wine tasting, art galleries, and more - come stay for a while.

Insider tips from locals:

Explore the Village:
One of the most popular things to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea is explore all the hidden nooks and crannies of this European-style village by wandering around.

Artist Colony:
In 1910, the Los Angeles Times ran an article entitled "Hotbed of Soulful Culture, Vortex of Erotic Erudition: Carmel in California, Where Author and Artist Folk are Establishing the Most Amazing Colony on Earth." Today, Carmel continues to attract artists, photographers, writers, art enthusiasts, and visitors who want to be inspired.

Boutique Shopping:
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a place to get away from it all without sacrificing the big-city offerings of one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, home decor, and specialty retail items.

Burgeoning Food & Wine Scene:
With its array of first-class restaurants, acclaimed executive chefs and award-winning wineries, as well as available tours and a weekly, year-round farmers' market, Carmel-by-the-Sea is clearly evolving and emerging as one of the West Coast's top destinations for food and wine discoveries. The restaurants feature a full range of international, regional and local cuisines, all benefitting from the unparalleled bounties of the nearby Salinas Valley and Monterey.

Famous Carmel Beach:
Iconic Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for its many attractions, but perhaps none more so than its splendid, white-sand beach. Whether remaining above on the path along the picturesque Scenic Road lined with Cypress trees, or feeling the sand beneath your feet, Carmel Beach remains awe-inspiring to visitors who are seeing it for the first time, or locals making their daily pilgrimage.

Cozy & Romantic Carmel
Rated the "#3 Best City for Romance in the World" by Travel & Leisure, Carmel-by-the-Sea is clearly the ultimate romantic getaway. Whatever the occasion, Carmel-by-the-Sea makes the heart soar. Our secluded jewel of a village offers everything for a perfect romantic getaway. Roaring surf, gentle breezes, and world-class amenities set the mood for romance in this European-style beach town where you can leave the world behind.

Special Winter Rates - Hotels & Inns:
Carmel hotels and inns are noteworthy for what they are not. You'll find no neon, national chains or conventioneers here--just folks who are similarly experiencing the unique rejuvenation Carmel provides. Sitting as they do amidst oceans of flowers and Cypress, and bathed in Pacific breezes, the village's hotels and inns provide an unparalleled sense of discovery. Each is the landing place for a wholly unique vacation with a host of Carmel hotel and inn special offers.
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