Carmel Travel Diary

July 14, 2016

After renting a car in San Francisco, Russ and I began our travel down the Pacific Coast Highway. I cannot recommend driving down the coast enough. It’s gorgeous! I also recommend driving south verses north so you are on the same side of the road as the coast. Better views! Today I’m sharing my Carmel travel diary. It was easily our favorite stop, and I’d love to go back with more time. The whole town is charming with beautiful flowers everywhere, and it’s easily walkable. I have to say thank you to Merritt from The Style Scribe who unknowingly helped me plan our trip. She was in Carmel a couple weeks before us, and through her snaps, I got some great info about where to eat.

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Where we ate in Carmel

  1. Katy’s Place (pictured) – This cute diner is open for breakfast (served all day) and lunch. I have a major love for breakfast, so of course that is what I ordered even at lunch.
  2. The Bench at Pebble Beach – When I told Russ about seeing this on Merritt’s snap, he got so excited. Apparently Pebble Beach is a really well known golf course. I believe they have several dining options, but The Bench has amazing food and overlooks the 18th hole. It was so picturesque! They asked if we were celebrating anything when I called, and I told them we were expecting our first baby. When our check arrived, they had gifted us dessert. Wonderful experience! The outfit I am wearing is what I wore to dinner. It’s one of my recent favorites! The dress is just so good.
  3. Just a note, we only stayed one night and ate lunch and dinner, so these are the only two we tried. It looked like there were many good options!

Where we stayed in Carmel

  1. Hotel Carmel (pictured) – This was the most charming place! If I could, I’d stay there in every city I visited.

What to do in Carmel

  1. Explore Point Lobos State Park (pictured) – This beautiful state park has miles of hiking trails and beautiful views. It’s $10 to enter in your car. I recommend bringing a jacket!
  2. Walk around Carmel (pictured) – I promise you won’t be disappointed! With both local and larger retail stores, there is something for everyone.
  3. Golf at Pebble Beach – Russ would have loved getting to do this!
  4. 17 Mile Drive – You can pay to drive along a picturesque road on the way to Pebble Beach. If you eat there, your fee is reimbursed.

Outfit Details

Dress c/o Chicwish // Bag: Forever21 // Shoes c/o Restricted Footwear (first seen hereuse code STRAIGHTA for 25% off!) // Choker: Forever21 (option) // Sunglasses: Quay // Hat c/o Sole Society // Bracelet Set c/o Kendra Scott

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  • Reply Claudia Senger July 15, 2016 at 7:28 am

    beautiful pictures and nice outfit 🙂 your shoes are gorgeous 😀 xoxo from my dolomites holidays

  • Reply Vale July 15, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Your outfit is so pretty and that place is adorable

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  • Reply Jill July 15, 2016 at 6:26 am

    What an cute little town! Your photos are amazing! You look beautiful in that pretty dress!

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  • Reply Gabriella Pacifico July 15, 2016 at 6:15 am

    I would love to do this drive! Seems so beautiful. Loving your travel series, beauty!!

    xx Gabriella

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine July 15, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Soft and sweet as pie dress, you’re darling!! And you’re better than Trip it!! Have a joyous and fun weekend gorgeous!!

  • Reply Left Bank Girl July 15, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Love your dress! It’s so romantic! Carmel looks so charming, so need to see this town. Fantastic photos!

  • Reply Rachelle July 15, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I know I will be going back to this post next year, cannot wait to do Northern Cali, you look gorgeous.


  • Reply thefashionfolks July 15, 2016 at 4:57 am

    The place looks so charming, and the food so delicious! Have a lovely weekend! Xx

  • Reply Fiona July 15, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Gorgeous look and such a cute guide. Have been to Carmel in 2012 and it was so good. Craving this breakfast now <3
    xx Fiona

  • Reply Izabela Nair July 15, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Amazing photos and outfit. I love the flowers in the background.

  • Reply Katherine Annika Cutar July 15, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Wowww, the background, the place, your outfit, perfect!

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

  • Reply Duchess of Fashion July 15, 2016 at 3:50 am

    This dress is beautiful Amy, I love the off the should trend. This breakfast looks so yummy too!

  • Reply Natali July 15, 2016 at 2:41 am

    How adorable outfit!? LOVE that dress, it’s summertime perfection! Also, your trip was a success and seems like you’ve spent your time so well and dined well too. 😀

  • Reply Violette July 15, 2016 at 2:23 am

    This town looks so charming! Beautiful dress!!

  • Reply C A M I July 15, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Your outfit is stunning and i bet you had a lot of fun in the road trip!

    Have a wonderful day, xx

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  • Reply Liza Wibisono July 15, 2016 at 12:18 am

    You look so beautiful, Amy. And Carmel is a very beautiful place. I really enjoyed looking at your lovely photos.
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  • Reply Candace July 14, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Beautiful dress as usual! The food looks delicious. I love anything with avocado!

  • Reply clara mcmillan July 14, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    You look so amazing, I adore the photos what a beautiful backdrop for pictures!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

  • Reply Kathryn July 14, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Carmel looks so, so dreamy! How cute is that hotel?! Sounds like such a great time, thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures.

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  • Reply Kasie Chelanne July 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Isn’t PCH absolutely breathtaking? It might take a bit longer to drive down it but the views and whimsical stops along the way are 100% worth it. I haven’t been to Carmel before but have been wanting to so these recommendations are great!

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