It’s about a hundred miles from our house in Castro Valley to the Ocean Avenue turnoff from Highway One to the quaint little village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, one of many scenic attractions on California’s Monterey Peninsula. A couple of Sundays ago we drove down to Carmel (just about everybody calls the town Carmel) and spent the afternoon walking around central Carmel which is basically Ocean Avenue plus a couple of blocks on either side of that main street.
Carmel merchants claim that they need a two-hour restriction on parking in the downtown area. Otherwise, beach goers will hog all of the parking spots all day and the merchants will go broke. We found a parking spot on Mission between 3rd and 4th that was just outside the two-hour restriction zone and began the first phase of our walk: down (south) Mission to 5th, then down (west) 5th to San Carlos, then over (south) to Ocean. We then crossed to the south side of Ocean Avenue and walked a half-block to the Doud Arcade, one of more than 40 hidden marketplaces in the downtown area. In the arcade we discovered a nice little cafe called Carmel Belle and had lunch there.
To begin the second phase of our walk we exited the arcade on San Carlos and walked south to 7th and then down (west) 7th to Lincoln where we turned north to meet Ocean again.
The Church of the Wayfarer is a United Methodist church on Lincoln between 7th and Ocean. We were impressed by the church’s beautiful gardens.
The third and final phase of our walk consisted of hiking (it’s all uphill) up the north side of Ocean Avenue from the beach all the way to Mission where we turned north and strolled the last couple of blocks to our car. The entire walk, including lunch, was about 2.5 hours. We also browsed a few shops and galleries during that time-span.
We had no grandchildren daycare duties the following day and so we spent the night in Monterey and explored that city the next day before driving home Monday evening. I’ll post an article on our Monterey adventures in a couple of days.