For a weekend you'll always remember, gather your girlfriends at Carmel-by-the-Sea. Whether you're from California or around the world, nothing brings friends together like world-class shopping, dining and pampering — all set in a world-class place like Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Step outside your cozy bed-and-breakfast or inn and start the morning with a refreshing stroll on Carmel Beach, voted one of the nation's top beaches. The main topic of conversation as the waves roll in may well be the city's High Heel Ordinance. That's right, no heels over two inches are permitted without a license from City Hall. However, no tickets have been issued for heels even though the ban was created as a safety measure due to the town's uneven sidewalks and pathways.
After coffee and a croissant at a local favorite like the Carmel Roasting Company or Carmel Coffee House, you're ready for the royal spa and beauty treatment at A-list spots that include Dominique Skincare Salon, or Kush Day Spa for a deluxe array of facials, body treatments, massages, and salon services are yours for the pampering.
Looking and feeling terrific, the time has arrived for shopping, shopping, and shopping within the one-square mile village where you'll find the finest fashion, jewelry, antiques, and home decor boutiques this side of the Riviera or St. Moritz. Everything trendy or classic is here to explore in the town's stone-paved alleyways or curlicue-roofed shops. No neon or chain stores that bind you, just superior quality and service worthy of Union Square or Rodeo Drive.
The treasures you discovered are worthy of a celebratory lunch at Carmel's popular Little Napoli, La Bicyclette, Dametra Cafe, or one of the dozens of other fine restaurants for an unforgettable, leisurely meal. From sushi to Italian, Carmel's got it. After lunch stroll over to one of Carmel's many wine tasting rooms such as Galante Vineyards, Silvestri Vineyards or Scheid Vineyards to taste the region's finest wines.
Enjoy the afternoon exploring more of this enchanting artist colony until it's time for well-deserved relaxation with late-afternoon tea at the famed Cypress Inn where movie-star owner Doris Day welcomes you to experience old-fashioned elegance that has all but vanished from today's mainstream hotels.
What next? After a change of heels and dropping off the day's shopping treasures at your room, pub hopping is in order after you and your girlfriends manage to squeeze in a gallery opening reception first. And Carmel has no shortage of places to sip your favorite wine, beer, or cocktail. Catch up on the day's shopping adventures at places like IL Fornaio's long bar, Portabella's outdoor patio on Ocean Avenue, or the famed Hog's Breath Inn, once owned by Clint Eastwood.
Next, with the setting sun striking a silent dinner bell, treat yourselves to one of Carmel's Wine Spectator-awarded restaurants - Anton & Michel, Cantinetta Luca or Grasings.
Lingering with aperitifs by the courtyard firelight, you and your beautiful friends can look back on all the fun you've had today. Thoroughly pampered, everyone is prepared for another extraordinary day of shopping, dining, and recreation. A short walk back to your inn and you're ready for sweet dreams indeed.
That's what Carmel, and girlfriends, are for.