Carmel by the Sea is situated on the Monterey Peninsula. Simply called Carmel, it is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. Early city councils were dominated by artists, and the city has had several mayors who were poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director Clint Eastwood. As many know, Mr. Eastwood has created a bucolic inn that is captivating and is home to his infamous pickup truck that we all know and love from the movie, “The Bridges of Madison County”…..more on that later!We recommend a flight into Monterey, the minute you step off the plane onto the tarmac all your stresses vanish and anticipation of what’s ahead is palpable. Might we suggest a stop at “The Wharf Marketplace” for a delicious lunch before heading into Carmel! The Marketplace is housed in an historic building built in 1874 that was Monterey’s first train station.The Wharf delivers their yummy food via these super cool beach cruisers!and while you are enjoying your panini your eyes are feasting on the sailboats lazily bobbing in the harbor! The Market gets a thumbs up from us and we strongly suggest you start your vacay here! Just a short drive from Monterey you will find yourself on Ocean Avenue, which is the heartbeat of Carmel. Within one-square mile, visitors can see a beguiling blend of rustic cottages, shingled beach houses, modern see-through glass homes and log cabins, but perhaps the most prevalent architecture is that by renowned architect Hugh Comstock. Mr. Comstock designed cottages in the style of an English village…..and we are most certain Hansel and Gretel are living a secret life in Carmel!On our recent escape from the heat we snuggled up in the most charming cottage known as “Lilacs and Laughter”. This is a place where roses grow wild and poke their heads through creaky, little, welcoming gates.and benches await afternoons spent with a good book and a glass of chilled rosé!“Lilacs and Laughter” was the perfect perch to start our wanderings of Carmelafter all who isn’t enchanted by a cottage with window boxes brimming with pink geraniums!so now that we have teased you with the charm of Carmel, we invite you back so that we may share all of our finds, favorite dining spots and secret little drives, we just know you will be planning an excursion to this magical place very soon!