Carmel Garden Inn

Things To Do

To help you plan your time in the Carmel/Monterey area, we have added both Local Attractions and upcoming Events.


Local Attractions

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Only fifteen minutes from the Carmel Garden Inn in Monterey’s historic Cannery row. (www.montereybayaquarium.org)

National, State and County Parks:

Pinnacles National Park – America’s newest National Park. Travel to the Pinnacles National Park is approximately two hours one way. If you are planning on visiting the Pinnacles, be prepared to spend this as the entire day. (www.nps.gov/pinn/index.htm)

Big Sur – The magnificent Big Sur coastline is less than a one hour drive south of Carmel. Plan on spending most of the day exploring this most beautiful meeting between land and sea. Some of the more popular parks and attractions are: Andrew Molera State Park (www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=582), Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=570), Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=578), Point Sur Lighthouse (pointsur.org), and Nepenthe (nepenthebigsur.com). 

Point Lobos State Natural Rerserve – Only 10 minutes south of Carmel on Highway 1. Point Lobos is a spectacular natural reserve which is home to many marine and terrestial plants and animals. Sea otters and whales are often seen at Point Lobos. Plan on spending at least 3 hours to get a feel of the beautiful Central California Coast. Hiking trails are easy and the scenery is worth many photos. Dogs are not allowed at Point Lobos since it is a nature reserve. (www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=571)

Garland Ranch Regional Park – A 20-minute drive from the inn to beautiful Carmel Valley. You’ll find the terrain and flora very different from that of the Big Sur coastline. Great hiking trails for those avid enthusiasts and also the perfect place to take your pet on a long hike. You can easily spend two hours or the whole day at Garland Park.

Hearst Castle – Travel to Hearst Castle is approximately 3 hours south of Carmel on Highway 1. It is recommended to see Hearst Castle before your trip to Carmel if traveling northbound or after your trip to Carmel if traveling southbound. (www.hearstcastle.org)

Wine Tasting:

Some of California’s finest wines are grown here in Monterey County. Carmel and Carmel Valley have many wine tasting rooms to tempt you taste buds. Carmel has more than 16 wine tasting rooms for you to enjoy. (montereywines.org)

Golf:

Pebble Beach Golf Links – Only a 15-minute drive from our inn to the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and Lodge. (www.pebblebeach.com/golf/pebble-beach-tolf-links)

The Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach – A 20-minute drive to beautiful Spanish Bay along the Pacific Ocean. (www.pebblebeach.com/golf/the-links-at-spanish-bay)

Pacific Grove Golf Links, Pacific Grove – A 25-minute drive to Pacific Grove along the tide pools of the Pacific and the longest operating lighthouse in California at Point Pinos. (www.pggolflinks.com)

Del Monte Golf Course, Monterey – A 15-minute drive to the oldest golf course in the west coast. (www.pebblebeach.com/golf/del-monte-golf-course)

Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Courses, Seaside – A 20-minute drive north on Highway 1 to the old Fort Ord Army installation. (www.bayonetblackhorse.com)

Rancho Canada Golf Course, Carmel – A 10-minute drive east of Carmel on Carmel Valley Road. (www.ranchocanada.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=281&page=5675)

Tennis:

Carmel Valley Athletic Club is an athletic club nestled in Carmel Valley, next to a trickling river where the fog line stops and the sun shines brightly. (www.cvaconline.com/index3.html)

Bicycling:

Three convenient locations for bicycling in the Monterey Peninsula. (www.baybikes.com)

Horseback Riding:

For those of you who enjoy horseback riding we offer both the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center (www.pebblebeach.com/activities/explore-the-monterey-peninsula/visitor-guide/equestrian-center) and Molera Horseback Tours in Big Sur (molerahorsebacktours.com).

Kayaking:

A perfect way to explore Monterey Bay, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Elkhorn Slough with Monterey Bay Kayaks (www.montereybaykayaks.com) and Adventures by the Sea (adventuresbythesea.com).

What to see in Carmel:

Carmel Mission Basilica – California’s second oldest mission, founded in 1771 by Father Junipero Serra. (www.carmelmission.org)

Tor House – Built by the famous poet Robinson Jeffers on beautiful Carmel Point. (www.torhouse.org)

Carmel Beach – At the foot of Ocean Avenue, Carmel Beach has a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and to the left Pebble Beach and to the right Point Lobos. Our beach is also a leash-free beach for your pets!

17-Mile Drive – This beautiful drive, with world-famous golf courses and mansions is recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world; and only 5 minutes from the Carmel Garden Inn.

National Steinbeck Center – John Steinbeck is a world-famous author, with novels such as Cannery Row, Tortilla Flats and many others. The Steinbeck Center is located only 20 minutes from Carmel in Salinas. (www.steinbeck.org)


Calendar of Events

We have put together a list of some of the upcoming events for 2016 to help you plan your stay in the Carmel area.

Many events and live theater are performed throughout the year at both the Sunset Center (www.sunsetcenter.org) and Pacific Repertory Theatre (www.pacrep.org), both in Carmel.

Feb 8-14: AT&T Golf Pro-Am Pebble Beach (www.attpbgolf.com)

Mar 31-Apr 3: Pebble Beach Food & Wine Event (www.pbfw.com)

Apr 24: Big Sur International Marathon (www.bsim.org)

Jul 16-30: Carmel Bach Festival (bachfestival.org)

Aug 16-21: Car Week in the Monterey Peninsula with a wide variety of auctions and shows (montereycarweek.com)

Aug 16: Concours on the Avenue, Ocean Avenue in Carmel (www.carmelconcours.com)

Aug 18: Tour d’Elegance on Ocean Avenue, Carmel.

Aug 21: Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach (www.pebblebeachconcours.net)

Sep 16-18: Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Fair Grounds, Monterey (www.montereyjazzfestival.org)