English tea rooms, fine clothiers,
over 100 art galleries and nearly a dozen golf courses serve the
romantic town of Carmel. The Tuck Box (pictured) was built in 1927 by Hugh
Comstock. Famous for scones which are baked daily from a northern Scotch
recipe and are served with afternoon tea, the restaurant also features
breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Dolores between Ocean and 7th*
There are several shopping regions
in Carmel but downtown area continues to be the fvorite spot. From upscale
and one-of-a kind shops to a department store, you shouldn't be bored if
shopping is your love.
Take in the galleries or walk along
the neighborhood streets to see historic buildings. Then stroll down
to the ocean, just a few blocks from the shops.
A to Z
* (from City Hall)
|17-mile drive leads you on a scenic
tour of some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. Cost is $7.
Visit Carmel Mission Basilica to see burial place of the Father of California
missions, Junipero Serra.
|Part of the quirkiness of this community is that there are no street
Properties are identified by their cross streets and locations such
as "three houses
down on Dolores." In addition, cottages are given names such as "Doll
|The city is known for its white, sandy beaches. Fires are allowed on
the beach south of 10th Avenue between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10
|The city was founded by artists and writers such as Mary DeNeale Morgan,
Jane Gallatin Powers, William Ritschel, Mary Austin and Robinson Jeffers,
whose home, Tor House, is open on weekends.
|Among its more unusual ordinances is one requiring a permit to wear
certain high heel shoes. Since part of Carmel's charm is its urban forest,
walking may be more difficult than elsewhere and an ordinance was created
for liability reasons though rarely enforced.
|There is no mail delivery. Mail is picked up at the Post Office on
5th Avenue between Dolores and San Carlos Streets. The post office is a
place to meet neighbors.
|Most streets in residential areas have no formal curbs and gutters.
Streets are rarely paved to their full width and often meander around trees
and landscaped areas.
|Requests to trim or remove the upper crowns of trees are often denied
because of the impact such techniques might have on the health of the urban
|Feeding of wildlife is restricted because it may jeopardize the safety
of wild animals and damage the landscape. The feeding of wild birds is
exempt from this restriction.