Carmel is one of the most beautiful places, we drive down to Carmel at LEAST six times a year. Carmel is super dog friendly and has many beautiful hiking trails and yummy restaurants.
Our favorite restaurant in downtown Carmel is Vesuvios, they have a great happy hour and an awesome roof top seating area with fire pits.
Affina, located in downtown Carmel not only has amazing food and great service but also has live music. When walking into the restaurant there is a beautiful white piano, while you eat a delicious meal you are serenaded by the sweet sounds of a grand piano. I am a huge fan of Poutine, which is hard to locate on menus. Affina has some amazing Poutine, the fries and gravy are mouth watering.
If you are looking for a breakfast spot, From Scratch is the place to go. EVERYTHING on this menu that I have tried so far is perfect. They have a wide selection of food to choice form for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. This place was featured on the T.V show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and if you like brisket, their biscuit, brisket dish is out of this world.
The Candlelight Inn
Located right in the middle pf downtown Carmel, you can walk to all your favorite restaurants and bars. They have a large fireplace out front where we played card games and sipped wine. In the rooms they have a large jacuzzi type tub and in room fireplaces. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are spacious. This is definitely our new favorite place to stay.