Carmel-by-the-Sea, often called simply Carmel, is a small city in Monterey County, California which is situated on the Monterey Peninsula. The small town is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history and scenic coastal beauty. Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and the town has had several mayors who were poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and perhaps its most famous mayor in actor-director Clint Eastwood, who was mayor for one term, from 1986 to 1988.
The town is known for being dog-friendly, with numerous hotels, restaurants and retail establishments admitting guests with dogs. Carmel is also known for several unusual laws, including a prohibition on wearing high-heel shoes without a permit, enacted to prevent lawsuits arising from tripping accidents caused by irregular pavement.
With its quirky artistry and culture, Carmel offers numerous boutiques, inns, and parks making it a wonderful town to spend an afternoon and stroll. One of the nicest white sand beaches in California gleams along the Carmel Coast.
Carmel is only a short five minute drive from the Stage Coach Lodge. Simply exit our driveway and hop back onto Highway 1 and you’ll be in Carmel in no time.