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Peaceful, charming surroundings, a short walk to Carmel's unique shops and restaurants
Located on a beautiful tree-lined street in downtown Carmel, the immediate area offers a charming, quaint vibe with plenty of restaurants, bars, and cute shopping boutiques within walking distance. With the free off-street parking, it's the perfect place to park the car and walk to explore the area. While the beach is about a 20-minute walk away, it's still easily accessible, especially if guests opt for taking the car.
Carmel, also referred to as Carmel-by-the-Sea, is a charming little town along the California coast just off of the scenic Highway 1. Nestled in between rocky coastal cliffs and tall pine trees, the town was first constructed in the early 1900s. Then, city planners made it a point to build around trees to preserve the area's natural beauty. Today, the trees still stand, and walking through the downtown area feels like stepping into a fairytale land. Unique boutiques, restaurants, and bars line the streets, making this area highly accessible by foot. Plenty of activities and sites can be found in the area, like the Carmel Mission, Point Lobos, Gravity Garden, and golfing at Pebble Beach. Plus, Clint Eastwood served one term as Mayor of Carmel, so there's almost no way this town could do any wrong.
The 20-room Candle Light Inn is one of the many older places to stay in Carmel, offering a quaint atmosphere with California-style entrances to rooms, which are only accessible by walking outside. Although the inn lacks modern luxuries, like flat-screen TVs or a spa, it has much to brag about. Charming, small touches help this inn face off with its similar competitors -- like its cozy outdoor fire pit and small lobby with freshly baked cookies and a fireplace. Its convenient location along the fairytale-esque streets of Carmel places guests in prime location to spend time strolling the area boutiques and restaurants, as well as close proximity to the ocean. The free basic breakfast delivered to your room each morning is an added perk -- especially while staying in one of the most expensive towns in northern California.