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Looking for kid-friendly lodging in Carmel. We are going to a
wedding there in mid-August and we will have a 3-month old and
3-year old. Most places don't seem particularly open to young
children. Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Please
contact me. Monique
We stayed at the Wayside Inn, a block or two from the main avenue in Carmel, with
our then 18 month old. Most units have a kitchenette plus a separate living area
with fireplace. They deliver a basket of breakfast goodies to your door and have
home-baked cookies in the office all day long. It wasn't particularly cheap, about
$200/night, but I've found that pretty par for the course in Carmel. They also took
us for one night on a weekend, which is hard to find.
If you want to consider Carmel Valley (gorgeous, but about a 15 minute drive from
the town of Carmel), try the Valley Lodge. They have a nice outdoor pool and spa
and include a continental breakfast (served in a kind of cafeteria-style room right on
premises). Some of the rooms are suites, I think.
We also stayed just recently at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove
(between Monterey & Carmel). Really nice woodsy feel, again a good breakfast
included, balcony and fireplace in the room.
All 3 of these spots were filled with families. Good luck!
We stayed at the Carmel Valley Lodge. It is about 15 miles
inland from Carmel. Great kid-friendly (and dog-friendly)
place. They have a heated outdoor pool that is swimmable all
year round, as well as a hot tub. There is a playground right
nearby. You can rent a cottage with a kitchen, and the Lodge
provides a nice buffet breakfast.
My father and stepmother are coming out visit in early January
and have booked a place in Carmel for a few days. Can anyone
give any recommendations for fun things to do specifically in
Carmel during that time? Or good restaurant recommendations?
Two fabulous restaurants in Carmel: ''The Carmel Chop House'' and
''Grasings.'' These restaurants are owned by Narsai David and are
both exquisite. Good luck!
Re: Pet-friendly Getaways
A truly wonderful place to stay is the Forrest Lodge in
Carmel. They are a b&b with a variety of rooms (cottages
actually) - you can have your own kitchen (and fireplace) if
you like or not. They are about a block from the shops of
carmel. We drove down to the carmel city beach which is dog
heaven! No leashes! At the Lodge they have a hose & dog
towels so you can clean off your dog post beach. And there are
lots of resturants in Carmel where you can bring your dog if
you so desire. Last time we stayed there I think our dog had
the best vacation! Your breakfast comes with dog treats too.
Carmel is a very dog-friendly town, and our dog loves going to
the beach there. Some of the places downtown can be pretty
pricey-- we've stayed a little farther out, at a place called
the Carmel Mission Valley Inn. It has a large field adjacent
for those early morning/late night walks =) Also, a nicely-done
mall (the Barnyard) about 50 yards away, with several
restaurants. Enjoy your trip!
Re: Romantic Getaway for Couples
My husband and I finally got a nice rare weekend away from the
kids in March. We wanted something not too far away, not too
expensive, but clean, pleasant and relaxing. We stayed at the
Carmel River Inn, in one of the cottages - ours had a king size
bed, a separate living room w/fireplace, and a kitchenette. I
think it was about $95/night, but that may have been the off-
season rate. It was a bit rustic (no bathtub, knotty pine
furnishing), but very clean, private and quiet - and we actually
got to sleep in past 8:00 - unheard of! For entertainment, there
was walking around the river area, and it's close enough to the
Mission that it could be a nice hike. We also got in the car
both days - to Carmel for a day of walking around, window
shopping, lunch, and looking in the art galleries, then Monterey
for dinner, before heading back to the cabin to enjoy the rain
and the fireplace. The other day was a drive to Point Lobos to
hike around, take some pictures, and just appreciate nature at
our own pace. Just not having to hear ''I want'', ''I
need'', ''When??'', and ''Why not??'' for two days made us happy to
come home to the kids. I'd recommend Carmel as a close-by way of
remembering what it's like to talk and walk together and even
sleep without constant interruption.
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