This fall I received very helpful responses on this forum re: planning a trip to Big Sur with my wife and then to be 1 year old daughter for July 2014. We're now finalizing our plans and I have a follow-up question: can we use Monterey or Carmel as a base to explore the northern half of Big Sur? We're interested in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the mission in Carmel, Point Lobos, the 17 Mile Drive, Bixby Bridge, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and we'd ideally love to not have to change hotels with our young daughter.
If so, would Carmel make a better base than Monterey because it is slightly further south? Or is Monterey better for a family with a baby in terms of lodging and dining options? Any help would be much appreciated - thanks so much in advance!