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Carmel or Monterey?

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Carmel or Monterey?

Traveling on a side trip from SF for 2 days with my 21 yo daughter next spring- wondering what the differences are between Monterey & Carmel- We want to do some wineries one day and then probably shopping or maybe the aquarium- Looking at Either the Pacific hotel in Monterey or Quail Lodge in Carmel any opinions? We are fun loving ,like good food, fairly energetic - Just wondering which would be better. After we are off to Sequoia NP for 3 days.

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1. Re: Carmel or Monterey?

Carmel and Monterey are within 5 minutes of each other, so as far as location, either is fine. Carmel is prettier--cute downtown full of shops and galleries and restaurants, with a gorgeous white-sand beach at the foot of the main street. Although Hotel Pacific is nice, it's on a busy street. If you choose to stay there, be sure to ask for a room away from the street. It is a short walk to downtown Monterey, but there isn't a whole lot there. You also was walk to the Wharf easily.

Quail Lodge is not in Carmel, but in Carmel Valley. Nice location, but a 25-minute drive to get into town. If you want to be in the thick of things in Carmel, then take a look at La Playa Hotel, Cypress Inn or Tradewinds.

If you like a small-town atmosphere, you can also consider Pacific Grove. If you like B&Bs, Seven Gables and Green Gables Inn are across the street from the water with excellent views. You can walk from there to the aquarium and Cannery Row, as well as along a gorgeous stretch of coastline. You also can walk to the main street and fins some great restaurants: Red House Cafe, Max's Grill.

It's not that Monterey is a bad place to stay--it's just that both Carmel and Pacific Grove have more atmosphere. If shopping is a priority, you'll be happy in Carmel, I think.

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Yes, you will be very happy with the shopping in Carmel! :) Aside from the quaint boutiques, art galleries, jewelry shops, etc. on Ocean, there also the Carmel Plaza which offers many shops in one location, it is a bi-level shopping area with many fine stores. At Christmas time the Plaza is gorgeous with a huge tree and beautiful decoration, quite magical. :)

La Playa is very nice, it is a Historic Hotel which is on the National Register, very pretty grounds and gardens here with an old world charm to the place. Our room was rather small, very nicely appointed with a view of the ocean. There is a nice restaurant on-site here, also.

I have heard mixed reviews of the Hotel Pacific, if you want a very upscale property with views, location, spa, excellent service, consider the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, this is our favorite property in Monterey, they also have two of our favorite restaurants right on-site, Schooner's Bistro and the Duck Club. Enjoy your trip! :)

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Stay in Carmel as close to Ocean Ave. and San Carlos st. You will be in the middle of the most beautiful little town in America.

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Carmel. Stay at the Vagabond. No doubt about it. You will love it!

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