Hello. We are family of 4 looking for accommodations in or near Carmel. We do not necessarily need to be in the town of Carmel. I would not mind that, but it is certainly not essential. We plan to use it as a base for seeing Carmel, Pt. Lobos, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, etc. Most important: we want a suite or a two bedroom place or something like that, so we are not all squeezed into a single room. Looking to spend around $200 a night - something like that. Less would be great. More would be OK if it is really worth it. I would appreciate any suggestions.
By the way, we have never been to Santa Cruz. What's it like? Is it an easy day trip from Carmel area? Worth doing?