I adore Carmel! I would absolutely move there now in a heartbeat if I could. Matt and I decided we want to end up here someday… it’s almost like a little European town, so yes – sign me up. We drove up on Saturday morning and stayed at The Hideaway hotel just a couple of blocks from the heart of downtown Carmel.
After checking in, we walked over to La Bicyclette for lunch, one of our absolute favorite spots in the area. So good! We ended up coming back on Sunday morning for brunch, which was lovely as well. I recommend the Margherita pizza and a bottle of rosé. After a little pizza fuel, we wandered around, popping into shops and taking in all of the beauty that takes over every little nook and cranny of this town.
Let’s be honest – when you’re on a romantic trip, the day is planned around meals, so let’s just skip to the good stuff. Dinner at Casanova was incredible. We got so lucky (we came without reservations) and sat on the front patio in the most beautiful setting at sunset. We loved how the restaurant is dog-friendly, and the pups scattered throughout the property (including a baby golden retriever… I wanted to steal). The wine and food were perfect – it was the best date night and meal we’ve had in a long time – I cannot wait to make my way back in the near future. I realized a lot of the small details (decor and serving ware) were similar to La Bicylette so I asked them and found out they are owned by the same family. Two brothers own each individually and thought that was cool! They are certainly both doing a great job if you ask me.
(This pistachio banana ice cream was the best dessert ever. Paired with espresso + the last sips of Pinot… heaven.)
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As you may have read in a recent post, I created a Travel Guide in my menu bar. You can now click “Carmel” to see my (always evolving) recommendation list. Feel free to reach out with any comments/questions! Hope you had an amazing weekend! x