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Romantic Getaway Guide To Carmel, California

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There are many reasons why so many couples plan their romantic escapes to Carmel-By-The-Sea, or simply "Carmel." This quaint area in Monterey County has everything couples need to enjoy the perfect romantic getaway, including gentle breezes, beaches with a roaring surf and world-class dining and accommodations, all of which are required to plan the perfect romantic escape.
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There are many different hotels and resorts found throughout the Carmel area. Some even have everything couples need to make it possible to reignite the romance without ever having to leave the hotel. The most popular romantic hotels are those that feature room service, offer luxury accommodations, have fine dining restaurants on-site, spas and other amenities couples enjoy together. Plus, these hotels must be conveniently located near area attractions and sights.

Here are some of the most popular hotels couples enjoy staying at during romantic getaways to Carmel:

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Couples looking for a quiet breakfast nook will find solace at the Village Corner or the Tuck Box. These are the perfect locations to sit back, relax and plan the remainder of the day.

Just like the restaurants that are perfect for sharing a cup of coffee at the beginning of the day, there are many other romantic restaurants where couples can enjoy lunch or dinner. Popular restaurants in Carmel for couples include:

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There are so many things to do in Carmel that couples will have no problem seeking out romantic activities and adventures to enjoy together. This area offers everything from taking a romantic stroll on the beach or along a scenic road, to finding hidden coves, to relaxing on the beach or going on a bike ride. Couples can also enjoy a wine tasting at Galante Vineyards, Dawn's Dream Winery or Caraccioli Cellars.

There is such a variety of things couples can see and do while in Carmel it might be difficult to determine what to experience first while enjoying a romantic getaway. Things that couples do not want to miss out on include exploring the Carmel Mission and the many fine art galleries in the area.

In addition to the many opportunities to explore the area and relax, there are plenty of unique shops and boutiques for couples to go shopping. Popular stores featuring knickknacks, clothes, antiques and accessories can be found along the Ocean Avenue area of the village.

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When flying to Carmel, the closest major airport is the San Jose International Airport. Upon arrival, it is just an hour and a half drive. Those wanting to land closer to their romantic destination can fly into the Monterey Peninsula Airport, the Salina Municipal Airport or the Watsonville Municipal Airport.

While in Carmel, couples will be able to get to most of the key places by foot. However, renting a car, even for a day, will make it possible to take a scenic drive along the coast. Traveling by bicycle, hiring a limousine or using public transportation are other means of transportation while in the area.

A romantic getaway to Carmel can be relaxing and exciting. There are so many things to see and do — couples can enjoy their day exploring the village and their evenings sharing a romantic dinner and cuddling in the comfort of their quiet room.

Heather Landon (Heather Leigh Carroll) is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has combined two of her passions - writing and travel - to share her experiences with others. You can read more of her articles at
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