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Carmel Hotels By The Sea Lodging-Bed & Breakfast
Monte Verde Street, Between Ocean and 7th Avenues
Carmel, California, 93921, United States
831-624-6046 or 800-328-7707
Fax: 831-624-6904

Top 10 Small Cities in USA: Carmel #2!

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Condé Nast website readers rate Carmel #2 amongst top 10 best small cities in America in 2014.

From the comments on the Condé Nast site:

“If you've never been to Carmel-by-the-Sea I highly recommend it. The views and the scenery between there, Monterey and San Francisco are probably some of the best on Earth.”

The 10 best small cities in America were recently ranked by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and its sister website. The “readers” consist of 80,000 people who have spent time in their city or cities of choice, and have credible opinions on amenities, attitudes, accommodations, and things to do and see.

Positioned second only to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Carmel is on the list for all the usual reasons – history as an art colony, Mediterranean climate, local art, local food, local wine, music festivals, white sand beaches, trails through redwood forests and along the coast (17-Mile Drive), B&Bs and inns that welcome pets, iconic windswept cypress groves (made famous by Ansel Adams), a classic celebrity or two (Clint Eastwood, John Steinbeck), old-world architecture and character boutique hotels.

Best Small City and #1 for Romance

Just outside of Carmel, winds the breathtaking Big Sur coast, redwood forests surround you with shade and ancient history, pristine white beaches attract the young and old. In fact, Carmel Beach is well-known for off-leash dog walking, surfing, beach bonfires, and wine on the beach. You explore protected tide pools and kelp forests at the South end and wildlife including sea lions, sea otters, dolphins, and humpback whales. Carmel Beach remains in the top 10 of beaches to visit, and was rated the #3 Best Place in the World for romance - which made it the #1 American city for romance - by Travel & Leisure magazine in 2014.

When you finally get into the car, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Moss Landing, Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, Capitola-by-the Sea, Davenport, Half Moon Bay, and San Francisco are all within day-trip range from Carmel.

And when you visit, we highly recommend you book room or suite at our quaint European-style boutique inns: Monte Verde Inn and Casa de Carmel -  both in the heart of this “small city,” and stay long enough to explore a most amazing part of the world.