Carmel is the Number 1 City for Romance in America
In 2014, Carmel was rated the third most romantic city in the world, which made the picturesque seaside town the number one city in America for romance, according to a Travel + Leisure survey. Carmel-by-the-Sea has all of the elements required of romance: beautiful scenery, long beaches for strolling arm in arm, romantic restaurants, fine wine and charming Carmel inns to call home during your stay.
Romance in Carmel is not new, though. The town's romantic magnetism has made for some memorable moments in cinema. The beaches, scenic drives and sunsets have been featured in many films including the love embrace on the sand scene (with Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster) in From Here to Eternity in which a beach at Big Sur doubles for a beach in Hawaii.
Carmel = Romance? Eastwood Knew In '71
Carmel's charm is undeniable - a haven for lovers of all variety: lovers of nature, art, writing, craft, wine and food. The town has been attracting couples, newlyweds, and lovers since there was a thing called love, and a town called "Carmel".
In 1971, Clint Eastwood knew the charm of the town he would call home and one day preside over as mayor.
Back then, Eastwood was a burgeoning actor and director. In the '71 movie Play Misty for Me (his directorial debut), Eastwood featured many parts of the Carmel and Monterey area including Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Monterey Fair Grounds (specifically the Monterey Jazz Festival), Carmel Valley, and the Pacific Coast Highway.
Carmel and Monterey might be called the film's co-stars and it would not have been the same without the pounding surf and arm-in-arm beach stroll of lovers Dave and Tobie (Clint Eastwood and Donna Mills) that was depicted in one of the most memorable montage sequences ever shot. Though the movie was a romantic-thriller, a genre Eastwood handled with aplomb, it wasn't the scary bits that elicited so much emotion in the theaters - it was the romantic montage shot in Big Sur, backed by Roberta Flack's soulful, longing-filled singing of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. The sequence had moviegoers openly weeping - even men - snuffling their tears surreptitiously behind popcorn boxes, pretending that a throat-stuck kernel of corn was the cause of their sniffling and sputtering. It is a mesmerizing and deeply emotional 5 minutes and 13 seconds of film. They don't make romance montages like that anymore. As a result of the movie, and Flack's lush, tender and patient rendition, the song was a hit, shooting to #1 on the Billboard Top 100 where it stayed for six weeks, though two years before, Flack had released it in her '69 debut album "First Take" with little notice from the public.
For your listening pleasure, here is "that montage scene" in most of its glory. Unfortunately, the YouTuber had to adjust the image as to not trip copyright filters, but you'll see the scenes, and hear the heartbreaking song. We at Monte Verde Inn and Casa de Carmel highly recommend this movie even if just for this beautiful montage, the lovely song, and accompanying romantic scenes of Big Sur. If a marriage proposal ensues, please allow us an "I told you so".
About the video: The video below was not created by Monte Verde Inn. We are embedding it from YouTube. The video creator adjusted the images as not to infringe copyright.
Book a Carmel Romantic Getaway
Monte Verde Inn and Casa de Carmel would like to help you create your own montage-worthy romantic vacation in Carmel. Book a weekend getaway by taking advantage of our "Sweet Summer Special" and our "Sweet, Suite Deal". Receive discounted rates on a Casa de Carmel Standard Queen Room, or book our Ocean View Condo or Family Suite at a reduced rate. Our staff would be happy to help you plan your itinerary of Carmel romance.
These offers include breakfast in bed, free WiFi and parking, gourmet coffee and tea, afternoon snacks and a decanter of delectable Sherry.
- 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival
- Day Hiking Near Carmel
- Carmel Art Colony
- Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
- 8th Annual Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours
- Famous Carmel Writers
- Carmel 2nd of Top 10 Small Cities
- Carmel and Clint Eastwood
- About Monterey County
- Carmel Bach Festival 2014
- Movies Made in Carmel and Monterey
- A Vacation in Carmel, CA
- See What's Happening at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
- Local Carmel Artist Luke Lamar's Summer Beach Bags
- April Events - Sea Otter Classic - Big Sur Marathon