Carmel-by-the-Sea California

Carmel-By-The-Sea

Class and elegance go hand in hand here. Favorite go-tos are L’Auberge, Monte Verde Inn, and Cypress Inn (the latter of which is owned by actress and singer Doris Day). Big perk: Pooches are more than welcome in all three. Tickle Pink Inn at Carmel Highlands, the original home of former U.S. Sen. Edward Tickle and his wife, Bess, overlooks …

Monterey California

Monterey

Victorian-inspired designs brighten The Monterey Hotel in historic downtown Monterey. The boutique inn charms with its hand-carved wood furnishings and plantation shutters. Portola Hotel & Spa is a Four Diamond swirl of splendor and bay adventure. Outdoor romps like scuba diving can be arranged here, as well as wine and beer tastings. For a complete decompression of the body and …

Pacific Grove California

Pacific Grove

La Mia Cucina, an 11-table bistro that exudes European elegance, reaches the top of our dining list this year. Every dish is prepared from scratch (with many ingredients sourced from local farmers markets), and homemade pastas are created daily. The family-owned Fandango rests in the heart of downtown Pacific Grove, and its fine dining options — everything from lamb chops, …

Pebble Beach CA

Pebble Beach

For nearly 100 years, The Lodge at Pebble Beach has offered seasoned golfers — and visitors craving luxury — some of the finest courses and accommodations in the world. The Lodge will always impress with its 500-square-foot Garden Rooms featuring a fireplace, marble bathroom, and outdoor patio or balcony overlooking private gardens. We recommend booking far in advance. Nestled between …

Carmel Valley California

Carmel Valley

At Roux, chef Fabrice Roux combines locally grown ingredients and a French take on food preparation to give you luscious small plates and entrées that are destined to be paired with the region’s best wines. Café Rustica’s Alsatian dishes are a Tuscan wonder. Our picks? The rich capellini or butternut squash ravioli. Valley Kitchen, situated within the confines of Carmel …

Big Sur

Big Sur

Big Sur turns heads with its dramatic coastline, but venture inland a bit and enjoy a hiking and camping haven. Dining with a view? Plenty. All that and enough refuge to renew the heart and mind. Sierra Mar is fine dining at its best. Located at the resplendent Post Ranch Inn, the cliffside restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, bountiful ocean views, …