We stopped off in a place called Carmel for lunch, where Clint Eastwood used to be mayor. It was a rather pretentious town, where every shop was an art gallery, or over priced. I didn''t buy much there, just limped around the shops with the others before having lunch, and going back to the coach.
Some of Carmel''s attractions include Forest Theatre, "California''s oldest outdoor theatre", Point Lobos State Reserve and the Carmel Mission Basilica.
For those in need of retail therapy (shopping!), there''s more than enough variety and quantity of shops to sooth away your stress... at least until you look at the price tags! ^^;
Carmel is also filled with art galleries. It is an artist''s paradise!!
One interesting tidbit about this town is that residents are not allowed to have mail boxes, and have to go to the post office to get their mail!
It began as an artist colony, still is, and makes no apologies or compromises for its eccentricities and overabundant charm. There are still no individual addresses (directions are given via main and cross streets, and mail is picked up at boxes at the Post Office); the magnificent and beloved trees are well protected, and sidewalks can be seen skirting both sides of them; there are no street lights to mar the beauty of a coastal evening (flashlights are allowed as an aid to avoid the aforementioned trees and their roots).
Kind of reminds me of the X-Files "Arcadia" for some reason...
Have a look at http://www.carmelbythesea.com/ for more information on things to see and do and where to stay at Carmel-by-the-Sea.