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A Walking Tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Updated on July 7, 2018
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A retired librarian and a grandmother who loves to "save the world, one book at a time!"

Take a tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea

When I visit a place for the first time, I make it a practice to take a tour so I can get the "lay of the land".

The perfect beginning to a visit of Carmel, California is by going on "Carmel Walks!". This tour is 2 hours long and is led by someone who has a vast knowledge - and love - for this village by the sea. I made a reservation before I left on my planned vacation to Carmel. One leaves a message and is instructed that if you do not hear back, then you have a place on the tour. There are tours on Tuesday-Friday at 10AM; Saturdays, 10AM and 2PM. I my tour was on a Thursday morning in May. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and layered clothing. Remember, this is a WALKING tour.

I met the tour guide, Gael Gallagher, in the courtyard of the Pine Inn, one of the first hotels built in Carmel in 1902. She then proceeded to lead 7 of us on a zig-zaggy tour through beautiful courtyards and hidden passages of Carmel-by-the-Sea. She eloquently quoted Steinbeck and happily told us some juicy gossip that only a local might know. She also answered all of our questions like, "What is that flower?" or "Where does Clint Eastwood live now that he is no longer the mayor?" One of the gossipy things she told us was where the house is located that Mr. Eastwood owned when he WAS the mayor.

I had a thoroughly marvelous time! I think Gael did, too, as our tour ran over by 30 minutes. It was well worth the fee. Scroll down to see a few of the photos I took while on the tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Please note: I took this walking tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea many years ago. I checked the link for "Carmel Walks" in July, 2018 and it still works!

Carmel Walks! The 2 Hour Walking Tour begins here:

Start a Carmel Walk right here at the Pine Inn!
Start a Carmel Walk right here at the Pine Inn! | Source

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Courtyard of The Hog's Breath in Carmel-By-The-Sea

Courtyard Mural in the Hog's Breath. One of the stops on the Carmel Walks walking tour. This restaurant sits next to the "Eastwood Bldg" and that edifice was used as a location for the film "Play Misty for Me".
Courtyard Mural in the Hog's Breath. One of the stops on the Carmel Walks walking tour. This restaurant sits next to the "Eastwood Bldg" and that edifice was used as a location for the film "Play Misty for Me". | Source

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Nine Photos taken on my walking tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea--see them below.

Courtyards, romantic tables, gardens and windows seen on my walking tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Middle photo on the far left is the alley leading to the Hog's Breath. The weather in this lovely seaside town was beautiful on the day of my walking tour. I did, indeed, have a wonderful time.

Here are my Personal photos of the beautiful sights on my tour by "Carmel Walks"

All photos were taken by me, Mickie G.
All photos were taken by me, Mickie G. | Source

Just where is Carmel? In the state of California USA, of course.

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