Monte Verde Inn at Ocean and Monte Verde Avenue. The Inn was conveniently located to all the shops and the ocean; we walked to the various restaurants and markets as well as the beach and didn't use our car at all during the weekend. Our room was cute, but very tiny, without much room for our suitcases and it was very noisy, particularly in the mornings. We had a shared balcony which contributed a lot to the noise since the balcony was also our main entrance to our room plus the only place to eat the breakfast basket that they provided every morning. The location was great and parking was convenient, but I'm not sure that I would stay there again in the future.
Casanova's, a nice stroll from our lodgings. The courtyard was quite charming; reminded me a little bit of the Girl and the Fig in Sonoma, and the food was quite good as well. I would definitely go back.
|Duck salad with beets, lentils, pine nuts and artichokes. Very hearty! I would have preferred seared duck, but it was still good.|
|Spaghetti with steak and fresh tomatoes. Very good.|
|On vacation, wine with lunch. Why not!|
Before leaving, we picked up some cheese at the Cheese Shop in Carmel Plaza, the first plaza you pass as you enter Carmel from Highway 1, to bring to our friend's place in Burlingame. They had an awesome selection of hundreds of cheeses. The staff provided excellent recommendations to go along with our friend's home brewed bourbon porter and amber ale, including a 4 year aged gouda, osau iraty, a cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves and soaked in whisky and a very grassy, slightly bitter cheese (sorry, forgot almost all the names). It reminded me a lot of the always amazing Cheese Shop of Beverly Hills with wheels and wheels of delicious cheese everywhere, total cheese heaven.