Break from your usual routine and book a room at a cozy bed and breakfast! Old Towne Carmel Bed & Breakfast is the perfect spot-the historic inn was restored to achieve the perfect mix of comfort and charm, and within walking distance to plenty of Carmel's shops and restaurants.
Next, head to the Arts and Design District to indulge in plates of American-style tapas at Divvy. Here, plate-sharing is encouraged, perfect for date night! Start with a melon mojito (we did!) packed with refreshing mint, a lime twist and just the right about of sweetness. We tried small plates of fried olives stuffed with chorizo and creamy goat cheese cakes drizzled with pesto before diving into the showstopper (and beloved customer favorite): corn crème brulee. It lived up to its reputation-creamed corn mixed with rich Romano cheese, jalepeno and a crunchy, sweet, caramelized topping to balance out the heat. Pork rolls with a syrupy hoisin sauce satisfied our Asian craving, and we topped off the feast with s'mores-complete with house-made marshmallows-and a glass of white Port, a rare find on wine lists!
Finish the night with a musical or theater performance at the Palladium, where world-class productions stay on the calendar throughout the year. The elegant European-style setting is sure to whisk you away from everyday cares!
Wake up refreshed and ready to shop! Antique-lovers will want to spend hours exploring the Carmel Old Town Antique Mall, where more than 70 vendors sell books, toys, furniture and other treasures for your collection.
Fresh air and fun await on the scenic Monon Trail! Rent a couple of bikes (or try a tandem bike!) from Carmel Cyclery and break a sweat as a couple! When you've worked up an appetite, park your bikes at Bub's Burgers, grab a table outside and indulge in the "Big Ugly," a full pound burger that earned a spot on the Travel Channel! If you manage to eat the entire burger, smile! Your picture goes on the wall with other "Big Ugly" challenge winners!