Carmel, California first began as an artists colony and it still retains some of that draw today. Carmel proper still has the same building style that it has always had. The town also avoids distractions from the natural beauty, which means they frown upon parking meters, street lights, and neon signs.
The oceanside retreat of a town also avoids chain stores and restaurants. They prefer to support local small businesses and offer a variety of galleries and antique shops.
Carmel is closely located to Monterey and Big Sur, so there is a variety of outdoor activities to take part in nearby. There are plenty of opportunities for enjoying the scenic view of trees, wildflowers, as well as spot sea otters and sea lions.
There is also a lot of emphasis on relaxation in Carmel, so most of the hotels offer distinct spa and luxury options to make the most of a stay.