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Old 08-04-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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I used to live about 10 miles up the road from Carmel and always felt the town itself was a bit overrated. Carmel beach is beautiful but the town itself is just OK. The area has many other attractions though, including Monterey, Pacific Beach, Pebble Beach and of course, Big Sur just to the south.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:09 AM
 
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I'm another one who thinks its overrated. In fact, I found Carmel sickeningly cutsey, nor did we find the 17-mile drive worth the admission. But the beach is pretty nice.

Prefer Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Santa Cruz.
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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Has anyone been to Carmel? I heard it's really beautiful. Does it sound like a good weekend trip for people who live in Southern California? Do you have a favorite place to stay there?
Funny you should ask. My wife and I are heading to Carmel in two days to spend about a week out there, in that whole Monterrey Bay area, including Santa Cruz, Big Sur, and Capitola and Aptos and maybe even San Francisco.
Carmel is truly one of the most beautiful places on the entire planet. People come from all over the world to see it. It's beauty and majesty makes you almost weep. I've been there several times before, having grown-up in California, and also having played junior college baseball at Cabrill College, right across the bay from Carmel in Aptos.
But still, evertime I go there it takes my breath away. Everyone should see Carmel andBig Sur if they possibly can!!
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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I'm another one who thinks its overrated. In fact, I found Carmel sickeningly cutsey, nor did we find the 17-mile drive worth the admission. But the beach is pretty nice.

Prefer Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Santa Cruz.
I'm in this group. But only because they refused to let my DH ride the 17-mile drive on his motorcycle (no motorcycles allowed, they said). So we both think Carmel is too full of itself. Might really be gorgeous, but we don't yet know and probably won't ever know.
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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I'm in this group. But only because they refused to let my DH ride the 17-mile drive on his motorcycle (no motorcycles allowed, they said). So we both think Carmel is too full of itself. Might really be gorgeous, but we don't yet know and probably won't ever know.
Huh? I didn't know that. That's stupid.

If you're ever in the Palm Springs area, do the Palms-to-Pines drive from Palm Desert up into Idylwild. It twists and winds and is a real kick in the seat of the pants for bikers.
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:19 PM
 
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I have been to Carmel, CA and it is a lovely place to visit.
If you want more opinions, you might want to also post your question on the California forum.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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Huh? I didn't know that. That's stupid.

If you're ever in the Palm Springs area, do the Palms-to-Pines drive from Palm Desert up into Idylwild. It twists and winds and is a real kick in the seat of the pants for bikers.
I just asked him if he'd ever done this drive, and he said, "Certainly!". Another wonderful ride is the S2 either from or to (more scenic going to but it's downhill so keep yer head about ya) Borrego Springs. It's nicknamed "the glass elevator".
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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I just asked him if he'd ever done this drive, and he said, "Certainly!". Another wonderful ride is the S2 either from or to (more scenic going to but it's downhill so keep yer head about ya) Borrego Springs. It's nicknamed "the glass elevator".

Good to know. I may go to PS next April and will try this new drive. Thx!
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