The historic building that houses the Golden Bough Theatre was occupied by the Carmel Arts and Crafts Club for nearly 100 years. It continues its legacy as a center for creativity as a performance site for the Pacific Repertory Theatre. The Circle Theatre, a round stage venue, is located just below the Golden Bough playhouse.
Art exhibits are held year-round in the gallery portion of this venue, while small onstage productions take place in adjacent Cherry Hall. (The word "hall" is a bit of a misnomer as the theater seats only 50 people.) This is quite the community venue. It has been established for more than 50 years. Its small size and central location make it ideal for experimental and children's theater groups. The gallery shows a broad spectrum of styles and media, often featuring local artists and crafters. Note: Credit card acceptance varies by event. See website for schedules and more.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast who revels in thrilling adventures, then Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is for you. Vast green spaces, rich wildlife, and protected marine habitats are what you can expect during your trip to this expansive state park. Exciting marine excursions, including scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking, await visitors. Seals, gray whales, sea otters, and sea lions are some of the magnificent creatures that call these waters home. Apart from all this, avid hikers can embark on exhilarating explorations of the trails winding through Point Lobos.
Tor House, one of the most prominent attractions in Carmel, was the home of poet Robinson Jeffers and his family from 1919 to 1999. This piece of property located on Carmel Point has an absolutely breathtaking view of the coastline. The property consists of a stone house, Celtic tower and an English garden. A tour of the facility is highly recommended to learn about the famous poet's life.
This inexpensive and spectacular two-hour guided tour takes you through all the hot spots, back streets and secret pathways of this unique town. See places haunted by famous authors and artists. See historical buildings and many off-the-beaten-track places. The tour has been raved about in many, many media outlets including Bay Area Back Roads and USA Today. Definitely not a thing to miss, this is a perfect way to familiarize yourself with Carmel.
Also known as Mission Carmel Basilica and more formally, as Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, this was the second of the nine missions founded by Father Junipero Serra. The area was originally chosen for its agricultural possibilities in 1771, but the temperate climate and exquisite landscape soon made it Father Serra's favorite. The building, which fell into ruins in the 19th Century and has since been completely restored, exhibits classic fortress-like architecture, with thick, bougainvillea-covered walls and a central courtyard. A Moorish-style bell tower contains nine bells and is open to the public. The steps to climb the tower are a bit steep, but the views from that vantage point are magnificent.
At this gallery, you can find photographic art of the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. The gallery exhibits the breathtaking photography of Helmut Horn. Particularly inspiring and breathtaking is Horns' Rising Storm and Last Light. Gary Geigers' Yellow Pots photographic art is intriguing. Another equally impressive work is The Eighth Hole at Pebble Beach by Joan Dost. The photographic art displayed in this gallery is exquisite and not to missed on your visit to Carmel.
Cross the threshold of this renowned gallery and you will find a vast array of paintings and limited edition prints by such artists as Randall Sexton, Jane Mason Burke, Stephen McMillan, Gail Packer, Leslie Toms, Carolyn Lord, Teresa Onada, Chirs Newhard, Kipp Stewart, and much, much more. Step through the French doors and browse for a while, or chat with the friendly staff who will be glad to answer any questions. It is truly an outstanding collection.
This internationally renowned gallery specializes in Early Californian and American paintings dating from 1880 through 1945. It also represents several estates. The gallery has produced several exceptional publications through the years and is always on the hunt for quality impressionist and modernist paintings from the aforementioned time period. Artists represented include Maurice Braun, Guy Rose, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond and John Gamble. It is a must-see for any art lover while visiting the Carmel area.
Whether it be sports, history, or landscape pictures, this gallery has something for everyone, including hundreds of collectibles. More than 3,000 photographs comprise the inventory, which was put together from various auctions and archives from around the world. Everything to showcase art is here, and a variety of frames are available for whatever photo you decide to buy. The staff members are top-notch experts in their fields, and this is a truly unequaled gallery experience.
The organization's motto is "Be Dazzled," and you will. For decades, world-class chamber music ensembles have graced stages as part of one of their many programs. Past performers have included the Mozart Piano Quartet, the Takacs String Quartet and Quartetto Gelato. The selections range from early baroque to contemporary and all are performed with virtuoso skill and passion. Lodging/dining packages are available in conjunction with some of the area's most charming hotels. Additionally, the organization hosts competitions and sponsors an education program, touching many classical music fans, and making it a true mainstay of the Monterey chamber music community. See website for event calendar, programs and more.
A 50 seat theater, the Indoor Forest shows both classic and contemporary plays. The theater has shown internationally recognized productions such as Vaclav Havel's "Temptation", a retelling of the famous Faust legend. This intimate theater is also known for having School of the Dramatic Arts classes.