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A Day in Carmel

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Carmel Walks

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.

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William A. Karges Fine Art

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.

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Highlands Sculpture Gallery

Of all the modern art galleries in Carmel by the Sea, this is the oldest one. For more than three decades now, the owner has amassed a collection of sculpture by artists working in a variety of media. Bronze, glass, water, paper, stone and even kinetic sculptures are all on display here, with more than 25 artists represented. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, and the place has been deemed a must-see by many guidebooks. Anyone even slightly interested in sculpture will find something here to delight.

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Weston Gallery

If you like photography, this is the gallery for you. Here you can view, as well as purchase, the works of local and international photographic artists. Most of the works of art are done in black and white, however a few are in color. The gallery has a large collection of Ansel Adams famous photographs of Yosemite National Park. In addition, the gallery shows the works of Julia Margaret Cameron, Frederick Evans, Yousuf Karsh, Edward Weston, Mark Citret and Jeffery Becom, to name just a few.

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Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

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.

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Carmel Mission

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. Indeed, he is buried, as per his wishes, in front of the church's main altar. The building, which fell into ruins in the 19th Century and has since been completely restored, exhibits classic Mission-style, fortress-like architecture, with thick, bougainvillea-covered adobe walls and a central courtyard. A Moorish-style bell tower contains nine bells and is open to the public. Though some may find the climb up the steep staircase taxing, the views from that vantage point are magnificent.

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17-Mile Drive

One of the most scenic drives anywhere in the world, this stretch of highway runs between Pacific Grove and Carmel. You will see incredible beaches, six golf courses and more mansions than you can count. Cars packed with friends, pedestrians, and cyclists all make their way along this stunning stretch of road. The road snakes its way like a serpent, along the California coast and then through the Del Monte Forest. This drive is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Monterey Peninsula. Be sure to bring your camera.

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Heller Estate

Amassing 120 acres, this purely organic vineyard specializes in Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The estate also includes gardens filled with sculptures by Toby Heller, each of which is related somehow to the tasting experience at the vineyards. Started in 1969, the vineyard is now owned by Europeans and cranks out about 25,000 cases each year. The tasting room is top-notch, and also includes a doll museum and an outstanding gift shop.

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Galante Vineyards

This winery specializes in two distinct Cabernet Sauvignons, both of which are only available in limited quantities: Black Jack and Red Rose Hill. Both have received rave reviews from wine magazines and both are 100 percent Cabernet. The winery also offers a Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc as well as a Merlot. An Old West cowboy image is displayed with the names of the wines as well as the labels, which are replicas of handmade leather. The winery's web site is also littered with cowboy quotes. Tasting is by appointment, and the 700-acre property is available for banquets and other events.

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