Our 9th Anniversary in Carmel, CA

We were hosted for this trip. As always, all opinions are 100% mine! 

For our 9th Wedding Anniversary, Matt & I left the girls with my mom and drove up the coast with Maverick.Carmel, CA - karainthekitchen.comWe started our Carmel getaway with a delicious dinner at Will’s Fargo.Carmel California-1-2Built in the 1920s, it used to be a roadhouse named the Carmel Tavern. Since 1959, it’s been a steakhouse, serving up classic fare in a rustic setting. It just underwent a renovation, while staying true to its roots, and I am excited to see how it looks now! Carmel California-1The French Onion Soup & Goat Cheese Ravioli were my favorites. Then they surprised us with a sweet anniversary message on our dessert!  Carmel, CA - karainthekitchen.com That night, we were privileged to stay at Holman Ranch. I can’t tell you how peaceful it is up there! It’s amazing how deeply you sleep when your children are safe and sound with Nonnie ;) Carmel California-1-3

The rooms are decorated in a Western theme, reminiscent of old California and Spaghetti Westerns. Carmel California-1-4The rocking chairs on the porch are the perfect place to take in breakfast and start your day.  Carmel California-1-5Carmel California-1-6Carmel California-1-7Carmel California-1-8It’s easy to see why so many choose to have their weddings here!Carmel California-1-9Carmel California-1-10Carmel California-1-12

Next, we were off to explore Carmel. We really felt like sandwiches, so I searched online and found Lafayette French Bakery & Cafe. We may or may not have visited multiple times during our stay!

Carmel, CA - karainthekitchen.comIt’s the most authentic French bread and pastries we’ve had outside of France! Matt had fun speaking French with the owner and employees. Bread and happiness…oui! Carmel, CA - karainthekitchen.comThe remainder of our stay was at the lovely Hofsas House! Read about our first stay here: Family Getaway at Hofsas House. We love it here, it feels like staying with family. Carmel, CA - karainthekitchen.comWe were welcomed with sparkling cider and savory cheeses from the local cheese shop. Mmm! Carmel, CA - karainthekitchen.comThe next day was spent walking around town and playing at the beach. We went to 5th Avenue Deli for a picnic lunch. If you go, you have to get the Curry Chicken Salad on a croissant. I dream about that sandwich! Carmel California-1-14We ate on the beach and played fetch with Mav. Carmel is such a dog-friendly city!Carmel, CA - karainthekitchen.com Carmel, CA - karainthekitchen.comDream house on the beach:Carmel, CA - karainthekitchen.comI am always looking forward to my next visit to Carmel because I come home relaxed and refreshed. It’s such a special place!

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