Information about Carmel, CA and the small, locally-owned businesses located there.

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A little about Carmel

There are few places on earth as incredibly dynamic, yet so quaint and picturesque as Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Situated on Carmel Bay, nestled in a pine forest above the spectacular white-sand beach, the one-square-mile village of Carmel, CA offers endless vacation and cultural opportunities. Located just minutes from the Monterey Regional Airport, Carmel is the perfect base for activities and adventures, whether you have relaxation or recreation in mind. You'll have a wonderful time no matter what you choose to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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The history of Carmel

The Carmel-by-the-Sea area is permeated by Native American, early Spanish and American history. Most scholars believe that the Esselen-speaking people were the first Native Americans to inhabit the area of Carmel, but the Ohlone people pushed them south into the mountains of Big Sur around the 6th century. The first Europeans to see this land were Spanish mariners led by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542. Another sixty years passed before another Spanish explorer and Carmelite friar Sebastián Vizcaíno discovered for Spain what is now known as Carmel Valley in 1602, which he named for his patron saint, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Spanish did not attempt to colonize the area until 1770, when Gaspar de Portolà, along with Franciscan's, Junípero Serra and Juan Crespí visited the area in search of a mission site.The colony of Monterey was established at the same time as the second mission in Alta California and soon became the capitol of California until 1849.

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Carmel, California
93921

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Businesses in Carmel, California

Here is a collection of local Carmel, California businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

Art Athletic Haircare / Spas Lodging Restaurants Shopping

 

Dawson Cole Fine Art

Art

Contemporary and Modern sculpture and works on paper

 

Gallerie Amsterdam

Art

Presenting many of the nation's finest painters and sculptors

 

Mountainsong Gallery

Art

Unique art at great values in a friendly, fun and upbeat setting

 

Sand to Glass Works

Art

Fine craft-fused glass originals

 

Carmel Bicycle

Athletic

We are as passionate about bikes as you are!

 

Yoga Center of Carmel

Athletic

We respect that each individual is unique

 

Signature Day Spa

Haircare / Spas

Preservative free in everything we do!

 

Carmel Fireplace Inn

Lodging

A charming, serene 18 room inn

 

Lincoln Green Cottages

Lodging

Historic bed and breakfast built in 1925

 

Pine Inn

Lodging

The Pine Inn Hotel, the first hotel built in Carmel in 1889

 

The Cypress Inn

Lodging

Old world charm masterfully blended with modern comfort

 

400 Degrees Gourmet Burgers and Fries

Restaurants

Some days it takes a burger, we make it a good day

 

Aubergine

Restaurants

Recently voted Fifth best in San Francisco and the Bay Area

 

da Giovanni

Restaurants

Amazing location, inspired Italian

 

Salumeria Luca

Restaurants

Pure Italian flavors

 

The Grill on Ocean Avenue

Restaurants

One of the Monterey Peninsula's 10 best restaurants

 

Village Corner Bistro

Restaurants

Charming indoor outdoor Mediterranean style bistro

 

Carmel Fine Rugs

Shopping

The finest in hand created rugs

 

Chatel

Shopping

Fine Swiss timepieces

 

Diggidy Dog

Shopping

A dog and cat boutique

 

Linens and Such

Shopping

Linens & Such specializes in luxury and custom linens

 

Pamplemousse

Shopping

Collected women's fashion from around the world

 

Sixth Avenue Fine Jewelers

Shopping

Passion for the one of a kind

 

The Soiled Doves Bath House

Shopping

A vintage bath and body store unlike anything you have seen

 

Wittpen's Antiques

Shopping

One of Carmel's most charming shops!