The only thing between you and San Francisco is a giant jacuzzi and two glasses of pinot in a little cottage-style boutique hotel with your names all over them.
A stop feels pretty mandatory at this point.
Hitch your four wheels to Hotel Carmel, a charming new boutique of garden vines and vintage beer cans forged from the ashes of an old inn, now open in Carmel-by-the-Sea. See the slideshow.
Yep, it’s you and someone you’ve been looking to spend quality time with. Smack amid all the Thomas Kincade–ian charms of downtown Carmel at this hotel designed by the same outfit that did Venice’s Gjelina. Restaurants, galleries, window shopping and fog-shrouded coastal opportunities lie right outside your door. Or on second thought, maybe you’ll stay put and enjoy...
A roaring fire.
Half of the 27 cottage-style rooms come with a fireplace. Get one. And consider adding a private balcony, too. To keep the hot side hot and the cool side cool.
Mushroom burgers and old beer.
Those are plentiful at Brophy’s Tavern, an on-site restaurant shielded in 1,000 vintage beer cans. Halibut-and-chips and pastrami calzones are two things they serve.
Reheating in the garden courtyard.
There’s a fire pit out there encircled by Adirondack chairs. Plus a spacious jacuzzi.
Solid performance from a courtyard all around.