It‘s not my first time to the dance, but a recent event brought me to Carmel-by-the-Sea again. Its impeccable white-sand beach in the morning never ceases to amaze. Yet, this trip was action-packed with an opening tour of the Carmel Mission, one of California’s preserved treasures dating to 1793, still standing with its Spanish Colonial splendor.
A group of about 100 then ascended to a reception at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, located just south of the awe-inspiring Point Lobos State Reserve. A lobby lounge provided an initial gathering place, followed by a balconied smaller room for food and entertainment—as if the cliff-top views of the Pacific Ocean weren’t enough.
For one dinner, The Forge in the Forest fit the bill with hearty American fare, including Cobb salad, pasta and meatballs, and a three-tier tower with prawns prepared three ways. The restaurant has several rooms and a patio totaling 8,000 sq. ft.
For a final event, many gathered at the Inn at Spanish Bay, known for its over-the-top golf course that entertains the pros each year for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament. The outdoor terrace lounge holds small groups clustered around fire pits. Time it so you catch the bagpiper playing as the sun sets over the links at Spanish Bay.
Image: Carmel Mission