The Neighborhood

DISCOVER CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA

You'll love the view from here.

This is the setting: the dazzling Pacific Ocean; surfer beaches and craggy rock shoreline; the famous coastal 17-Mile Drive past the world-renowned golf courses of Pebble Beach, Spyglass HIll, Poppy Hills, and The Links at Spanish Bay; and, to the south, the unspoiled, breathtaking beauty of Big Sur.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a one-of-a-kind jewel on the California coast that exudes understated charm. For more than a century, artists, writers, and all manner of celebrities have been drawn to its embrace. 

You will be, too. Join us at The Cottages of Carmel.

Historical building of Carmel

History

The Carmel Valley area was originally inhabited by early Indigenous peoples and subsequently the Ohlone people. It was not until Spanish explorers arrived in the 1600s that explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno named the region and river Carmel in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

In the early 1900s, the Carmel Development Company began developing the area, and the town incorporated in 1916. The Carmel Arts and Crafts Club was formed in 1905, and, after the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake, artists, writers, and musicians flocked to the area. Carmel-by-the-Sea became a true artists' colony and also gave birth to an innovative and flourishing live-theater scene. This rich history lives on in the vibrant arts and culture of present-day Carmel.
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