Carmel California Concierge
Carmel, the Big Sur Coastline and the Monterey Peninsula is a special destination known worldwide for its beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, one-of-a-kind restaurants, art galleries, and auspicious events. Below we have listed our "Top 10" things to do and see while staying at Carmel Lamp Lighter Inn ... so that you might enjoy a visit that is truly unforgettable.
Pt. Lobos
Watch whales in January from spectacular vistas while the sea crashes against the cliffs below. The calm waters of Weston Beach (yes named for the famous photographer Edward Weston) where the inlets look like black ink when the sun is just right. The blue green algae of Cypress Cove that looks like luxurious orange velvet alongside the cool pale green grey mosses. And then the fog rolls in to create magic.

Friday Farmers Market
at the Monterey Peninsula College parking lot.  Arrive as early as possible for the best locally grown produce, honey, flowers, pastas, pastries and smiles (not just the cows are happy in California). The Vagabond’s House offers rooms with kitchens to prepare your market treasures!

Foraging for Porcini California Kings
in the Big Sur forest and lunch with a coastal view from Nepenthe.



The weather
in January

Nights in January average in the mid 40’s (perfect for fireside cuddling). The warmer days often offer blue skies and moonlit nights are picture perfect. January offers the most intensely colored sunsets and perfect weather to Kayak Stillwater Cove.



Shop 'til you drop!
While shopping it’s hard to leave The Cheese Shop empty handed.  Just across the street, stop into local favorite Andre’s Bouchee for classic French dining or a special bottle of wine to go.

Big Sur at The Henry Miller Library
Up close and personal at this super small venue in the redwoods.  Hang out under the stars with bands like Arcade Fire, Explosions In The Sky, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Waters, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Philip Glass, Black Francis, Marianne Faithful and Patti Smith.

Soberanes Canyon
Hike through the redwoods of Soberanes Canyon to the unbelievable view from the top of Rocky Ridge or hike to the view at Brazil Ranch (equally spectacular but a shorter hike).


Monterey Bay
The jellyfish are pure art in motion. The sea dragon and sunfish are awe inspiring.



Spring Wildflowers
Pack a picnic lunch and drive deep into Carmel Valley to enjoy miles of wildflowers in the spring (wine tasting along the way) or walk to Carmel Beach and enjoy the fragrant air at one of the world’s most scenic beaches.




Champagne and live music at Terry’s Lounge

Mingle with locals and visitors alike at Cypress Inn’s pet-friendly “Terry’s Lounge”, co-owned by legendary screen star Doris Day. Mutt-tini, anyone?


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