History in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Favored with an idyllic setting along the coast and a plethora of natural beauty, Carmel-by-the-Sea encompasses everything one could hope for in a place to call home. With an appreciation for nature and a respect for the area’s beautiful landscape, Carmel’s founders took the necessary steps to preserve and protect what makes this place so unique.

That preservation started with the planting of 100 pine trees down what was called Main Street at the turn of the 20th century. Now Ocean Avenue, this picturesque boulevard hosts a variety of historic homes and buildings, and the best way to experience the town is by taking the Historic Walking Tour.

Built by Michael J. Murphy in 1902, the city’s first home is now a welcome center where this engaging self-guided tour begins. A leisurely stroll will lead you to discoveries like quaint inns, arts buildings, cafes and bakeries, as well as theaters.

Highlights include unique fairytale houses like the Tuck Box and the Hansel and Gretel houses. Originally home to pillars of the community like pharmacies, the post office, city hall, and forges, the town beams with fascinating tales of its rich and varied history.

Spanish missions played a prominent role in the region’s history, and several make for a peaceful afternoon spent among gorgeous gardens and a working church at the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, where a serenity settles in and visitors are encouraged to take in the surrounding beauty.

Just 13 miles south of Carmel, discover Bixby Creek Bridge, one of the most photographed bridges in California. Towering 260 feet above the canyon bottom below, graceful architecture and an unparalleled ocean-view setting have made this a must-see for generations.

The arts have always played an important role in the Carmel community, and one of its most famous poets, Robinson Jeffers, resided in Tor House, an historic stone home with brick walking paths that meander through well-tended gardens.

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