carmel by the sea
we recently took a trip south to beautiful carmel and monterey. if you ever vacation in northern california, you must make a trip and explore these coastal towns! carmel is charming and casual and i finally was able to relax and just enjoy the setting. if you can't visit in the near future, but would like to see the charming homes in the area, there is a book that highlights the fairytale cottages of carmel. here is the link: Fairy Tale Cottage Book in addition to window shopping and eating, there was another element of ocean life that was ever present on our trip. my kids were so lucky to be able to view sea lions, otters, and cormorant birds. i hope you enjoy the following photos and thanks for visiting the happy happy nester. don't forget to sign up for my blog so that you don't miss out on future posts.
carmel's pastry shops are incredible and the window displays are reminiscent of italian stores. of course, this was our first stop when we landed in town.
i love this basket with the cute ribbon.
lovely hanging basket with succulents.
one of the quaint store fronts.
the manzanita in the vase is stunning. we stayed at this hotel, the monterey plaza.
i love the napping positions.