Carmel-by-the-Sea, A Quaint Village

Carmel Seaside - Photographer Chrstine Murphy

Carmel Seaside

Carmel, California (officially called Carmel-by-the-Sea), is a dreamy and quaint village on the California coast. A special place one can be proud of, especially for those of us that are lucky enough to have a little family cottage to run to every once in a while.

To visit for a photo shoot of ocean, the sky and hills will pull the city right out of a girl and put the arts and the sky and the water back into focus. I feel so blessed to be able to hang at our little cottage in the midst of the “Golden Triangle” in a charming area of town that is the oldest part of Carmel. Quaint seaside houses are tucked into the hillsides under a forest of trees.

Carmel Beach, - LA Photographer - Christine Murphy

Carmel Beach

These homes are cottages in the “Golden Triangle” area of Carmel. They are less spoken of than other famous houses here but I love these little quaint places. This is just my style.

A Flower Box Cottage- - LA Photographer - Christine Murphy

A Flower Box Cottage

When you stroll down the little streets, you will see cottages with carved name plaques as you walk by, like: Robins Nest, Wander Lust, Dream Catcher, Once Upon a Time, By the Way, The Sunrise Turn.

Carmel Cottage Garden - - LA Photographer Christine Murphy

Carmel Cottage Garden

Below is a close-up of the gate to our “back” cottage. A local Carmel artist, R. Doan Hoag, painted an oil painting of this gate.  Below this photo you can see his charming painting of that gate that now hangs on my mother’s wall in Los Angeles. I love it!

Our Carmel Gate - LA Photographer Christine Murphy

Our Carmel Gate

Doan's Oil Painting of the Garden Gate - Christine Murphy

Doan’s Oil Painting of the Garden Gate

Since it’s inception just after the turn-of-the-Century, Carmel-by-the-Sea has been known as an artists’ colony. Over the decades, it has attracted residents. The streets are lined with more galleries than you can count, showcasing paintings and photography. The best time for viewing in my opinion is late at night. Bright, well lit windows spotlight the paintings in glowing colors as a dark night backdrop makes them pop vividly. It is a stunning outdoor gallery and, after a long walk through these gallery-lined streets, dropping off to sleep ushers imaginative dreams and deep slumber.

Earlier in the day, I found a beautiful painting in a doorway of a shop.  I just had to photograph it. Then, later at night, when I was strolling down a row of galleries, I found an easel in the window without it’s artist.  I wished I could have watched the artist using it to create a work of art.

A Painting in the Doorway - - LA Photographer Christine Murphy

A Painting in the Doorway

An Artist Easel - - LA Photographer Christine Murphy

An Artist Easel

The latest excitement around Carmel  is the filming of the new reality show
Mrs. Eastwood and Company,” starring Dina Eastwood, the wife of, former mayor of Carmel, Clint Eastwood. Below is the Clint Eastwood, Tehama Golf Course and Real Estate.

Par 71 of Clint Eastwood's Tahama Golf Club in Carmel Valley

Par 71 of Clint Eastwood’s Tehama Golf Club in Carmel Valley

Walking at night, this darling restaurant, Em Le’s  is closing up shop. Created by Emily and Louise in 1955 as a chocolate shop they later turned into a restaurant. They have a great cafe style breakfast where you can get their Famous French Toast served with cinnamon, powdered sugar and sliced almonds. Located on Dolores, between 5th and 6th it is a great stop!

Closing restaurant - - LA Photographer - Christine Murphy

Closing Restaurant

.Carmel and the surrounding area is filled with surprise and beauty. You should take time to experience it. Here is one more shot of the beautiful coast for another amazing sunset.

Sunset Sailor - - LA Photographer - Christine Murphy

Sunset Sailor

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Stay tuned for more Carmel-by-the-Sea adventures and beautiful spots I have uncovered.
I hope you will join me.

While wandering-A Photo-Poetic Journey Through California Landscapes

While Wandering-A Photo-Poetic Journey Through California Landscapes

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