The holidays will be a bit different this year, but the joy of gift giving (and getting!) remains. The unique stores and galleries in Carmel make it easy to brighten loved ones with unique gifts picked especially for them. The lights, decorations and yes, even the Christmas music, creates such a joyful environment that even the most reluctant shoppers will enjoy themselves here – and for enthusiastic shoppers well, Carmel, is a dream come true. To get you started, here are the best shopping options near Carmel, CA.
A walk along the winding stone-paved alleyways in downtown reveal different businesses with each turn, so whether you’re looking for a hand-crafted shawl, exotic jewelry or a unique pen for the scribe in your home, Carmel won’t disappoint.
Many of the specialty shops along Ocean and San Carlos are small, family-owned businesses and there is a refreshing commitment to customer service that makes shopping a pleasure. Also, with store capacities being limited due to state regulations, there is no need to tackle crowds this December.
The Carmel Plaza, in the heart of downtown, offers national brand stores, as well as delightful restaurants and gourmet shops. Although there probably won’t be a great demand for hostess gifts this year, delectable treats are always welcome, so consider bringing them into your own home instead of someone else’s.
In addition to the commercial options available in Carmel there are many galleries featuring everything from world-class art to local postcards. This area has long been an inspiration for painters, photographers and writers and their artistic influence is found throughout the town with its well-crafted stores and galleries.
Of course, golf enthusiasts have their own specialty stores and nothing is nicer than a visit to The Shops at Pebble Beach Resort. With more than 20 specialty stores, there is certainly something for everyone. And its location is so unique, as you get to enjoy the scenic 17-mile Drive to arrive at this shopping destination.
Carmel Valley Lodge
Here at the Lodge we’re proud to be showcase various local artists during special events. If there is something specific you are searching for just ask us – chances are we know an artist or craftsperson who specializes in that arena. Being part of the Carmel Valley community offers us insights and knowledge that we gladly share with guests.
And after a tough day of shopping, return to the Lodge and relax in your luxurious room, at your personalized outside seating area or poolside, enjoying the warmth of the California sun and the quiet of a well-deserved, peaceful escape.