Unlike other parts of the country, in California rain is a cause to celebrate. A day of dampness breaks up the regular sun-filled days in the Carmel, Ca., area and provides an aura of calm. For visitors this is a great opportunity to really relax. Here are the best things to do if you should find yourself in the Carmel Valley for a rainy day.
- Stock up. Yes, it’s often just a day, or even a few hours, when the rain falls but not having to dodge the drops makes being indoors cozier.The Cheese Shop in Carmel By the Sea is the perfect go-to for a delightful treat. This family-run operation says it all in its slogan: Eat cheese, drink wine, live life happy. Filled with gourmet treats, as well as wine and cheese this shop will fulfill all your needs to get through a rainy (and even sunny) day.
- Enjoy a personalized Yoga Session. Carmel Valley offers safe and sanitized classes for guests, with advance reservations. Regardless of skill level or age you will leave the session with a new understanding of poses and how they are meant to improve your body, mind, and earth connections. Taught in a supportive, fun environment and all equipment is provided. Just wear comfortable, loose clothing.
- Read a book – as in a real, paper-filled book. A stop at Pilgrim’s Way in Carmel reveals hidden treasures and books that you didn’t even know you wanted to read, but suddenly have just found they are perfect for your mood. The popular “Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times” by Katherine May not only reflects beautifully on how people have handled the pandemic, you’ll be comforted knowing you’re doing exactly as she suggests by thoroughly enjoying a rainy day.
- Sleep in. Yes, everyone’s schedule has gone haywire with Covid, but the sheer indulgence of spending a morning deep in sleep, tucked amid our luxurious sheets is a perfect anecdote for our times. The rhythm of the rain drops is a lulling music that justifies rolling over just one more time before facing the day. In fact, we believe in this restorative treat so much that if it rains during your checkout day at the Carmel Valley Lodge, we’ll even offer you a complimentary late check out. Just take a peek at the window and call the front desk if Mother Nature cooperates with a little welcome winter rain.