Like her character Colleen on Life in Pieces, Angelique Cabral now calls Los Angeles home. But for most of her childhood, the actress spent her days a few hundred miles up the coast in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, a picturesque village beloved by artists and known for its storybook architecture, stunning beach and famous former mayor, Clint Eastwood. “Carmel is like a fairytale, beautiful and pristine,” says Cabral. “In comparison, Los Angeles seems like its clunky, awkward sibling.” Watch! asked Cabral for tips on how to explore her California hamlet like a local.
CRACK OPEN THE DINING SCENE
For brunch, I go to Katy’s Place downtown. They have the best eggs Benedict—20 different kinds! My fave is the Nova Scotia or the crab Benedict. Their pancakes and omelets are insane too, and there’s always a line out the door. It’s literally the first place I go when I go home. For lunch, I will go to A.W. Shucks for oysters and Champagne. They are the freshest, and the bar atmosphere is casual and fun. I often also go down the coast a little bit to Nepenthe in Big Sur for clam chowder and the crab Louie. The views are breathtaking! For a romantic, intimate dinner, it’s hard not to fall for Casanova restaurant.
GET YOUR SPIRITS SKY-HIGH
Vesuvio has a stunning rooftop deck bar that’s packed on the weekends. It’s probably the most scene of all the bars in Carmel. The music is great, and the cocktails are strong and tasty. If you want more of a chill vibe, I love Mundaka. It's more tapas and wine, eclectic vibe and less touristy. Brophy’s Tavern is fun, too, with great beers and pub food.
EXPLORE BEACHES AND GALLERIES
Walk down Ocean Avenue and go into the antique stores and art galleries. All the winding side streets and avenues make you feel like you’re in a European village with cobblestones and pretty flowers. It’s magic. Carmel Beach is perfect, not too big or crowded, so you can walk the entire length and spend the afternoon there, watching the sunset. The views of Big Sur and Pebble Beach will take your breath away—take a bottle of wine and enjoy the nature around you. But the best part about Carmel is how close it is to so many other amazing things. So explore and have a blast!
The rooms at L’Auberge Carmel are beautiful, the service is impeccable, and it’s walking distance to everything. Bernardus Lodge & Spa (pictured above) in Carmel Valley is just decadent: The spa, restaurants and wine are the best in the area. And Carmel Valley Ranch is great for kids and bigger parties. It’s more of a larger resort experience.
VISIT CARMEL’S INSTA-MUSTS
The Cottage of Sweets makes the best photo. It’s this candy store that looks like Hansel and Gretel’s house. Or walk along the path along the beach and take a picture of any one of the amazing Cypress trees that our area is famous for. The one at the corner of Eighth Street is the best!
By Yolanda Crous | Originally published in Watch! Magazine, February 2017.
Photo Credits: Gabriel Goldberg (Cabral); Lauren Radley (Illustration); Daniel Boud/Getty Images (Oysters); Alex Warschauer Photography/Courtesy Mundaka (Cocktails); Courtesy CarmelCalifornia.com (Carmel Beach and Cottage of Sweets); Courtesy Bernardus Lodge (Yoga).
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