A two-story building with a glass-enclosed dining area on the upper floor, featuring tables and chairs under hanging umbrellas offers a perfect getaway where to stay on the Monterey Peninsula. The surrounding area is lush with greenery, palm trees, and bright flowers, while the background reveals a view of the ocean at dusk.

La Playa Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Designed by noted landscape painter Chris Jorgenson for his wife, a member of the noted Ghirardelli family, La Playa Carmel melds the Spanish colonial style of the California missions with European old-world elegance. Growing from its 1905 origins to a sprawling complex set amidst colorful gardens, La Playa perches above Carmel’s village streets and sparkling white beach like the Grande Dame she is. Choose an ocean room to gaze out at the deep blue waters or a garden room with a sunny tiled patio. Best of all are the poolside casitas with their carved wooden fireplaces. A $3.5-million restoration completed in 2012 buffed the historic hotel to a high shine and it has continued to modernize, becoming a favorite of those seeking a romantic getaway with easy access to Carmel’s walkable downtown and its 90-plus galleries.

Photo: Courtesy of La Playa Carmel

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