Plan a weekend getaway to one of these coastal inns for inviting accommodations, great food, and plenty to keep you busy. Or, just kick up your feet and relax!
The 1929 white-stucco, Spanish-Colonial animal-friendly inn reflects the style and personality of its owner―actress, singer, and animal advocate Doris Day. This legendary overnight oasis is only a few minutes' walk from the beach and Ocean Avenue shopping; 800/443-7443.
Eat: Drop by La Bicyclette for it turn-of-the-century French ambience, duck confit crepe, and impressive wine list. Or, enjoy inventive seasonal cuisine such as a chili-crusted ahi tuna salad at Basil Seasonal Dining. After dinner, go to the Cottage of Sweets, which looks straight out of Hansel and Gretel.
Do: Shopping is a must in Carmel. Drop into the Carmel Bay Company for stylish home decor. Take the scenic route along the coastal 17-Mile-Drive where you'll see The Lone Cypress and can stop in at the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium you can view a Giant Pacific Octopus, sea otters, penguins, and many more.