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California’s Most Romantic City

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It’s no surprise that Carmel, California (Carmel-by-the-Sea) is one of my favorite destinations to visit. There is so much history, personality, and peacefulness that makes the beauty of this town what it is.

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Just a quick drive from Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Big Sur, Carmel is home to luscious greenery, fairy-tale cottages, secret pathways, hidden courtyards, five-star dining and, of course, the ocean.

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For our trip down we loaded up the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, which made driving a lot more comfortable as there is plenty of space to load your luggage, even if children were in the back seats. I loved how this particular model had 2nd row cargo seats which made putting our snacks for the trip within reaching distance.

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We arrived at my favorite boutique hotel to stay at while in Carmel—the Hofsas House. If you have been following our blog, you will know we have stayed here a few times but each time has been a completely different experience. Not one has been the same, and I love that about the Hofsas House and Carmel.

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Check-in was easy as usual and the staff at the Hofsas House are truly the nicest people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. They are so welcoming and knowledgeable with the area. Whether you are looking for a place to explore, a delicious restaurant to eat at, stores to shop at, or wine tasting rooms to try, they have recommendations for everything.

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If you are worried about parking, don’t be. While there is street parking available on the street, it can get filled up quickly. Hofsas House has a great sized parking lot in the back of the hotel, which we’ve never had an issue with. It makes getting into your car easy when you want to get out and explore the area.

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But my favorite part of the room had to of been the bedside fireplace. Imagine laying in bed, no kids, the one that you love, and a burning fire lighting the room. That is my definition of romantic.

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