Food, history and walking around Carmel, California
Carmel is a gorgeous little town nestled on California's Central Coast. There's hiking in nearby Big Sur, wine tasting, the aquarium in Monterrey is 10 minutes north of Carmel and lots of unique shopping and dining right there in Carmel.
The Carmel Food Tour is led by Staci G. and usually only allows about a dozen people at a time in each group. Staci does a great job weaving the history of Carmel and its people with the modern "localvore" food movement. At each place we met the owner who would talk about their place while we were given samples of the foods.
Staci likes to change up the places on the tour, but when we went we visited: an eclectic cheese & wine shop; an unique restaurant where you could sit at a table owned by Van Gogh; we sampled locally smoked/cured salami and wine at a market selling gourmet foods; olive oil and vinegar tasting- where we discovered that aged balsamic vinegar really does taste good on ice cream; a gourmet pizza place; a wine bar attached to an art gallery; and finished at a local chocolate shop.
If you enjoy eating good food, strolling around a beautiful town and meeting new people, a Carmel Food Tour is not to miss.