Recently I enjoyed a lovely walk through quaint Carmel, California. At the height of the summer tourist season, the streets are overflowing with visitors, and it can be difficult to find a peaceful moment between the busy shops and bustling restaurants. In the winter however, a sense of calm settles across our picturesque region, and Carmel-by-the-Sea is transformed into a serene, quiet village. After enjoying a taste of fine Monterey County wines, and discussing this winter’s strange, dry and sometimes hot weather with a long-time local vintner at his tasting room, I wandered past the window of a jewelery shop, where a man worked with tremendous focus and skill.
Further on, locals gathered in the warm light of the neighborhood deli, while fresh fruit and flowers brightened the sidewalk outside. Our winters here are frequently mild, and though there was a slight chill in the air this evening, a recent spell of warm weather had coaxed some of the flowering trees into bloom, adding a little extra magic to the charming mood of winter in Carmel. This little corner of the world is a pleasurable destination any time of year, and I intend to explore this quiet side of Carmel-by-the-Sea more often.