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Ocean Avenue
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

The main drag in Carmel-by-the-Sea (its legal name) is Ocean Avenue, which runs straight downhill to the beach. It is unabashedly touristy but has a unique charm. There are no fast food or franchise stores in Carmel, nor are there street numbers or home dleivery of mail. All trees belong to the city, which employs a municipal forester to take care of them.

Carmel is a major art center, with about 40 galleries. It was founded by artists, writers, and associated Bohemians back around 1900. Writer Mary Austin lived in a treehouse, and photographer Edward Weston built a granite castle. But not many working artists can afford to live here now.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
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Carmel War Memorial

Carmel War Memorial

The Carmel War Memorial, built of what is known as Carmel Stone, stands in the middle of Ocean Avenue. This distinctive building material is quarried in Monterey County.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Devendorf Park in Carmel

Devendorf Park in Carmel

Devendorf Park is located at the top of the main shopping district on Ocean Avenue.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Harrison Memorial Library in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Harrison Memorial Library in Carmel-by-the-Sea

The charming Harrison Memorial Library, designed by famous architect Bernard Maybeck, is halfway down Ocean Avenue.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Cottage of Sweets in Carmel

Cottage of Sweets in Carmel

A traditional favorite in my family, the Cottage of Sweets in Carmel-by-the-Sea is in a half-timbered cottage style building on Ocean Avenue.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Lamp Lighter Inn cottages in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Lamp Lighter Inn cottages in Carmel-by-the-Sea

A classic of old Carmel style, the Lampligher Inn features two rustic cottages dating from 1912.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Ocean Avenue ends at Carmel Beach

Ocean Avenue ends at Carmel Beach

Ocean Avenue, the main street of Carmel-by-the-Sea, ends at a small parkling lot at the top of Carmel Beach.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Carmel Beach observation platform

Carmel Beach observation platform

Carmel Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, with white sand, wind-scuptured trees, and a dramatic setting between Cypress Point and Point Lobos.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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