Family travel to Carmel-by-the-Sea is so charming! With plenty to do for kids and grownups, it’s a place you’ll come back to again and again.
We’re always thinking ahead when it comes to travel, especially when we’re traveling with the kids. I’m always considering safety, sustainability, how we can be good ambassadors, how we can teach our kids about the world, and lots more. And especially now, health and safety concerns are front of mind.
So when we wanted to plan a quick family trip, I was keeping all that in mind. I knew I wanted somewhere we could drive to, without stopping – so no more than 2-3 hours away. Carmel turned out to be perfect.
Psst – before you dive in, check out our other family travel posts for our best tips!
Where to STay with Family in Carmel-by-the-sea
We had traveled to Hofsas House before, and it was a great option for getting away and staying safely. Their cleaning process is so thorough, and they’re very transparent about it on their website. (It’s a family-owned and operated business, and I so appreciate all of the attention to detail and care that they give their guests.)
Another hotel tip for staying healthy: choose a place without enclosed common spaces like hallways, elevators, and lobbies. You can avoid all of those at Hofsas House, and enter your room from open air. (The rooms also do not have shared heating, another bonus.) And in case you’re wondering, they’re pet-friendly and have huge rooms perfect for families.
But the best thing about this place? It’s all pink! And it has these incredible commissioned murals from the 1940’s and 50’s, which are so charming. It’s walking distance to everything, you can’t beat it.
Things to to in Carmel
While we were out and about, we skipped all the crowds and opted for activities in places where we were very isolated. Great ideas for Carmel: cruise 17 Mile Drive (stop at any isolated beaches to run around!), take bikes to ride the Monterey Bike Trail, go tidepooling, bring games/cards and play on the hotel balcony (Hofsas has ocean-facing balconies!), get takeout and eat on an isolated beach.
I know we all need some mental health breaks, and if we take them responsibly we can all help each other! You can get away without going to a crowded place and risking your health and safety (or the health and safety of others). What’s your favorite safe way to get a little mental break? xoxo
Our hotel stay was provided by our friends at Hofsas House. All ideas and opinions are our own, and we can’t wait to stay again!