Carmel Walks featured in The Bay Area Reporter

Carmel Walks featured in The Bay Area Reporter

“When you see a passageway, try not to go out the same way you came in,” advised Gael Gallagher, who leads the daily Carmel Walks walking tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quintessentially quaint California seaside city just two hours south of San Francisco.

I had the pleasure of taking the tour earlier this month and exploring a good part of the Monterey Bay Area.

Gael Gallagher of Carmel Walks stood in front of the "El Paseo" sculpture, one of the passageways in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Photo: Ed Walsh

Gael Gallagher of Carmel Walks stood in front of the “El Paseo” sculpture, one of the passageways in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Photo: Ed Walsh

Carmel-by-the-Sea is home to just 3,800 residents and is one of the most unique communities in the world thanks to its founders a little over a century ago. The early developers sold land in small lots encouraging a sense of community with a lot of folks living together in walking distance of each other. Carmel-by-the-Sea got its biggest boost in population from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake as quake survivors headed south to start over in the Monterey Bay Area.

While people call Carmel-by-the-Sea simply “Carmel,” technically Carmel is the unincorporated area surrounding Carmel-by-the-Sea and it’s not to be confused with Carmel Valley Village, which most shorten to “Carmel Valley,” an unincorporated Monterey County community inland that is known for its wine tasting rooms and sunny weather.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for its picturesque storybook architecture and its aforementioned passageways that connect the galleries and restaurants that keep tourists coming back year after year.

To read the full article visit: http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=69598