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Carmel Visitor Information Center
Ranked #24 of 129 things to do in Carmel
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Available in the Visitor Center... - Carmel Maps - Monterey Peninsula Maps - California Maps - Restaurant Map - Inns Map - Wine Tasting Map - Postcards - Merchandise - Brochures for whale watching, aquarium, attractions, parks, wine tasting, recreation, bikes, kayaks, theaters, spas, tours ...and everything you want to know! We have friendly staff to help you!
Reviewed 18 September 2017

If you are heading down Big Sur, it is closed about 23 miles south of Carmel indefinitely due to the huge landslide that took out a large stretch of road. Check with the Chamber for the latest updates on what is open and what is not along the drive to the end. It is stunning and well worth the time to go as far as you can.

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

If your looking to plan your day, or week to see the sights and activities in the area this is the place to go. They have printed info, guides, maps, and advice on all things Carmel and Central California. The attendant was very knowledgeable and gave us great advice on getting to the Hearst Castle and getting around the Route 1 closure.

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Reviewed 2 May 2017

This Visitor Information Center is on the second floor of Carmel Plaza. We were passing by, and decided to go in to inquire about the best (shortest and least congested) way to get to the Monterey Bay Aquarium tomorrow morning.

The lady there was very helpful and knowledgeable about everything in this area, and we had a very nice chat with her. Came out with maps and brochures. It's not a large Center, but has all the information one might need when visiting here. Very clean and bright, and centrally located.

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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I expected Carmel's Wine Walk self-guided tour of nine tasting rooms to have its own page, but I guess postings are on here. If you figure $10 a tasting normally, then $65 for nine is a $15 savings.

I've done the Wine Walk twice, once in May 2014 and then again in December 2016. You get 9 cards or vouchers for flights at tasting rooms scattered around downtown Carmel. The best part of these things is they never expire. So if I can find the unused cards from 2014, they're still good.

The only downside to the Wine Walk is that a lot of tasting rooms offer a smaller flight for those on the Walk than to the other guests. Normal flights seem to be $15 each, so they offset the Wine Walk flight accordingly.

There are more than 9 tasting rooms on the Walk, so be ready to come back, and some tasting rooms in Carmel don't participate, so always make sure to check before walking in.

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Reviewed 22 October 2016

Carmel is a cute town to walk around in, and what better way to do it with some wine! You get to choose 9 wineries to taste at, and all will let you ‘share’ a taste (which is what we did). 1 passport = 9 cards, and for $65 it is not a bad deal (especially after a tasting where you don’t buy anything). It was hit and miss, but there were a few wineries that really stood out (Scheid, Caraccioli and Dawn’s Dream). Being Carmel, it always adds to the total wine walking experience when a dog is licking your feet at a tasting…kinda sorta. However, all the people running the tasting rooms were very friendly and informative, and all the folk we met along the way were very nice. If you are just up for tasting at a few wineries, this may not be for you…however the passport cards you buy never expire (like a ‘forever wine stamp’), so if you know you will return or have some friends to pass them on to it is worth it. Overall, it is a good time!

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