Published April 3, 2023
BY MINNA TROKEL
Even locals get lost in Carmel-by-Sea’s endless corridors and courtyards, and it can feel like there is an infinite amount of secrets hidden within this small town. In the Easter spirit, this guide will sho
w those who are curious some of the many easter eggs of Carmel.
Court of the Golden Bough
A ticket booth and information plaque are all that remain of this long-gone theater, nestled into the corner of a courtyard off Ocean Avenue. The court opened almost 100 years ago and burnt down only 10 years later, after a performance of “By the Candlelight.” The ticket booth sat at what is currently the Cottage of Sweets, and the never-rebuilt theater rested on the courtyard
One of 21 identical sculptures spread across the nation in private collections or parks, this romantic duo rest on a bench overlooking the crossroads of 6th and Lincoln, maintained by the Carmel Heritage Society since its unveiling in 1994. Be sure to take a moment to admire sculptor George Lundeen’s attention to detail—the woman’s right hand grasps a Valentine’s card—and let your imagination create a story for this sweet
The Magic Mailbox
There are many benches along the beaches of Carmel, but one along the stairway leading down to Carmel River Beach holds a secret. What makes this bench unique is the mailbox hidden under it, holding journals inside where locals and tourists alike share their thoughts, dreams or drawings. If you want
to take part in this tradition, you should try to find the mailbox quickly, since the journals are nearly full.
The Cypress trees along Carmel Beach mostly hold leaves, cobwebs and the occasional trash bag, but a select few branches, lining the footpath next to the beach, are home to numerous tiny doors. These colorful
doors, all handmade from miscellaneous natural materials and painted, can be easy to walk by, so keep your eyes up when passing through.
The Carmel Dog Bar
One of Carmel-by-Sea’s charms is its hospitality towards dogs, in all forms. If you are taking a stroll down Scenic Road, you can see the openness to the furry pets in the form of a small water station nestled into a stone wall that runs along the portion of Scenic connecting Carmel Beach and Carmel River Beach. It may only have a dog bowl and a faucet, but the care that went into making it is charming. Keeping your pet hydrated is always a good idea.