The Pinterest Boards // Big Sur

The New York Times wrote that it is "one of the most stunning meetings of land and sea in the world."The Washington Times stated that it is "one of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the world, an isolated stretch of road, mythic in reputation."Writers have compared it to other natural wonders like the Grand Canyon. Condé Nast named the road as one of the top 10 world-famous streets, comparable to Broadway in New York City and Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Novelist Herbert Gold described Big Sur as "one of the grand American retreats for those who nourish themselves with wilderness. Source: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

“Big Sur is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked at from the Peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look.”

— Henry Miller

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Pebble Beach // American Dream Cars Vintage 1960's

Vintage Hollywood car enthusiasts were in for a big treat at this year's Concours d’Elegance. The Reactor, which starred in episodes of Bewitched and Star Trek, along with other just-for-Hollywood turbo charged creations made an appearance it this year's event.

From Mike Eppinger's Old Cars Weekly piece: "Stargazers with dreams too big for a small town often pack their bags and head for one city: Hollywood. Legendary custom car builder Gene Winfield is a man who had very big dreams, but not for himself. His aspiration was to create a futuristic, aluminum-bodied custom automobile."

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Post Ranch Inn // 

Source: Travel + Leisure The hotel opened in 1992 and is made up entirely of small buildings set on a ridge high above the Pacific. In 2008 Post Ranch added 10 new sculptural structures, spiraling Pacific Suites, cantilevered Peak Houses, and Richard Serra-esque Cliff houses clad in torques of rusted steel. Staying in a Pacific Suite, wherever you stand you are exposed to the ocean and the sky but unseen by other guests. Even the tiled bath, big enough for two, has a commanding vista, and a floor-to-ceiling window that opens to let in Pacific breezes. The walls are paneled in redwood salvaged from old wine barrels and sheet metal art adorns the bathroom. Sierra Mar, the hotel restaurant will pack you a lunch to take down the Pacific Coast Highway in a Lexus convertible that guests can borrow for free. The mini-bar is complimentary, so take advantage on your balcony overlooking the ocean. 

The Secret to Throwing a Dinner Party

Supper Club Host Gabriel Waterhouse for Monocle

Supper Club Host Gabriel Waterhouse for Monocle

In Monocle's new "Secret to..." series, supper club host Gabriel Waterhouse shares his tips on organising a friendly feast in your home with great-quality food and (just as important) an entertaining atmosphere.

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Secret Cinema

Surprise and Delight with an Original Destination Carmel Experience.

Secret Cinema Design Boards

Secret Cinema Design Boards

Who says Carmel has nothing to offer your demographic?

You tell us when and were and we'll bring a free-spirited, informal-yet-luxurious scene for your guests. This is a perfect off-site experience for groups staying locally. This event was created for a group of 40 in Carmel. Client wanted to wow their team with something totally unexpected but was concerned about the crisp Fall weather. There is something really special about this time of year on the Carmel coast and we brought it with luxurious faux fur throws. There was no bad seat to movie-watch with ample plush seating vignettes.

Currently Underway for Groups Coming to the Monterey Peninsula this Fall // For groups of 100+:  For this original experience, we are taking over a forgotten urban space to create an ephemeral industrial LUX secret cinema. Don't worry, there will be plenty of fresh fur throws to take home!

Images: Tracey Lande,  Foreign Cinema





Explore beyond the Avenue and Build Your Own Luxe Weekend Bag

The three destinations picks below made our list because of sustainable qualities like handmade craftsmanship, heritage, and above all else - the simple wonderfulness of each product. Each is held at a time-honored shop, none is widely advertised, and all are limited in quantity to ensure quality. It won't hurt to inquire in advance of your trip to the Village. (Note, we don't earn a commission on these products and are in no way incentivized to promote them. These are our personal, local luxe favorites and we hope you love them as much as we do!)

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"This is the way life goes in Big Sur.  Waiting for the mail, watching the sea-lions in the surf or the freighters on the horizon, sitting in the tubs at Hot Springs, once in a  while a bit of drink- and, most of the time, working at what ever it is that you came here to work on, whether it be painting, writing, gardening or the simple art of living your own life."
- Hunter S. Thompson
South Coast

South Coast

The Original selfie

The Original selfie



Corporate Retreat: Carmel

Corporate Retreat in the Carmel Hills

Private Estate with views of the Pacific

Private Estate with views of the Pacific

About this Estate

5 bedroom main house and 2 bedroom guest house is just the beginning of this home that spares nothing in amenities.  Spectacular infinity pool over looks lush Carmel Valley and beyond to the Pacific Ocean.

A home theater and full work out room offer a full spectrum of activities all without leaving the property.

Large covered outdoor kitchen and BBQ area make a poolside dinner one of your special evenings to remember.

About Destination Carmel Corporate Retreats

Destination Carmel's meetings and events are as unique as our clients' strategic objectives, brand, and culture. We take a return on objectives approach to strategic off-sites helping companies connect strategy with execution. 

Destination Carmel delivers extraordinary and authentic experiences for corporate clients who want to (re)inspire their teams. 

Destination Carmel is a full service destination management and corporate communications company specializing in strategic off-sites, corporate retreats and incentive travel.We specialize in helping leadership teams leverage the power of their brands to translate strategic objectives into impactful, motivating programs that deliver positive, long-lasting results.

We’ll help organizations define what success means to them, and we’ll build and deliver a successful program to support the organization's strategic objectives– whether it be developing strategic off-site presentation materials, securing a top analyst for a board presentation, or bringing in trending and contemporary resources and activities to (re)inspire your tribes.

From strategic off-sites and corporate retreats to incentive and corporate events, we'll produce your program from concept to execution.