Life at Fairmont Heritage Place at Ghirardelli Square offers easy reach to a host of world class destination spots beyond San Francisco. Look no further than the quaint coastal town of Carmel, located just 2 hours south and west of the city, the small, intimate and relaxing town of Carmel-by-the-Sea offers all that you could want in family entertainment.  When we say “family”, we mean the entire family, including Fido, as there are a number of pet-friendly venues to enjoy.  Take a walk along the Scenic Bluff Path, a well-maintained gravel pathway that parallels Scenic Road just above Carmel Beach that allows viewing of the jagged coastline from Carmel Beach to Carmel River Beach with views from famed Pebble Beach to Point Lobos. Bring your bike or rent them in town, biking the 17-Mile Drive, the jaw-dropping corniche that hugs the rocky coastline is on every bicycle lovers list.

Boasting past Mayors such as Clint Eastwood, this charming community doesn’t disappoint, offering extensive art galleries, incredible dining options and breathtaking scenery enjoyed at Carmel Beach or nearby 17-mile drive. It was recently rated #3 Best City for Romance in the World – Travel & Leisure, February 14, 2014 and #6 Travel Destination in the U.S. – Conde Nast Traveler, November 2013.

Yappy Hour and Old Time Charm. Discover the allure of old world charm masterfully blended with modern comforts, nestled in the heart of the quaint seaside village of Carmel.  Cypress Inn has been Carmel-by-the-Sea’s landmark boutique hotel since 1929 and combines Mediterranean grace with warm hospitality. This dog-friendly hotel is owned by Doris Day and offers afternoon tea, classic cocktails, lunch and dinner at Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge, located inside the Inn. Bring Fido along for afternoon tea in the garden to mingle among a host of man’s best friends.

Eat Like a Local. Known for its Old West Ambiance, the Hog’s Breath Inn boasts a patio with scenic mural, fireplaces with weathered wood, mounted Hog Heads, and, of course, a painting of Clint Eastwood. This pet-friendly restaurant doesn’t disappoint.  For dinner, try a local favorite - sautéed sand dabs.

Hotspot Alert: Looking for some of the best Mediterranean cuisine in the region?  Look no further than Dametra Café, a winning combination of great food and excellent hosting producing a memorable dining experience. Be sure to make reservations or arrive early as a long line on Ocean Ave is the norm for this dining experience.

Bashar really makes this place pop, apparently Dametra has just been voted #6 restaurant on the yelp scale for the top US restaurants which makes perfect sense when you've enjoyed an evening as we did with our guests.  I can't really put it into words but when you feel satisfied with great food, great service and topped off with some entertainment AND you exit feeling very happy, you know you've chosen well. – Guy C.

Sweet Tooth Satiated. Carmel Bakery was established in 1911 and is a Carmel landmark. Famous for scones, shortbread, Danish & giant pretzels, Italian cannoli and their Cappuccinos.

Visit Cottage of Sweets for a variety of tasty treats.  A huge assortment of licorice, baked goods, and candies from across the globe. If you enjoy black licorice, try the Finnish soft and sweet; you’ll be hooked.

Walk to numerous high-end art galleries, a wide variety of shopping options and, of course, the beach; Carmel has it all. Have 36 hours to enjoy? The New York Times give you an idea of how to make the most of your time.

Own a Piece of the Place You Love
The Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square is a residential-style, all-suite San Francisco luxury hotel and Private Residence Club. Owners receive a host of privileges including exclusive membership as Fairmont President’s Club Circle Members, and preferred privileges to stay in the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel hotels and resorts network of worldwide destinations. Visit http://www.fairmontatghirardelli.com/ to learn more about owning a piece of San Francisco history.

GHIRARDELLI SQUARE SALES GALLERY is located at 900 North Point Street @ Polk San Francisco, CA 94109 email: living@ghirardellisq.com  ph. 415.292.1000. Be sure to join FHPGS on facebook and twitter for the featured events, news and ownership opportunities.