The Best Cities in North America 2015
Carmel Gardens

The Best Cities in North America 2015

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With iconic monuments, global cuisine, and distinctive natural landmarks, T+L readers’ favorite urban centers transcend their skyscrapers.

No. 20 Carmel by the Sea, California

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Readers found this small city on California's central coast to be a little pricey, and the locals a little aloof—but who cares? It ranked at No. 1 in the U.S. for romance, thanks to its gorgeously rugged coastline, great local wines and posh, walkable downtown. You might swoon, for instance, over the moules frites or duck confit at Andre's Bouchée, a Mission Street French bistro with a 50-plus-page wine list (including bottles from nearby Silvestri Vineyards). Carmel is also known for its shopping—thanks to places like Jan de Luz, which offers a luxurious triple threat of French linens, antiques, and house-made olive oils.

Carmel Gardens

The Best Cities in North America 2015

No. 20 Carmel by the Sea, California

Readers found this small city on California's central coast to be a little pricey, and the locals a little aloof—but who cares? It ranked at No. 1 in the U.S. for romance, thanks to its gorgeously rugged coastline, great local wines and posh, walkable downtown. You might swoon, for instance, over the moules frites or duck confit at Andre's Bouchée, a Mission Street French bistro with a 50-plus-page wine list (including bottles from nearby Silvestri Vineyards). Carmel is also known for its shopping—thanks to places like Jan de Luz, which offers a luxurious triple threat of French linens, antiques, and house-made olive oils.

Courtesy Bernardus Lodge & Spa.
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