As the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance sets to dazzle car aficionados on August 17, all eyes are on the beautiful resort town of Monterey County’s Pebble Beach. The Concours is, of course, a legendary classic car event that would be an impressive display no matter where it was hosted. But the fact remains: as “tire meets turf” on the eighteenth hole of the celebrated Pebble Beach Golf Links, magic happens because this setting—and this town—are one in a million.
Aside from the iconic Concours attraction, Pebble Beach will always be known as one of the world’s best golfing destinations with 18 private courses and eight public courses dotting the landscape, including the aforementioned 28.12 square mile Pebble Beach Golf Links, which Golf Digest ranked #1 among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. As a popular vacation spot, there are gorgeous resorts in town, as well as excellent restaurants both in Pebble Beach and in neighboring Carmel-by-the-Sea, only 3 miles away. As for the scenery in Pebble Beach—it’s simply stunning. Known for the dramatic rock formations along the coastline, the beauty makes a picturesque backdrop to the countless recreational opportunities available to visitors. From hikes and horseback riding to easy strolls and nature watching, it’s all within reach in Pebble Beach.
While visiting the town is obviously a dream vacation, living in Pebble Beach is as tranquil and lovely as one could imagine with beautiful neighborhoods like the highly desirable Country Club West neighborhood with its lush fairway views; and the exclusive Pebble Beach Lodge area with its breathtaking estates and unmatched ocean vistas. With the much-loved cities of Carmel, Pacific Grove and Monterey all within a handful of miles, the Pebble Beach lifestyle is one of the most desired in the world.
See: When in the Pebble Beach area, you will no doubt take the memorable 17-Mile Drive. Make sure to admire the dramatic coastline and stop at Bird Rock to catch sight of pelicans, cormorants and even sea lions. Other spots to look out for as you cruise up the coast to the Del Monte Forest include: Fanshell Overlook, The Lone Cypress, Cypress Point Lookout and Spanish Bay.
Do: If you’re a car lover and in Pebble Beach in mid-August, you’ll want to splurge and pay the $275 for the Pebble Beach “Concours d’Elegance.” Just some of this year’s marques and special classes include the Maserati Centennial, Ruxton, Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and the Rolls-Royce Phantom Postwar. You’ll be in awe. Other memorable to-do options include golf (a no-brainer), diving at Stillwater Cove, riding horses along the scenic trails or taking that famous, breathtaking 17-Mile-Drive.
Eat: Between Pebble Beach, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Monterey, visitors are surrounded by some of the most delicious fare in the country. Some highlights include the lovely Stillwater Bar & Grill at the Pebble Beach Lodge, which features “sustainable” seafood, organic produce and magnificent views of both Carmel Bay and the famous eighteenth hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links. In Carmel, don’t miss a meal at the romantic European-style gem—Casanova Restaurant. Other favorites include Passionfish for fabulous seafood in Pacific Grove and the casual, but satisfying STICKS in Pebble Beach for a low-key, comfort-food-filled lunch.
Stay: There are several Pebble Beach options for quality accommodations, but The Lodge at Pebble Beach is the definition of comfortable elegance. The beautiful resort has been situated on that same celebrated eighteenth green at the Golf Links since 1919, enchanting discerning guests with its ocean setting, beautiful guest rooms and suites designed with charming wood-burning fireplaces. Guests will find everything they need, from access to The Beach & Tennis Club and great dining options (see above for a couple of them) to world-class golf and excellent shopping opportunities. As a bonus, The Lodge is also pet-friendly with doggy day care activities and even a Puppy Menu with room service.
Live: Set on the twelfth green of Pebble Beach Golf Links, this spectacular 2.4 acre estate offers the ultimate Pebble Beach lifestyle with seven bedrooms, seven and one-half baths and incredible panoramas of both the ocean and the illustrious golf course. Priced at $22,000,000.
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