We had a most exciting time in Carmel (the second segment of the trip). We stayed at a vacation rental in Pebble Beach, which was really comfortable and peaceful. No, we were not on 17 Mile Drive – hardly, more like 1 Block Drive way up the hill. We had a small view of the ocean through the tree tops, but we could hear the ocean and the Seal Lions barking off in the distance.
We brought our family to Carmel – the whole family – both dogs as well (Shirley, the turtle had to stay home). Maxie (the Golden) and Mikey (the Great Dane) never have the opportunity to travel with us, and because of this we made a point to bring them to Carmel. It is truly a logistical nightmare travelling with these two dogs as they are so large and we do not own an SUV. Therefore we travelled as a convoy of two cars. Mikey takes up the entire back seat of my husband’s car. Maxie went with the boys and their friend in my oldest’s car and sat up the whole time breathing in the face of my youngest.
On our first day – we decided to take them into Carmel to do some window shopping. The most endearing thing about Carmel is all the stores have bowls of water and dog snacks outside their front door for Carmel’s canine visitors. Many of the restaurants with patio dining are dog-friendly as well (stay tuned for a post on that).
Our first stop was in Tiffany & Co. way up at the top of Ocean Drive (the main drag through Carmel). I love the Tiffany perfume and my husband had promised me a bottle as a belated birthday present. We had stopped in the Tiffany & Co. on Rodeo Drive – but they were renovating and had downsized their inventory. The Rodeo Drive staff apologized and I said in a very knowing way “Oh that’s okay, we are on our way to Carmel – we will stop at the Tiffany store up there.” I am sure they probably wondered how such a scruffy person should know that – but they were very gracious, nonetheless.
My husband and I went inside Tiffany & Co. and the boys stayed outside with the dogs. Mikey was creating quite a stir with the people on the sidewalk. People were stopping to take pictures with him. One of the ladies who worked in Tiffany’s noticed the commotion and asked if those were our dogs. My husband and I nodded and said – yes, they were. She said bring them in. Let them come into the store, we would love to meet them. In they come, Maxie and Mikey into Tiffany’s. The same lady asked if she could give them some treats, and we said – Oh yes that would be lovely. So Mikey and Maxie had dog snackies in Tiffany’s.
The people from outside of the store came in and Mikey and Maxie sat posing for them. Instantly the store was bustling with people, speaking a multitude of languages, taking pictures of these two enormous dogs inside of Tiffany’s eating snackies. Only in Carmel.
Tiffany & Co.
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