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Carmel – Tickle Pink Inn Hotel Review

Since we have been visiting San Francisco for quite a few times, we decided to venture south to Carmel-by-the-Sea this trip. It took only less than 2 hours drive from SFO Airport (where we get our rented car)to Carmel Valley. On the way we stopped by Silicon Valley  at San Jose to snap a few photos of Google, Facebook, Cisco campus. Just for fun!


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  • 1 hour 44 minute drive from SFO airport
  • It’s a nice small beach city located at Central Coast, Monterey.
  • Known for its rich artistic history and beautiful scenery
  • Dog friendly city

What to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea?

  • Beautiful beaches and jungle trails,
  • Little old town with lots of historic buildings.
  • Go to Pebble Beach where Pebble Beach Golf Links was the site of the US Open in 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, and 2010.
  • 17 mile scenic drive
  • Wine tasting at Carmel Valley AVA
San Francisco to Carmel by the sea
Less than 2 hours drive from San Francisco Airport to Carmel.


Interesting fact about Carmel:

  • No High Heels – it is prohibited to wear high-heel shoes without a permit, enacted to prevent lawsuits arising from tripping accidents caused by irregular pavement.


Our accommodation in Carmel – Tickle Pink Inn

  • a beautiful oceanfront property, located beside Grand Hyatt Carmel.
  • breathtaking ocean views and sunset
  • well-maintained old school luxury hotel
View from our balcony






Shared the same entrance with Hyatt (when we exit from Highway 1).Tickle Pink Inn Carmel, Grand Hyatt Carmel

Our room – Super comfortable bed. “Coziest goose-down comforters, fluffiest pillows, finest Italian-crafted sheets, and cushiest pillow-top mattresses”. Ah, that explained the good-nights-sleep.

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And, wait for it.

Sunset at Tickle Pink Inn Carmel
Beautiful Californian Sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Right in front of our balcony.


tickle pink inn balcony view
Perfect day to chill out at the balcony too.
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Complimentary Champagne and Chocolate. How lovely!




Champagne and Chocolate at our balcony
Champagne and Chocolate at our balcony
And the most beautiful sunset - drinking it away
And the most beautiful sunset – drinking it away
sunset at carmel highlands
Can’t get enough of this view.
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Breakfast and cheese tasting area @ Tickle Pink Inn, Carmel Highlands
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Few selections of cheese.


But very basic wine for wine tasting - not impressed
But very basic wine for wine tasting – not impressed. (well, it’s free. So, don’t complain too much).


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I was enjoying my cup of tea near the fireplace – although it was summer, but it was quite chilly on that day.
dining area
Outdoor dining area overlooking the Pacific Ocean



Review about Tickle Pink Inn @ Carmel Highlands

  • Recommended.
  • Lovely stay. Super comfortable and quality hotel.
  • The Pacific Ocean view and the sunset was just amazing from the balcony
  • Daily free wine and cheese tasting, Complimentary a bottle of champagne per room.
  • Room rate – $309- $589. (From the basic Ocean View Room $309 to the Ocean View Suites with fireplace and jacuzzi at $589)
  • Click here to see their review on TripAdvisor.
  • Click here to reserve a room at Tickle Pink Inn’s website.


Other than enjoying ourselves in this lovely hotel, we also went to the famous 17 Miles-Drive, Pebble Beach, and spent half a day doing wine tasting at Carmel Valley.


Also check out my next post when I was in Carmel: