Carmel Tastemaker: Davika Weston of Weston Gallery


Davi is at the heart of the arts community in Carmel working for one of the oldest and most prominent art and photo galleries. She is a trusted tastemaker when it comes to the arts in Carmel and for family-friendly outings, as she has a young son.

What are your favorite kid-friendly activities to do in Carmel and the surrounding areas?

  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the entire world! When my son was very young, we would go on weekday mornings and virtually have the place to ourselves (so long as it wasn’t a holiday).
  • Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley is a great place to hike and ride bikes, and is literally our front yard so we are here often.
  • Soberanes Park for hiking and beach combing on the west side of Highway One has some of the best views of the Pacific I’ve ever seen.
  • Rent paddle boards and have lunch on Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey.
  • Carmel Beach is a favorite destination which is kid and dog friendly!
  • We also have so many kid-friendly restaurants which specialize in local, organic fare including Carmel Belle, La Balena, Luca, La Bicyclette, and L’Auberge.
  • Cottage Sweets on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea – it is like stepping back in time to sweet shops our parents used to frequent.

Where do you go for a really great cocktail?

  • Hyatt Carmel Highlands – can’t beat the view;
  • 1833 in Monterey has really fun signature cocktails;
  • Step back in time and go to Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch grab a lounge chair, and enjoy the view out to sea.
  • Mudaka is really fun late night as they often have a DJ or live music- ask for a clara con limón cocktail.
  • The Cypress Inn (co-owned by Doris Day) you can grab a drink or high-tea with your four legged friend!
  • Vesuvio rooftop bar is a popular spot for locals and they have heat lamps for when the fog rolls in.

For travelers who are enthusiastic about the arts, where would you tell them to go/do?

  • The Monterey Museum of Art is fantastic and offers two locations (La Mirada). They feature California artists and have a wonderful collection.
  • Simply walking around the streets of Carmel can be interesting as there are many galleries specializing in different genres and mediums.
  • The Center for Photographic Art puts on some great exhibitions.
  • The Sunset Center (Carmel) and Golden State Theater (Monterey) have wonderful acts from all over the globe.
  • The Pacific Repertory Theatre has some impressive local productions. For artists, the landscape is incomparable and whether you’re a Plein Air painter, author, poet, photographer, the landscape is the most beautiful and inspiring aspect of the Carmel art scene – it is a living, breathing canvas in itself! It brought my husband’s grandfather, Edward Weston, here in 1929 and Ansel Adams, who was a dear friend of our family, in 1962, and has been a mecca for photographers worldwide.

For all of those Instagram photo enthusiasts out there, what are the best photo worthy spots to take advantage of in Carmel and surrounding areas?

What do you love most about Carmel?
I love the small town vibe and that the end of our “Main Street”, Ocean Avenue, is the beginning of Carmel-Bach-Orchestrathe Pacific Ocean. Raising my child where such natural, wild beauty is his playground, is why we love living here. And while Carmel and the surrounding towns are small, the feel can be quite International with travelers from all over the world and wonderful events going on year-round like the AT&T Pro-Am, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Carmel Bach Festival, Big Sur Marathon, Concours d’Elegance, McCall’s Motorworks and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

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