This is a place to get away from it all without sacrificing the big-city offerings of art, theater, music, and dining. You can put on a black tie and take in the symphony, Bach Festival, or k.d. lang at the world-class Sunset Cultural Center, or slip on sweats and a pair of sneakers for a walk on the famous Carmel Beach, window-shop, or wander the hidden passageways and courtyards. You can dine at a number of four-star restaurants or eat al fresco at the beach. You can curate art, collect art, or just covet the art and artifacts among almost 90 galleries and antique shops, and you can buy anything from t-shirts to Tiffany. Even those who travel the world are unlikely to encounter another place that has so much to offer in one location.