Situated on California's Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Highlands is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. As early as 1906, the San Francisco Call devoted a full page to the "artists, poets and writers" of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Highlands. Over the years, the Highlands Inn and the Carmel Highlands area became a haven for many artists and writers, including Robinson Jeffers, George Sterling, Jack London, Harry Leon Wilson, Jimmy Hopper, Mary Austin and Pulitzer Prize winner Martin Flavin. Building on that tradition, Carmel Highlands has continued to host notable celebrities such as Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Robert Redford, Tina Turner, Michael J. Fox, Tony Bennett and John Travolta. The Highlands Inn has also played host to nobility including the Crown Prince of Japan and the Crown Prince of Jordan.
Most notably, Pacific's Edge restaurant was home to the Masters of Food & Wine, before the event grew beyond its capacity.