Tucked behind the Santa Lucia Mountains lies the lush Carmel Valley.
Locals already know it, but the valley’s charm makes you feel like you’ve stumbled on a secret, despite plenty of evidence that others have arrived long before.
Roads weaving in and around the valley floor and rolling hills... leaving civilization behind.
Hiking and horseback-riding trails wind through a patchwork of cattle ranches and acres planted with pinot.
The Village is the center of the rugged yet elegant expansive fields of vineyards, ranches and galleries. Cowboy bars and boutiques share space with saddle shops and spas.
The village’s tasting rooms aren’t clogged with boisterous clinky-drinkers.
The area’s home to luscious wineries... but no wine train - although you might see a trolley running around.
A five-car backup on Carmel Valley Road is a traffic jam.
So... if you’re looking for good ole’ R&R - rest and relaxation, then you’ll find the valley quiet, residential and rural.
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Now... don’t expect local businesses to stay open late. So let’s look at a few places to go and things to do. Such as...
Carmel Valley Ranch Resort
The ranch is unlike any other resort you've ever been to. Located on 500 of the most beautiful acres, it’s a perfect place to relax your shoulders... sit by the pool... and enjoy the good life.
But that’s not all there is to do... just take a look and see what we mean...
Quail Lodge Resort
Nestled on 850 acres, Quail Lodge & Golf Club includes many trails, beautiful lakes, lush gardens and rolling hills.
A heated outdoor pool, bocce court, tennis courts and weight and cardio center round-out the resort’s comprehensive fitness offerings.
The on-site Land Rover Experience Driving School invites guests to climb behind the wheel and master a variety of off-road obstacles.
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
Treat yourself to European-style luxury at their Carmel Lodge.
Nestled among the oaks and vineyards of the scenic valley, enjoy feather beds, cozy fireplaces and oversized bathtubs for two.
Take a dip in Lodge’s year-round, outdoor heated pool, or relax poolside in a cushioned lounge chair - with a view of the surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains.
Whether you’re a tennis ace or a newbie, you’ll have a great time playing in the Lodge’s two tennis courts.
Think a trip to the valley means leaving your best friend home or in a kennel? Not a chance. Bernardus Lodge encourages you to bring your pets with you, so Fido and Princess can enjoy the vacation too.
Nestled amid 330 pristine acres in the gently rolling hills of the valley, the privacy of this unique setting has welcomed clientele from throughout the world for intimate hideaways.
Their European attention to detail complimented by an American commitment to creativity and friendliness, Stonepine offers numerous package experiences... including their Equestrian Immersion.
You’ll enjoy four separate regimens in horsemanship - Hunter-jumping, Dressage, Western and Three Day Eventing.
If you’re looking for traditional adventures on horseback... their riding barns offer specially trained horses that are responsive to your direction and can be trusted by even the least experienced of riders to deliver a safe journey while riding.
Their New England style Equestrian Center features a jumping and dressage arena ringed by a four-furlong warm-up track.
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For those of you who have a robust appetite and a taste for outstanding Mexican food, then drive down Carmel Valley Road to the Baja Cantina in the Valley Hills Center, adjacent to the Quail Lodge.
Cafe Rustica is casual, warm and inviting. It's as though you have discovered a refuge from the outside world and share the Valley's best kept secret.
The Running Iron is one of the most popular places for locals to go who wish to bite into healthy servings of delicious American food.
Try their Pacific Snapper consisting of a large portion of fresh Monterey coast snapper, charbroiled and seasoned with lemon butter.
Another favorite is the Calamari Steak, which is breaded, fried and so tender that you don't need a knife.
For traditional western dining in a turn of the century atmosphere visit Will's Fargo Dining House and Saloon. Located in sunny Carmel Valley Village since 1959.
Will's is like stepping back in time when fine food and service were the rule, rather than the exception.
Choose your entree from selections on display in the old-fashioned butcher shop where your steak will be cut and prepared to your exact specifications.
An intimate courtyard patio offers seasonal outdoor dining.
Yes... there is more to see and do. The valley is a trip for all ages...
There’s even an authentic South African Safari experience at Vision Quest Ranch... just beyond the valley.
The Valley is a perfect place to rediscover... and get to know your inner child.
Afterall... we’re all children at heart... aren’t we?
So what are you waiting for? Let’s go!