Carmel Valley, California, is a hidden gem in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula that provides a peaceful and picturesque getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life into a place where you can relax, unwind, and reconnect with fellow travelers. Not only does this area offer scenic views and breathtaking sunsets, but it also has an abundance of activities to keep your family occupied. Here are five reasons to escape to Carmel Valley, CA.
#1- Scenic Beauty
Carmel Valley is surrounded by rolling hills, lush vineyards, and towering oak trees that provide a stunning backdrop for your getaway. The valley is also home to scenic drives, hiking trails, and picturesque country roads, perfect for a scenic drive or a leisurely bike ride. Some specific destinations include:
- Garland Ranch Regional Park: This park covers over 4,000 acres and offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding, and picnicking.
- Garzas Canyon Trail: A popular hiking trail offering breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding hills.
- Carmel River State Beach: This dazzling beach is known for its sand dunes, birdwatching, and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean.
#2 – Wine Tasting
Carmel Valley is known for its world-class wineries, with many offering tastings and tours. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy sampling the local vintages, there is something for everyone in this world-class wine region.
- Bernardus Winery: Known for its signature Bordeaux-style wines, this Dutchman-owned winery offers tastings in a gorgeous tasting room surrounded by the rolling vineyards of the valley.
- Scheid Vineyards: This large, state-of-the-art winery is known for its diverse selection of wines and offers tastings in a modern, spacious tasting room where the company’s focus is bringing people together to enjoy the “fruits” of life.
- Boekenoogen Wines: Within walking distance of the lodge, Boekenoogen Wines grows, produces, and bottles all its wine on-site. This family-owned and operated winery is open daily for tastings!
#3 – Relaxing Spas
After a long day of exploring the valley, treat yourself to a spa day. Carmel Valley is home to some of the best spas in the state, offering a range of treatments and services to help you unwind and recharge.
- Spa Aiyana: This luxurious spa offers a range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body treatments, in a tranquil and soothing setting.
- Refuge: Treat yourself at America’s first Co-Ed outdoor relaxation spa. This serene and unique experience immerses visitors within the looming oaks of the Californian terrain as you bask in the peace and quiet of this award-winning spa.
- Signature Day Spa: If you’re yearning for a hydra facial, a hot stone massage, or just a classic mani-pedi, you’ll want to find yourself at this quaint day spa.
#4 – Fine Dining
Carmel Valley is a foodie’s paradise known for its casual cafes and upscale restaurants. You can indulge in local flavors and sample dishes made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients by visiting a specific destination that offers a range of culinary delights.
- Grasing’s Restaurant: This upscale restaurant is known for its contemporary coastal cuisine, including fresh seafood and grilled meats, elegant atmosphere, and majestic ocean views.
- Cafe Rustica: This casual cafe is known for its delicious breakfast and brunch options, including fresh baked goods, breakfast burritos, and omelets.
- Flying Fish Grill: Seafood lovers will need help deciding what to order at Flying Fish Grill. Try their “Clay Pot Dinner,” cooked right at your table. Pick from dishes with salmon, sea bass, ahi, halibut, and more.
#5 – Outdoor Activities
Whether you’re an avid hiker, a golfer, or simply enjoy the outdoors, Carmel Valley has something for everyone. The valley is home to several parks and nature reserves, as well as golf courses, lakes, and hiking trails, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure.
- Point Lobos State Reserve: The amazing scenery at Point Lobos is not to be missed, with vibrant wildflowers, ancient cypress trees, and dramatic rock formations providing a mesmerizing backdrop to any visit.
- Pebble Beach Equestrian Center: This scenic trail riding company offers horseback rides through the beautiful hills of Carmel Valley, allowing visitors to experience the area’s gorgeous scenery on horseback. As you meander through the countryside, you’ll have the chance to take in views of rolling hills, verdant vineyards, and pristine waterways, all while feeling the freedom of the open trail.
- Monterey Bay Kayaks: This popular kayaking company offers guided tours and rental equipment, making it easy for visitors to experience the beauty of Carmel Valley from the water. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or a first-timer, Monterey Bay Kayaks has something for you, with a wide range of tours and activities to choose from, including wildlife watching, kayaking expeditions, and full-moon paddles.
In conclusion, Carmel Valley is an exceptional destination for those seeking a relaxing escape from the city. With its breathtaking scenery, world-class wineries, relaxing spas, fine dining, and outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone in this picturesque place. And to add to your rejuvenating stay in the Valley, consider staying at Carmel Valley Lodge. Our charming and inviting lodge offers guests the perfect blend of comfort, convenience, and style, making it the ideal home base for your travels in the area. So why wait? Book your stay at Carmel Valley Lodge today so you can feel at home while you experience one (or all) of these five reasons to escape to Carmel Valley, CA.