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Inspirato offers two hotels in Carmel Valley, a quiet community tucked amid the rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, 15 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Carmel Valley Ranch offers an upscale ranch experience ideal for nature lovers, with mountaintop yoga, a Pete Dye-designed golf course, and gourmet dining. Guests will be just a 20-minute drive from the oceanfront town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
The eco-friendly Bernardus Lodge & Spa, nestled amid wine country, is perfect for epicurean travelers, with an award-winning restaurant and an extensive wine list.
Land, sea and sky meet in Carmel Valley to bring you a world-class getaway rife with recreational activities. Rolling vineyards, orchards and gardens comprise the grounds of Bernardus Lodge & Spa, a starry-eyed getaway. On a larger scale, Carmel Valley Ranch's sprawling 500 acres include on-site hiking trails, a dedicated bee apiary, and equine center. Carmel Valley serves as a sophisticated playground for vacationers of all ages. Even better, Monterey County is on Wine Enthusiast's list of top 10 global wine destinations and the area enjoys warmer, less foggy weather than the nearby coast. The options at your accommodations should suffice but you're also just a quick drive to dozens of activities and the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea should you decide to sightsee.
Swimmers and surfers rejoice. With views of both Point Lobos State Reserve and the Pebble Beach Golf Course, the welcoming sands of Carmel Beach have been named one of the top 10 beaches in the country.
With plenty of kayaking outfitters in the Carmel area, your concierge can provide you with suggestions for a guided trip or tour for the opportunity to spot sea otters, harbor seals and pelicans.
Amongst a setting of sprawling oak trees and quintessential California vineyards, indulge in a relaxing massage or facial. Both Bernardus Lodge and Carmel Valley Ranch offer expansive luxury spas ready to help you unwind with steam rooms, aromatherapy, and tranquil relaxation areas.
More than 20 championship golf courses are a stone's throw away from your accommodations. Carmel Valley Ranch offers guests a championship 18-hole course, or explore more courses along the Monterey Peninsula such as world-famous Pebble Beach.
To get out and about in the area, travel south from your accommodations along Highway 1. This trip will make for a scenic day on the road with stunning views of the coastline unfolding before you.
Producing estate-crafted, world-class wines since 1982, Joullian Vineyards has a tasting room in Carmel Valley Village to welcome all wine lovers. Try a splash of the Family Reserve cabernet sauvignon or cuvee zinfandel.
While it's not enforced, Carmel has a municipal code banning shoes with a heel of more than two inches in height or with a base of less than one square inch. This bizarre law was written in the 1920s to protect womankind from the irregular surface of the streets.
The chef's table at Bernardus Lodge can seat up to five diners inside the kitchen of Lucia, the on-site restaurant. Carmel Valley Ranch offers guests multiple restaurants on the property, including monthly wine pairing dinners prepared by Executive Chef Tim Wood and Sommelier Mark Buzan.
Within Carmel, most public parking is free for two hours. Try Scenic Drive for a complimentary spot. For longer chunks of time, there's also a parking garage at Ocean and Junipero.
On the pier near the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, you will often see sea otters playing and socializing in the wild. Should you like to see more animals, wander inside to see penguins and sharks or to try the educational programs and interactive exhibits.
Thanks to its location 12 miles inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley tends to be warm and temperate when the coastline is foggy. Highs in the summertime rarely pass 81 degrees and lows in winter months are in the 40s. A light jacket will protect you in cool mornings and evenings and warm sunshine can be enjoyed the rest of the day.
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