Carmel Valley, California

  • Carmel Valley is sunnier and more temperate than most towns in the Monterey area.
  • Hike up the Santa Lucia Mountains for spectacular views of the valley and the coastline.
  • The scenic 1.5-mile South Bank Trail on the Carmel River is ideal for family-friendly walking and biking.
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A Sanctuary on Monterey Peninsula

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.

Quick Facts

  • Suggest Airport
    San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • Four Diamond Hotel Award
    AAA Travel Services
  • Location
    128 miles south of San Francisco
  • Carmel Bach Festival
    July - August

Fresh Things to Do

Featured Activity

  • Trails of Monterey County

    Off of West Carmel Valley Road and within its neighboring valleys, the national and regional parks are a true hiker's paradise. Fill your water bottles, lather your group with generous amounts of sunscreen and set off into Mother Nature. 

    Point Lobos State Reserve. 2 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Point Lobos is often described as the crown jewel of all the California state parks. A variety of trails will appeal to hikers of all ages and levels of ability.

    Garland Ranch Regional Park. For views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and Monterey Bay, the steep trails here are also a great place to spot wildlife.

    Buckeye Nature Trail. 2 miles through dense foliage alongside a river with ample shade, Buckeye Nature Trail is a great choice for a short and sweet family outing.

    Carmel Valley Ranch. The 500-acre property offers guests miles of scenic hiking trails all within the gates of the ranch. Stop and take a whiff at the resort's lavender farm as you explore. Ask your concierge or Member Care team for the resort's Trail Guide. 

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Travel Tips


  • Forecasting Your Carmel Valley Vacation

    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.


Carmel Valley, California

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