Are you looking for a getaway where you can get in touch with nature, exercise, eat healthy, but also enjoy good wine? The answer is Carmel Valley Ranch. This laid-back, but classy establishment is also friendly, simple, and welcoming. All boxes checked. You’ll never want to go home.
Shot from the drive in, lavender fields available for guests to cut their own bunch.
The ranch decor has a cozy minimalist vibe that’s very soothing, tasteful, and beautiful. The natural surroundings take the center stage, with the furniture completing the picture.
The lodge restaurant does the same, but here the natural ingredients take center stage. Expect farm-to-table food, fresh from the garden flowers, even salt and honey from the ranch. All the decor has a classic nature theme with elements of the ranch, intermixed with modern beauty. It really makes for a seamless artful atmosphere.
The Valley offers nice wine pairings. The service is fantastic, very professional, subtle, and friendly. I really loved the gingham shirts on the servers too, it completes the valley look.
Carmel Valley Ranch highlights:
- Hiking, tennis, swimming, golf, yoga, and horseback riding. My fav: the beautiful hiking trails on the property, various levels available.
- Can be very family-oriented if that’s what you’re looking for…s’mores are available every night by the bonfire plus, lots of cool activities to accommodate all ages.
- Beautiful pools
- World-class spa
- Foodie-style food options and cooking classes.
Carmel-By-The-Sea with excellent shopping and dining nearby.
It was pretty darn dreamy. I cannot wait to go back.