Carmel Valley Travel Guide

  • Local honey at The Quail & Olive
    Local honey at The Quail & Olive
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  • Flowers along Carmel Valley Road
    Flowers along Carmel Valley Road
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  • Carmel Valley Road
    Carmel Valley Road
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Carmel Valley Things to Do

  • Wines, Olive Oil, and Horses at Holman...

    One of the most unique wineries in the area is Holman Ranch. At its core, this place is a ranch, complete with horse stables, archery fields, and sprawling vineyards that stretch across its 19 acres. When we visited, they had recently opened a tasting room for visitors, and were pouring a selection of their estate-crafted wines. They produce a few...

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  • Olive oil tasting in Carmel

    The trickling fountain greets you when you enter The Quail & Olive, located in The Village at Carmel Valley, CA. A large table sits under an awning and is used for special events and tastings. But on a quiet day, you can take your time tasting more than a dozen varieties of California grown extra virgin olive oils, specialty oils, vinegars and...

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  • Garland Ranch Regional Park

    About 10 miles from Carmel, right along Carmel Valley Road, you will find beautiful and expansive Garland Ranch Regional Park. This 4500 park ranges in elevation from 200 feet along the beautiful Carmel River to about 2000 feet at Snively's Ridge overlooking the entire valley. The park is maintained and operated by Monterey Peninsula Regional Park...

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  • Horseback riding

    Visit Holman Ranch, just up Holman Road from the Carmel Valley Village. Call ahead to arrange a one or two hour trail ride. You will climb up to ridges to experience some of the finest scenery on the West Coast. And the horses are great too.

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  • Wine tour

    There is an abundance on vineyards in Carmel Valley. A weekend trip may be able to take advantage of all of them, but I can't guarantee it. You can stay at a hotel in Carmel Valley, or take one of the wine tours from Carmel-By-The-Sea and Monterey (I suggest the MST Carmel Valley-Grapevine Express). Grab some info about a select few, or just wander...

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  • Kim3 International Furnishings

    Kim3 is an amazing acre or two of great antiques and rare modern Asian furniture, sculpture, pottery, art, and even full-scale pavilions. I was amazed at the collection, particularly in the outdoor area that includes $26,000 Indonesian pavilions, $8,000 Buddha statue heads, several hundred dollar pots from all over Asia, elephants from India, and...

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  • Carmel Valley Community Park

    Located in the heart of Carmel Valley Village is the Carmel Valley Community Park. This well-groomed park is a favorite of local dog owners. They have nice barbecue facilities, children's playground and a swimming pool. The path around the park is lined with memorial plaques in memory of local residents. They also have ample parking and clean...

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  • Laureles Grade Road

    Laureles Grade Road or County Route G20 is a scenic shortcut between the town of Carmel Valley and Highway 68. The total route is just six miles, but the road climbs about 1000 feet in elevation and offers some stunning views. From the Carmel Valley side you have a few nice overlooks of the valley out to the Ocean to the west. From the Highway 68...

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  • Carmel Valley Road

    The other day I was heading from Monterey to Soledad, so I looked on a map...about 45 miles and the route via Carmel Valley looked about the same as the route via Salinas on 68 and 101. Boy was I wrong...instead of taking about an hour, the drive took more than two hours along the narrow, twisty farm roads from Carmel Valley to Soledad. This area...

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  • Book Some Time At Tassajara Hot Springs

    Not for the faint of heart! You must book reservations at this Zen retreat in the deep wilderness. You must have a vehicle that can withstand the dirt roads, but once you are out there, you can bathe nude in the river, swin in the pools, soak in the sulphur hot springs or meditate 'til the cows come home.

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  • Hike Garland Park

    One of the single best "close in" activities in Carmel Valley is to hike the expansive Garland Regional Park. There are plenty of flat paths as well as long, precipitous trails veering off in all directions. This is your single best bet to see a variety of flora and fauna and enjoy the tranquility of nature trails. There is even a small nature...

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  • Wine Tasting at Chateau Julien

    This is the first winery you will come to when you enter Carmel Valley from Carmel Proper. It is a very nice place to wine taste and they have won several awards for their wines. You can taste in the main lobby area or take your tasting out to the small, enclosed patio area there. They are famous for their Chardonnay which is excellent. The grounds...

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Carmel Valley Hotels

  • Bernardus Lodge

    415 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Lobos Lodge

    Monte Verde Street And Ocean Avenue, PO Box L-1, Carmel, California, 93921, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Homestead Inn

    8th & Lincoln, Carmel Valley, California, 93921, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Carmel Valley Restaurants

  • Cafe Rustica

    Cafe Rustica is an Italian restaurant in Carmel Valley. We stopped in on a sunny day in the valley while we were out for a drive. The lunch menu consists of a few light appetizers, salads, pizzas, ciabata sandwiches and a few dinner-type items. The dinner menu is fairly typical pasta and meat-based Italian dishes. Don't let the embellished...

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  • Cafe Rustica

    Cafe Rustica is one of the top casual restaurants in Carmel Valley. We stopped here one warm, quiet Wednesday afternoon in the early fall and had a very quiet lunch. We sat in the shade on the umbrella-covered patio near the front entrance. I started with a Beck's, Laura had a Heineken. For our meals I had the unique marinated grilled pork with...

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Carmel Valley Warnings and Dangers

  • by jascritz Written Nov 9, 2009

    A motor cycle cop hides at the corner stoplight at Carmel Valley Road and State Highway One. The reason is that although there is a right-turn-only lane turning into Highway One north towards Monterey coming west on Carmel Valley Road, the right turn is not permitted on a red light. I got a $500 ticket not realizing that the turn is prohibited on red even though the traffic coming from the left cannot use the right lane that I turned into. The cop appeared withing five seconds while I was still making the turn. I can see why this would be a big money maker ticketing tourists who are unfamiliar with the intersection.

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