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Apr
27
2014

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more
May
2
2014

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more
May
2
2014

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more
May
2
2014

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more
May
3
2014

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more
May
9
2014

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more
May
11
2014

Mother's Day Brunches in Monterey County

May. 11
Score some points with Mom this Mother's Day and treat her to a fabulous brunch in…more
May
14
2014

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more
May
15
2014

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more
May
15
2014

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more
May
16
2014

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more
May
16
2014

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more
May
23
2014

California Roots Music & Arts Festival

May. 23-May. 25
The 5th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event packed…more
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Carmel Valley Vineyards

Carmel Valley Vineyards

Carmel Valley Itinerary

For a weekend loaded with great food, great wine and true relaxation, there's no better place than Carmel Valley. Carmel Valley is a prime destination for foodies and wine lovers. CV Village (as the locals refer to it), with its bucolic crossroads, has enough wine tasting rooms for a fantastic wine country vacation. For a true farm-to-table experience, epicureans can tour the legendary Earthbound Farm and then dine on locally grown produce at a number of Carmel Valley's regionally focused restaurants. A horseback ride through a historic ranch not only works off the calories but also allows visitors to get in touch with Carmel Valley's ranching history.

Friday

1pm
Arrive early in the afternoon and check in at a tucked-away lodge that feels like your own private hideaway. The Country Garden Inns are ideally located within walking distance of Carmel Valley Village and are known for their tasty breakfast buffet. Stonepine Estate, on the list of Historic Hotels of America, offers the ultimate in luxury and privacy. Dog-lovers will find their pets are as pampered as the humans at Carmel Valley Lodge. If you're looking for the pleasures of a lodge getaway on a limited budget, the Blue Sky Lodge offers a restful and relaxing atmosphere.

2pm
Start your Carmel Valley experience with a horseback ride at a historic ranch. The property on which Holman Ranch resides was the site of the first private rancho in Carmel Valley. In the late 1920s, it became a hideaway for Hollywood stars. Now it hosts private events, houses an equestrian center and offers trail rides with breathtaking views of Carmel Valley. While you're riding, you may catch a glimpse of Holman Ranch's olive trees, pinot vineyards and cattle roaming the range.

6pm
The restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch is simply known as "The Dining Room." It offers French cuisine with a California twist that highlights locally grown ingredients, and is the perfect spot for a memorable dinner.

Saturday

9am
Watch local golfers on their Saturday outings over breakfast at Edgar's at the Quail Lodge Golf Club. Make sure to get an outside table so you can admire great views of Carmel Valley while eating locally oriented meals like the Monterey Benedict, which features dungeness crab and artichokes.

10:30am
It may be hard to believe, but the world's largest grower of organic produce started here! Earthbound Farm may have expanded, but their research and development farm is still located right at the edge of Carmel Valley. Take a tour of the Walking Labyrinth, visit the Cut-Your-Own Herb Garden and stop by the farm stand to buy local, organic produce to take home.

Noon
The Rio Grill has been a favorite among local residents for over 25 years, but don't think for a minute that means it's stuck in the past. The restaurant constantly spices up its menu with new selections, while keeping old favorites in place for fans to enjoy. 

1:30pm
Rio Grill is located near the first tasting room on your wine journey, Taste Morgan. Pace yourself, however, because there's many more to try! On your way back to Carmel Valley Village there are several other tasting rooms, such as Bernardus WineryCima Collina and Joullian Vineyards are located. Be sure to take your time!

7pm
When you walk into the Restaurant at Los Laureles Lodge, don't be surprised if the bartender seems to know nearly everyone who walks through the door. This restaurant, located in Muriel Vanderbilt's former home, is popular among locals for its great food and old-time atmosphere. Head over to the saloon after dinner for live music. You may find yourself rubbing elbows with a local rancher, farmer or winemaker.

Sunday

10am
After a relaxing morning sleeping in, awaken with a delicious breakfast at Bernardus Lodge's Wickets Bistro. Don't count calories -- the breads, pastries and muffins from the on-site pastry chef are a taste sensation. Many of the ingredients in your organic tomato Bloody Mary or lobster eggs Benedict are locally sourced; in fact, some of the produce is grown at Bernardus' very own organic gardens. Sit outside and enjoy Carmel Valley's sun and the Euro bistro ambience, or play a round of bocce or croquet before your next appointment.

Noon
Need just one more push to land in a state of perfect relaxation? The Spa at Bernardus Lodge will ensure that any last bits of tension will leave your body. Much like Carmel Valley's restaurants, the treatments at Bernardus Spa use ingredients sourced from their vineyards, their gardens and the nearby ocean, including grape seed exfoliation, massages with organic lavender oil, sea baths and more. You'll be floating in a state of bliss on the way home - or perhaps you'll want to stop at Wickets to enjoy the view and a final glass of wine and make your weekend last just a little longer.

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