The 13-mile drive on Carmel Valley Road begins at Highway One, follows along the Carmel River and offers a unique scenic landscape all its own. The beautiful countryside is dotted with horse ranches, vineyards, five championship golf courses, renowned resorts, shopping, wine tasting, quaint inns and lodges. The perfect place to get away, relax and enjoy the wide variety of activities offered in the area. One of the biggest decisions you must make when planning any vacation is where you will stay. Carmel Valley offers a range of fantastic options for accommodations. As an added bonus, almost all of these hotels are dog friendly, so you can bring your four-legged family members along without any extra worry. (visit each hotel’s website for details on the property’s specific pet policy)
BERNARDUS LODGE AND SPA
Bernardus Lodge and Spa offers 5-star luxury and some of the finest views in Carmel Valley. The Lodge is every bit a Wine Country retreat combined with the charm and intimacy of a small town. The Lodge has 73 guest rooms, villas and suites that all come with a soaking tub, opulent Italian linens and a fireplace. The elegance continues to the hotel’s Lucia restaurant and Bar where guests can indulge in elevated California-inspired cuisine highlighting some of the freshest ingredients available. The Spa and Salon offer endless opportunities to pamper yourself after a long day exploring the area. Take your pick from a full menu of spa and wellness treatments such as massages, facials and more.
415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, 831.656.3400
CARMEL VALLEY RANCH
You will find this property spread across 500 acres of Carmel Valley’s beautiful scenery. Carmel Valley Ranch features 181 roomy and romantic studio suites as well as spacious suites with one to four bedrooms. The rooms are arranged into unique neighborhoods and each has plenty of opportunities to both relax and get out and enjoy the area. From horseback riding, hiking, tennis and more, there is no room for boredom at this spacious retreat. The property also features a praise-worthy 18-hole golf course designed by Pete Dye. After all of that fun, guests can relax and unwind in Spa Aiyana which offers a wide range of salon and spa services. The resort’s Valley Kitchen restaurant offers elegant dishes inspired by fresh, organic local produce, many of which is grown on the property itself.
1 Old Ranch Road, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, 831.625.9500
LOS LAURELES LODGE
Los Laureles Lodge is the original hotel and hunting lodge of Carmel Valley and has been around for more than 100 years. The lodge exudes all the charm you come to Carmel Valley to enjoy. The spacious lodge is perfect for families with a variety of activities and family-friendly, multi-room suites and houses. The mahogany-paneled Saloon serves up a range of tasty meal options such as steaks, fish, salads and burgers. For guests who wish to experience a piece of Carmel Valley’s history, in a comfortable and family-friendly environment, Los Laureles Lodge is a perfect choice.
313 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, 831.659.2233
Quail Lodge has long been a favorite option for visitors to Carmel Valley. The hotel has been around since 1964 but was recently renovated to reflect more modern styles and amenities. The 850-acre property features 93 guest rooms. The perfect destination for golfers, Quail Lodge has a 18-hole championship golf course which was designed by Robert Muir Graves. However you don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy your visit. The hotel offers tennis, swimming, bocce, nature trails and much more. The Lodge’s Edgar Restaurant and Bar transforms local organic ingredients into a full menu of elegantly presented dishes. The restaurant is casually elegant with fireside dining both in the dining room and on the patio as well as stunning views of the property’s golf course and the surrounding mountain range.
8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, 831.624.2888
BLUE SKY LODGE
Blue Sky Lodge provides the best of both convenience and comfort. It is mere steps away from the many tasting rooms, galleries, fine dining restaurants, antique shops and everything else that the Village has to offer. However, the hotel doesn’t lack in amenities or creature comforts. The rooms offer private patios or sundecks for relaxing alone or with a special someone, as well as an outdoor pool and quiet gardens with paths for strolling. The Lodge offers a peaceful retreat and the perfect convenient base for exploring the village of Carmel Valley. For family travelers, the Lodge offers connecting rooms or the option to add a kitchen to your room.
10 Flight Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, 831.659.2256
Contenta Inn is a quiet and intimate hotel that is just a few steps away from the village. Rooms feature a private patio for quiet relaxation. The hotel has a spa and a pool as well and the entire property is nestled amidst oak trees which is conducive to a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. At the same time, the hotel is just a minute’s walk from everything the village has to offer: restaurants, shops, galleries, wine tasting rooms and more. There are plans in the works to remodel the Contenta Inn. The new mid-century modern look promises to solidify Contenta’s place as an attractive accommodation option in Carmel Valley.
20 Via Contenta, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, 831.659.2298