Carmel Valley TomatoFest Just inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea, nestled along the Santa Lucia Mountains, lies bucolic Carmel Valley, home to hidden resorts, restaurants, shops and wine-tasting rooms. This is country enhanced by golf courses and tennis courts, a 4,000-acre regional park, a Zen center and world-famous Bernardus Lodge. Unlike its foggier coastal neighbors, Carmel Valley is known for year-round sunny days and warm temperatures.

2010 Population (Carmel Valley Village): 4,407
(Population estimated at 12,000 in the Carmel Valley Master Plan area)
2010 median home price: $706,000

Top Carmel Valley Attractions
1. Wine Tasting
Taking friends visiting from out of town wine tasting. With nine tasting rooms, we have a hard time deciding where to go, but we manage. They are always impressed with the quality, and I enjoy exposing our local wineries. Kathleen Hendricks, Carmel Valley Chamber President 2007

2. The View
Sitting in my chair every single morning, cup of java in my hand, looking out my huge window to the valley beyond. Watching the Canada geese, red-tailed hawk, quail, band-tailed pigeon, American robin, and many more birds who grace me with their presence. I know that I am living in my own little slice of paradise! Kathleen Hendricks, Carmel Valley Chamber President 2007

3. Santa Fly-In
Santa Fly-In! Hosting my annual Santa Fly-In breakfast and walk up to the former Carmel Valley Vintage Airport runway. We have plenty to eat and then walk the children up to the airfield, where Santa and Mrs. Claus helicopter in, followed by a very short parade in their honor. I am so grateful to Kiwanis for this event.

4. A Leisurely Sunday Drive
A leisurely Sunday drive up Robinson Canyon or enjoying the meadows and oaks along Carmel Valley Road all the way to Arroyo Seco.

5. Wildflower Hike
Taking a wildflower hike with a knowledgeable docent to survey the variety of blossoms on the trails at Garland Park in April.

Dining in Carmel Valley

Will's Fargo Restaurant
19 E Carmel Valley Rd # 19
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Cafe Rustica
10 Del Fino Pl
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Running Iron Restaurant
24 E Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel, CA 93923

Carmel Valley
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Lodging in Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley Ranch
One Old Ranch Road
Carmel, CA 93923
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Comfort Inn Monterey
1200 Olmsted Road
Monterey, CA 93940
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Blue Lagoon Inn
2362 North Fremont St
Monterey, CA 93940
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