CARMEL VALLEY
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
831-659-2774

Cafe Rustica
10 Del Fino Pl
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
831-659-4444

Running Iron Restaurant
24 E Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel, CA 93923
831-659-4633

 
Carmel Valley
ANDY STINY/Herald Correspondent
Twenty-five miles down Carmel Valley Road, on a swath of rolling, oak-studded hills, generations of scientists have quietly studied animal and plant life for 75 years.   READ MORE
 
ANDY STINY/Herald Correspondent
In sun hat and bandanna, Jesse Arnold walked the property of his childhood memories. The 74-year-old Cambria resident joined dozens of others for a recent open house at Hastings Natural History Reservation, a research station named after his grandparents, who donated the property.   READ MORE
 
COURTESY OF BONNIE POND
You've been working your eyeballs pretty hard lately. It's probably all that TV you're watching, or that tiny screen on your phone you can't stop staring at. For crying out loud, give those orbs a break, will you? Here's an idea.   READ MORE
 
It doesn't matter what you like to do during the weekend — be it enjoying live music, going for a run, eating good food or just hanging out with the neighbors — it's pretty likely you'll find it at the Carmel Valley Fiesta.   READ MORE
 
DAVID ROYAL/The Herald
A person needs passion, imagination and maybe a few loose screws to look at a big, greasy pile of motorcycle parts and envision the magnificent piece of motorized artwork that Stewart and Renee Garrison displayed Saturday at the fifth annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel Valley.   READ MORE
 
 
 
 
Lodging in Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley Ranch
One Old Ranch Road
Carmel, CA 93923
1-800-780-5733
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Comfort Inn Monterey
1200 Olmsted Road
Monterey, CA 93940
1-800-780-5733
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Blue Lagoon Inn
2362 North Fremont St
Monterey, CA 93940
1-800-780-5733
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