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Garland Ranch Regional Park
Garland Ranch Regional Park
Owner description: Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”' of the MPRPD properties, representing the District's first parkland acquisition. The park was purchased in 1975 from William... more Owner description: Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”' of the MPRPD properties, representing the District's first parkland acquisition. The park was purchased in 1975 from William Garland II, who generously gifted a portion of the cost by reducing the purchase price to below fair market value. An eminent southern California community leader, Mr. Garland spent many summers with his family on the "ranch". This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2,000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain, the trails ascend steeply. Atop the northern crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the trails encounter open oak savannas and spectacular vistas. Along the way, you will travel through maple-filled canyons, dense oak woodlands, and thick stands of chaparral. Garzas Creek gently bisects the park and provides a peaceful, shaded trail that reaches a secluded side canyon of redwoods. The park is also home to a wide variety of insects, birds, plants and animals, descendants of the first residents. Species lists of common birds, mammals, and plants are available at the Visitor Center or the District Museum, both located in the park. Throughout the park there are reminders of Carmel Valley's past: Rumsen Indian habitation sites; homestead, hunting and logging remains; livestock trails, ponds and springs; and Rancho Don Juan.There is a ranger/volunteer staff to help you enjoy your visit. The District provides both in-class environmental education programs and outdoor interpretive hikes and other events for all ages.Day use activities include hiking, photography, horseback riding, jogging, walking, bird watching, painting and simple solitude, and limited mountain bike riding in the Cooper Ranch area. A small visitor center is located at Garland and staffed by volunteers. less
Attraction type: Parks
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Holman Ranch
Holman Ranch
Owner description: Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is... more Owner description: Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (5 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.Tastings are offered daily for $5 per tasting. A standard tasting includes five varietals. The tasting fee is waived with the purchase of $50 or more in wine.The tasting room is open Mon - Thurs from 11:00 am–6:00 pm, Fri - Sun from 12:00 pm- 7 pm, and can be reserved for private events. less
Attraction type: Ranches
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Hastings Reserve
Attraction type: Nature & wildlife areas
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Point Lobos State Reserve
Point Lobos State Reserve(Carmel)
Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature reserve, which offers hiking, walking, bird watching, scuba diving and magnificent views.
Attraction type: Beaches; Nature & wildlife areas; State Parks; Hiking trails
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Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail(Monterey)
Popular hiking trail running along the Pacific Grove and Monterey coast.
Attraction type: Biking trails
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Cafe Rustica
Cafe Rustica
Cuisines: Contemporary
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations
Marinus At Bernardus Lodge
Marinus At Bernardus Lodge
Price: USD 35 - 50
Cuisines: French, Californian
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special Occasion Dining, View, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Carmel Valley Ranch Lodge Restaurant
Carmel Valley Ranch Lodge Restaurant
Price: USD 31 - 50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations
Vineyard Bistro of Carmel Valley
Vineyard Bistro of Carmel Valley
Price:
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Corkscrew Cafe
Corkscrew Cafe
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Carmel Valley Lodge
3.0 of 5
Carmel Valley Lodge
USD 118 - 294
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Los Laureles Lodge
Los Laureles Lodge
USD 95 - 285
Blue Sky Lodge
2.0 of 5
Blue Sky Lodge
USD 90 - 196
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Country Garden Inns
2.5 of 5
Country Garden Inns
USD 153 - 219
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Stonepine Estate Resort
Stonepine Estate Resort
USD 225 - 1,200

Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Tickle Pink Inn
Tickle Pink Inn
USD 231 - 599
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Carmel

All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Bernardus Lodge & Spa
4.0 of 5
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
USD 421 - 814
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carmel Valley
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
USD 293 - 586
Ranked #1 of 53 Hotels in Monterey
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Post Ranch Inn
5.0 of 5
Post Ranch Inn
USD 851 - 2,027
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Big Sur
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