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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 Rose 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 Sun - Thurs from 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Fri - Sat 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: Nature & Wildlife Areas; State Parks; Beaches; Hiking Trails
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium(Monterey)
Owner description: Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies... more Owner description: Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. less
Attraction type: Aquariums; Theme Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Cafe Rustica
Cafe Rustica
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Contemporary, Gluten Free
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Corkscrew Cafe
Corkscrew Cafe
Cuisines: American, Pizza
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lucia Restaurant & Bar
Lucia Restaurant & Bar
Cuisines: American, Gluten Free
Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Valley Kitchen
Valley Kitchen
Price: US$ 31 - US$ 50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Gluten Free
Good for: View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Roux
Roux
Cuisines: American, European
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Blue Sky Lodge
2.0 of 5
Blue Sky Lodge
US$ 137 - US$ 209
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Los Laureles Lodge
3.0 of 5
Los Laureles Lodge
US$ 95 - US$ 285

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BEST WESTERN The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove
2.0 of 5
BEST WESTERN The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove
US$ 127 - US$ 494
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Country Garden Inns
2.5 of 5
Country Garden Inns
US$ 172 - US$ 230
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Contenta Inn
2.0 of 5
Contenta Inn
US$ 143 - US$ 212
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Stonepine Estate Resort
5.0 of 5
Stonepine Estate Resort
US$ 225 - US$ 1,200

All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Bernardus Lodge & Spa
4.0 of 5
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
US$ 422 - US$ 863
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carmel Valley
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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
US$ 284 - US$ 529
Ranked #1 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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Post Ranch Inn
5.0 of 5
Post Ranch Inn
US$ 854 - US$ 1,961
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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