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Carmel Valley Ranch features Gardens and Animals such as Deer and Wild Turkey

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Carmel Valley Ranch Prices & Reservations

Carmel, California


From the moment you pass through the guard gate at Carmel Valley Ranch, you begin to feel refreshed. The lush gardens and golf course views are the beginning of your rest & relaxation, and up close views of nature. Expect to see wild turkey that live on the grounds, plus some deer that like to roam and feed on plants and flowers. They are quite shy and do not generally like to go close to humans, though they will look at you from a distance, then run away.


In all the rooms I've enjoyed at Carmel Valley Ranch, I've never had a bad view. From the moment I arrive and unpack, I open a bottle of nice wine from the region (one winery near the resort offers wine tasting and tours --Chateau Julien), then turn on some classical music from a local radio station, watching the golden sunset filter through the trees off my private balcony. If I pay a bit more for a private sauna that's located on the deck, then of course, I hop in and soak during the sunset hours.


Sometimes you may get a room that is near the path for golf carts on particular holes and tees. Though golfers may pass by below, you generally don't see them much, and by evening they've called it a night. The golf course is absolutely stunning, and one of the favorite courses in the region. Since you are in the golf capital of California, you have Pebble Beach courses, Monterey courses, Pacific Grove, and many golf options. There's a swimming pool surrounded by lush flower pots and a nice dining room ideal for dinner. I like to eat at the golf clubhouse for lunch, as the faire is light--salads and sandwiches, set to the backdrop of the golf course action.


Carmel Valley Ranch is filled with butterflies, birds, and animals that make the place a delight to visit. Just sitting and watching a wild turkey outside the dining room as he peeks in the window is fun. I really can't say enough good things about this place, as it has been one of my favorite getaways for over 10 years. It's like going home when you arrive, and honestly, I never like to leave.


I always make sure to go into Carmel Village to shop, drive along the waterfront of Pacific Grove, check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium to see what's new, and shop at the Cannery Row outlet stores. A drive along 17 mile drive is sometimes a nice way to spend an afternoon, as well. It's a place where you never can see and do it all.