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Things to do in Carmel Valley

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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Parks
Owner description: Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”' of the MPRPD properties, representing the District's first parkland... 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
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Ranchs
Owner description: Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of... 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
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Ranked #3 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Wineries
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Ranked #4 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Wineries

The Boekenoogen Winery Tasting Room features wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands. The tasting room is spacious and there is a nice patio area out front.  The tasting room staff... more »

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Ranked #6 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Wineries
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Ranked #7 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
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Ranked #8 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Wineries
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Ranked #9 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Wineries
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Ranked #10 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Wineries
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Ranked #11 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Wineries
Owner description: The Chock Rock Vineyard tasting room is nestled right in the heart of the Carmel Valley Village. The tasting room is a... more » Owner description: The Chock Rock Vineyard tasting room is nestled right in the heart of the Carmel Valley Village. The tasting room is a relaxing, light filled environment with large picture windows overlooking the hills of Carmel Valley.While sipping on the estate wines you will enjoy the original block prints and cool memorabilia of Dan Karlsen. « less
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Ranked #12 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #13 of 14 attractions in Carmel Valley
Category: Bar/ Clubs
Stop in at this popular nightspot for a pint.
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