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39171 Tassajara Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9316
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Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Carmel Valley
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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sharon vt
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We visited Tassajara Zen Center for the day in July 2013. I had wanted to visit there since learning to bake bread from the Tassajara Bread Book in 1971! We camped out at China Camp, a primitive campground on national forest land in the Ventana Wilderness on our way to and from. The road was indeed as dramatic as described... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

never want to leave- unstructured peace, beauty, water in many forms and degrees and incredible, incredible vegitarian food- not low fat nor carb. solitude if you want or a bit of socializing. zen and yoga, not luxurious, you may bring wine or, tough to get to, lots of rugged, far west, hot, badland-canyon-mountainous surroundings, some bugs and dust, saw a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Tassajara is amazing and an adventure. The staff was friendly, the facilities were well maintained, the food was exceptional, and the workshops were well planned, with experienced instructors. Guests had been coming there for 20+ years. It's rustic and charming, and a perfect place to either learn or continue one's Zen training and education. It's owned by San Francisco Zen... More

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McMinnville, Tennessee, United States
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Just what I was expecting, a chance to get away and step aside from all the hustle and bustle of city life. A few days spent in tranquility where you can be by yourself or in company of others if you wish. Beautiful setting and grounds.

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Palo Alto, California
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37 hotel reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We evidently tend to be more discriminating than some travelers, hence the score of 4 stars rather than 5. We also found that the other reviews told us very little factually about Tassajara, so we decided to be somewhat detailed about our experience, in the hope of scoring more of those "Helpful review" votes! If you've never been here, imagine... More

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San Jose, California
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251 reviews 251 reviews
102 hotel reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Can you handle days without cell phone reception? Without internet? Without room service? Neither of these are available at Tassajara, just a single landline, not even outlets in the room. Instead Kerosene lamps at night, gentle bells in the morning, sitting meditation services in the temple, lots of good vegetarian organic food, beautiful hikes in the area, the sound of... More

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Central Coast of California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

My wife and I (in our 60s) enjoyed an outstanding weekend guest retreat. We had a workshop on Clowning with a master clown and a Zen buddhist priest. The combination of meditation, movement, and expression created an engaging experience with many useful insights for both business and personal application. The food, redwood yurt-style cabin, and refreshing creek and baths made... More

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San Francisco, CA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

How I wish this special place were not reviewed, which means my secret of over 40 years is out.... a place where I restore clarity of mind and heart... a place to indulge in culinary delights, a place where I can care for myself without distractions.... As one reviewer stated, this is not for everyone, but if one wishes to... More

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Olympia, Washington
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14 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Nothing happening here. If you are a practitioner of Zen Buddhism you'll know what I mean. If not, know that the food is the best on the planet, the bath houses are like something out of a dream with hot spring fed outdoor soaking pools, and if you bring your own wine there is a refrigerator next to the dining... More

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San Francisco, CA
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28 hotel reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

I just returned from my fourth visit to this magical place and feel renewed and relaxed. Tassajara isn't for everyone, especially those who needs lots of activities and a steady stream of media (TV, internet, phones, etc.). But those who appreciate the splendor of nature, the taste of a locally-grown organic food, and richness of mindfulness activities like hiking or... More

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Address: 39171 Tassajara Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9316
Location: United States > California > Carmel Valley
Also Known As:
Tassajara Zen Mountain Hotel Carmel Valley

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A temple sanctuary by the beautiful boulders and waters of Tassajara Creek, a small mountain river flowing toward the sea. Long known as a place of healing, the hot springs of Tassajara were first used by the native Esselen people, who lived among the soaring ridges of the Santa Lucia Mountains for a thousand years or more, appreciating the hot springs for their restorative properties. Today,Tassajara offers a rare opportunity to step back from the busy demands and pressures of life. Find the rhythm of your own breath supported by the sounds of temple bell and creek-song. Feel the summer breeze, enjoy delicious food, immerse yourself in the water of the hot springs and relax in the shade of maples and sycamores. Since Zen Mountain Center’s inception, the Guest Season has been an integral part of this monastery's yearly cycle in these mountains. From April until September, focus turns from our primarily inward activity of “practice period” to the work of serving the community at large, sharing the experience of Zen practice and the joys of Tassajara. Like the proprietors of earlier times, we hope you will find this valley a place of delight and renewal. Please consider yourself a part of Tassajara, for it is your contributions which make it possible for us to continue to take care of this fragile ecosystem and provide a curative, healing environment. Accommodations include three gourmet vegetarian meals daily, with bag lunch available to allow for flexible day plans. Guest afternoon tea is served daily in the dining room. The courtyard coffee-tea area is always open. Personal beverages are welcome in the guest rooms and dining room. ... more   less 
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