If you live in San Francisco or the greater Bay Area, there really is no reason to complain about needing a vacation- there are so many gorgeous destinations just a few short hours drive away- all you need to do is hop in your car and go! You can head up or down the coast and hit nature’s finest: the calming shores past Point Reyes, the grand and sweeping vistas of Big Sur or the rolling waves of Santa Cruz beach. Not to mention, probably the most popular northern California destination, Napa Valley.

But there is one place that doesn’t seem to get the praise that it deserves and that is the Carmel Valley. A charming, pastoral place, tucked away from the hustle of Carmel by the Sea, the valley offers an amazingly restful retreat from big city life. We recently paid a visit to the area and enjoyed the slower pace, sweeping valley vistas and of course, the wine!


We stayed a night at Holman Ranch, a quaint and historic 10-suite property on 400 acres, complete with horses, olive groves, vineyards and wine caves. It’s so secluded and true to its past, that you feel like you’ve actually gone back in time. The property even has an historic barn where we enjoyed a farm to table style dinner under twinkling lights! Talk about an escape from city slickin’!


Every year more and more wineries are popping up making Carmel a new destination for wine lovers like myself. But the views are really where it’s at in Carmel Valley. Perched atop a hill, at the ranch you can see endless rolling mountains, a sea of yellow and green and witness all the beauty nature has to offer. Unfortunately, it was the middle of winter, or else that pool {with those views!} would be exactly where I would spend my stay from sun up to sun down!


Speaking of sun down, even the most ordinary of sunsets seems magical against the mountains and vineyards. With glass of wine in hand, the perfect getaway to Carmel Valley awaits you!

original photography by Apartment 34 

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