A restored Spanish-style hacienda built in 1928 from local Carmel stones and oak-beamed ceilings crowns the rolling hills of Holman Ranch. Vines climb, stretch, and occasionally lindy hop toward the warmth of the California sun across 19 acres of thin, rocky soils that nurture the grapes that mature into fruity pinot gris and full-bodied pinot noir. The vineyard and winery produces five varietals in total, and the ranch's south-facing olive grove yields distinct extra-virgin oils from 100 fruit-bearing trees of Tuscan origin. The fully functional ranch accommodates equine guests as well as human, with a 20-stall show barn and jumping, dressage, and Western arenas.Over the years, the picturesque grounds' gardens, patios, and warm interior spaces have played host to Hollywood's elite, from Joan Crawford to Marlon Brando to Kermit. Romantic and secluded event spaces with modern amenities dot the property, shaded by elderly trees and the surrounding majestic mountains.
When you stay at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, you'll be in the mountains and convenient to Chateau Julien. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Talbotts Vineyards and Joulian Vineyards. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 139 air-conditioned rooms featuring fireplaces and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private patios. 42-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as direct-dial phones with voice mail. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After practicing your swing on the golf course, you can dip into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools or 2 spa tubs. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and supervised childcare/activities. n Dining
Grab a bite to eat at the resort's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free parking is available onsite.