Carmel Valley

Sun splashed with colorful wildflowers among the majestic oaks, Carmel Valley’s verdant hills and pastures are populated with horses, grape vines and hawks circling high in cobalt skies. Relatively untouched since the days of Spanish land grants, the area is graced with secluded redwood canyons, chaparral laden slopes and ancient stands of pine. Twelve miles up Carmel Valley from Highway 1 is the quiet country Carmel Valley Village with its fine dining, wine tasting, antique shops and art galleries, most open daily from 10:00 a.m.