Carmel Valley, CA, USA

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Carmel Valley, CA, USA

Carmel Valley vacation rentals

Where the art's fine and the wine's finer

A quick jaunt inland from Monterey Bay, the quaint town of Carmel Valley sits in a tranquil river valley carved out of the towering peaks of the Saint Lucia range. Tucked among pastoral rolling fields and championship golf courses, the town was once a haven for millionaire sportsmen who built glittering mansions against the mountainous backdrop. Today it boasts a booming art scene and some of the best antiquing around. A Carmel Valley vacation rental also puts you on the doorstep of one California's finest wine growing regions, so bring your designated driver.

Carmel Valley gets an A+ for art, antiquing, and activities

The town's cozy size belies the depth of its arts scene, with an impressive number of galleries and studios popping up in recent years. Combine that with the countless antique shops and wine tasting rooms, and you might never want to leave town. You should, though, because the outdoor activities are second to none. Rub elbows with the well-heeled at the championship golf courses and manicured tennis courts, or head to Garland Ranch Regional Park for some rugged hiking and horseback riding against the stunning backdrop of the Carmel River and Saint Lucia mountains.

Wineries, wilderness, and winding roads

A Carmel Valley vacation rental puts you in wine tasting central. You'll find an impressive number of tasting rooms right in town, and the Grapevine Express Route 24 public bus will even handle the driving for you. Take a fresh air break and explore the historic buildings, waterfall, and redwood canyon of Garland Ranch Regional Park. Join the search for extraterrestrial life at Jamesburg Earth Station, one of the world's largest satellite dishes and part of an active SETI project. For the road trippers, you'll have a hard time choosing between iconic Highway 1 and epic 17-Mile Drive.

A verdant valley of vineyards

Thanks to a climate that's particularly suited to growing grapes, the pastoral valleys surrounding the Carmel River are a picturesque patchwork of thriving vineyards and rolling hills. Oak forest dot the landscape as it rises into the Saint Lucia ranges in the distance. Garland Ranch Regional Park his home to redwoods and a waterfall, adding diversity to the landscape. At a Carmel Valley vacation rental, you're also not far from the rocky coasts and sandy beaches of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean, where you'll find endless marine life, including whales, seals, dolphins and sharks.