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102 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Phone: 831-659-5361 | Toll-Free: 800-367-3336 | Fax: 831-659-2392

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    Carmel Valley attractions

    Country Garden Inns’ hotels near Laguna Seca Raceway, Carmel Valley wineries, Monterey Peninsula Golf Courses, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Big Sur, CA offer spacious parking for special events with automobiles, bikes and equipment.

    The Monterey Peninsula offers world-renowned Monterey attractions along with sports and recreational events. From the dramatic Big Sur coastline and romantic Carmel-by-the-Sea to Pebble Beach 17-Mile-Drive, the area is rich in leisure activities and has no shortage of beauty and charm.

    Carmel Valley Things to Do

    • Golfing - 10 Minutes away
    • Tennis - 2 minutes away
    • Biking - 2 minutes away
    • Hiking Garland Park - 5 minutes away
    • Horseback Riding - 5 minutes away
    • Village Galleries/Antiques - walking distance
    • Fine dining - walking distance
    • Wine Tasting - walking distance
    • Laguna Seca -15 minutes away (Carmel Valley’s proximity to racetrack is ideal)
    • Pebble Beach 17-Mile Drive - 25 minutes away
    • Whale Watching - 20 minutes away
    • Kayaking - 20 minutes away
    • Snorkeling/Scuba Diving - 20 minutes away
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium - 25 minutes away
    • Movie Tour - 20 minutes away
    • Point Lobos Reserve - 20 minutes away
    • Big Sur- 45 minutes away

    Wineries & tasting rooms within walking distance of Our carmel by the sea hotels

    Heller Estate
    Approximately six miles from Chateau Joullian you will come to the area known as Carmel Valley Village. You will find several wineries here and the first one you come to is on the left, the Heller Estate. There is much to like about this winery. For starters, the winery’s 120 acres of vineyards are dry-farmed and certified as 100 percent organic. The tasting room is quaint and the servers are friendly and unpretentious. There are some very unusual sculptures around the gardens that are definitely worth viewing. There is a small shaded picnic area that is a perfect spot for lunch. If you are picnicking here, try a glass of their delicious merlot rose. This wine is dry and crisp. It is perfect for an afternoon picnic lunch. Tasting Room Hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, Phone: (831) 659-6220.

    Joullian Vineyards
    After Heller Estate, immediately watch for Village Road, turn right and look for the Joullian Vineyards tasting room. This winery produces 12,000 cases per year with chardonnay equaling about half of their case production. They make three unique and very tasty chardonnays. The first is a blend of grapes from five different vineyards in Monterey County. The second and third chardonnays are single-vineyard wines, one from Arroyo Seco AVA and one from Santa Lucia AVA, both in the Monterey County. The winery also makes a delightful sauvignon blanc and estate reds, merlot, zinfandel, and cabernet. All of these wines are from the Cachagua region of Carmel Valley. Tasting Room Hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, Phone: (831) 659-8100.

    Robert Talbott Vineyards
    Just across the road from Joullian on the corner of Pilot Road and Carmel Valley Road is the Robert Talbott Vineyards. This winery concentrates on two varietals, chardonnay and pinot noir. The climate of the Santa Lucia and Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County are conducive to growing chardonnay and pinot noir. The winery directs all its attention to these two varietals and the results are evident in a series of very fine and high-quality wines. There are some very impressive chardonnay and pinot noir wines. The charge is $6 per person and can be applied to the purchase of wine. The winery has a small picnic area, which also is a very good spot to enjoy a deli lunch. Try a glass of the refreshing Kali Hart Chardonnay. It will go perfectly with lunch. Tasting Room Hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. daily except for Tuesdays, Phone: (831) 659-3500.

    Bernardus Winery and Vineyard
    Just past the Village on the left is the Bernardus tasting room. The wines featured by this winery are made in a Bordeaux style. The owner, Ben Pon, is a Dutchman whose goal is to make wines patterned after the famous Bordeaux region of France. The winery obtains its grapes from various vineyards in Monterey County but its flagship wine, marinus, is estate grown in the Cachagua wine region of Carmel Valley. Marinus is a highly rated Bordeaux-style wine that is 75% cabernet blended, 20% merlot, with petit verdot and cabernet franc added to the blend. The tasting fee is $5, or $10 to taste the reserve line of wines. Nearby is the famous and luxurious Bernardus lodge, also owned by Ben Pon. Tasting Room Hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, Phone: (800) 223-2533.

    Tasting rooms

    Chateau Sinnet
    Featuring a variety of vines: pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, syrah, petit syrah, sangiovese, touriga and zinfandel. Gift shop. Call for hours of operation: (831) 659-2244.

    Georis
    Established in 1981, this winery features merlot and cabernet sauvignon wines. They also can host your special events. Tasting room hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, Phone: (831) 659-1050.

    San Saba
    Award-winning wine since 1981, this 75-acre vineyard features cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, merlot, and pinot noir wines. Call for hours of operation: (800) 998-7222.

    There are So Many Opportunities for Excitement at Our Hotels Near Laguna Seca & Pebble Beach

    SPORTS VENUES

    • Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
      Conveniently located 10 minutes from racetrack. Trailer parking available.
    • Pebble Beach Equestrian Center (20 min)
    • 2009 Race Events Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
      May 15-17, 2009 - Monterey Festival of Speed
      July 3-5, 2009 - Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
      August 14-16, 2009 - 36th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races
      October 9-11, 2009 - Monterey Sports Car Championship

    CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE

    Held once each year in August, the Concours d'Elegance brings 175 of the most pristine collector cars in the world to the famous 18th hole at Pebble Beach, where thousands of enthusiasts are free to roam the exquisite fairway during the competitive event known as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

    BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

    Located just 10 minutes from pick-up point.
    Special Rates offered to race participants
    Rates include Early-bird breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese hour.

    SEA OTTER CLASSIC

    Mountain and Road Bike Races
    Special Rates offered to race participants
    Rates include Early-bird breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese hour.

    SHOPPING

    For amazing finds and interesting browsing, find shopping in Carmel and beyond at the Monterey County Conventions & Visitors Bureau.

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    January

    Weekend Whale Watching
    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur | (831) 667-2315

    Annual Rio Grill Resolution Run
    Carmel | (831) 645-4777

    Monterey SwingFest
    Monterey | (805) 937-1574

    Valley of the World Wine & Food Festival
    Salinas | (831) 595-3341, 775-4721

    February

    AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
    Pebble Beach | (800) 541-9091

    Wine Passport Weekend
    Monterey County | (831) 375-9400

    AMGEN Tour of California
    Monterey County

    Annual International Flavors of Marina Event
    California State University Monterey Bay | (831) 384-9155

    March

    Dixieland Monterey
    Monterey | (888) 349-6879

    National Marine Sanctuary Annual Symposium
    California State University Monterey Bay | (831) 647-4255

    Annual Art on the Plaza
    Monterey

    Annual Big Sur Writing Workshop
    Big Sur | (831) 667-2574

    Next Generation Jazz Festival
    Monterey | (831) 373-3366

    Grand Arrival of the Privateer Lynx
    Monterey | (866) 446-5969

    April

    Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival
    Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey | (831)755-4899

    Monterey Rock & Rod Festival
    Monterey

    Multiple Sclerosis Society “Rainmaker" Walk, Run
    Monterey | (888) I- SHOP-D

    Annual Pinnacles Wine Festival
    Salinas Valley | (831) 678-2400

    Birdathon Countdown and Dinner
    Big Sur | (831) 624-1202

    Big Sur International Marathon
    Hwy 1, Big Sur to Carmel | (831) 625-6226

    May

    Latin Jazz at the Aquarium
    Monterey Bay Aquarium | (800) 840-4880

    Jamba Juice Wildflower Triathlon
    Lake San Antonio | (831) 373-0678

    Mamaspalooza
    Del Monte Shopping Center
    1-888-I-Shop-DM

    Annual SPCA Wag N' Walk
    Shoreline Park, Monterey | (831) 373-2631

    SpringFest Arts and Crafts Faire
    Custom House Plaza, Monterey | (831) 622-0700

    Jeffers Tor House Garden Party
    Carmel | (831) 624-1813

    Annual Marina International Festival of the Winds
    Marina

    Paddlefest
    Monterey | (800) 649-5357

    Annual Carmel Art Festival
    Carmel | (831) 642-2503

    Pebble Beach Equestrian Challenge
    Pebble Beach | (831) 624-2756

    Salinas Valley Fair
    King City | (831) 385-3243

    U.S. Sports Car Invitational
    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca | (800) 327-SECA

    Castroville Artichoke Festival
    Castroville | (831) 633-2465

    June

    Annual Cannery Row Block Party
    Monterey

    Monterey Wine and Fine Living Festival
    Monterey | (888) 814-WINE

    World Ocean Day Celebration
    Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey | (831) 648-4800

    Mission San Antonio Fiesta
    Jolon-Fort Hunter Liggett Base | (831) 385-4478

    24 Hours of Adrenalin Cycle Race
    Monterey | (416) 391-2651

    Third Thursday at MMA
    Monterey | (831) 372-5477 ext 12

    July

    Monterey County Celtic Week
    Carmel and Monterey | (831) 633-4444

    Community Fourth of July Parade
    Monterey | (831) 646-3866

    Films in the Forest
    Carmel | (831) 626-1681

    Annual Scottish Games and Celtic Festival
    Toro Park, Monterey-Salinas Hwy | (831) 647-6311

    Annual Obon Festival
    Seaside | (831) 372-8181

    Carmel Bach Festival
    Carmel | (831) 624-2046

    Pebble Beach Equine Festival
    Pebble Beach | (831) 624-2756

    Annual Monterey Friends of the Library Chocolate & Wine Tasting Benefit
    Monterey | (831) 373-1241

    U.S. Grand Prix and MotoGP World Championship
    Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca | (800) 327-SECA

    Pebble Beach Equestrian Classic I
    Pebble Beach | (831) 624-2756

    Gilroy Garlic Festival
    San Benito County | (408) 842-1625

    Moss Landing Antique Street Fair
    Moss Landing | (831) 633-4501

    August

    Annual “Musical Marketplace” Benefit Concert Series
    Monterey

    Spirit West Coast
    Laguna Seca Recreation Area | (831) 443-5399

    Annual Steinbeck Festival
    National Steinbeck Center, Salinas | (831) 775-4721

    Turkish Festival
    Custom House Plaza, Monterey | (831) 655-7509

    Carmel Valley Fiesta
    Carmel Valley | (831) 659-4502

    Monterey Wine Country
    Monterey | (831) 375-9400

    Monterey County Fair
    Monterey County Fairgrounds | (831) 372-5863

    Concours d'Elegance Vintage Car Parade & Display
    Carmel | (831) 620-2020

    Concorso Italiano
    Seaside | (425) 742-0632

    Monterey Sports Car Auction
    Monterey | (800) 211-4371

    Monterey Historic Automobile Races
    Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca | (800) 327-SECA

    Annual “Back to School” Festival
    Monterey | (831) 751-1678

    Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
    Pebble Beach | (831) 622-1700

    Jewish Food Festival
    Carmel Valley | (831) 624-2015

    The First Tee Open
    Pebble Beach | (831) 649-1533

    Monterey Bay ReggaeFest
    Monterey | (831) 394-6534

    September

    24 Hours of Adrenalin Cycle Race Part II
    Monterey | (416) 391-2651

    Gary Ibsen’s Carmel TomatoFest
    Carmel | (888) 989-8171

    Festa Italia-Santa Rosalia Festival
    Monterey | (831) 625-9623, 375-4263

    Cherry's Jubilee
    Monterey | (831) 759-1836

    Annual Greek Festival
    Monterey | (831) 424-4434

    Salute to Agriculture
    Salinas | (831) 424-7611

    Monterey Jazz Festival
    Monterey County Fairgrounds | (925) 275-9255

    Monterey Bay Birding Festival
    Monterey Bay | (831) 763-5600

    Carmel Mission Fiesta
    Carmel | (831) 624-8322

    Annual Old Monterey Seafood and Music Festival
    Monterey | (831) 655-8070

    October

    Wild Things Nighttime Tour
    Salinas | (831) 455-1901

    Fall Birding Excursion
    Moss Landing | (831) 633-5555

    Monterey Walk to D’Feet ALS
    Monterey | (800) 209-0433

    Big Sur River Run

    Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation Fall Festival
    Carmel | (831) 624-1813

    Annual Big Sur Jade Festival
    Big Sur | (831) 659-3857

    Monterey Sports Car Championships
    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey
    800-327-SECA

    Carmel's Birthday Party
    Carmel | (831) 620-2020

    Halloween Ball Masque
    Big Sur | (831) 667-2345

    Fourth Annual “Pumpkin Pandemonium”
    Monterey | (831) 373-2705 x107

    November

    Pebble Beach Equestrian Championships
    Pebble Beach | (831) 624-2756

    Big Sur Half Marathon and Run Forrest Run 5K
    Monterey | (831) 625-6226

    Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend
    Monterey | (831) 375-9400

    Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational
    Pebble Beach | (831) 625-8575

    December

    Monterey Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Monterey | (831) 646-5640

    Annual Christmas in the Adobes
    Monterey | (831) 647-6226

    Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival
    Monterey | (800) 722-9652

    Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade
    Monterey | (831) 372-9686

    Annual Holiday Open House
    Carmel

    First Night Monterey
    Downtown Monterey | (831) 373-4778

    New Year’s Eve at the Aquarium
    Monterey Bay Aquarium