A trip to wine country wouldn’t be complete without tasting the wines that California is famous for. Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, Sauvignon Blancs, Merlots and varietals in a spectrum of styles await, often paired with delectable appetizers and charming environments. Relax with friends and enjoy conversations about wine and life in one of the most vibrant wine regions in the world.
Nearby Carmel Village is home to over twenty tasting rooms, and Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a can’t-miss wine tasting experience. The Bernardus Lodge concierge provides complimentary tasting room passes to guests on check in.
If you’re a golfer, you’ll find a stay at Bernardus Lodge to be “Golf Paradise,” with 19 championship courses located within a few miles away.
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Carmel by the Sea
Enjoy and explore nearby beaches, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos State Reserve, Mission San Carlos Boromeo, Carmel River State Park, Garrapata State Park, or simply enjoy the storybook English cottages of Carmel-by-the-Sea. And these are just a few of the Carmel attractions of Monterey County.
17-Mile Drive is a winding road with spectacular coastline views.
Shopping in nearby Carmel is unique, upscale and an all-day experience (if you’d like it to be). With stone-paved alleyways and curlicue-roofed shops, outdoor malls to family-owned boutiques, take in the sites and walk away with a treasure or two.
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Whale Watching & Fishing
No matter the time of year, your chances for spotting a whale on the numerous whale-watching tours offered in Monterey Bay are great. Humpbacks, orcas, sea lions, dolphins, blue whales, gray whales, birds, sea turtles, sea otters, porpoises and other marine life are plentiful in the bay, and ensure you’ll leave with plenty of memories and even a photo or two. Many tours offer close-up views in an educational environment, and Bernardus Lodge’s concierge staff can help you find one suited to your style.
Sport fishing is one of the most thrilling activities for visitors to the Monterey Coastline. Monterey Bay and the Carmel River offer unbeatable views and are stocked with aquatic treasures such as salmon, rock cod, albacore, halibut, trout and bass. Be sure to check the California Department of Fish and Game website for information about sport fishing licenses. Several deep-sea charters on the Monterey Peninsula also supply visitors with one-day or annual sport fishing licenses.
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Itching to catch a wave? With popular surf spots such as Big Sur, Asilomar Beach, Carmel Beach and Lovers Point, the Monterey Bay coastline is a popular, year-round surfing destination. Bernardus Lodge can point you in the direction of nearby outfitters for wet suits, boards and lessons. Or, bring your own.
Monterey County has 99 miles of spectacular coastline, ranging from dramatic cliffs to breathtaking waterfalls, rocky shores perfect for tidepooling to sandy California beaches. There is truly something for everyone.
For the experienced hang glider to the novice, there is something for everybody on the cliffs of Monterey County. We’ll help you find the equipment and lessons, if you need them.
Equestrian trails and working ranches abound in Monterey County. The City of Marina Equestrian Center offers lessons, trail access and other services. In April through December, Molera Horseback Tours leads group rides from Molera State Park, 22 miles south of Carmel in magnificent Big Sur. Or, take a ride on the beach with the Monterey Equestrian Center.
Hiking & Biking
Monterey County is rich with scenic beauty. One of the best ways to explore the areas is by hiking or biking its beautiful trails. With many state and regional parks in the area, including Jacks Peak, Garland Park, Carmel River and Point Lobos State Reserve, we can help you find a route that refreshes your soul.
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Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway
Buckle up racing fans. Built on a dry lake bed in nearby Salinas, the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway host major racing events each year, including the U.S. Sports Car Invitational, Monterey Sports Car Championships, Monterey Historics for classic racecars, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, featuring both the MotoGP World Championship and the U.S. AMA Superbike Series, and the A1 Grand Prix. When not being used for major events, the track can be rented, and several times a year bicycles are even permitted on the track.
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Grab your sunscreen and sunglasses. Kayaking is a great way to see an area’s scenic beauty from a different, more personal perspective, and Monterey Bay offers some of the best kayaking in the world. You’re likely to spot sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, pelicans, sea birds, sharks and rays from the seat of your kayak, and you may even get lucky enough to see whales or dolphins. Kayaking excursions abound in the bay area, guaranteeing you’ll have stories to share for a lifetime. The Bernardus Lodge concierge staff can recommend an outfitter or even a guided tour.
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Land Rover Driving School
Enjoy a day of off-road instruction while experiencing first-hand the capabilities of a Land Rover. The Land Rover Experience Driving School in Carmel offers instruction by a professional driving instructor. You’ll learn how to navigate steep ascents and descents, pick the right line on side tilts, and maintain vehicle control in challenging settings.
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Skip Barber Racing School
Ever wanted to take racing lessons? The Skip Barber Racing School conducts racing schools, defensive and high-performance driving schools, amateur and professional racing championships and corporate entertainment schools. The Mazda Laguca Seca Raceway in nearby Salinas is home to one of these schools. Since it’s founding, the Skip Barber Racing School has trained more motorsports winners and champions than any other organization of its kind.
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The stunning views, astonishing biodiversity and large waves of Big Sur are a mere thirty-five minute drive from Bernardus Lodge. The section of Highway 1 running through Big Sur is widely considered as one of the most scenic driving routes in the world. Big Sur offers hiking, biking, mountain climbing, birding and dining. Wildlife spotting opportunities are plentiful, and you may just catch California condors, bald eagles, whales, seals and sea lions, and Monarch butterflies.