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Wine

A trip to Carmel Valley wouldn’t be complete without tasting the wines that the region is famous for. Nearby Carmel Village is home to over twenty tasting rooms, and the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a can’t-miss event. Bernardus provides the most luxurious experience of all wine country resorts and our concierge would be pleased to provide complimentary tasting room passes.

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Mercedes-Benz Drive Program

We are proud to partner with Mercedes-Benz to offer our guests complimentary use of a fleet of vehicles including two SL convertibles and a GL. Vehicles are available on a first-come-first-served basis for up to four hours. Please contact us for more details. 

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Land Rover Driving School

Enjoy a day of off-road driving and instruction while experiencing firsthand the capabilities of a this awesome SUV at the Land Rover Experience Driving School in Carmel Valley. You’ll learn how to navigate steep ascents and descents, and maintain vehicle control in challenging settings.

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Pool

Take a dip in the Lodge’s year-round, outdoor heated pool and hot tub, or relax poolside in a cushioned lounge chair or cabana — with a dramatic view of the surrounding Santa Lucia mountains. The pool bar offers a variety of cocktails, mocktails, specialty elixirs, smoothies, and poolside dining menu.

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WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Built on a dry lake bed in nearby Salinas, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca hosts major racing events each year, including the U.S. Sports Car Invitational, Monterey Sports Car Championships, Monterey Historics for classic race cars, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and the A1 Grand Prix.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea

World-renowned Carmel-by-the-Sea has inspired artists, sparked romances, and attracted celebrities for decades. Rated a top-10 destination in the U.S. year after year, Carmel-by-the-Sea is an amazing, European-style village nestled above a picturesque white-sand beach. 

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Golf

If you’re a golfer, you’ll find a stay at Bernardus Lodge to be golf paradise, with 19 championship courses on the Monterey Peninsula, all located within a few miles of the resort.

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Shopping

Shopping in Carmel Valley and nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea is a unique, art-filled and upscale experience. With stone-paved alleyways and charming storefronts, take in the sites, unique merchandise and walk away with a treasure or two.
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Tennis

Whether you’re a tennis ace or a newbie, you’ll have a great time playing on our tennis courts. Sponsored by Gamma Sports, we offer you complimentary use of the newest demo racquets and can arrange for lessons with our tennis pro.

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Skip Barber Racing School

Skip Barber Racing School, at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, conducts high-performance driving schools, amateur and professional racing championships, and corporate entertainment schools. Since its founding, the Skip Barber Racing School has trained more motorsports winners and champions than any other organization of its kind.

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Water Activities

Monterey County has 99 miles of spectacular coastline ranging from dramatic cliffs to breathtaking waterfalls. With popular surf spots such as Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach, Carmel Beach and Lover's Point, the Monterey Bay coastline is a popular, year-round surfing destination. We can point you in the direction of nearby outfitters for wetsuits, boards and lessons. 

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Kayaking

Kayaking is a great way to see an area’s scenic beauty from a different perspective, and Monterey Bay offers some of the best ocean kayaking in the world. You’re likely to spot sea lions, harbor seals, pelicans, whales, dolphins, and rays from the seat of your kayak.

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Fishing

One of the most thrilling activities for visitors to the West Coast, Monterey Bay and the Carmel River offer sport fishing treasures such as salmon, rock cod, albacore, halibut, trout and bass. Several deep-sea charters on the Monterey Peninsula also supply visitors with one-day or annual sport fishing licenses.

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Whale Watching

No matter the time of year, humpbacks, orcas, sea lions, dolphins, blue whales, gray whales, sea turtles, otters, porpoises and other marine life are plentiful in the bay, ensuring lifelong memories and even a photo or two.

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Big Sur Scenic Drives

Widely considered one of the most scenic driving routes in the world, the stunning views, astonishing biodiversity and large waves of Big Sur are a mere 35-minute drive from the resort. The area offers hiking, biking, mountain climbing, birding and dining.

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Beaches

Just minutes away, Carmel beach is known for its stunning sunsets and great surf. Also, nearby the mile-long River Beach is a renowned bird sanctuary offering beautiful views of Point Lobos.

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Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Every Fall and Winter the Grove draws crowds and excitement for the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies. A beautiful spectacle not to be missed.

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Hiking & Biking

One of the best ways to explore the area is by hiking or biking its beautiful trails. With many nearby state and regional parks, including Jacks Peak, Garland Ranch Regional Park, Carmel River and Point Lobos State Reserve, we can help you find a route that refreshes your soul.

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Horseback Riding

Equestrian trails and working ranches abound in Monterey County. Sign up for lessons with The City of Marina Equestrian Center, gallop on the beach with the Monterey Bay Equestrian Center, or book a group ride through Andrew Molera State Park with Molera Horseback Tours.

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Romance Butler

Carmel Valley is known for romance. We offer a comprehensive list of services to help set the mood for romance. Our romance butler will arrange everything you need – from rose petals on the bed, to a romantic proposal in the vineyard or simply a couple’s massage. For more information contact romancebutler@bernarduslodge.com

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Vineyard Picnic

What could be more romantic than celebrating each other in a picturesque vineyard with a bottle of wine and picnic basket full of gourmet goodies? Our Romance Butler is happy to arrange a surprise engagement or celebration. To inquire, contact romancebutler@bernarduslodge.com