Carmel Valley Ranch - Carmel

My only regret about visiting Carmel Valley Ranch was that I arrived at night. That meant no grand visual welcome to the resort as soon as I rolled through the gate — manicured green golf course, lavender bushes, acres of trees in the distance, maybe even a deer sighting. That is how a visitor is meant to first experience the property, but because I got to this central California destination, just a few miles inland of Monterey, after the sun had gone down, I would have to wait until the next morning to fully appreciate how much the property has to offer.