The pleasures of fine dining and wine appreciation are high on the list at this upscale lodge, lying in the scenic wonder of the Carmel Valley. The rooms have splendidly comfortable beds, oversized bathtubs and pamper all who stay in them. The lodge has wine and cheese evenings, a meditation garden and is regarded as one of the best in the area. Through their green practices, Bernardus Lodge is dedicated to reducing their overall carbon footprint while promoting sustainable choices and green alternatives. They hope their beliefs and the choices they make in acting in accordance with them will resonate with their guests and prompt them to think about the many options that exist when it comes to reducing carbon footprints.
Carmel-by-Sea – which once famously had one Clint Eastwood for a mayor – is a picturesque spot to explore. It has something of European feel, with quaint cottages, continental bistros and lush gold courses. The coastline is rugged and dramatic and beyond it lie some great boutique wineries.