Carmel Valley Ranch: Where Agritourism Meets Luxury
The chicken coop is nearly as popular as the spa at this family-friendly resort in the foothills of California’s Santa Lucia Mountains. Guests are invited to visit the coop to learn about the resident Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock chickens, whose eggs are found on the breakfast table each morning, along with produce grown in the two-acre garden. During weekly tours, resident farmer Mark Marino explains the basics of composting and prepping an organic vegetable bed, and the ranch’s beekeeper helps guests suit up to meet the 60,000 resident Italian honeybees. From $335. This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
First time I came to the Carmel Valley Ranch, a friend of mine brought me. After a day sea kayaking out in Monterey Bay, we stopped by for a bite and some wine while she told me about getting married just across the way and the gorgeous reception that had followed on the very patio where we were sitting. That was my first visit...and every one since has been equally engaging.