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Best things to do in Carmel Valley

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Trail
“You can hike up the hill from the front door or drive 10 minutes to this beautiful park filled with trails for all levels. ”
64 locals recommend
Café
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“Located about 20 minutes East of Carmel-by-the-Sea in sunny Carmel Valley, and nestled amid the many wine-tasting rooms of Carmel Valley, this country charmer is the place to dine in after visiting the local vineyards. As a result of which, tables fill up quickly so get here in time. The big draw is a sunny patio decked with umbrellas, a gem among visitors ranging in age from 1 to 80. It’s a delightful place to kick back (and kick back you will, since service can be quite slow). Indoors, the action revolves around a wood-burning oven, which turns out fire-roasted artichokes with lemon aïoli; and thin-crust pizzas like the Lorraine, topped with caramelized onions, bacon and Gruyère. These may be supplemented by salads at lunchtime and hearty entrées like oven-baked rigatoni at dinner-along with floods of local wine, of course. ”
36 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Amviance, great pizzas, love the myer lemmon pizza. satifies a variety of foodies, nice people, ”
18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In the mood for a country bar? This one has a juke box and the bartenders rock. If you are in the know, you can get the app and control all of the music. Great burgers. ”
16 locals recommend
Café
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“Cozy, friendly venue. Wonderful coffee bar, great pastries, quiches & sandwiches. Fast WiFi.”
14 locals recommend
Winery
“Such a fun and very authentic Carmel Valley experience. Come wine taste, shop at their store and watch the chickens roam!”
7 locals recommend
Lodging
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“Set among gorgeous vineyards and a lush golf course, is beautiful Carmel Valley Ranch. Every evening their restaurant and bar serves up the fun with complementary s’mores around the fire pits. Come and watch the sunset, stay for dinner and enjoy a nostalgic campfire treat before heading home. ”
6 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“This is a place you go just to be there. In an historic brick building, it has a super cool old bar and tree shadowed patio. Solid menu choices, good wine and beer selections.”
9 locals recommend
Spa
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“5 star restaurant and mixologists are best on peninsula. They changed the decor from rustic to LA Modern which we don't like because it lost the Carmel Valley charm, but if you want a nice meal, this is a good place. They also have outdoor seating that is beautiful. ”
7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This is a family friendly place. Sean the owner is great and the servers are very kind. Its our cheers!”
8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great for Mexican food to go. Super Burritos are great. Very nice local family owns it.”
7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Nice patio-like setting surrounded by trees. A local favorite for all their entrees. ”
9 locals recommend
Bar
“Talbott is right next door to Cowgirl. They both have great outdoor areas, and Talbott even has chickens running around! ”
6 locals recommend
Winery
“Located about 20 minutes East of Carmel-by-the-Sea in sunny Carmel Valley, Parsonage is a boutique, family-run vineyard and winery located in the heart of Carmel Valley. The San Jose paper calls it one of the 5 Must See wineries in Carmel Valley.”
8 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“The tiny house has a tiny kitchen. This is the closest place to pick up your essentials. A super cute little store with a good selection. ”
6 locals recommend
Bar
“One of our favorite Monterey wineries. Many tasting rooms within a central location.”
8 locals recommend