I can't believe it is Travel Tuesday already! Today's hotel is Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley. Staying in the Valley is just as good as staying in Carmel by the water because it is almost always sunny in Carmel Valley, even when the coast is gray and cold!
Bernardus also has a winery so immediately when you walk into the gorgeous lobby you are handed a complimentary glass of wine. Once you get to the room an entire bottle of wine with a cheese and fruit plate is waiting for you!
The rooms are very cozy and they all have their own fireplaces. It has been a few years since I stayed at Bernardus and one negative would be that the rooms could probably use some updating by now. You would probably get over it pretty fast though...after drinking wine and eating cheese by the fire or out on your porch!
The spa was amazing and we had the warming pool all to ourselves!
Other than the spa, my favorite part of the stay was sitting by this outdoor fireplace after dinner. The main restaurant, Marinus has great reviews but we went into town for dinner so I cannot vouch for them. The more casual restaurant is Wickets Bistro and we had a delicious breakfast there one morning!
In the middle of the lawn and right next to Wickets' outdoor eating area is a gorgeous lawn where you can play a game of croquet. It is such a relaxing place...I promise you won't want to leave!