Earlier this year I was invited to spend some time in the Carmel area. Those of you who have been reading along for a while will remember that we lived in Monterey for a couple of years, so I was eager to get back.

I decided to take advantage of the trip over the summer because the kids would be out of school and could spend some time visiting their dad. It turned out that my new love didn't have his children over the week that I was scheduled to go so he was able to join me, which I was thrilled about.

I'm going to break this up over two posts because we were invited to stay at two locations over 4 days and I have so many photographs and some great things to do in the area to share with you.

In this post I'm going to cover Holman Ranch.

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch is a rustic and sophisticated estate on 400 acres, tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley. It boasts 21 acres of vineyards, an olive grove, stables, guest rooms, a 3000 square foot wine cave, and is a popular wedding and event destination.

We had the pleasure of staying in one of the 10 guest rooms available. The quarters are ranch themed, of course, and the setting so serene. I even enjoyed a little time sitting on the porch in a rocking chair listening to the birds chirping.

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

After settling in, we (along with a few other writer's and their guests) met the owner Hunter, and her husband, and enjoyed a delicious meal with them after taking a tour of the private estate. I'm going to share a few photographs, including the stone hacienda and gardens. This venue is rich in history, with breathtaking views. This truly is the perfect wedding and corporate retreat location.

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley
Beautiful, isn't it!

After getting some much needed sleep, the following day we toured the winery and wine cave and enjoyed tasting the Holman Ranch Pinot Noir and Port straight from the barrel.

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch were winners in Sunset Magazine's 3rd Annual International Wine Competition being awarded gold for their 2011 Chardonnay and silver for both their 2010 Pinot Noir and 2010 Hunter's Cuvee, Pinot Noir. They were also included in the National Geographic book The 10 Best of Everything in the 2012 list of World's 10 Best Wines.

They have also just announced the release of their 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir Blushing Bride and their 2013 Olive Oil.

September is California Wine Month so join them all month long to celebrate California wines! Taste the new releases and take advantage of tasting room only wine promotions. There is complimentary tasting for local Monterey County residents every Monday through Thursday. The tasting room is open daily from 11am-6pm and is available for events too. It is not located at Holman Ranch, but is a very short drive away at 19 East Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley.

Learn more about Holman Ranch and connect with them here:

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Disclosure: We were invited to spend time at Holman Ranch and our stay was complimentary.

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Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen August 28, 2014 - 3:31 pm

I might be swooning over here. Such beautiful pictures!

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BriGeeski August 28, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Alright it is beautiful! I am ready to go!!

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Tonya Staab August 28, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Thank you Maggie. I swear if I didn’t want a beach wedding next time around, this would be my destination, it’s perfect for a small intimate affair.

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Tonya Staab August 28, 2014 - 5:29 pm

You should definitely go, it’s worth the drive. I’ll be posting about the other venue we stayed at shortly. It’s a great trip.

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