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20 wine tasting rooms in walking distance of Blue Sky Lodge

Hiking in the Santa Lucia Mountains and Garland Park which borders the Ventana Wilderness

Biking, both road and mountain biking all around us

Horseback Riding in the Santa Lucia Mountains and Garland Park

Sunshine when Carmel by-the-Sea is socked in with their cold weather marine layer, we have Sunshine and are just 12 miles from Carmel by-the-Sea

…and MORE Activities and Attractions in or around Carmel Valley

Garland Ranch Regional Park – 4 miles away- Walk along the willow covered banks of the Carmel River or venture up the northern crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains.  This large park is home to many different local plants and birds; ideal for hiking, horseback riding, walking your dog and picnics.

Carmel Valley Village – Walk just a few steps from Blue Sky Lodge and you will find yourself in the heart of Carmel Valley Village.  Without having to drive anywhere you can visit wine tasting rooms, restaurants, galleries, parks and boutiques.   

Moto Talbot Museum, — A few blocks–one of the premier motorcycles collections on the central coast.  A must visit of the motorcycles enthusiast. Carmel Valley is a great base camp for rider’s home to some of the best rides in California.

Hidden Valley Music Seminar—2 miles away – A year round institution, Hidden Valley’s curriculum includes master classes, workshops, camps, and concerts.

Weddings and Gatherings – Carmel Valley is a highly coveted wedding and gathering location.  Blue Sky Lodge is centrally located if attending a gathering at Holman Ranch, Gardner Ranch, Holly Farms, or Hidden Valley Music Center

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca—10 miles away – This world-famous race track is home to the world class motor and bicycle events which include Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion, Sea Otter Classic, Ferrari Challenge and Super Bike World Championship.  The famous Turn 8 and 8A combination, popularly referred to as the Corkscrew, is considered one of the motorsport world’s most challenging turns.

Big Sur, CA – 32 miles away — The classic drive through Big Sur, along Highway 1, offers plenty of pullovers at places for picturesque views of Bixby Bridge and the California coastline. Ideal for photography groups, hiking and nature lovers alike.

Carmel Mission – 13 miles — Through its five museums, the Carmel Mission addresses the history of one of California’s most important heritage sites.  Open for visitors, pilgrimages, services.

Point Lobos State Reserve –12 miles away – Known as “the crown jewel” of the state parks, Point Lobos offers diving unmatched on the California coast, great hiking, perfect picnic spots, vistas and wildlife well-suited photography, and even an old whaler’s cabin. In the winter, migrating gray whales are visible from the shore.

Cannery Row – 18 miles away—Cannery Row rich in history and a wonderful day trip for shopping, site seeing and restaurants.

Monterey Bay Aquarium –18 miles away—Located on historic Cannery Row at the oceans edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is world renowned destination.  Showcasing 35,000 creatures and representing over 550 marine species.  Must-see exhibits include the three-story Kelp Forest, million-gallon Open Sea and Splash Zone family gallery.

Pebble BeachFrom the Lone Cypress, one of the most photographed trees in North America, to the famed eighteenth green of Pebble Beach Golf Links, a trip along 17-Mile Drive will leave you spellbound.  The Pebble Beach Golf Links has hosted world renowned golf tournaments such as US Amateur, ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the US Open.