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Category: Monterey Peninsula

Dining and tasting delights in Carmel Valley

The risotto at Roux in Carmel Valley.

The risotto bursting with flavor at Roux in Carmel Valley.


Carmel Valley Road is surprisingly long, stretching from Highway 1 in the Monterey Peninsula deep into the Santa Lucia Mountains, east of the Los Padres National Forest. Visitors to the area typically stay on Highway 1, past Monterey and Carmel, crossing over scenic bridges and past spectacular coastline views to Big Sur and beyond. If they need to get south fast, they stay on inland Highway 101 heading south. Continue reading

Carmel Valley getaway ranch has wine, old Hollywood glamor and a million dollar view


Nick Elliott, proprietor of Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, calls it “the million dollar view,” and he may be underselling it.

Nick Elliott, right, and a guest with the Santa Lucia Mountains behind them.

Nick Elliott, right, and a guest with the Santa Lucia Mountains behind them.

It is a beyond-doubt spectacularly gorgeous view of the Santa Lucia Mountains, a coastal range in the Monterey Peninsula and central California. Stretching out for miles and miles are green ridges and mountains covered by live oak trees. Above is a pale blue sky with nary a cloud in sight.

“Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando, Vincent Price, June Allyson, all these great old Hollywood stars used to love coming to Holman Ranch,” said Elliott. “It’s always been a place to put up your feet and get away.” Continue reading