Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Getaways- Carmel Valley and Bernardus Lodge

I've been away for a bit and had a trip down to one of my favorite spots in all of Northern California, Carmel Valley. Sorry blogging took a bit of a backseat last week! After Easter, I felt I just had to get a grip on my house, get it all in order and did a bit of heavy-duty Spring cleaning. You know under couch cushions and all that? So I was so happy to get a little break away from it all.

I just bought one of these basic woven totes for Spring and Summer from J Crew and using it a ton for a purse to a pool bag and it's great. Link here


My husband's birthday landed on Easter this year, so thanks to my parents, we got away one night down to Bernardus Lodge, the weekend after. This is the perfect couples resort. It's quiet, beautiful and once you check in, you need go no where else. Seriously. It is all I would wish for in a resort. 



Rooms have toile and a provencal feel while still being modern and fresh .


There are no bad rooms here. All are beautiful with fireplaces, patios and dreamy bedding. You check in and they have your pantry stocked with their fine Bernardus wines, crackers, gourmet cheese, chips, home made blondies, popcorn and sodas.  All on the house. Really.

The view from the lodge lobby of the surrounding hills.

The large pool is quiet, lovely and if you encounter a cooler day in this sunny spot you can use the pool at the spa, which you have all day access to and is always 100 degrees and in a lovely walled garden. 






They have croquet. They have tennis. They have 2 fabulous restaurants. They have a beautiful spa with a fire to cozy up by and sip your herbal tea and nibble on dried apricots and California almonds.


Even the tennis courts were pretty.

Coming here from the Bay Area, I like taking time to meander our way down the coast. One of my musts is to stop at Curious Books at the Crossroads Shopping Center to browse their amazing selection of books and magazines. They have the latest and greatest in books and it's a treat. Next door is The Carmel Roasting Company if you want to grab a latte and soak up the pretty flowers here. One more store over is a French and Italian inspired home store I love to browse called Casa Di Campagna. The Crossroads is where Carmel and Carmel Valley meet at highway 1. You could also stop for lunch here. Lots of great spots to grab a bite.

Corkscrew Cafe

However, I do love to eat in Carmel Valley at a charming spot called Corkscrew Cafe. It's right as you enter the village of Carmel Valley on the left. This place is adorable and I have only had lunch, but I imagine it would be fun at night with all their strings of lights above. It's cozy inside where they make wood-fired pizzas and their own bread. Or you can sit outside on the gravel patio on provencal cloth covered tables and sip wine. They have the good fortune to be directly connected with Georis Winery next door and you can try a flight or a glass of some terrific wines. Georis also has a huge outdoor area to wine taste. 



If you are into more wine tasting you can visit Bernardus Winery  just up the road a bit more. Bernardus is my favorite and has the best chardonnays and pinot in this region in my opinion. There is also many wine tasting rooms in Carmel Valley and you can visit many more depending how much time you have. Being in Carmel Valley is a treat with the lush hills, olive trees and warm sunny weather.  After spending a day bundled up near Carmel-by-the-Sea, the sun feels almost decadent here. There is always sun here.



Now about Bernardus. There are a lot of other lovely lodges in this area, but if you are on a couples weekend, this is your place. As I mentioned you don't need to leave once you check in. There are pools, restaurants, and fireplaces outside and inside to linger at and enjoy a glass of the truly fabulous wine they make. 

Wickets the outdoor restaurant.


We sat by both pools, had wine on our patio with the lavender and fennel infused Purple Haze Chevre and home made crostinis. Yum. We played tennis. We ate dinner outside and played croquet. Breakfast can be outside overlooking the croquet lawn or inside the pub-like Wickets, their more casual restaurant. Having the NY Sunday Times, with a pot of tea, and French toast I was in heaven. 


 Just walking the grounds with all the fabulous plants and provencal inspired landscape made me want to go home and rip out my yard and plant all these fragrant bushy herbs.



This pool is a great place for a book.



When I check out all I can think of is, when can we go again?!

If you are thinking of Carmel Valley here a few other resorts to consider that I also recommend:

Carmel Valley Ranch -Gorgeous and family friendly. Modern spacious rooms and a outstanding restaurant, spa, tennis and golf. This is the resort for a family with young kids. They have an adjacent pool club with lots to do for the small guys and s'more roasting by the firepits in the evening.

Quail Lodge- Recently reopened, we have had many trips here when my boys were small. They always enjoyed the bocce ball and a mini golf course here as well as the pool. Lovely grounds and a very fun Mexican restaurant - Baja Cantina, about 20 steps across the road made for a great family getaway here. I'm hoping to visit this newly opened version soon.



California Poppies at Bernardus.


 In other news, Brenda was the winner of a custom made piece of art by Bonnie of a PerfectColor Bonnie will be contacting you Brenda to get your specifications and favorite colors. Brenda, we need your email so can you leave a comment or email me (it's on the profile link here), so we can get that to you asap!

Seems like everyone is off on some kind of Spring break this time of year. The nature this Spring has been so pretty that I've been using my Instagram a ton. Yes, I finally got the hang of it after a year...I do love that I you can have your own page now which is a collage of sorts. I love collages. So if your into Northern California and the abundance of nature here you can follow me here if you do Instagram. I think it's fun and you can't take a bad picture since all those filters and frames really brighten things up. You probably noticed I used quite a few on this post from my Bernardus trip.

By the way, In all these posts, I am not paid to endorse anything. These are just trips to places I love and that I hope you will get to visit and love too..

Wishing you all a beautiful Springtime!

Kim


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24 comments :

  1. I should have gone to bed before opening this tour!

    But, you hooked me in and I stayed.... this looks like a great place for a friends reunion too. :-)

    Cheers!

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    1. Linda, I was thinking of mentioning that too! perfect for a girl's getaway!

      xx

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  2. Is that the sun I see? Wow - forget the rest - just that looks amazing in itself...The flowers and grounds also look lovely - thanks for the tour!

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    1. Thanks so much! Hope you get sun soon over there.

      xo

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  3. Love the picture of the red pelargonium against the ochre wall. The Provencal landscaping is lovely.
    How wonderful, you lucky bunny. I'm hopping up and down now, I want to go to Carmel! We flew passed too quickly on our last visit.

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    1. Paul, I love how you English call geraniums -pelargoniums! Just love that word for some reason.

      Hope you get back this way soon. Lots to see!

      xx

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  4. Or maybe we flew PAST too quickly on our last visit!

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  5. What a gorgeous place to escape to for a weekend! I have just got the hang of instagram as well and am also addicted. Emma

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    1. Thanks Emma! I don't know why Instagram was so hard to figure, but I think it's not that user friendly, personally. However I'm loving what I can do with the photos, so I persevered! Now I can't stop using it either.

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Kim:)

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  6. Hi Kim~Oh I just love this getaway post. What a perfect getaway spot for you and your husband. Your photos really capture the beauty and you look like you are having a fabulously relaxing time. Pretty! I have visited the Carmel Valley but it's been years. Bernardus Lodge is definitely going on my list. We are just back from a week in Los Cabos so it was happy trippin for us too.
    Great post! xx, Heather

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    1. Heather, Heading over now to read your Los Cabos post! I love getaway posts too! Hope you get to Bernardus with your sweetie soon too!

      xx

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  7. I adore the Carmel area Kim.. what a wonderful getaway you had! Your bag and TB sandals are perfect:) A beautiful lodge indeed and the food looks delicious. I want to go back!

    xxleslie

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    1. Thanks Leslie! Hope you can get away back down here too. The Spring and Fall are wonderful in Carmel!

      xx

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  8. Carmel Valley is one of our favourite stops during our vacation to California last Summer. Wonderful lodge. Looks like you had so much fun.

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    1. Thanks Pam. I didn't know you got to Carmel Valley. I'm glad you liked it. I think it gets bypassed sometimes for the town of Carmel, but it is so worth the drive inland a bit.

      xx

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  9. What a beautiful area. I love it. I also like your sandals. Are they comfy?

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    1. Leigh, Got these back in January and just starting to wear. Very comfy and I have to tell you I found them at Nordstrom Rack. Don't know if you have that by you, but a lot more affordable there!

      xo

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  10. OK Kim, you'll have to stop this because you just killed me here. The winter here is unending, Paris is grey and dirty and I've been fighting bronchitis while working too much... see what I mean ? Your photos are stunning and just the thought of sun, free wine and blondies (never had one before but it sounds delish) made me come back a second time on that post before I could muster the strength to comment ! Love love love it all ! If I were (much) younger, I'd shut up everything here, pack my bags and shout : "California, here I come !". Lots of love from Northern France, the country that will remain forever shrouded in a bleak winter (or so it seems !).XXX

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    1. Dear SB, Feeling bad for you poor thing. I'm sending you some sunshine thoughts and hoping you get well soon! I'm sure you would love it here and I hope you get this way soon. Yes, blondies (basically cookies in the shape of brownies) and free wine are always a good thing.

      Wishing France will get warm and Spring like very soon!
      Take care!

      xo

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  11. You always pick the best spots to visit! Sounds like the perfect weekend getaway and such a great gift too, I love 'experiences' over 'things'. The weather looks marvelous there!

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  12. Sighing, your part of the world is much more beautiful than mine, I can't wait to get back to LA in the autumn.

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  13. What a great place for a relaxing getaway. The terrace with those views looks lovely and I love red geraniums in terracotta pots. Delicious looking breakfast too.
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  14. Lovely inspirations. Got my eye on that sandals and bag so as your next posts.

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  15. Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my two London posts. I'm pleased that you found them useful and decided to pin them for future reference. The Cumberland Hotel is in the perfect location. I hope you have a wonderful time when you visit the city - I'm sure you will!

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