Last month I wrote about The New Monterey and said there was so much to cover, I would have to save Carmel for another day. And that day has come…
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So as promised… Carmel/Pacific Grove/Pebble Beach (not in any order of importance).
La Playa Carmel
If you want to feel like you are staying in a charming historic mansion just steps away from the beach and the shops and restaurants of Carmel-by-the-Sea, then this now 75-room boutique hotel is perfect for you (because that’s what it is). Originally built in 1905, it features 5,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and some beautiful garden and patio space. This place is great. You feel like it’s your home in Carmel. Really nice people. www.laplayahotel.com
The Inn at Spanish Bay/The Lodge at Pebble Beach
How can I even begin to write about the whole Pebble Beach “thing”. I will try (and fail) in summarizing when I say… if you really want to impress someone, and budget is not as important as whatever ROI you expect from entertaining them, take them to Pebble Beach. Everything about the place is superlative… the location, the service, the prices… and of course, the Golf. Your group can stay in the original 161-room Lodge, the 269-room Inn at Spanish Bay or the Spa-connected 24-room Casa Palmero… it’s all a wow. The thing to remember… the famous line about buying a yacht… if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it… just saying. www.pebblebeach.com
Quail Lodge & Golf Club
It’s famous for a reason. 850 acres, 93 guestrooms and suites, a recently renovated 18-hole golf course, and approximately 6500 square feet of indoor meeting space (plus some great outdoor space). And add in something cool…The Land Rover Driving School. Yes, cool. www.quaillodge.com
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
A special place to think (and relax, and drink wine and eat great food). It’s quiet in a really good way and I feel rich when I stay there. 73 guest rooms, suites and villas. It has about 3200 square feet of meeting space (give or take), lots of creative team-building programs, and of course… Carmel Valley, wineries, and easy access to all of the other stuff. www.bernarduslodge.com
Asilomar Conference Grounds
There is no place quite like Asilomar, or as it is officially called, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds. It’s on 107 acres of “ecologically diverse” protected beachfront land in Pacific Grove (I assume the market value is “infinite”).
The original Lodge and Cottages were designed by Julia Morgan (of Hearst Castle fame) and more contemporary accommodations were added later on… for a current total of 313 guest rooms and 65,000 square feet of meeting and event space. So… big stuff is possible. They have meeting packages, a slew of activities and team building options, and they are very, very affordable. Note… they are not a traditional resort because their history and status is like no other… but for the right group their location (and pricing) is amazing. They definitely have the nature thing going. www.visitasilomar.com
Stonepine Estate (both as a hotel and a venue)
Many resorts seem to be nestled somewhere, and The Stonepine Estate is no exception. “Nestled” on 330 acres in Carmel Valley, the Estate (as a hotel) features an eight-bedroom chateau and three houses, totaling 16 guest rooms. The estate offers a very high-level of service combined with creativity and friendliness, and is a perfect venue for Board meetings and retreats.
As a venue (regardless of whether you are staying there or at another property), they can accommodate groups up to 250 and do all sorts of themed parties and events (my personal experience there involved a private demonstration of amazing horsemanship… combined with a delicious BBQ). Besides the western themes easily incorporated into their equestrian center, other, more elegant settings are a natural for Great Gatsby type events (or other themes in which people pretend to be rich and carefree). Anyway, whatever the theme, they are good there. www.stonepineestate.com
Holman Ranch & Vineyards
This 10-room 400-acre Carmel Valley property includes a stone hacienda, vineyards, wine caves, an olive grove, horse stables and not one, but two tasting rooms. The Ranch is available for all sorts of events, both indoors and out, regardless of whether you are staying on property. Each of their many outdoor spaces can individually hold 200+ for an event, but since they only take one event at a time, you could conceivably take over the whole ranch and invite everyone you have ever met. It’s a beautiful spot. www.holmanranch.com
The Monterey CVB (they do Carmel too)
This is what I said when I wrote about the CVB in the New Monterey article… it applies to Carmel etc. as well). The MCCVB team will match your needs to hotel and resort options that include 200 properties and nearly 12,000 guest rooms. Like all of the best CVBs, they save you time by providing complimentary services as the liaison between your group and their member hotels, offering visitor services and registration staff. And one other thing about them… they are really good at what they do. www.seemonterey.com
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