Carmel Valley Ranch Est. 1985

1 Old Ranch Road, Carmel, CA 93923, USA

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Carmel Valley is one of California’s best-kept secrets.
Carmel Valley Ranch has long been a place for inspired meetings and social gatherings. The resort’s majestic landscape provides an inspirational setting for meetings and special events, indoors and out. Groups of all sizes can enjoy a variety of meeting and event spaces, including the Organic Garden and Vineyard Lawn with sweeping mountain views, among other stunning outdoor venues, as well as two executive board rooms and nearly 10,000 square feet of naturally lit indoor event space.
The Lowdown
Type
Ballroom
Garden
Golf Course
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Winery / Vineyard
Views
Forest
Garden
Golf Course
Mountains
Rolling Hills
Valley
Vineyard
Style
Casual
Classic
Elegant
Rustic
Traditional
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Product Launch
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Live your childhood dreams in real life. True love is in the air, and Carmel Valley Ranch weddings are legendary for their spirit of elegant playfulness. Oh yes, this is the celebration that inspires every chapter of your lifelong story. And we’re here to make sure it goes off without a hitch (except the part where you actually get hitched!!).

Exchange vows in the vineyard with the Santa Lucia Mountains as your witness. Dance, drink and dine the night away!
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $150 to $400

Additional Charges

21 service charge.
7.75% Sales Tax
 

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
N/A
Buffet
N/A
Standing
N/A
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1985
Curfew
2 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
This is where the luxury of suite living meets the call of the wild. Swap stories by the fireplace. Enjoy the fruit of our vines as you breathe deeply and drink in the views. Sink into a bubble bath drawn for two on your private deck. If it’s time with family and friends you crave, gather around an old-school board game or enjoy a night reflecting on a day well spent. And in the morning, rise and shine to breakfast in bed with your bestie. The Ranch is your hideout: fun-lovers only, please.

181 Guest Lodges with 12 different room types fluctuating between studios, suites, and multi-bedroom suites.
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Other
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Valet Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
  • Other
Venue Features
The Scene:

Carmel Valley is one of California’s best-kept secrets. Tucked away in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, this quaint, sunny community of ranchers, grape growers and artisans is located inland just east of the Monterey Peninsula. Recently voted No. 4 Resort in Northern California in the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, and awarded the Stella 2018 Gold Medal for Best Golf Resort in the Far West Region and Silver Medal for Best Hotel/Resort in the Far West Region, Carmel Valley Ranch is situated on nearly 500 acres of lush land and adjacent to the 4,400-acre Garland Ranch Regional Park. Guests enjoy easy access to miles of scenic hiking trails and can wander through vineyards and gardens bordering the resort’s Pete Dye-designed golf course.

Standout Venue Features:

Carmel Valley Ranch has long been a place for inspired meetings and social gatherings. The resort’s majestic landscape provides an inspirational setting for meetings and special events, indoors and out. Groups of all sizes can enjoy a variety of meeting and event spaces, including the Organic Garden and Vineyard Lawn with sweeping mountain views, among other stunning outdoor venues, as well as two executive board rooms and nearly 10,000 square feet of naturally lit indoor event space. In addition, Carmel Valley Ranch has gained a reputation as California’s most compelling resort playground for group and team-building activities that unfold across 500 sunny acres—with pursuits including beekeeping, falconry, night golf competitions, hilltop yoga, hiking, the Ranch Race (an Amazing Ranch-inspired competition), team geocaching and more. And with its breathtaking natural backdrop, Carmel Valley Ranch is an ideal location for weddings ranging from intimate gatherings to up to 400 guests.

Awards & Notables

No. 4 Resort in Northern California

Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards


Stella Award Winner 2018, Gold Medal, Best Golf Resort in the Far West region

Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings


Stella Award Winner 2018, Silver Medal, Best Hotel/Resort in the Far West region

Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings

Celebration Locations
Redwood Ballroomm & Terrace:
Perched high above the Vineyard Lawn in the Lodge, traditional elegance and tree-shaded views of the valley and forest induce joy. The Redwood Room spills out onto an expansive private outdoor terrace, where social hour reigns supreme.
- View: Valley and Forest
- Max Capacity: 220
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Oak Room & Courtyard:
Offering intimacy, a private outdoor courtyard, walls of picture windows and access to our fun-filled Adventure Kitchen. The Oak Room allows our chefs to prepare your fresh-from-the-garden feasts in front of you and your delighted guests.
- View: Courtyard and Forest
- Max Capacity: 120
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Vintner Room & Terrace:
For wine country “wow” factor, the Vintner Room’s retractable floor-to-ceiling windows offer vineyard views and spectacular sunsets. Step out onto the glass-walled terrace for al fresco nuptial revelry and s’mores around the fire pits.
- View: Valley and Vineyard
- Max Capacity: 80
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Harvest Landing:
Like a charmed treetop aerie this terrace just below Valley Kitchen offers impeccable views of tidy vineyards below and the expanse of Carmel Valley beyond. Imagine your party perched above nature’s paintbox, surrounded by birdsong and whispering oaks.
- View: Valley and Vineyard
- Max Capacity: 80
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Clubhouse & Patio:
The Clubhouse pairs perfectly with the adjacent verdant, stone-lined Valley Lawn—offering expansive views of the valley and hills, soaring vaulted ceilings and an experience that combines fanciful with traditional.
- View: Golf
- Max Capacity: 180
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Vineyard Lawn:
Nestled among acres of Pinot Noir grapevines, surrounded by ancient oaks and lavender fields, our signature Vineyard Lawn invites you to wed under the loving eye of the Santa Lucia Mountains.
- View: Forest and Vineyard
- Max Capacity: 200
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Organic Garden:
Intimate, rustic and magical year-round, the Organic Garden is one of the most unique reception settings you’ll ever find. Dine al fresco among award-winning flowerbeds, vegetables and herbs used to create our legendary farm-to-table cuisine.
- View: Valley and Garden
- Max Capacity: 300
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Valley Lawn:
Boasting views of bucolic Carmel Valley with its rolling hillsides bathed in the serene warmth of the sun, the Valley Lawn puts a playful spin on Carmel’s sophisticated style.
- View: Golf
- Max Capacity: 200
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Practice Range:
Embraced by emerald fairways known for native wildlife that wanders undisturbed, the golf range is a memorable setting for your tented reception, mere steps from our redwood-lined Valley Lawn with a backdrop of sweeping valley views.
- View: Golf
- Max Capacity: 300
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:

VALLEY KITCHEN - IT DOESN'T GET MORE LOCAL THAN THIS 

Uncomplicated, unfussy and delicious. Valley Kitchen is a vibrant restaurant that embodies the homegrown values and light-hearted spirit of the Carmel Valley Ranch experience. Executive Chef Wood’s culinary exploits—many involving honey, cheese, salts, eggs, fruits and vegetables from The Ranch’s organic garden—are on full display for heavenly breakfast, lunch and dinner creations. 

THE CLUBHOUSE GRILL

You know the stuffy clubhouse your dad belonged to? That’s not us. While golfers are always welcome, you don’t have to play golf (or even know what a duff is) to have a good time. The casual Clubhouse Grill is a fresh take on the Golf Clubhouse scene, complete with crackling fire pits, conviviality and enough local ingredients to keep it grounded in the Carmel Valley. The expansive patio, with front row seats to the rolling fairways, is a favorite, whether you’re captivated by the game—or simply the view.

RIVER RANCH CAFÉ - FARMSTEAD-INSPIRED CASUAL FARE

River Ranch Café has you covered. Our laid-back poolside eatery (housed in our historic 132-year-old building) will have your family feeling nurtured from morning to evening. Equally awesome are the comfy seating and wide-open views.

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