This sponsored content was created on behalf of Holman Ranch. We received one night’s accommodations in a pet friendly guest room in exchange for telling you about our experience. I’d never recommend a product or service to you that I don’t believe in, and the opinions expressed here are my own. Just mine. Unless they’re yours, too …
What could be more picture perfect than getting married in Carmel Valley among the vineyards and the views? Being able to include your pets in the celebration, of course! And I’m here to tell you not only that it’s possible … but I know the perfect place.
Established in 1928, Holman Ranch is nestled on 400 acres in the serene Carmel Valley, just thirteen miles inland from the famously pet friendly city of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Compared to it’s oceanfront neighbor, Carmel Valley feels like a well-kept secret. The pace is slower and the streets are quiet – a fantastic combination for dogs like Ty and Buster, who aren’t fans of crowds. So, when the folks at Holman Ranch invited us to come spend the night with them, we pounced on the opportunity!
Driving into Holman Ranch feels like arriving at a well-heeled friend’s private retreat. Passing by the stables, you come up the drive to the guest houses. The grounds are immaculately manicured, the views are stunning, and the tranquility of the setting settles on you like a cashmere throw on a chilly night. The rooms are comfortably decorated in an upscale cowboy motif, each with vaulted ceilings, a private bath and all the modern conveniences. Ty took no time settling in and made himself right at home.
Exclusively available for weddings, events, and retreats, Holman Ranch has just ten rooms available for invited guests and wine club members. Daydreaming about sharing this romantic site with an intimate group of friends and family had me conniving a way to get Rod to marry me all over again!
Guests (including the furry ones!) have full access to the Holman Hacienda, the original Spanish Colonial home built on the property in 1928, which has been brilliantly restored to preserve the character it was born with. There’s a lovely Great Room, complete with stone fireplace, a game room, fitness center, swimming pool, and fully equipped kitchen. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable space to gather as a group, or seeking out a quiet corner all to yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
A stroll around the beautifully groomed grounds left us captivated with the scenery.
Over dinner with our gracious hosts we learned about the twenty-acre estate vineyard on the property where Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rose of the Pinot Noir varietals are all grown. Hand harvested and stored in the Ranch’s wine cellar, we were delighted to taste several of the unique wines they produce here.
After a restful night’s sleep and a leisurely morning, we took Ty and Buster into town to do a little exploring. Twenty wine tasting rooms, fourteen restaurants, a dozen galleries and studios, and gift shops and boutiques dot the streets in this charming little community – many of which are pet friendly, including the Boekenoogen Winery and Wills Fargo Restaurant & Saloon!
We stopped by the Holman Ranch tasting room to sample some of the wines we’d talked about over dinner, and then moseyed along to have lunch in the courtyard at the Cowgirl Winery, where they’ll order fantastic artisan pizzas for delivery while you sample the wine.
When you’re in the area, don’t miss Garland Park’s 4,000 dog friendly acres, with an extensive network of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding!
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