From valley to sea, Carmel is the place to be. The residents claim to be driven by aesthetic arts and we’re not surprised because this town is gorgeous. A 20 minute drive inland and you're at the #1 resort in northern California, Carmel Valley Ranch and quite a stunning escape if you ask us. Also home to Holman Ranch, a dreamy place to celebrate your nuptials. Bring in Archive and the best event rentals in Carmel to design your event to a T!
Often simply called Carmel, this dreamy beach city was officially founded in 1902. However, it has historic roots that date nearly 5 centuries back. It is filled to the brim with historic sites and spots. Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo was founded in 1770 and was originally in Monterey. It was then relocated to Carmel by Junipero Serra. In 1784, Serra passed away and was buried here.
After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that destroyed the city, many of SF’s creatives headed down south the Carmel. Musicians, writers, painters and other various artists inundated the community and thus began the transformation of Carmel into a hub for creatives. This creative spirit still lives on today with many art galleries, artistic spots and a free and creative spirit remaining in the city today.
Established in 1982, Holman Ranch is a gem in Carmel Valley. Elegant and sophisticated, yet charming and cozy, the focal point of this gorgeous venue is a beautifully restored 1928 Carmel stone hacienda. With 360 degree views of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the space has an Old-World feel with rolling hills filled with vines. The host weddings, corporate retreats, cocktail parties - you name it, this is the spot to do it! Choose from their Main Plaza, Rose Patio, Ceremony Lawn, Stone Terrace, Wine Cave, Carriage House and Upper Vineyard to host your event. Each space offers a unique perspective of the land and a slightly different feel, while keeping the quintessential luxury of of Holman Ranch.
Some of our favorite things to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea include visiting the Carmel River State Beach, which is a scenic bird sanctuary with scuba diving, take a stroll down the scenic road walkway or visit Garrapata State Park. Carmel is the perfect getaway weekend for your and your guests!