In With the New
Heading south on Highway 101, you’ll find three recently renovated wine-related spots worth stopping for.
1. Bernardus Lodge and Spa Some might say just sipping chardonnay poolside is enough of an adventure for any wine lover staying at this recently renovated treasure in Carmel Valley. Under new ownership, the property has undergone a four-month multimillion-dollar transformation that included a few small enhancements to the awardwinning restaurant Lucia. A range of culinary and cardio activities are on offer and a $65 passport is good for one $10 flight at nine tasting rooms. Rooms start at $475, bernarduslodge.com.
2. Toll House Hotel Sister property to Tiburon Tavern and Casa Madrona, the Toll House Hotel, just off the idyllic town square in Los Gatos, has been renovated with a rebranding of the on-site restaurant as Verge Restaurant and Lounge. A “Sips and Saddles” package offers breakfast for two, a scenic horseback ride and a picnic with wine tasting. With a small-town vibe evocative of Marin, Los Gatos features award-winning restaurants, high-end boutiques and access to nearby wineries. Rooms start at $254, tollhousehotel.com.
3. Hyatt Carmel Highlands A longtime foodie destination featuring jaw-dropping views at the award-winning Pacific’s Edge Restaurant, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands is always a crowd pleaser. The revamped property offers a daylong winery tour with private guide that covers the entire winemaking process, with information about Salinas Valley agriculture, and ends with a picnic lunch. Rooms start at $399, highlandsinn.hyatt.com.