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Once you make the journey to Bernardus Winery’s tasting room in the Carmel Valley, you’ll find there are so many nearby attractions and activities, including scenic drives, golfing or spending a day at the spa. Of course, the area is considered a mecca for golf, with scenic greens at public courses like Pacific Grove Links, Rancho Cañada Golf Club and Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Club. Hikers will want to head to Garland Ranch Regional Park, a nature preserve where you can take in the rugged beauty of the Carmel Valley. The state park is open to dogs, and it also features hiking and horseback-riding trails as well as places for picnicking. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is renowned for its collection that includes hundreds of seahorses, tropical fish and marine mammals. Race fans will want to check the schedule at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca just over the Laureles Grade from Carmel Valley; besides professional motorcycle and auto races, it offers the Skip Barber Racing School. The 45-minute drive down Highway 1 to Big Sur is always breathtaking, but if you don’t have the time to go that far on the winding road, locals like to escape to Point Lobos, a nature preserve and park that also has white-sand beaches, granite coastline and intensely blue water. For a relaxing retreat, book an appointment at The Spa at Bernardus Lodge. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa is an inviting place to spend the day getting a Mushroom Magic facial or a Mediterranean Gold olive oil body treatment in between dips in the 100-degree warming pool. Throughout the year, you’ll find plenty to do in the area surrounding the Bernardus Winery tasting room.