Carmel Valley, California 93924
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Why We Like This Place
You have to love a resort where the Concierge greets you by name and hands you a glass of fine wine as soon as you cross the threshold. This is just the beginning of the personalized services you’ll receive at Bernardus Lodge & Spa.
Serenity and natural beauty are hallmarks of Carmel Valley, and the lodge’s tasteful Old World-meets-Monterey styling harmonizes with the surrounding wilderness. The young resort has already garnered a collection of prestigious accolades, and may soon surpass the fame of the winery for which it was named. Bernardus vintages strive to “transcend the ordinary,” and this idyllic retreat accomplishes the feat superbly.
The warm and inviting lobby has a pastoral European flavor with rich woods and textures softened by fresh-cut flowers and the glow from a stone hearth. A vaulted ceiling crowns the expansive space, and a glass door at the far end offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies beyond. Set along a terraced hillside, the boutique resort’s 57 sumptuous suites occupy several adobe buildings, spread out among acres of gardens, stately oak and pine trees, and a working vineyard.
The centerpiece of the grounds is the Croquet Lawn, a carpet of manicured grass. Overlooking the green is Wicket’s Terrace, a delightful patio with a limestone fireplace and a trellis to shelter your intimate al fresco gathering. Adjoining the terrace is Wicket’s Proper, a casual bistro with a built-in bar, hardwood floors, and plenty of windows facing the terrace. Small rehearsal dinners feel right at home in LUCIA, the lodge’s award-winning restaurant that blendsophisticated artistry and organic California country cuisine. A stunning 12-foot-wide limestone fireplace with a raised hearth lends distinction, and a sweep of windows brings in a magnificent mountain vista. LUCIA also opens onto a peaceful terrace, complete with a meditation pool and water garden.
Lavish receptions come alive in the Meritage Ballroom, a discreetly elegant banquet space with 22-foot vaulted ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers. Arched windows above French doors are hugged by velvet draperies, pulled back to capture a lush garden view. Several more cozy rooms at the lodge offer their own unique charms.
Perhaps what makes most brides fall in love with Bernardus is the spectacular Wedding Garden, a vast cornucopia of floral and herbal delights. A splashing fountain encircled with fragrant rosebushes welcomes the wedding guests, who take their seats on the lawn facing an elevated flagstone pavilion.
With the bridal party posed on the pavilion’s broad steps, the bride and groom exchange vows under a classic stone pergola adorned with flowering vines. If you get married as evening falls, the setting sun paints a luminous panorama of cotton-candy pink and dusky orange over the Santa Lucia Mountains.
The romance continues in private guest suites that define sensual splendor: a complimentary wine grotto, limestone fireplace, two-person tub, and a featherbed dressed in imported linens that enfold you in a dreamy embrace. For more pampering, the on-site spa offers a tempting array of signature treatments, and the salon attends to all your styling needs. With its outstanding amenities and superb cuisine, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is an epicurean paradise that alternately nurtures and titillates the senses. Any event here is sure to be sensational.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 200
- Max. Seated: 150
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Wedding Garden accommodates up to 200 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The resort can accommodate 12–150 seated or 12–200 standing guests indoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold up to 150 seated guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For special events, a deposit equal to the event space rental fee and 10% of the estimated food & beverage total is required to reserve your date. Half of the remaining estimated event total is payable 60 days prior, and the balance 30 days prior to the event. In-house catering is provided: Luncheons start at $55/person, dinners at $105/person. Alcohol, tax and a 20% service charge are additional. The rental fee is $1,500 for the Wedding Garden, $2,500 for the Meritage Ballroom and $750 for the Harvest Room. The rental fee for the outdoor cocktail reception area (prior to dinner) is complimentary with the confirmation of the Meritage Ballroom or the Harvest Room.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable floor
Bride’s Dressing Area: guest room CBA
Meeting Equipment: full range, extra fee
Parking: complimentary valet and self-parking
Accommodations: 57 guest rooms
Telephone: in guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: Santa Lucia Mountains, vineyard
Other: spa package, croquet and bocce ball, tennis, lap pool, lawn, wedding cakes
Venue ViewsFountain/Water Feature
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK indoors, curfew 11pm, acoustic only outdoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no confetti or sparklers
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