September is Honey Month and we have a number of fantastic activities that will allow you to learn about and enjoy the bounty created by our amazing buzzing friends!
Vineyard Harvest Celebration
Sept 20th in the Organic Garden – 4p-8pm
4pm – 6pm – Celebrate the Harvest - $20 pp++ , children under 12 complimentary
Join us in the Organic Garden for traditional grape harvesting activities and games like Barrel Rolling, Grape Stomping, and Seed Spitting. We will be hosting music and wine tasting featuring local wines and winemakers, as well as our own Carmel Valley Ranch Artisans.
6pm – 8pm - Harvest Family Style Dinner at The Clubhouse– Reservations required - $70 pp++
After an engaging afternoon, stay for the feast! Enjoy a three course family-style meal featuring items fresh from the Garden and the Vineyard.
Honey Harvest Highlights!!
(90 minutes; $35 Adults; $25 Age 12 & under)
Join Beekeeper John Russo and his team for this exciting moment in our yearly Honey Cycle. We will bring in panels straight from the hives and use an extractor to gather the tiny drops of golden honey embedded in the comb. Enjoy a lecture on bee science and go home with a gift from our happy bees.
Signature Bee Experience - Honey Series!
(Several days weekly; 90 minutes; $60 Adults, $40 Age 12 & under)
Our signature activity! Make a beeline for the apiary. John Russo, our resident lavender farmer and beekeeper, encourages you to suit up for a visit to our hives, home to 60,000 Italian honeybees. We'll be tasting a selection of honey ranging across the summer harvest months. Enjoy the honey, as well as a lavender beeswax gift for each person to take home.
Garden Harvest Party with Honey Tasting
(September 13; 120 minutes; Complimentary)
The Organic Garden is where it’s happening! Come join the fun with Farmer Mark Marino and the Hens of Carmel Valley Ranch. We’ll be hosting an open-house-style Garden Party, where you’ll be able to meet the chickens, taste a variety of honey that we've harvested throughout the year, participate in a beer, honey tasting and a salt tasting, take a tour of the Garden, and much more. Come find out what the clucking is about!
Wine Tasting in the Lodge Restaurant, featuring local wines and honey meads
(Tuesdays & Saturdays; 60 minutes; $25)
Taste the best of Monterey County’s wine offerings with the guidance of our certified Sommelier. You’ll develop your palate as you learn about small production local wines, showcasing Carmel Valley and her neighboring regions. In September, to honor National Honey Month as well as National Wine Month, we are bringing together the two in a special honey wine, or "honey mead", tasting series! Enjoy the flavors of local wines & hives!