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Carmel Magazine, Spring 2018

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O xford Dictionaries defines the noun "valley" as "a low area of land between hills or mountains, typically with a stream or river flowing through it." Seems straightforward enough. But choose 10 Carmel Valley residents or business owners at random and ask them what constitutes that region of Monterey County and you'll likely hear 10 different answers. Some believe the valley truly begins just before Carmel Middle School on Carmel Valley Road, where a jaunty, faintly Old-West sign reads "Entering Carmel Valley." Others include the mouth of the valley, at the western end of Carmel Valley Road. Some think that you're not truly in Carmel Valley until you enter the Village. Since the feature was carved out by the coursing of the Carmel River, it could be argued that Carmel Valley geographically ends at the Pacific Ocean and extends 36 miles inland to its headwaters in the Santa Lucia Mountains. Whatever its physical delineation, it's inarguable that Carmel Valley is a set of cultural, eco- nomic, climatic and lifestyle factors unique in Monterey County and, indeed, all the American west. Many agree that the region known as Carmel Valley is comprised of three distinct zones: Mouth of the Valley: This area, adjacent to California Highway 1, is anchored by The Barnyard Shopping Village and The Crossroads Carmel and contains office buildings, condos and other retail spaces. Mid-Valley: Beginning roughly at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club, Mid- Valley includes the Valley Hills Center, home to the popular Baja Cantina and several unique retail shops. Next door is Hacienda Hay and Feed, a 150 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 Developed in the 1980s, Carmel Valley Ranch is a playground that includes a Pete Dye golf course, tennis courts, pools and comprehensive fitness facilities. The resort boasts 181 suites, an elegant spa and acclaimed fine dining.

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