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Carmel Magazine, Spring 2018

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approachable California country fare at Lucia by combining his own organic harvests with ele- ments sourced from regional ranchers, garden- ers and fishing operations. Seasonal offerings include simple starters and brick-oven pizzas, health-minded vegetable combos, sophisticated meat and seafood entrees, and multi-course tasting menus. Seasonal cocktails are also on offer—several incorporate honey from resort hives—and a 25,000-bottle wine cellar show- cases Bernardus releases and other American and international blends. Bernardus Winery maintains a tasting room a few minutes from the resort on Carmel Valley Road; plenty of on-property activities are avail- able, as well. Guests can engage in some friendly bocce and croquet competitions, or participate in a poolside spin class, yoga session or guided nature hike. There are fitness facilities and a heated outdoor pool, and an extensive spa menu features massages, couples' treatments, salon services and wellness therapies that inte- grate botanicals from the resort gardens. However guests spend their time, they can expect a warm welcome and impeccable service from the Bernardus Lodge & Spa team. Forbes highlighted that hospitality in its 2018 award summary, calling out the thoughtfulness of hosts, housekeepers and other staff members. "Ever yone is kind and welcoming at Bernardus Lodge...don't be surprised if every- one greets you by name," notes the guide's Bernardus entry. "We're very hands-on, and we work very hard to achieve that family kind of feel here. It really appeals to the guests who visit us," says O'Briant. "As a team, we talk about this a lot. There is a true, deep-rooted culture that makes this place special." Bernardus Lodge & Spa is located at 415 West Carmel Valley Rd. in Carmel Valley. For resort and restaurant reser vations, visit or call 831/658-3400. 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 8 187 Spa treatments at Bernardus range from massage to facial care, and wellness programs include group hikes, spa blending workshops, star- lit yoga and culinary cultivation.

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