Carmel Valley is a tranquil pastoral river town nestled into the spectacular Santa Lucia range and situated in Monterey County among woodsy miles and miles of vineyards.. It is regarded as the most distinct part of Monterey's County's Wine Country. This charming rural community is known as one of the finest wine growing areas in all of California and offers visitors and locals countless opportunities for all kinds of delicious food, superb wine tasting, gorgeous golf courses, recreation and wonderful entertainment. People come from near and far for the beautiful hiking, , biking and horseback riding along the marvelous mountain trails tucked away in Garland Ranch Regional Park. The banks of the Carmel River are lined with glorious willows. Filled with many working horse ranches is Carmel Valley Village which has a serene country feel in peaceful and quiet surroundings.. A few miles away is Carmel-by-the-Sea, another favorite tourist destination near the Pacific Ocean. Residents of Carmel Valley live in ranch style homes along chaparral covered rolling hills and enjoy the excellent schools, open spaces and safe environment.