Holman Ranch Blends Old and New For Couples

Holman_guesthouse_gnibusThis post comes from Road Trips for Couples Editor Carmel L. Mooney, a fourth generation Californian whose family settled in Carmel four generations ago. She is a travel columnist.

Historic Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley is a wonderfully romantic venue for groups and romantic couples events and get-togethers.

If your group of couples is considering a wedding, renewal of vows, family reunion, wedding, birthday party, baptism, Western barbecue,  retirement party, graduation party, garden party, going away party or any other special celebration, then Holman Ranch provides the perfect venue.

Nestled in the Carmel Valley about 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast, family-owned and operated Holman Ranch is immersed in history, romance, and tranquil beauty.

Gorgeous gardens of native plants, serene mountain views, abundant wildlife, and cool coastal breezes make Holman Ranch a mecca for couples celebrating special memories and occasions.

With its rich and colorful history, Holman Ranch has hosted generations of local outdoorsmen, vacationing couples, and even Hollywood notables like Charlie Chaplin and Theda Bara.

Modern conveniences marry with nostalgic and rustic charm. Visiting couples will lavish in the charming and delightfully decorated classic guest accommodations in gorgeous and well appointed ranch quarters and guest rooms and cottages, each with flat screen TVs, cable, wi-fi and iPod docking stations. Luxurious western themed linens and bedding along with quality toiletries will ensure a peaceful and luxurious slumber among the hawks, deer, and wild boar.

Guests enjoy full access to the game room and great room within the historic hacienda building. Patios, gardens, and courtyards bring tranquility and beauty at every turn.

Romantic dining, barbecues, and bonfires are couples favorites. Many couples also partake in many of the on-site recreational amenities. Holman Ranch has lots to do for all ages and generations including billiards and darts, bocce, horseshoes, lawn dominoes, a swimming pool, fully equipped fitness center, hiking trails, winery tours, movie nights, vineyards, seasonal pond, and more.

Holman Ranch is utterly peaceful and removed from the hustle and bustle of every day life yet never lacks a list of things to do to keep all ages busy, although some couples may choose to just lounge on a deck overlooking magnificent vistas of wildlife and flora. Holman Ranch is the perfect place to explore and experience or to just relax and do nothing.

Holman_game_roomGuests can enjoy a full American breakfast buffet with locally grown and organic fruits, pastries, coffee and tea.  And no matter what size of your event or function, chefs, caterers and staff are on the ready to ensure your gathering or  event is memorable and perfect down to the most minute detail. Holman Ranch can build a special couples retreat on a minimum of 10 people.

A variety of themed retreats and parties are created by the expert staff at Holman Ranch. Some favorites include a Ranch escape including dummy cattle roping, hayrides, barn dance, wagon rides, roping clinic, and even square dancing.  Another option is a Murder Mystery dinner theme.  Sports enthusiasts may choose a combination of archery, paintball, sporting clays, bocce, croquet, golf, hiking, scavenger hunts, skeet shooting and martial arts. Outdoor lovers might enjoy Astronomy 101, star gazing, beekeeping, al fresco movie night, nature photography, hikes and bird watching. Many other themed get-togethers centered around wine, cooking, and wellness are also available. Weddings and vow renewals are a Holman Ranch specialty.

Holman_9Holman Ranch also grows and produces fine wines and olive oils. Vineyards and olive groves only add to the mystique and beauty of the stately and expansive historic property. An off site tasting room is just a few easy minutes from the ranch as well and is open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Gorgeous stables and an extensive equestrian center are part of the varied offerings at Holman Ranch. Equestrian clinics, special events, and boarding are available as well to both guests and visitors. With miles of scenic trails and state-of-the-art arena Holman Ranch is a horse-loving couple’s paradise also.

Tel (831) 659-2640