The AAA Four Diamond Bernardus Lodge and Spa, laid out amid 28 acres of Tuscany-esque vineyards, reflects the curated-yet-comfortable tastes of its founder, Dutch businessman and former race car driver Bernardus Pon. Its 73 rooms, suites, and villas, evoke a swanky ranch house vibe, with hand-knotted rugs and accents of hand-hewn reclaimed wood. Our room had a limestone fireplace that took the chill off at night. Check out one of the Mercedes-Benz courtesy vehicles that Bernardus keeps for guests to tool around the valley or head to Pebble Beach. Rates start at $305. 831-658-3400; bernarduslodge.com.
The AAA Four Diamond Carmel Valley Ranch offers 181 suites and rooms, and a golf course, set amid 500 acres of vineyards and lavender fields. Pets are allowed, and they get a special pet menu. Rates from $400. 855-687-7262; carmelvalleyranch.com
Carmel Valley also has more moderate digs. Within steps of village shops and wineries is Contenta Inn, which has large rooms with beamed ceilings and private patios. Rates start at $119 and include Wi-Fi, minifridges, and continental breakfast. 831-659-2298; contentainn.com.