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Historic Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley is a wonderful family-friendly venue for family events and get-togethers. Our recent visit was wonderful, relaxing, and sparked memories of the area’s history and memories of my childhood in the area.

If your family is considering a family reunion, wedding, birthday party, baby shower, baptism, Western barbecue, retirement party, graduation party, garden party, going away party or any other special celebration encompassing multi generations, then Holman Ranch provides the perfect venue.

12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast, nestled in the Carmel Valley, family-owned and operated Holman Ranch is immersed in history and tranquil beauty. It’s elegant yet unpretentious and truly place to feel welcome and relaxed.

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

Holman Ranch has hosted generations of local outdoorsmen, vacationing families, and even Hollywood notables like Charlie Chaplin and Theda Bara. One memorabilia wall is a must-gander that dons the photos of famous by gone eras.

Nostalgic and rustic charm blends effortlessly with modern conveniences throughout the property. Visiting families can 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. We felt so comfortable and laid back yet I loved the classy feeling of every space.

Holman_MG_9374Western themed linens and bedding along with quality toiletries luxuriously ensure a peaceful slumber amongst the hawks, deer, and wild boar. We enjoyed watching resident wildlife from our private deck in the morning.

Fun loving families can 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.

Family-friendly barbecues and bonfires are ranch favorites. Most families, much like us, 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 everyday life yet never lacks a list of things to do to keep youngsters busy, although some family members 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.

Guests 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 family event is memorable and perfect down to the most minute detail. Holman Ranch can build a special family retreat on a minimum of 10 people.

Holman_HPIM0780A 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. I’d love to return for one of those since the area is steeped in such varied agriculture and fresh farm to fork goodness.

Holman 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. A conveniently located 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. I enjoyed a few unhurried moments alone tasting some of the wines and chatting with the tasting room staff about area points of interest.

Holman_HPIM0793Gorgeous 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-friendly family’s paradise also.

We left our dogs at home on our recent visit but we came with a sense of adventure and expectation and Holman Ranch didn’t disappoint with all the family-friendly outdoor fun it offers. Kids and adults of all ages can find fun things to do throughout the ranch.

I grew up in nearby Carmel By-The-Sea, where my family settled four generations ago. So seeing the history of Holman Ranch and the beautiful renovations done on this gorgeous property was a true treat. I remember many luncheons with my mother at Holman’s Department Store in nearby Pacific Grove. And any visitor to the Monterey Peninsula is familiar with the Holman Highway connecting Monterey and Pacific Grove. Both locals and visitors from all over the world find Carmel Valley a magical place and Holman Ranch is still, after more than a century, creating family history and legacies. You will want to visit to be part of that magic. I’m so glad that we did.

Photos courtesy of Holman Ranch