I had the fantastic opportunity to spend some time at the gorgeous Carmel Valley Ranch for the Michael’s Makers retreat a few months ago. The weather was beautiful, the workshops were so much fun, and the area was stunning! Also, the Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked Carmel Valley Ranch No. 1 resort in Northern California. You will soon see why. It is a tremendous destination to have a wedding.
I went to Monterey (about 10-15 minutes from Carmel Valley) a few days early and spent the time with my daughters and daughter in laws who live in California. We had a great time, you can check out the fabulous getaway Monterey weekend trip.
I am so grateful to Michael’s stores for sending me on this retreat. It was such a special and amazing experience, and I am so excited to share it with you. You can find out more about what being a Michael’s Maker is by reading this post where I talk all about it. Also, you will want to read about last years retreat in Napa Valley.
Carmel Valley Ranch really is an incredibly beautiful place. It actually is a ranch and has the most gorgeous views. I loved all the majestic oak trees that covered the property. It’s a fantastic place to take a little getaway and have a break from the city! Even though it’s just down the road from Monterey, it’s a lot sunnier than Monterey just because of where it’s located.
Each room was very private and had gorgeous views and an amazing balcony area. Even though there is a bathroom with a tub inside the room, there was a bathtub on the balcony, just in case you might some extra relaxation and luxury! Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take soak. Either way, spending some time out on the deck out in the evening is a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather!
Whenever we needed to get somewhere from our room, all we had to do was call a number and a golf cart would come to pick us up! It was such an easy, convenient, and luxurious way to get around from place to place since the property is so large.
Michael’s did such an amazing job hosting us! It was a fabulous experience, and I loved the set up for this lovely outdoor meal. Just a wonderful unique reception area to host a dinner.
I love being a Michael’s Maker, and thanks to them I was able to go to some amazing classes during the retreat! One of them was a Cricut class where I got to see all these incredible feathers made just from paper! They look so realistic! All of us Michaels Makers got to create some fun designs in Design Space. If you don’t have a Cricut, it is the ultimate crafting machine!
I also had the opportunity to meet the amazing and beautiful Sarah Michelle Gellar (from Buffy The Vampire Slayer) ! She was so sweet and was the speaker at our evening dinner.
Carmel Valley Ranch has the most outstanding pool and lounge area! I spent most of my free time there soaking up the sun and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Even while I’m away from home I have to stay on top of work! I loved being able to relax by the pool and have such a great view while I’m working on my laptop!
Since the beach wasn’t too far away, a few of the other Michael’s Makers girls and I headed out to enjoy the sand and sun! Such a beautiful beach day.