New Tour de Forks Package Sets Standard For Culinary Getaway In Carmel's Coveted Valley Of The Wine Gods - AWARD-WINNING BERNARDUS LODGE SETS THE TABLE THROUGH NOVEMBER/2013 -

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The exclusive Bernardus Lodge, located in the Carmel Valley, CA, is offering a specifically tailored escape for the most discerning palates with its new "Tour de Forks" Package. The three night package includes deluxe accommodations for up to two adults, as well as a daily sumptuous full breakfast. The culinary adventure includes a triad of tantalizing dinners – one in Bernardus Lodge's signature award-wining Marinus Restaurant, another on-site at the relaxing Wickets Bistro and the third at Carmel Valley's historic Wills Fargo Steakhouse. Cap the evening with an out-of-the-ordinary special Chef's Selection turndown amenity as an extra treat before setting off to slumber. Taste even more of the Carmel Valley at four local Wine Tasting venues with passes for two to each, toting a tasty five-star Traveler's Lunch prepared by Chef Cal Stamenov and his team for the trip. Return and rewind with a choice of a 100-minute Spa Treatment from the Spa at Bernardus menu, including a mushroom-infused treatment or series of specialty treatments using the estate-grown lavender. The package starts at $1,875.00/double, based upon availability and is available through November/2013.  Reservations can be made by calling 888-648-9463, or clicking herewww.bernardus.com.

Your getaway starts with complimentary Bernardus estate wine served to each guest upon arrival at the inviting Lodge. Charming guest rooms will await - each with a cozy fireplace, sumptuous feather bed and oversized bathtubs for two. Fresh cut flowers and French doors opening onto a spacious balcony or patio with sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Mountains complete the ambiance. Guests may also opt to take part in a wealth of recreational activities and fine spa services available at the property.

Culinary temptations at Bernardus Lodge abound.  At the newly re-tooled Marinus Restaurant, where Cal-Regional Cuisine is created by celebrated chef Cal Stamenov, local organic seasonal produce as well as regional seafood and artisan farmed meats are featured.  Menu selections can be complimented with wine selected from the Marinus cellar, offering over 1,575 wine selections and over 28,000 bottles of wine. Recently awarded the Grand Award from Wine Spectator, (only 74 nationwide and only 1 in Monterey County, US), (Strengths of our wine list is California, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagnes.)  Wickets Bistro is more informal and perfect for a light meal, outdoor beverage or a lingering lunch or dinner.

The Spa at Bernardus Lodge is a romantic retreat features steam and sauna rooms, a private outdoor tub and terra cotta walls reflecting the Warming Pool's shimmering blue images that all lend to its award-winning, rustic charm. The Spa nurtures mind, body and spirit with luxurious treatments infused with pure and natural ingredients culled from the ocean, the vineyards and abundant, on-site organic gardens. So whether you seek to relax, renew or reconnect, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge offers an array of distinctive services from vinotherapy to marine-inspired treatments to international traditions, elevating relaxation to an art form. Enjoy the ultimate sensory experience. Choose from a collection of world-class treatments designed with total relaxation and well-being in mind. Combining contemporary techniques of spa wellness with the purest botanical ingredients, Bernardus' signature treatments are not to be missed!

Bernardus Lodge is dedicated to marrying the finest epicurean experiences with exceptional hospitality in one of America's loveliest locales.  It features 57 luxurious guest rooms, and also boasts a heated swimming pool and outdoor warming pool, tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a vineyard and meeting and banquet space. Bernardus' range of unique amenities and services include complimentary wine and generously stocked gourmet pantries in-room, fresh fruit, flowers and imported linens. Bernardus Lodge holds a Forbes Four-Star rating in the 2013 and the AAA Four-Diamond Award. Bernardus Lodge demonstrates on a daily basis that environmentally responsible practices are as natural and welcome as feather beds, award-winning cuisine, and a sumptuous spa. Bernardus Lodge—a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)—is proof that a hotel can be environmentally-responsible, while it offers its guests luxurious accommodations, the finest services, and an extraordinary location. The Lodge's many green initiatives include: energy conservation, water conservation, healthy superior indoor air quality, green supplies, locally grown organic food, recycling and waste reduction. Bernardus Lodge is located at 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, California 93924.  Information is available at www.bernardus.com or for reservations travelers can call 1-888-648-9463.

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