Located inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea and nestled in between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Carmel River is an area known as Carmel Valley. Carmel Valley on average has warmer weather than the coast and has many country estate like properties with expansive valley views of the rolling hills. There are many popular wineries and tasting rooms in the valleys as well as boutique hotels, inns, and award winning restaurants. Carmel Valley is popular for weddings since there are many venues to choose from and the weather for outdoor events is pretty reliable in the spring, summer, and fall.