Carmel Valley, United States Carmel Valley is one of the most naturally beautiful settings in all of Northern California. Rich in history and legend, its past is a mix of Spanish conquistadors, tribal Indians, bandits, cowboys, and socialites. Nestled deep in this verdant river valley lies a truly historic lodge and restaurant awaiting your discovery. From the moment you arrive at Los Laureles, you feel the warmth and comfort of the rustic country atmosphere. With its towering palms, oaks and views of nearby mountains, the property imparts a sense of tranquility.