Monterey County encompasses some of the west coasts's most beautiful coastline, and charming seaside spots such as Monterey, Big Sur, and Carmel. The area's picturesque rocky cliffs, ruggedly lush landscapes, and beautiful misty shores define Northern California -- and some of our favorite hotels have the best views of it all. From ancient redwoods and jaw-dropping ocean views in Big Sur to the manicured lawns of Pebble Beach, these views are sure to captivate. First up is Carmel Valley Ranch, a 500-acre property offering modern luxury in a rustic, bucolic setting, with tall oak trees, organic gardens, and rolling vineyards. In addition to gorgeous, well-outfitted rooms, the ranch's many features include two outdoor pools, an 18-hole golf course designed by Pete Dye, and seven fire pits perfect for nightly fireside s'mores. And everywhere, amazing views abound, but none better than from the expansive deck of the two-bedroom suite, seen here.