Big Sur Hotels
Post Ranch Inn
47900 California 1, Big Sur, California
360-degree coastal views and the wild mountain terrain of Big Sur provide a fitting backdrop for Post Ranch Inn’s eco-conscious surroundings (the property is powered by sun panels year-round and guests are chauffeured in Lexus hybrid vehicles). Situated on jagged cliffs—it’s a 1,200 foot drop to the Pacific Ocean—and shrouded in semi-permanent fog, the resort is a short drive to both Monterey and Carmel. Honeymooners can choose from three thoughtfully curated packages, all of which include dinner at Executive Chef John Cox’s local ingredient-driven restaurant Sierra Mar, free-reign of the hotel facilities, and at least one indulgent spa treatment. Local flora provides wild-crafted essential oils for the certified-organic products used at the Post Ranch Spa. Fair warning: Securing one of the 39 rooms requires quite a bit of patience and planning ahead. (Also: Kids are not allowed.)
48123 Highway One, Big Sur, California
Nestled amongst the Redwoods on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, Ventana is kind of hard to beat. While the beaches and hikes of Big Sur are a bit of a siren song, it’s hard to budge from the property’s two on-site pools, Japanese soaking tubs, and nap-inducing hammocks. The restaurant, admittedly, is not Big Sur’s best: Fortunately, Post Ranch Inn, Deetjen’s, and Big Sur Bakery are all nearby. There are tons of trails to pick from—redwood forests, waterfalls, and paths along the coast—meaning that hiking boots are an essential. The hotel runs a one-hour walk each day around the property starting at 10 am, and you can also book more challenging hikes with local guides. While the rooms are modern in look and feel, the wood-panelled interiors and redwood floors are a constant reminder that you’re in the woods. Most rooms and suites come with a private deck and fireplace, and some include a hot tub. The views of the Pacific and through the hills are spectacular. Take note: Ventana is adults-only.
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