Destination: Post Ranch Inn | Big Sur
I've traveled to many shores, but none quite as mystical or enchanting as Big Sur, California. It is hard to put into words, but I’ll do my best....
The journey to Big Sur is where the magic begins. Driving south from San Francisco down California Highway 1, you find yourself entering a storybook – the city scenes disappear and you enter a rustic, captivating stretch of coastline. The next 100 miles of misty horizons, ancient redwood trees, and one-lane roads begins to prepare you mentally (and spiritually) for what’s to come when you pass Carmel and enter the exclusive region of Big Sur.
Big Sur is an unincorporated and preserved region denoted as the place where the Santa Lucia Mountains suddenly arise from the Pacific Ocean.
You come to Big Sur for it's remoteness and otherworldly views – to escape the noise from every day life and enter a sanctuary to refuel your body and soul, and restore peace of mind. The very thing that makes Big Sur alluring is what makes it difficult to find hotels, restaurants and shopping. Luckily, (in our opinion) there is only one place to stay in Big Sur: Post Ranch Inn.
Nestled in the clouds, 1200 ft above sea level, Post Ranch Inn offers the truest form of luxury. The 5-star resort has 39 guesthouses with panoramic views of mountains and coastline. The natural architecture of each room is awe-inspiring. Architect Mickey Muennig, designed the resort using his principles in organic architecture. With this, Post Ranch Inn manages to exist harmoniously with its natural surroundings. We stayed in one of the Tree Houses, sitting 9 feet above ground, and never wanted to leave. The room exuded rustic elegance with a real wood burning fireplace, heated stone floors, a walk-in shower with glass windows overlooking a secluded forest, organic mattress and sheets, a mini-fridge restocked daily with fresh drinks and snacks for the taking, and a reading nook with views that mesmerized us....
Not to be missed:
- the phenomenal buffet breakfast and daily-changing, seasonally-inspired dinner at Sierra Mar restaurant
- guided hikes and tours through the Chef's Garden and natural surroundings
- rejuvenating in one of the two heated infinity spas and heated infinity pool
In summary: Big Sur's Post Ranch Inn is a place for regal restoration. Though the exclusive 5-star resort and Wine Spectator's award winning restaurant costs a pretty penny, it's one place where the value you will gain is far greater than the price you will pay.