Traveling up the coast of California, the landscape definitely changes from beaches and crowds to rugged, rocky and beautiful. This trip we are going to Big Sur to visit the Post Ranch Inn. Leaving Cambria, we attempt to set the GPS, no surprise, it can’t find the address, so we will wing it. I should have brought the good ol’ paper map.
Driving into Big Sur, we are on the lookout for a sign directing us to the Inn. Aha, there it is, very non-descript, blending into the hillside. We turn off of Hwy 101 and drive up to the guard gate.
We give our name to the guard, and are directed to the Inn. We drive up the long driveway that meanders through the hills, passing open fields, beautiful grounds, Chef’s garden, bee hives and a gift shop. We park in the guest parking and walk a short distance up the hill to the Reception area. Immediately I feel like we have entered someplace very special.
The staff was friendly and professional. We step outside and walk a staircase up another hill to reach the restaurant and accommodations. The Inn sits 1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean and is a sanctuary for your soul.
There are 40 guest rooms, suites and private homes scattered along the hilltops. Several accommodations are built with curved rooms maximizing the views. Some of the rooms appear to be built into the hillsides with soft grasses covering the roofs.
Tree house style accommodations are built on stilts and offer mountain and forest views. The Cliff House has walls of glass with unobstructed ocean views with a hot tub on the deck for incredible sunset views.
What I love about Post Ranch Inn is the guest rooms have no televisions or alarm clocks, this is a very special place for romance, to reconnect, relax and rejuvenate.
One of my favorite spots was the meditation garden with the basking spa. There are 2 basking spas on the property and both have infinity edges so they appear to melt into the Pacific Ocean.
If you don’t leave a stay at Post Ranch Inn feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to face life again, I’m stumped and have no other recommendations for you.
The Post Ranch Inn is the ultimate in rustic luxury.
I will see you back here in a few days and we will chat about the restaurant at the Post Ranch Inn, it is an experience of it’s own and deserves its own blog post.