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California is blessed to have so many breathtaking outdoor spaces. One of my favorite places on Earth is Big Sur, the stretch of rugged, California coast line south of Carmel in Monterey County, and heading south for 90 miles entering San Luis Obispo County, along California's scenic, coastal Highway 1. The majestic cliffs high above the ocean waves crashing on the rocky coastline below is quite a spectacle to see.
Around 20 lodging options exist in the Big Sur area, including some of the finest campsites in the great state of California. But the true gem of the area is a hotel Inn, tucked away amongst the towering coastal Redwoods. A sanctuary of stunning beauty, Post Ranch Inn. With a deck perched over a cliff floating high over the crashing Pacific Ocean waves, Post Ranch Inn is a place to splurge on and pamper yourself. Chances are you will never stay in such a jaw dropping setting in your lifetime. Whether your passion is romance, relaxation or rejuvenation, this is a destination to view see California's Central Coast from one of its finest vantage points.
Rooms with a Pacific Ocean view
Rooms with a nature and mountain view
Seemingly soaring into the clouds, the 39 room Inn and two guest houses is designed to fit the rustic environment setting making for an unforgettable experience. The rooms are fit for a king and queen. A place to recharge your mind, body, and soul. Each room is equipped with an indoor spa tub perfect to sip some of California’s award winning wines. And as the central coast of California can be a bit chilly at night, what would an award winning Inn surrounded by cliffs, ocean and mountains be without a wood burning fire place, with your own private deck.
Spa pool with a view
Health and Wellness are available from the award winning Post Ranch Spa. There are many treatments to choose from. Whether in your room or out on the deck, rejuvenate with a treatment at the award-winning spa or engage in the daily yoga classes, in a natural setting. Leave the hustle, bustle, and the daily grind behind. Become one with nature in a Shaman setting and change your physical and emotional well-being. No matter which treatment that you choose, you are assured to leave relaxed.
Sierra Mar Restaurant
Restaurant with a view:
Foodies will delight in dining at the award winning Sierra Mar restaurant. Not your average setting for a fine dining experience. The California-Nouveau cuisine uses organic, farm fesh fruits and vegis, local free range meats, and fish straight out of the Pacific and from around the world.
Beach and Ocean with a sunset view
No matter what view you prefer. Come to the Post Ranch Inn - and you're guaranteed to find your favorite view.
California Highway 1 is one of the most beautiful highways in the world. Figure around a three to four hour drive from both San Francisco and Los Angeles to Big Sur.
Julie Pfeiffer Burns State Park
If you get a chance visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park complete with inland trails and swimming holes and don't miss McWay Falls. The waterfall that runs 80 feet over a cliff on to the beach and into the Pacific Ocean is a must visit.
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* Photos are courtesy of Post Ranch Inn
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