Post Ranch Inn

A rustic wonder skirting the Pacific
Perched on a cliff overlooking Big Sur’s rugged coastline, Post Ranch Inn is a romantic hideaway tucked along 100 redwood-filled acres. Designed to blend with the Santa Lucia Mountains, the buildings resemble sophisticated treehouses made of reclaimed wood, steel and stone. Each of the 41 guest rooms and private houses has a mesmerizing ocean or mountain view.

However, you may not spend much time in your room with the hotel's extensive activity list. You'll find daily yoga classes, guided hikes in the beautiful natural setting, stargazing, and tours of the garden.

What you won’t find: TVs or alarm clocks. Wake up when you want to and head to the spa or one of the swimming pools (we recommend the infinity pool). And when you need some replenishment, Sierra Mar Restaurant is superb and has an extensive wine list.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Post Ranch Inn is perched on a cliff along the beautiful Big Sur coast. The views of the coastline are breathtaking and give the entire property a serene, rustic feel.
  • While staying at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, you’ll enjoy an intimate experience being 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles. If you’re looking to get away and enjoy Mother Nature, this is the place to do so.
  • Although it’s secluded, Post Ranch Inn offers countless activities, from nature walks to star gazing. 
  • Don't miss a meal at Sierra Mar Restaurant. You'll savor farm-fresh seasonal cuisine and unbeatable views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. 
  • Relax amid nature in the Four-Star spa. Treatments embrace the great outdoors by using ingredients like wildflowers, and rooms overlook the surrounding redwood forest.
Things to Know
  • A buffet breakfast at Sierra Mar comes with your stay at the boutique hotel. 
  • Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or just want to learn more about wine and experience something new, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's restaurant, Sierra Mar, features a wine list that will certainly have something that will please you. The wine cellar offers more than 15,000 bottles and 3,200 varying selections.
  • If you need a ride, Post Ranch Inn lends several Lexus cars to guests. It also provides a shuttle to bring you around Big Sur.
The Rooms
  • The 41 guest rooms and private houses at Post Ranch Inn each offer views of either the ocean or alpine slopes.
  • Furnished with a king-size bed, rooms include a wood-burning fireplace, indoor or outdoor spa tubs, private deck and digital music system.
  • The wet bar and minibar are filled with complimentary snacks, juices and half-bottles of red and white wine.
  • When you enjoy your libations, don't worry about distractions. The hotel is 18-plus, no kid-related noise will be anywhere near your room.
The Restaurants
  • Post Ranch Inn’s Four-Star restaurant, Sierra Mar, features a sophisticated atmosphere with natural charm. It’s dedicated to quality, just like the inn.
  • For lunch at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's restaurant, the three-course prix fixe menu features dishes like fried chicken with cucumber and fennel salad, garden ranch brown butter cornbread, or an heirloom grain bowl with swordfish, avocado and egg.

  • At dinner, you’ll find dishes such as Monterey abalone with shiitake, cauliflower and nasturtium, and Llano Seco pork with summer beans, Portugal pepper and ground cherry.
  • Regardless of when you dine, Sierra Mar’s menu features the freshest seasonal, local ingredients, with menus changing daily.
Getting There
Highway 1, Big Sur, California 93920
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