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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Porch details...


Now that we're renovating I'm looking at our neighborhood with fresh eyes and a small camera. The porch is being rebuilt so I'm noticing all of the steps, railings and outside decorations on the homes locally. When you start looking you begin to notice architectural details everywhere. Most of the Craftsmen porches in our neighborhood are a combination of concrete, stucco and wood. Having lived with the maintenance problems of wooden steps we are now embracing the concrete option! 

I like the shingle clad sides above, but our porch has always had siding more like the examples below. We're thinking about adding some moulding to give it a little more interest.




The arbor will be covered to prevent the water damage we had previously, so we're also looking up to see details like this.




Most of the porches locally are covered, probably because it's more practical given the drainage issues we've encountered!



These concrete steps have been poured with an overhang meant to resemble a wooden step. 

I'm keeping my fingers crossed as they're building the forms right now and will be pouring the concrete later this week.



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