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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 …

Short Hike in Carmel Valley

With 500 acres abutting Garland Ranch Park, the Carmel Valley Ranch has a number of short paths and walking trails. In a bid to burn off breakfast we headed for a walk up to the scenic yoga platform. The landscape was very Californian, dry hills dotted with graceful mature oaks.


As you can see Tiber liked the yoga platform as much as I did! Apart from this quick walk and a leisurely stroll on the beach we had a very lazy stay. 

Not surprisingly it was no trouble for us to resist the full schedule of classes at the clubhouse, in favor of eating, relaxing and reading!


Anna said…
Ooohhh, Tiber in the 2nd photo! He looks all in - like he's about to hitch a lift!