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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 …

Custom Woodwork

As part of the remodel we're putting in built in shelves in the bedroom. We're hoping to take advantage of the new space the cathedral ceiling affords by building one of the shelves up to eleven feet. D drew up wonderful plans and which you can see below...

Last week we met with Rusty, the cabinetmaker, to see what he has finished and to put the first coat of tung oil on the dressers. It was so wonderful to see the beauty of the wood coming out and by next week it should all be installed.

Rusty's workshop is on the old air force base in Alameda and it's filled with lots of  fascinating old equipment.

Here's D putting on the first coat. The black walnut looks fantastic, I can't wait to see the whole thing on the wall.