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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 …

A California Spring, 2012

The Spring in California isn't something we earn by living through a cold hard winter. Even at its worst the weather is mild, sometimes sunny and hot, sometimes wet. Then one day  you notice the magnolias are blooming, the pruned rose bushes are sprouting or that forget-me-nots have seeded all over the gravel in the  garden. It can begin in December (truly not the time for Spring) but by late March the wisteria has joined the parade and we're all beginning to complain about our allergies!
Point Reyes, March 2012.