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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 …
Currently on the West Coast we're heading to New York and then Colombia at the end of the year (10/15)
I've visited 71 countries and I hope to see them all again plus some more. 

Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Armenia,  Australia, Austria,  Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana,  Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Easter Island,  Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala,  Greece,  Honduras, India,  Indonesia,  Iran,  Ireland,  Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malawi, Malaysia,  Maldives, Mali, Malta,  Mexico,  Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand,  Nicaragua,  Nigeria, Peru, Portugal,  Russia,  Saint Lucia,  Senegal,  Singapore,  Slovenia, South Africa,  Spain,  Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Tahiti, Tanzania, Thailand,  Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

If I followed the Century Club rules my country count would be  higher (87), but here's a post explaining why I don't. Perhaps when I get closer to 100 I'll succumb to their lure, I'm  not above changing my tune!  here' where we've been over the last few years.

2005  U.K., Singapore and Thailand, St Lucia, N.Y.
2006  Indonesia (Java & Bali), Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, U.K., Sweden, Ireland.
2007  Morocco, U.K., France, Washington D.C., N.Y.
2008  Mexico, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, India, Maldives, Bangkok, China, Assam, N.Y.,    Athens.
2009  Ireland, Rome, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Tahiti, Easter Island, N.Y., U.K., Estonia.
2010  U.K., Paris and Provence, N.Y., Australia.
2011  N.Y., New Zealand, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, U.K. and Ireland.
2012  Spain,  Italy, U.K., N.Y., Ireland.
2013  Portugal, Ireland, U.K., Spain, France, N.Y and Boston.
2014  Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, N.Y., UK and Egypt.
2015  France, Spain, Ireland, UK, Germany, Finland, N.Y.


Many thanks to Douwe Osinga for providing a simple interface to create the customize map above. Visit his website if you would like one too;