Luxury Hotels along California Coast Highway 1
day1: san francisco 4seasons +1.415.633.3000; i stay there because of the amazing concierge desk (find out live theater events for the night; book restaurants; ship your bicycle box; let you borrow scotch tape) / checkin-out can be flexible.
day2: Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025. +1.650.322.1234; still my favorite hotel in palo alto/menlo park area. (the new 4season just opened in east palo alto, but i heard that it is more of a business hotel. haven't checked it out myself and would like to check it out in the future.) there is no spa available in the hotel. within walking distance from Stanford University campus; safeway grocery store; downtown palo alto.
day3: Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, 400 Cannery Row, Monterey. +email@example.com. the day i got there, i happened to get the room that was protruding the most into the sea. 2 of the 4 walls of the room were floor-to-ceiling windows, and it felt like the room was actually in the middle of the ocean.(room #1002)
day4: Post Ranch Inn, Hwy1(POBox219), Big Sur. +1.831.667.2200. the most surprising find of this trip. about 5miles south of big sur, on the pacific ocean side, there is an entrance to the hotel. from the entrance to reception, it's an uphill road. there are large scuptures you can see along the way. very luxurious accomodations, infinity jacuzee over looking the pacific ocean from the top of the hill(100 to 200m above the sealevel?), 2 staff members told me they loved working there. rooms are tastefully decorated and arranged. the restaurant offers very good food(i would say equivalent to the best restaurants in L.A. or san francisco). definitely coming back with my wife.
day5: Apple Farm Inn, 2015 Monterey Street, SLO, CA 93401. +1.805.544.2040. there are rooms with private jacuzees. the spa offers very nice massage
please see "unique qualities" for days 6 and 7.. day6: Simpson House Inn, 121 E. Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. +1.805.963.7067. very nice. the property is basically a large residential house; the staff is very professional. i stayed at the room in its garden. felt like the nice houses i used to house-sit in palo alto. very relaxing.
day7: ritz carlton huntington hotel and spa, 1401 S. Oakknoll Ave, Pasadena CA 91106. +1.626.568.3900. arrived a bit early, requested a room with garden view, went to its restaurant in the garden and had lunch. the waitress came back to let me know the room was ready. very quiet place; very nice concierge desk.
Fine Dining at Sierra Mar @ The Post Ranch Inn
This is a true culinary delight experience. We celebrated my husband's birthday here. The restaurant sits on a cliff with outstanding views of the coastline and ocean. We did the tasting menu that was amazing. Everything that was presented was of the finest quality and the service impeccaable.
We were able to catch the sunset which was an extra bonus. The restaurant is at the Post Ranch Inn, one of the finest choices of lodging on the West Coast. The tasting menu is not to miss.
Housed in a distinctive and modern looking wood, metal and glass building by architect Mickey Muennig, the same person that designed Big Sur's famed Post Ranch Inn, the Hawthorne Gallery opened in 1995.
The Gallery houses the artwork of the multi-talented Hawthorne family as well some selected works of talented artists from around the US. The artwork is of a diverse nature, including painting, sculpture, jewelry, glasswork, ceramics and design is simply jaw-droppingly stunning, and is more than ably abetted by the beautiful clean lined interior of the gallery space itself...
Seriously, if I had some spare cash I would go here and spend, spend, spend...!
It's not often you find a collection of artwork that is so completely on your wavelength that you instantly fall in love with it - you simply must check out the Hawthorne Gallery website and see for yourselves!!!
Best of all it's just across from the magical Nepenthe Restaurant.
The Post Ranch in in Big Sur...
The Post Ranch in in Big Sur California has been my faovite stay so far. It was an incredible and very relaxiong experience. Fantastic views,great food and perfact rooms or suites all with views of either the ocean or mountains. Trails to walk and wildlife to see It is expensive but worth every penny. All rooms have fireplace and whirlpool tubs. Snack are included. No T.V.They are a spa facility and have massage therapists available.The have trails a pool and whirlpool.
A phenomenal experience well worth the money!
Reluctantly, I had to leave from the Post Ranch Inn today after my weekend stay. At first, I was a bit disbelieving of all the 5 star reviews I've read of the place, including the various reviews in travel magazines about how incredible the place is. Can it really be THAT good? Well, after a weekend there, I can tell you, it's beyond good--it's absolutely amazing! The Post Ranch Inn is located in one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the world. As soon as you drive up the hill to get there, you know you are in a different place. We had a coast room with a full ocean view that was quite breathtaking. The weather was gorgeous, and just hearing the wind in the trees and the sounds of the ocean was wonderful. The room was very cozy, soothing and comfortable. Not once did we think about work or anything else over the weekend. The hotel staff was very friendly and their service was impeccable. Our mistake is that we didn't stay longer. There will definitely be a next time. The Post Ranch Inn is worth every penny! I highly recommend this gem of a place.
Totally spectacular....even in the rain
The Post Ranch Inn lived up to all our expectations. From the glass of wine and personal note from the manager on arrival to the beautiful tree house room we had. It poured with rain all weekend so the views of the Pacific weren't as good as they might have been but it didn't matter - the grounds are gorgeous and the food at the Sierra Mar restaurant exquisite. Hugely expensive but worth saving up for - it was value for money!!
Heaven on Earth; worth it at twice the price!
I booked my first stay at The Post Ranch Inn four years ago after searching on the Internet for a spa in Big Sur. After I came back, my co-workers - to a person - remarked how relaxed and happy I seemed. This was truly the only vacation I'd ever taken where I was able to completely unplug and de-stress. Since that visit, I've stayed there three additional times, and have recommended it to several colleagues and friends over the years.
The views are spectacular - what you see on the web site and in the brochures can't do them justice! The spa services are fantastic - I always book a massage in my room shortly after I arrive to get the tension out of my muscles and start the relaxation process. The basking pool is breathtaking - sitting out under a million stars, all the cares in the world melt away immediately. Breakfast at Sierra Mar is amazing - plentiful and delicious. Take a yoga class in the morning, a hike or a swim in the afternoon, or just spend all day in the window seat in your room with a good book and a glass of wine.
Some people spend their bonus money on fancy cars or the latest electronic gadgets... I book a room at the Post Ranch Inn.
Kicking and screaming!!
that's how they had to carry me out of Post Ranch Inn. I cannot believe the care and consideration that has gone into this Inn. I've had the opportunity to stay at some pretty nice places (4 seasons, Bacara, San Ysidro Ranch, St. Regis) and this place was the best by far. The service was impecible, the fact that they include everything in the mini-bar, plus fruit and cheese and a gorgeous breakfrast spread.....oh my.
If you want to spend $2000.00 for a weekend and go to the most well-thoughtout Inn in California, this is the place. The restaurant was great. Must eat lunch at Nephente. Check out Deetjer's. Have the Bellini by the soaking tub at Post Ranch. Dinner at Ventana (across the street). I know I'm leaving something out. Just Sublime.
Hotel/Resort along PCH with OUTDOOR natural stone jacuzzi overlooking Pacific Ocean
Does anybody know the name of the hotel/resort located along PCH somewhere around the California Central coast that has natural stone jacuzzi overlooking the Pacific Ocean??? It has been my life dream to go there, but now I've forgotten the name of the place. I remember passing by it when I drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and it might have been close to Big Sur or Cambria...
Million thanks to those who can help me out with this puzzle!
Re: Hotel/Resort along PCH with OUTDOOR natural stone jacuzzi overlooking Pacific Ocean
You might be thinking of the Post Ranch Inn (www.postranchinn.com) or the Ragged Point Inn (www.raggedpointinn.com/overview.htm). Both are on the cliffs above the ocean, and both have jacuzzis.
Good luck on your search.