CELEBRATE THE SEASONS AT BIG SUR
January is Foragers Month at ventana
The arrival of January means peak mushroom season on California's central coast, and we've got a basket full of activities and adventures for you.
Foragers menu at the sur house
Savor the fruits of your labor by bringing mushrooms from your hike - which we'll incorporate into your dish! Or simply relax and enjoy a classic French mushroom bisque, foraged mushroom toast, and mushroom duxelle pomm dauphine. Either way, you'll find unexpected delights.
Available Fridays-Sundays in January; $95 per person
Our neighbor, Big Sur Smokehouse, is getting into the spirit, too - the "Shrooms and Beer" menu will be available throughout January. Try smoked and stuffed mushrooms or smoke Chanterelle and corn salad, along with a proper English beer, for one low price.
On-property foraging hikes
Every Friday afternoon in January, learn about how to identify fungi, medicinal plants, and flowers on a hike around our 156 acres.
4 p.m., $75 per person
On Saturdays during the month, meet at Social House for a full-day caravan to some of the best hidden mushroom-hunting places in Big Sur's wilderness areas. We'll identify various edible and nonedible varieties, such as chanterelle, oyster, porcini, and the sweet candy camp.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $450 per person
Big Sur Foragers Festival
This annual celebration, set for Jan. 16-19, includes the famous “Fungus Face-Off” and other great events around the area such as hikes, special dinners, and more. It all benefits a great cause—the nonprofit Big Sur Health Center, which provides healthcare services to local residents regardless of their ability to pay.
Tickets and more information available here.
February is Romance Month at Ventana
As one of the most scenic and dramatic spots in the world, Big Sur has long been a favorite for those seeking to forge stronger connections—or spark new ones.
Looking for the perfect place to pop the question? From our Glass House Gallery, perched more than 1,000 feet above the Pacific, to secluded spots in the forest or on the beach, you’re sure to find the one ideal for asking your partner to be the one. We offer custom packages with a picnic or dinner, along with other memorable touches like rose petals, candles, and of course, celebratory Champagne!
Love Among the Redwoods
A camping trip for Valentine’s Day? Why not? Especially when it’s a glamping trip at our Redwood or Canyon Glampsites. In your spacious safari-style tent, you’ll slumber on a plush glamping mattress and enjoy amenities you won’t find at any other campground—even a luxurious Bath House with teak-enclosed showers and heated floors. Of course, all glamping guests also have access to The Sur House, Spa Alila, heated outdoor pools, our fitness facility, and everything else Ventana has to offer.
The launch of our Luxe & Learn enrichment series Feb. 7-16 will focus entirely on “Love Languages,” helping you to create a stronger bond with your partner. You can write love letters, discover aphrodisiac cooking, enjoy a massage for two in an outdoor cabana at Spa Alila, and much more. There’s truly something for every couple! Participants receive a special romantic-inspired arrival amenity, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two, along with a $500 resort credit daily toward any Luxe & Learn experience (based on a three-day minimum stay). Whichever experience you choose, you’ll feel a powerful sense of inspiration, reflection, and connection.
The Sur House Lovers Menu
It’s already a romantic setting, but The Sur House is turning the heat up in February with our Lovers Menu featuring aphrodisiac-inspired dishes for two. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month, you and yours can enjoy oysters, spot-prawn carpaccio, asparagus salad, butter-poached lobster, and dessert for just $125 per person.
Love a Little Longer
It’s easy to make more time for romance at Ventana—because when you stay two nights, your third night is on us.
Big Sur Spirit
This ultra-romantic package draws upon the ethereal atmosphere of Big Sur to strengthen your bond as a couple.