Ventana Big Sur isn’t your typical weekend getaway—and with so much to see and do in this iconic region, we often hear that two or three days just doesn’t feel like enough. So in honor of our third-night-free offer (details below), we’ve put together a fun itinerary to help you get the most out of your Big Sur experience.
Whether you’re seeking a romantic escape, taking a babymoon, or even preparing for the perfect proposal, there’s something for everyone on this four-day journey.
Days 1 and 2
Exploring at Ventana: After you arrive, take your time exploring all our resort has to offer. Check out the unique spaces of Social House, and then relax for a bit in your spacious guestroom. Then, head to the Meadow Pool and infinity-edge hot tub, where you’ll have a front-row seat to spectacular views of the sea and forest. Now that you’re in Big Sur mode, why not try an activity in the Alila Experiences Program? Learn all about local wine with our resident expert in Sip Like A Sommelier, interact with at our birds of prey at the Falconry Experience, take one of our guided hikes, or choose another opportunity for enrichment. And for dinner, The Sur House Terrace awaits with its inventive coastal cuisine and unparalleled vistas.
Pfeiffer Beach and Spa Alila: Begin your day with a treatment at Spa Alila, where our skilled therapists meld the healing powers of earth and sea to rejuvenate and regenerate. Choose a treatment just for you, or share the experience in one of our cabanas for couples. Once you’re sufficiently revitalized, you can fill the rest of your day with discovery—visit our Glass House Gallery, try another Alila activity, visit the SurStream in Redwood Canyon for a snack and hand-crafted cocktail. Cap the evening with a short jaunt to Pfeiffer Beach, one of the most picturesque and easily accessible beaches in the region. With sandy areas partly shielded from the ocean by rocks, and a cave through one of the largest rock formations, it’s the perfect place to catch a sunset.
Gallery Tour and Smokehouse: On departure day, there’s still time to see the art of Big Sur and meet some of the artists as well at the Hawthorne Gallery, the Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe, and several more. We offer guided tours with a picnic lunch, or you are free to wander on your own among the redwoods and other natural riches. Big Sur Smokehouse, an authentic roadhouse experience where smoked meats pair with craft cocktails, beers, and wines, is a great lunch option, too. And if you haven’t yet visited the Bixby Bridge, be sure to get to this famous landmark before you leave town!
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