It’s one of Big Sur’s most famous landmarks: You’ve seen it on the Ventana website, on countless postcards, and maybe even in the opening credits of HBO’s hit series, “Big Little Lies.”
It’s the Bixby Bridge, and it’s one of the most photographed bridges in California—which means it just might be one of the most photographed bridges in the world.
And it’s got an interesting history, too.
According to the Monterey County Historical Society, the bridge was built in 1931-1932 for about $200,000, or just over $3.3 million in today’s dollars. It was needed because Big Sur residents often found themselves isolated during winter, when the Old Coast Road was frequently blocked or impassable. Over 700 feet long and 260 feet high, it’s named for Charles Henry Bixby, one of Big Sur’s early settlers (and a cousin of U.S. President James K. Polk).
Today, while it’s as beautiful as ever, it’s also more crowded than ever—so please be mindful of the impact of your actions should you choose to visit.
You already know that Spa Alila is a place to rejuvenate your body with the healing powers of earth and sea—but it’s a place where the mind and soul can find replenishment as well. And our cranial-sacral treatment addresses all three.
In this gentle stress-relief therapy, which normalizes the flow of fluid in the central nervous system, your skilled practitioner will create gentle pressure and movement—along the spinal column from your scalp to your sacrum (connected to your pelvis).
The result is physically soothing, as it relieves compression, but cranial-sacral treatment also can help you release emotional tension and stress. Many people find that their head and neck move more freely afterward, and some even say it alleviates migraines and headaches, sleep difficulties, and other conditions.
Whether you are seeking relief from a specific issue, or you just want to experience a different level of deep relaxation (it’s not uncommon for one to fall asleep during treatment), consider the cranial-sacral offering at Spa Alila. Your body, mind, and soul all will thank you!
Falcons and other birds of prey have long captured the imagination of humans—especially in Big Sur, which has been designated an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society.
And Ventana’s Falconry Experience, let by Master Falconer Antonio Balestreri, allows you to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.
There’s truly no substitute for seeing a falcon for yourself, but you can still learn plenty about them without even going outside. Just be warned: After reading these four fun facts about falcons from the Smithsonian and other experts, you might find yourself a bit obsessed! (We sure did.)
There’s something incredibly satisfying about growing food for yourself. Not only are you taking part in a time-honored tradition, you’re also giving yourself control over things like pesticide usage, genetic modifications, and other concerns we have with today’s ingredients.
If you’ve never tried gardening before, there’s no time like the present—and it’s probably easier than you think. Here are a few tips from one of our resident Ventana gardners to help you get started.
When you do it right, you’ll find gardening to be fun and rewarding—much more so than wandering the produce aisle at the supermarket. Good luck!