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It's road trip season!
It's Road Trip season

Road trips are experiencing a resurgence for so many reasons! There’s no more romantic way to reconnect with the world and the ones you’re with, while engaging in spontaneous moments along the journey. It’s also safe, comfortable (even lavish) and irresistibly convenient, since you can travel on your own terms, at your own pace.

Ventana Big Sur’s rarified 160-acre retreat beckons most from the road, where the quintessential California road trip takes place on the famed Highway 1 drive. Cruise this beloved scenic byway, snaking along the Pacific coastline—past ancient redwood forests, over crashing surf, amid incomparable coastal views—and you may never consider the hassle of hopping on a plane again. 

Landmark enticements hit every high note: nature, culture, art and adventure. From the north, discover the charmed adobe chapel of Carmel Mission Basilica, the historic 1889 Point Sur Light Station, the iconic Bixby Bridge (one of the most photographed in the world) and the mesmerizing purple sands of Pfeiffer State Beach. From the south, explore the cliff-side 1940’s social hub of Nepenthe Big Sur, the storied palace and sandy coves of Hearst Castle and Hearst Memorial State Beach and the epic waterfall at Limekiln State Park.

To make your Big Sur road trip even more blissful, be sure to pack your camera, ample water and snacks, detour essentials like beach towels and blankets, plus curated playlists, audiobooks and your best travel-mates. If that means your pup, by all means bring your four-legged friend along for your Ventana Big Sur stay.  

Equal parts American legend and natural wonder, Big Sur is one of the most magical places on Earth. And there’s no more alluring way to experience its visual and sensual allure than by road-tripping along the edge of the continent, winding your way to your much-deserved sojourn: Ventana Big Sur.

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Spring in big sur
Spring in big sur

Ventana Big Sur—home to 59 secluded suites (complete with the requisite fireplace and expansive balcony) plus 160 magnificent acres—offers infinite ways to discover the many splendors of a Big Sur spring without ever leaving the resort. 

As March rain subsides, spring in Big Sur ushers in sunny skies as bountiful wildflower blooms carpet the coastal landscapes. With temps rising into the high 60s and mid 70s by day, then dipping into the mid 40s by night, you’ll want a light jacket or sweater handy for daytime outings. Evenings are ideal for cozying up to a crackling wood-burning fireplace.

 If first-hand falconry encounters aren’t on your bucket list, they should be. You can get up close and personal with these high-speed winged wonders through Ventana’s Falconry Experience, led by Master Falconer Antonio Balestreri. Curated picnics pair culinary flair with local makers for the ultimate, portable plein-air feast with your choice of fixings—either under the redwoods or in awe of the Pacific. And if pool lounging is your idea of the perfect spring moment, luxuriate at the Meadow Pool while contemplating sweeping ocean and forest vistas or the secluded Mountain Pool, perched high amid the trees.

 Naturally, Ventana takes social distancing seriously. Yet you’ll hardly notice between the unbridled open spaces, outdoorsy vibe and the exclusive nature of our limited-capacity experiences. Now more than ever, guests appreciate the ability to keep a safe distance from others, where you can keep a safe distance from others while immersing in the beauty of a world without limitations. 

 Find yourself in nature, where you’ll revel in the energy and majesty of Big Sur. Enjoy enhanced exclusivity and privacy. Relish Ventana’s meditative powers of stress reduction that kick in the minute you’re away from it all. And hike the myriad scenic trails meandering through Big Sur’s epic landscapes for breathtaking panoramic views.

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A WINE RETREAT

The natural wonders of Monterey County—including the rugged setting of Big Sur—are what make the wines here so special. And even though the region is relatively young by winemaking standards, the world is taking notice.

Chardonnay is particularly prized here, as the varietal makes up 40% of Monterey County vineyard acreage. But Pinot Noir, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot are quite common as well. What you’ll notice about the wines produced here is the distinct “varietal flavor,” meaning the flavor of the grapes truly shine through in each sip. It’s a combination of the soil, the climate, and of course, the care that creates this unique experience.

While it might seem that wine has been produced here forever, this didn’t become a winemaking region in earnest until the 1960s, when a report classified Monterey County as a growing region in the same league as Napa, Burgundy, and other world-famous regions. (Monks introduced wine grapes here about 200 years ago, but as you can imagine, their purposes were not commercial in nature.)

Today, more than half a century later, the area is burgeoning—it’s been honored as a worldwide top 10 wine travel destination by Wine Enthusiast magazine, and wine has become a key driver of tourism for the region.

Ventana Big Sur, secluded among towering redwoods yet within easy driving distance of the region’s top wineries, is the ideal setting for your next wine-tasting escape. Luxurious meals and amenities are included with every stay, and our own wine cellar features thousands of bottles—including some of the region’s best. 

Book your wine-country stay today. 

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THE ULTIMATE ESCAPE FOR HEALING & WELLNESS

As we move toward the end of a stress-packed year, it’s little wonder so many of us are seeking solace in nature. Perched between towering redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur has long been a place for people to restore their well-being—reconnecting with themselves, others, and the natural world all at once.

Here are a few ways to practice mindfulness and renew your spirit at Ventana Big Sur on California’s picturesque Central Coast.


MOVE

High above the Pacific, breathe in the fresh forest air. Stretch your body. Fully awaken yourself mentally and physically. Morning yoga sets the tone for the rest of your day, allowing for quiet reflection on your day’s goals and intentions. Soon, you will be centered and ready to conquer what’s ahead.

Add more mindful movement into your day with tai chi, an ancient Chinese practice often referred to as “mediation in motion.” Join our expert instructor to make slow, rhythmic, fluid motions from one posture into the next. Paired with fresh ocean breezes, a daily tai chi practice is one of the most gentle, yet wonderfully effective, ways to reduce stress.


NOURISH

Real nourishment begins with real food, and at Ventana, it begins in the Organic Garden. We pull fresh ingredients from the soil to give our dishes, and our guests, more vibrancy and vitality. Join us for an intimate guided tour while you help our gardener harvest that week’s bounty. You’ll also discover how to cultivate your own garden and learn about the herbs and produce that go into our culinary creations.

Of course, food can nourish the mind along with the body, and the secret is in mindful eating—engaging your senses when you’re eating, whatever you’re eating. That even includes s’mores, a signature of the Ventana experience. Made with organic ingredients, fair-trade cacao beans by Tcho Chocolates, and homemade graham crackers, they are best savored while gazing at the Big Sur night sky.


NURTURE IN NATURE

With pounding surf, majestic forests, and endless starry skies, the rugged Pacific coast is a testament to the power and beauty of nature. And you can harness both for your own wellness with hikes and other outdoor activities. During the day, hike among hundred-year-old redwoods and explore cascading rivers and streams, while learning about the Native Americans who once thrived here. At night, find an overwhelming peace in the quiet starlight—or join a celestial guide for a hike lit by the stars and moon above, complete with a nightcap of mycelium extract cocktails and gourmet snacks.

We all have different needs and desires for health and well-being, and that’s precisely why Big Sur is such a hallowed place: Here, both nature and opportunity are unbridled.

To book experiences, contact guest relations at 1-800-628-6500 or email [email protected].

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