Aug 27, 2013 6:45 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

No Place Like Home: Post Ranch Inn

We have some of the most beautiful and exclusive resorts along the Central Coast and South Coast. Celebrities and dignitaries come from all over to retreat to the quiet beauty our unspoiled coastline offers. And even if we can't afford to book a room for a getaway in some of the higher priced resorts, we can still take advantage of them. Because they're right in our own backyard. And they're more proof there's No Place Like Home.

There's a reason the California Coast line is a destination for those looking for a little rest and relaxation and an escape from the pace of the rest of the world. And why Big Sur is a popular pick for those wanting to tune out and wind down from the chaos for awhile.

A 100-acre parcel about 100 miles from San Luis Obispo offers one of the most elegant and environmentally pristine resorts you'll find anywhere. at least with the kind of luxury and views available at the Post Ranch Inn. "It still feels like the best, most pristine, enchanting spot on th coast." says Janet Stevens, who was visiting from Chicago. She's traveled up and down the coast with her husband and says the Post Ranch Inn is always a stop for them.

The forty rooms a the Post Ranch Inn are nestled into the natural surroundings that make Big Sur so special. Extravagant tree-houses tucked into the oaks, madrones and redwoods, or scenic havens perched about 11-hundred feet above the captivating Pacific below. "The ocean houses, they actually put the native grasses and flowers primarily so that the buildings disappear." explains Soaring Starkey, event coordinator for the place. "So the curved part is where the bed is, and the flat part is there the bath house is, there's a window, so you can actually lie in bed and watch the deer nibbling on the roof.of your bathroom."

The ranch was designed in what's call organic architecture, where the landscape is more important than the buildings. Though not far from each other, each abode offers a sense of isolation, and infinite opportunity to let your mind wander and your spirit settle some

There are no TV's in the rooms, no agendas other than whatever you feel like doing, and for most people who check in here, it's to check out from the rest of the world.

Overnight escapes here are extravagant, and don't come cheap. Rooms range from about $600 a night to as much as $2200, but you don't have to book one to take in the amazing and exclusive atmosphere of the place. "Nothing could be farther from the truth actually." says Sierra Mar manager Wanda Straw. "We do have a loyal local following but a lot of people don't know we're down here and we're open 12 to 3 for lunch. People come in for the afternoon, sit on the deck, we're not going to rush you."

You can't wander the whole property, but there are plenty of scenic spots to cozy up and catch up on a good book, watch the sun glistening on the water, or beginning to face down over the horizon.

And if you're like me, inclined to want to see the sun sink down into the pacific, you can, you can book a table for dinner in this magic spot as well. "This is a little piece of heaven." says Bill Stevens, Janet's husband. "It's about as nice of a place as anyone could find."

And it's right in our own backyard. More proof, there's No Place Like Home.



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