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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA

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Sunset at Sierra Mar Restaurant at Post Ranch Inn

Last weekend was filled with a mix of work and play relaxing. On Saturday my big girl and I had a great time leading a cooking class at the SB Public Market. The next morning, my mom picked the girls up for church and Yummy Hubby and I left for our first EVER since having kids overnight. That's 9 years. We love traveling with our kids, but a mommy/daddy only trip was long overdue. We headed to the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, CA, which has been on my travel bucket list for years. The natural beauty of both the Post Ranch Inn and Big Sur is incredible. This is one trip you have to add to your bucket list too... So I am sharing lots of pictures for you to fill your wanderlust Pinterest boards with. Grab a cup of tea and join me on our adventure... 

Unlike driving to Southern California, driving up to Big Sur on Highway 1 was half of the fun. The road is long and winding, but with breathtaking views of the jagged coastline. Although I've lived in California all my life, this was my first time driving up the 1. I think I must have said "wow" about 500 times.
A quick stop to Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park is in order when in Big Sur. There are hiking trails and this stunning view of McWay falls.
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Our home for the night. Post Ranch Inn was everything I had imagined and much more. The moment I stepped foot on the property all stress melted away. This was our view from the Pacific Suite. We had 180 degree views of the mountains, ocean, deer and rabbits hoping we would drop cookie crumbs. The mini fridge was unlike any hotel I have ever stayed in - it was stocked with homemade hummus, champagne, wine, homemade cookies, local cheese and crackers, etc. and all complementary. We had quite the little feast on the deck after our drive. This suite is one of the newer, more modern rooms. I took this photo from our own private hot tub! Many of the original suites are charming treehouses.
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One of the residents of Post Ranch Inn. You can't miss the deer and wild turkeys roaming the property. We loved that this hotel was so immersed in nature, so peaceful, and so private while also making us feel very very spoiled and taken care of. post ranch inn review
The view from our balcony looking to the left. The colors in Big Sur are like a painting.  Post Ranch Inn Big Sur
One of the top things on my agenda was a dip in the warm infinity pool overlooking the Pacific. I have yet to see a more picturesque spot. The California coast does tend to get cloudy/foggy. When the fog rolled in, however, we felt like this place was just as magical. In it would come, and we would feel like we were floating in a cloud, and then it would pass to reveal whales in the ocean over a thousand feet below.
And the garden. Oh the chef's garden! Someone please come build me a garden like this with raised stone beds. This sprawling enclosed garden housed a big chicken coop with happy chickens munching on rainbow chard, a couple of apple trees, and gorgeous produce to be used in Sierra Mar.

In the morning we hiked around the property through the redwood forest.
And enjoyed a fabulous breakfast back at the restaurant. We sat in this spot looking for whales and watching the fog roll by for nearly two hours. Considering my breaky at home often consists of shoveling in PB&J crusts while I run out the door, this was pretty incredible. The 4-course tasting menu was the night before was also pretty incredible and the service was top-notch.

Big Sur treated us to one of the most colorful sunsets I have ever seen. This photo has not been enhanced at all other than adding my watermark.

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