A series of well-lit paved paths lead guests to all areas of the property. During inclement weather, a shuttle service is provided using quiet electric carts. Most of facilities are configured to be handicap accessible.
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2013 Big Sur Foragers Festival
Join us for a culinary exploration into the world of wild gourmet food, world-class wine and beer, entertainment, expert-led foraging hikes and a chef competition. On January 11th and 12th Big Sur area restaurants will host the culinary expertise of notable chefs preparing unique fare from rustic to elegant, paired with the region’s amazing selection of wines and beers. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center.
Saturday, January 12
Wild Mushroom Walk and Tour
Saturday morning kicks off with a Wild Mushroom Walk and Talk on Ventana’s own private trails led by an expert forager and a chef. This will be an informative and entertaining with limited availability.
Ventana Inn & Spa
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fungus Face-Off Chef Competition
Chefs compete in friendly competition for “best” in numerous categories by noted judges, culminating in “People’s Choice”. The strolling food and wine tasting during the competition also features a silent auction with many unique offerings. The Fungus Face-Off takes place from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and costs $45 per person.
The Lodge at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Truman Jones, executive chef at the Restaurant at Ventana and Kory Stewart, executive chef at Americano Restaurant located in San Francisco’s Hotel Vitale, will prepare the grand dinner beginning at 6:00 pm at the Restaurant at Ventana. The multi-course dinner, destined to be a memorable feast paired with an incredible wine selections, costs $170 per person (includes tax and tip).
The Restaurant at Ventana
$170 (inclusive of tax + tip)*
*Tickets may be purchased separately for each event or the all-inclusive ticket may be purchased for a discounted price of $200.
Winter is generally mild in Big Sur and the greater Monterey-area, although January can bring rain and dramatic storms. Generally, the cooler weather keeps the fog away, with crystal-clear blue skies in the daytime, and crisp, sparkling evenings for unbelievable star gazing. It’s also a perfect time for viewing the California Gray Whale migration as they continue their journey from the cold Bering and Chukchi Seas to the warm lagoons of Baja California. Whale spouts are readily visible from roadside turnouts.
If you're looking for quiet and would like to explore beaches and forests in solitude, this is the time of year to visit. Bring your waders, fishing pole and license and explore the Big Sur River. It continues to be a perfect time for viewing the California Gray Whale migration as the whales slowly begin their journey north, back to the cold waters of the Bering and Chukchi Seas. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!
Superbowl at the Restaurant at Ventana
Special drink prices and complimentary house-made kettle chips and truffle dip
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am ~ Pebble Beach
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is a 72-hole PGA Tour golf championship with 180 top tour professionals and 180 star-studded celebrity amateurs. http://www.attpbgolf.com/ 800.541.9091
Valentine's Day at the Restaurant at Ventana
Wine Passport Weekend ~ Countywide
Explore the wineries of Monterey County equipped with a 'passport' that entitles you to tastings, special offers and great prizes. www.montereywines.org 831.375.9400
Mother Gray Whales and their calves swim closer to shore on their return migration to the Arctic, making for great whale watching. Be sure to bring binoculars. Spring wildflowers begin to pop up on hillsides; willows and calla lilies bloom along the creeks and in canyons, and wild iris appear on the forest floor. Waterfalls and rivers abound, as nature awakens in all of her glory.
April is the height of springtime, here in the Big Sur wilderness. The hillsides are alive with California Poppies and colored wildflowers are everywhere; blues, reds, orange, yellow, pink, an endless field of color. Streams continue to run clear and deep from winter run-off.
Slowly the emerald green hills of spring begin to fade to the magical color for which the golden state is named. The weather is perfect for enjoying a hike and a picnic in one of the area's nearby parks.
It's the beginning of the lazy days of summer. Here in Big Sur that means morning hikes, picnic lunches, afternoons relaxing in the sun, and fabulous sunsets over cocktails from The Restaurant at Ventana’s terrace.
Consider viewing the exhibits at the Nature Center in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, designed to acquaint visitors with Big Sur’s plant and animal life. Then visit the new Big Sur Cultural and Natural History Center, and the "Ranch House," located at nearby Andrew Molera State Park. From there take a walk to Molera Beach for an afternoon of beach-combing for unique pieces of driftwood.
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To Be Announced
Big Sur Jade Festival ~ Big Sur
Celebrate the two jewels of Big Sur - the south coast and magnificent jade. Enjoy jade, gems, woodcarving, live music and barbecue. www.surcoast.com/jfest.html 831.659.3857
Great Wine Escape Weekend ~ Countywide
Celebrate the harvest of Monterey County wineries and restaurants as they roll out the red carpet for a weekend of self-guided and narrated bus tours, open houses, winemaker dinners and live entertainment. www.montereywines.org 831.375.9400
Big Sur Half Marathon ~ Monterey
This half marathon features a scenic, flat fast course that loops around Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row and the Pacific Grove coastline. www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org 831.625.6226
Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational ~ Pebble Beach
Enjoy the world famous golf links on the Monterey Peninsula: Del Monte Golf Course, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course www.pebblebeach.com 831.647.7500
Big Sur Food & Wine Festival ~ Big Sur
The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival is a celebration of the creative culinary arts and professional, intimate hospitality of this world-renowned region. www.bigsurfoodandwine.org 831.667.0800.