Top 10 Hotels For Nature Lovers
Stroll Out Your Door and Into Paradise From These
Sunset Magazine - November 2007
by Samantha Schoech
Ventana Inn & Spa, BIG SUR, CA
It's a good thing the Ventana Inn & Spa is on more than 200 acres of pristine California coast, because something has to lure you out of your room. This low-key but luxurious resort is so plush and comfy - with luxe beds, private decks, spa tubs, fireplaces, and flat-screen TVs - it's tempting to spend your stay in a bathrobe with room service on speed dial. But that would be a shame, because Ventana's real strength is its location. As soon as you step outside, you're rewarded with heart-stopping views of the Pacific (or an equally beautiful sea of fog), the unmistakable smell of coyote brush and coastal sage, and access to 300 miles of hiking trails through the Ventana Wilderness. The inn also has a hiking concierge service to help find just the right route. INFO: From $500; 800/628-6500.
Buckle Up - CA's Top 10 Road Trips
by Victoria Namkung
"Monterey to Pismo Beach - Beginning south of Monterey, Highway 1 takes you on a 156-mile winding drive through Big Sur, where the Santa Lucia Range meets the Pacific Ocean. Best done in the morning or early afternoon, this drive is considered one of the country's finest—plenty of marine life, sandy beaches, rugged coastline and stunning views. Recommended Lunch: At Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur, Cielo is fine dining. A rustic vibe and 50-mile ocean vistas make this the ultimate spot for al fresco bites."