Post Ranch Inn - Cliff Notes

Dear Friends,

Every season is a great time to be at Post Ranch. The Mediterranean climate of Big Sur means summer weather often extends into late October. Crisp mornings, warm days and cool evenings make a perfect mix. It's a good time to let go – to relax on the deck gazing at the ocean or mountains, take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, soak in the warmth of your private tub, or lounge by a basking pool.

Remember when you were here last? Many guests mention they wish they'd stayed longer. You might want to extend your stay by a day or two to visit Big Sur, take in the art galleries, hike the trails or go to the beach.

We hope you'll join us soon.

    Dan Priano
What's cooking at Sierra Mar
Chef Craig von Foerster's organic garden is his passion, enabling him to present cuisine from garden to table. The summer harvest includes fava beans, sunchokes, fraises de bois and a bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes. His garden has to be bountiful because a hen turkey and her babies are gobbling up the green beans. Don't get Chef Craig started on the gophers!

For a taste of Sierra Mar at home, visit Post Ranch's Facebook page for Chef Craig's recipe for “Summer Berries with Red Wine Soup and Grand Marnier Sabayon.”

Sierra Mar's Bar

Sierra Mar's Bar continues to, well, raise the bar. We took a sustainable approach to bar offerings several years ago when organic liquors and beers were hard to find. Today we continue to pursue the best of these quality products, many regional. This summer, our drinks list features local boutique distilleries, artisan breweries, house-made juices, and fresh mint and lavender from our garden. Enjoy a taste with our recipe for a lavender martini – a house specialty.

Sierra Mar Lavender Martini
The fragrance of lavender has long since been known to induce relaxation. Here's a wonderful way to incorporate it into your next happy hour!

2 sprigs of fresh lavender
1 small sugar cube
Crushed ice
2 oz. Hangar One Straight Vodka
Splash of Sierra Mar lavender mix *

With a wooden muddler or the back of a spoon, press together the lavender buds of 1 sprig and the sugar cube in a martini shaker. Pour in ice and vodka and shake vigorously. Strain well and serve up. Garnish with lavender sprig.

* Sierra Mar lavender mix:
1 part concord grape juice (organic)
1 part Chambord
Post Ranch Spa

Summer sun is harsh on skin. These two skin care products from the spa help protect and replenish the largest organ of the human body.
Tropical Vanilla Organic Sun Cream SPF 32 Daily Moisturizer, the newest sun block from Eminence Organic Skin Care. Shield your skin with the organic PABA-free sun protection of zinc oxide and shea butter in this non-clogging, non-greasy sun cream – clinically tested to increase moisture levels in the skin by up to 250% after just one week. Sun-exposed skin can lose almost 20% of its moisture content, causing premature aging and sun damage. Quench its thirst with Eminence's organic nutrients and UVA/UVB/UVC broad-spectrum sun protection.
Our signature, moisture-rich body butter "Unity," with a romantic essential oil blend for the summer season. The Post Ranch Spa offers organic signature products to nurture you with the best of nature. Our rich whipped Shea Body Butter "Unity" aromatherapy blend is packed with natural plant butters and emollients to nourish your skin, leaving it satiny smooth. Essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Citrus, and Vanilla aromatherapy blend are like a sweet summer breeze. Big Sur flower essences of Shooting Star, California Poppy and Sticky Monkey attune us to unity.
Experience Post Ranch at home, with a sustainable gift for a friend or to enjoy yourself. The signature Post Ranch Spa bath salts featured in our guest rooms are now available in a recycled 8 oz. glass jar with cork lid and wooden spoon.

The aromatherapy blend "Ease" combined with bath salts includes organic essential oils of lavender, arnica and marjoram for sore joints and muscles.

Products are available at the spa and/or Mercantile:
Click here or call the spa at 831-667-2200 x 215 from 9 am - 6 pm daily.
Don't miss Post Ranch's exceptional Food & Wine Weekend on November 5 - 6, 2010. This exciting two-night package features extravagant cuisine prepared by Chef Craig and an acclaimed guest chef, wine pairings to complement the culinary offerings, entertainment and more.

Last year's special event sold out, so we suggest you make your reservation now. » more
Post Notes
Celebrate Romance at the Ranch
Experience romance in a stunning, serene, intimate setting. Post Ranch is a perfect getaway for couples to relax and spend time together – or for an unforgettable honeymoon, anniversary or birthday. Celebrate Romance at the Ranch, a couple's retreat with three blissful nights in luxurious accommodations, delectable dining, spa sessions, a special gift and more.

For details, click here or call Reservations at 800.527.2200.
Glorious and Green
Going Green
Reflecting our ongoing eco-efforts, Post Ranch has stopped using plastic water bottles. We now use our own branded, glass and stainless steel bottles. Guests are welcome to take the stainless steel bottles with them – a piece of Post Ranch to use for sips at home.

2010 World's Best Awards
Top 5 Inns in U.S./Canada (#3)
World's Best Hotels (#47)

Travel+Leisure, August 2010

2010 Award for Excellence:
Most Romantic Hideaway - USA
Condé Nast Johansens, January 2010

2010 Gold List

681 World's Best Places to Stay: Top Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines
Overall score of 91.3 - Top 10 of U.S. World's Best
Condé Nast Traveler
, January 2010

T+L 500: World's Best Hotels
No.3 in California
Travel+Leisure, January 2010
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