great American road trips | chapter 4

sculpture at Post Ranch Inn (c) 2014 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

Looking for places to travel, far away from big cities with their busy streets and crowded venues? Read on to learn about one of the most stunning seaside resorts anywhere on the California coast. Less than three hours south of San Francisco, your scenic road trip will take you through Gilroy (garlic capital of the world), past Monterey and Carmel, and along the Pacific coast to Big Sur. The journey itself is a good enough reason to make the trip.

But the ultimate destination of your journey ... Post Ranch Inn. I had a memorable visit in March, 2014; you can read about it here. The inn is secluded, sitting high on a hill with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. Just 39 rooms on a 100 acre estate, you'll luxuriate in an oasis of peace, quiet, and luxury. The food is superb, the spa is divine, and the views are priceless.

Guest rooms are elegant, contemporary yet rustic. Your room's complimentary minibar has all sorts of goodies, including an irresistible jar of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. We finished them the first day, and the jar was magically refilled the next morning.

Frustrated with sheltering in place? Camp out instead at Post Ranch Inn! Virtuoso guests enjoy a daily full breakfast and a $100 credit you can use toward dinner or at the spa.

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