I don’t normally include hotels in the Getaway Gallery, but the Post Ranch Inn is an art gallery.

Travel & Leisure magazine hailed the Post Ranch Inn as “the most spectacular hotel on the Pacific Coast,” and that might not be hyperbole. Discreetly hidden on a ridge in Big Sur’s Santa Lucia Mountains, architect Mickey Muennig supposedly camped out on the property for five months before setting pencil to paper for his design.

The inn’s deceptively simple exteriors are meant to harmonize with the forested slopes, while windows, windows everywhere celebrate the breathtaking vista of sky and sea that is Big Sur’s birthright. Inside, the lodgepole construction and wealth of warm woods lend a rough-hewn luxury to the rooms. Earth tones, blues, and greens predominate, extending the link between the buildings and their environment.

Oh, and you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy a glass of wine at the restaurant (hint hint).

~ Matthew Poole

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  • Submitted On : 24 Jan 2015