Interview with the General Manager of Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

Interview with the General Manager of Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur
What is unique about your hotel's location?

The resort's organic architecture embraces the dramatic beauty of the Big Sur coastline. Created with bio-structure architecture using natural materials of glass, wood and stone, the design was intended so onlookers feel a part of nature, not just observers of it. Every environmental aspect was carefully considered; the earth-sheltered guesthouses capture passive heating and cooling, and the stilted tree houses protect the fragile root balls of the ancient redwood trees.

Sierra Mar Restaurant serves world-class cuisine in an awe-inspiring setting. The architecture is in service to nature, drawing the eye to the ocean through floor-to-ceiling glass walls which showcase the ever changing panoramic scenery and the horizon's meeting of sea and sky. At dinner, after the sun sets, the perspective changes from the vast glory of the California coast to an intimate dining experience with sparkling reflections from wine glasses, flickering candlelight and beautifully set tables.

What authentic local experiences will guests have access to?

Big Sur, because it is an isolated wilderness area, has its own culture. Our guests enjoy interacting with the artistic and creative environment that is authentic and real both within and without the hotel.

What are some amazing things that your Concierge can arrange?

As special occasion place, the Post Ranch Inn is an extraordinary setting for elopements and wedding renewals for those who want an elegant and graceful ceremony in an intimate, breathtaking setting. Romantically elegant elements are used in all of the arrangements, from a select bottle of champagne to exquisite flowers and photography. Our Interfaith wedding celebrant personalizes marriage ceremonies to the couple's specific preferences. Arrangements can also be made for small weddings at the Sierra Mar Restaurant, with glorious ocean views and exquisite cuisine.

Does your hotel have a philosophy?

The philosophy at Post Ranch Inn is two fold; to be careful environmental stewards of the land, walking lightly on the earth, and care for the employees and guests with equal respect and regard, which creates the best guest experience possible.

What makes your hotel memorable and unforgettable?

Big Sur is often described as the greatest meeting of land and sea. A fortunate few experience this dramatic beauty from the exclusive front row seats of Post Ranch Inn, a luxurious Shangri-La poised directly above the waves. Architecturally innovative guest houses placed like jewels in a magnificent setting are strung along the private ridge which parallels the blue Pacific. Relaxing in this extraordinary environment is perhaps the best pastime at Post Ranch.

What will guests rave about to their friends and family?

Location, over the top service, the serenity of the experience, and the thoughtful details and amenities with are standard for all guestrooms. The guests rave about Sierra Mar Restaurant which has the fortunate distinction of being known for excellent cuisine and a world class wine cellar. Since its inception in 1992, the wine program has received a vast amount of awards and recognition for the depth and uniqueness of the cellar.

What is the atmosphere of your hotel? What types of guests does it attract?

Primarily a private and romantic retreat for couples, Post Ranch is a place to celebrate special occasions, or a starting point for sharing a life together. It is the preferred place for proposals of marriage, small weddings and honeymoons, anniversaries and birthdays. Known as a hideaway, the Inn attracts those who value a peaceful atmosphere, extraordinary natural beauty and the highest quality in décor, cuisine and atmosphere.

In 2009 one of the largest hotel solar systems in the United States was installed at Post Ranch Inn, offsetting approximately 70% of electrical needs. Being a green luxurious resort attracts those who are environmentally aware, and are passionate about the high environmental standards of where they are staying.

What makes your hotel a destination within itself?

The inn and restaurant have received the highest acclaim for architecture, accommodations, food, wine, service and ambiance.

Do you have a favorite meal in your restaurant(s)?

Under the artful direction of executive chef Craig von Foerster, the innovative four-course prix fixe menu features delicacies fresh picked from the Post Ranch's organic garden. The restaurant supports small producers and the regional economy by serving all-natural free-range beef and poultry, sustainable seafood and locally grown seasonal organic vegetables and fruit. The cuisine borrows from many cultures, fusing California fare with Asian, Mediterranean, Hawaiian and Pacific Rim influences.

What is the best way for guests to "arrive in style" to your hotel?

Guests can drive through the grandeur of a spectacular coastal landscape on Scenic Highway One to the Inn, or fly to the Monterey Jet Center for views of this hidden rim of the earth glimpsed from the air.

Do you provide any welcoming or parting amenities to guests?

At their check in, guests are offered wine and champagne, and each guest room is supplied with a welcome half bottles of white and red wines. As well, when guests are celebrating a private special occasion, they are given a surprise gift from the Inn. California wildflower seeds are a small, green gift for our guests to take home a bit of nature when they leave.

Can you recommend other destinations/hotels nearby (within 300 miles) that your guests should consider combining into a trip?

Located between the metropolitan cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, built on a private ridge above the Pacific Ocean, with magnificent sea and mountain views, the Post Ranch Inn is located on scenic Highway 1, a 45 minute drive south of Carmel, and about 3 hours south of San Francisco. Nearby is Pfeiffer Beach, one of the most accessible and spectacular beaches on the Big Sur Coast. The artistic spirit of Big Sur can be glimpsed by visiting the local art galleries. Horseback riding, Monterey Bay Aquarium and shopping in Carmel by the Sea are all short drives from Post Ranch.

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