Set in the blisteringly beautiful hills, planes and beaches of Big Sur in California, The Post Ranch Inn has long been part of the local area. In the early 20th Century explorer William Brainard Post was one of the first settlers in the area which was still largely uninhabited, he married a local Native American girl. The New England-style houses he and his sons built are a registered landmark. The area became known to tourists when Highway 1 was built which ran right next to the ranch. The noted architecture and design of the Inn complements the landscape perfectly and much care has been taken with the interior design. You can take a yoga class, explore and hike the local area or take a look through the powerful telescope at night. There is an gym, spa and infinity pool with marvelous views of the ocean. The award winning restaurant offers a seasonal menu so dining is fine, there is an extensive wine cellar and the chef even offers cooking lessons.