My VERY new husband & I ended up booking an elopement package at the Post Ranch Inn after a near-brush with the Ventana Inn across the street. Our wedding coordinator & officiant, Soaring Starkey, went out of her way to take care of every detail. She send a succinct list of questions to get the ball rolling & the marriage license application, and once those were taken care of, it was smooth sailing. She made sure our special day came together in an organic, relaxed and perfect way.
We stayed at the South Coast House. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, stunning views, secluded setting. Full kitchen stocked with fruit, waters, nuts, chips, chocolate, wine, tea, coffee, etc -- all included in the price of the room. We took advantage of the small fleet of Lexus convertibles available to guests and took a drive to Pfeiffer Beach, just north of the hotel down an not-very-well-marked road that the chef at Big Sur Bakery, Phillip, recommended. BTW - you MUST eat at Big Sur Bakery. Fantastic food, rustic yet upscale dining room, amazingly friendly and attentive staff--everything a dining couple could want.
On the grounds of Post Ranch: free-roaming herds of deer & bunches of turkeys. Water available in little wooden boxes along the walking trails so that guests were never far from comfort. There were basking pools, secluded benches, hammocks for two.
The breakfasts at Sierra Mar (included) were excellent - the frittata and heirloom tomato salads were fantastic. My sweetie enjoyed the little baked goods and the granola quite a bit as well.
I could go on about the little touches: champagne, wine, tea, coffee available upon arrival at reception...the champagne split & special floral arrangement in the room as part of the elopement package...the "congratulations" each staff member we met offered to us...the ride home from dinner with our little wedding cake tucked into a basket, because the tasting menu left us unable to enjoy the cake that evening...the way every telephone message was printed out on a card for us...
And then there's the nature. The morning I was in the shower with the sliding glass door to outside and a deer cruised by not 13 feet from where I stood (somewhat surprised, albeit.) The smell of cedar and lavendar and clean, clean, clean air! The sound of birds and squirrels and then the absence of "city" sounds. Enchanting.
Post Ranch Inn indeed was the perfect place in which to take our marriage vows. Peaceful, powerful & yet calming and spritual. We plan to go back for our 1st annivesary.
Worth every cent.
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