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Cantilevered off the cliffs of Big Sur is the Post Ranch Inn, an expansive property with three centuries of history. The architecture, however, is unmistakably contemporary, designed to complement and accommodate nature rather than obstruct it. 

Pools, restaurants, and terraces look out over the Pacific Ocean, highlighting the cliffs of the Big Sur. Guests are encouraged to reconnect with themselves and nature through yoga, guided nature walks, forest and sound journey meditation. Take a tour of the Chef’s garden or just relax by the pool. There is no shortage of amenities to take in the beauty of the inn.

Situated along scenic Highway 1, Post Ranch Inn offers an unbeatable Big Sur experience. The unique architecture melds with the landscape beautifully and the staff caters to every guest’s whim. Whether you want to explore the historic ranch or relax at the spa, Post Ranch Inn is an undeniable gem of Big Sur. 

Their story

William Brainard Post claimed one of Big Sur’s first plots of land and began homesteading. He then married Anselma Onesimo of Costanoan heritage. Together they built a life and family on the scenic Big Sur coast. 

The youngest son of William Post married a neighbor, combining their land to nearly 1,500 acres. The family continued to ranch the land over the decades. In the 1980s, ranching in California began to decline and the Posts were approached to turn the property into an inn. This inn could both honor the Post family history as well as the beauty of the Big Sur. 

The Posts commissioned architects Mickey Muennig and Vladmir Frank to build a one-of-a-kind structure for the lodge. The result is a beautiful lodge that adheres to quality, design, and environmental responsibility, whilst showcasing the natural landscape. Since opening, the Posts have offered a quintessential Californian escape with all the luxury and wilderness along with it.

The Post Ranch Inn opened in 1992 as a family-run ranch along with Big Sur’s magnificent coast. For generations, the Posts have been stewards of the land. This 100-acre ranch has grown from a homestead to one of the finest luxury resorts in the United States. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Low impact construction and operation

High level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Fully organic and chemical-free operation

Actively protects nature and community

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Best time to visit Post Ranch Inn

  • With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Big Sur’s peak season runs from April to October.
  • Although you should know that morning marine layer coats much of the coast parts of the summer season.



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