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24 Hour style guide to Big Sur, California

McWay Falls Big Sur The Style Traveller

24 Hour style guide to Big Sur, California

Where? Big Sur, California

Exactly? We stayed at the luxurious, boutique hotel Ventana Inn and Spa.

When? May 2016

Flanked by the Santa Lucia mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, on the 5th leg of The Style Traveller classic, American road trip, we discovered the magical, national conservation area of Big Sur. Comprised of 300 square miles of lush forest, state park and breathtaking coastline, Big Sur’s natural beauty and remoteness have always been a draw for bohemian artists and writers.

The Style Traveller Ventana Lodge Big Sur

Ventana Inn & Spa

We stay in the modern luxury of rustic retreat, the Ventana Inn & Spa. Set high in the hills surrounded by rolling countryside and resplendent coastal views, the Ventana is an idyllic spot, which promotes total calm, relaxation and wellness from the minute you arrive. Watch local deer and wildlife frolic in the grounds, whilst sipping excellent Californian wine, relaxing in your suites hot tub.Ventana Inn Big Sur california road trip The rooms are immaculately appointed, luxury timber framed suites, dotted around the properties lush green grounds. We stayed in the decadent Pacific Suites complete with wood burning fires, four poster beds, an array of fine wines, in room jacuzzis and hot tubs on the out door terrace.Ventana Inn Big Sur california road trip Style Traveller

Big Sur American road trip fashionMe hanging out and enjoying the view from my terrace at Ventana wearing skirt and top by Jacques Vert, plimsolls by Converse.Ventana Inn Deers The Style Traveller BIg SurOn arrival at the hotel we visited by the locals (two lovely deer) who popped by the terrace to say hi! Ventana Inn Deers nature BIg Sur
What-to-wear-in-Big-Sur-fashion-style-TravellerGoing for a wander in the hotel grounds wearing skirt and top by Jacques Vert, plimsolls by Converse.japanese-hot-baths Ventana Inn Big SurAfter a little session in the woodland cabin gym we hit the Japanese Hot Baths to help relieve aching muscles.
 Bonnie-Rakhit-Jacques-Vert-pool-side-fashionTime for a little swim. Above me wearing Kimono and matching trousers by Jacques Vert and plimsolls by Converse.24 hour style guide to Big Sur CaliforniaRestaurant at Ventana Inn

Dinner at The Ventana Inn Restaurant is an exquisite affair. The four course tasting menu created by executive chef Paul Corsentino is a scrumptious experience. Mixing up Spanish, Japanese, Californian and European flavours to create a highly acclaimed and eclectic range of dishes, all ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced.

Try signature specialities crispy artichokes, potato gnocchi and the delicious alaskan halibut, which I’m devouring below. Yum!
Best restuarant where to eat Big Sur California Bonnie Rakhit
24 hour style guide to Big Sur California Bonnie Rakhit
What to do in Big Sur

The rugged coast is filled with staggeringly beautiful and inspirational vistas, much of which is documented in the works of Beatnik authors, Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller. Take the car for a spin around the meandering coastal roads, but make sure you stop off at the vantage points for photos. Nepenthe Restaurant about a mile from Ventana Inn is a great place to stop for lunch with cliff top views.

The Style Traveller tip? There are hundreds of great walks and treks you can try out, my favourite is the route through Julia Pfeiffer State Park. Go off the beaten track and venture out towards the coast to view the breathtaking McWay Falls (opening post image). It requires a short uphill hike through the pines which brings you out to a story book ‘treasure island’ cove, complete with plunging waterfall. It’s well worth the journey.

Julia Pfeiffer State Park Big Sur The Style TravellerFor a spot of culture visit the Henry Miller Memorial Library (below). Browse and buy books, have a coffee whilst listening to spanish guitar recitals in the day. In the evening catch a live music gig in the fairy light and cult literature filled wooden shack, before getting back ‘on the road’.
Henry Miller Library Big Sut The Style Traveller
The Style Traveller Post Ranch Inn Eating and Drinking in Big Sur

Having had a wonderful dinner at Ventana Inn on the first night, a relaxed lunch with a view at Nepenthe, the second evening we headed over to the legendary luxury hotel Post Ranch Inn for dinner overlooking the sea.Best restaurant Big Sur The Style TravellerAbove, the dramatic, modern facade of the Sierra Mar Restaurant at the Post Ranch Inn Restaurant and below a sample of the beautiful dishes we feasted upon whilst trying out the Taste of Big Sur Tasting Menu with eloquently chosen wine pairings.Best restaurants Big Sur The Style Traveller Post Ranch InnBelow a close up of my favourite vegetarian garden dish, with wild rice and flowers from the kitchen garden. Each plate is presented like a work of art.
luxury hotels Big Sur The Style Traveller Post Ranch Inn
I highly recommend dining at The Post Ranch Inn, it’s a truly divine experience, that should not be boutique hotels Big Sur The Style Traveller Post Ranch InnGood bye from Big Sur, I’ll be sure to head back very soon!

Next stop on The Style Traveller Californian Road Trip is the vibrant, Spanish colonial city of Santa Barbara.

For more destinations from the road trip click these links – Coachella – San FranciscoSonoma  – Yosemite

If you’re a planning an American road trip of your own check out the Visit California website.
The Style Traveller 24 hour style guide to Bg Sur California

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