Ventana Inn and Spa: Rave Reviews

Recipient of numerous awards, including Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star rating, Wine Spectator`s “Award of Excellence,” the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, Andrew Harper`s Hideaway Report`s Best Country House Hotels in U.S. and top US Resorts, Ventana was also given one of the highest ratings by Zagat`s survey, 25 on a scale of 30. Among the fine reviews they have received are the following:

“A stay at Ventana is akin to checking into some paradisiacal sanatorium. Set on a chaparral-covered hill 1,200 feet above the Pacific, Ventana is the essence of California-style R&R. Rooms are redolent with handcrafted cedar; balconies open onto forest or sea views. The air is soft, clean and brushed with the fragrance of burning mesquite wood. The atmosphere engenders intimacy…it`s hard to believe this is not indeed that magic mountain.” Travel and Leisure

“From the first moment, the inn pampers guests with a superior class of service, from the friendly staff members who scramble to get their bags and drive them to their room in a golf cart to the amiable folks at the front desk who remind them to drop back down to the lobby for the daily late-afternoon California wine and cheese buffet….The laid-back, casual-chic atmosphere is in keeping with the Big Sur, the dramatic and isolated stretch of California Coast where spiritual awakening is an industry of sorts….For the adventurous, the Ventana Inn is on the edge of a hiking trail that winds high up the Santa Lucia Mountains….Less taxing but just as enjoyable is the footpath that winds through the grounds of the Inn….At the end of the footpath is a special treat, the Ventana Restaurant. Highly acclaimed as one of the finest restaurants in central California, the Ventana`s stone and wood dining room is a warm and inviting refuge from the sometimes wet and foggy elements.” Chicago Tribune

“America`s most romantic coastal inn, artfully set against a serene backdrop of grassy meadows and deep canyons along the rugged Pacific coast.” Andrew Harper`s Hideway Report

“Not too far from the cities that both nurture us and drive us mad, there are islands of tranquility. To find one, all you need to do is drive California`s Highway 1 to Big Sur until you see the sign that says Ventana, and turn right….As you drive into the narrow little parking lot at the top of the hill which the Ventana Country Inn Resort occupies, you`ll wonder if you have passed through the veil of space and time and emerged into another world, one where golden light and crystal skies dissolve the tension we carry around with us every day….The peaceful, laid-back atmosphere at Ventana is evident at check-in: as you enter the glass and cedar lobby you are offered a glass of wine to ease the rigors of conducting essential business….lounging and relaxing are major sports at Ventana. Hammocks are discreetly located at picturesque spots ideal for daydreaming. Flower-bordered paths lead along grassy hillsides with spectacular views of the ocean.” Robb Report