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Ventana Inn & Spa

Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur, California.

Photo: Courtesy of Ventana Inn & Spa

48123 Hwy. 1
Big Sur, CA, 93920, United States
TEL: (831) 667-2331
TEL: (800) 628-6500

If hammocks, afternoon wine and cheese receptions, and guided “Discovery Walks” appeal to you, this cozy, adults-only retreat is just your ticket. Days here fall into an unhurried, restorative pace: Staff encourage guests to begin with a one-hour guided walk around the property, which is offered every day at 10 a.m. Keep your eyes peeled for California condors, red-tailed hawks, and, during migration season (December-January and April-May), gray whales. Afterward, settle in for a sea-inspired treatment at the spa (be sure to take advantage of the adjoining bathhouses and sun decks, but note—some are clothing-optional). The property was purposefully built with plenty of windows to take in the breathtaking view, and rooms here are modern, yet cozy, and subdued.

Room to Book:

For more of a cozy cabin feel, book one of the split-level villas, with brown leather chairs, wood-burning fireplaces, and decks—the perfect spot to re-read Jack Kerouac’s classic Big Sur. The newest rooms are in the Pacific House, built in 2008.

Insider Tip:

 Take advantage of the complimentary daily exploration hikes.


Open / Closes
  • Breakfast Included
  • Concierge
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Inn
  • Maid Service
  • Meeting Room
  • Parking Available
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Turndown
  • WiFi

Number of Rooms: 30

Number of Suites: 25 suites, 3 villas, 1 cottage, 1 house

Number of Pools: 2

Year Opened: 1975



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