Welcome Back Real Weddings Magazine Mini-Mooners!
How does a steamy Jacuzzi soak by candlelight, a retreating sun illuminating one of most beautiful coastlines in the world and a crackling fireplace strike you?
Welcome to Big Sur!
There are the highly-touted “honeymoon” destinations that claim to be “breathtakingly beautiful” (only to leave you shockingly disappointed), and then there are those that actually are. Big Sur is no joke—it is flat-out God’s country if you want the truth of it, a no-place-like-it-on-earth locale where Real Weddings Mini-Mooners find a spiritual connection to complement their legal union. Gorgeous redwoods, mineral baths, azure seas and uncompromising beauty are just some of what makes Mini-Mooning in Big Sur an absolute must if you are short on time but long on cash. The catch: It ain’t cheap. But rest-assured, of few nights of breaking the bank are worth 10 forgettable nights at the sleazy Econo Lodge in Vegas (not that it wasn’t fun the last time).
Recommended Resort: Post Ranch Inn. Located in the heart of Big Sur, surrounded by beautiful beaches, lush greenery, and groves of towering redwoods that create a sheltering canopy for quiet ambles with your sweetie at your side, this boutique destination spa offers luxuriating respite it its absolute finest—and we absolutely mean it.
Nestled on top of a craggy cliff overlooking a stunning coastline with a view of the Ventana Mountains, this boutique property offers unparallel aesthetic beauty and contemporary upscale comforts. The hospitality is five-star and so is the Inn. Wood-burning fireplaces; plush king-sized beds that will put you under like Sleeping Beauty on anesthesia; a complimentary buffet breakfast at the Sierra Mar Restaurant (far better than stale honeybuns and Sunny Delight, we assure you); an indoor and outdoor hot tub, and a senses-awakening does of serenity are just a few of the comforting extras that Real Weddings Mini-Mooners will enjoy at the Post Ranch Inn.
Check In: PostRanchInn.com, 800-527-2200
Check Out: The Inn’s beautiful tea set-up (the wine is good, too!); guided meditation; everything at the Spa and oceanview dining at five-star Sierra Mar restaurant.
Reserve: The Pacific Suite if you can swing it. An abundance of windows flood the space with natural light and offer panoramic views.
Don’t Miss: Daytrips to neighboring Carmel and Monterey visits to Big Sur’s art galleries; shopping at the Post Ranch Mercantile; driving scenic Highway 1; celestial stargazing, and sunrise yoga. Om, can you feel the love?
Blog Post by our Go-To-Travel Girl Jenn Thornton.
Photos courtesy of Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur.