Where else do you like to stay?
The Ventana Inn & Spa. It is on the opposite side of Highway 1,
but it's high up, so it has this really expansive view. There are
two places that I'll share with you. There's the Ventana, and then
right across the street is the Post Ranch Inn. It's literally right
across the street. So, basically, the distinction between the two
is that the Ventana is a little bit more rustic and ensconced. They
have really great, unusual spa treatments. They'll bring in people
who will do color-therapy readings - you know, a little bit
unconventional. They'll take some risks in what they offer. And
they have little cottages, but the rooms themselves are really
sweet. I have to say that I think, hands down, one of the best
restaurants on the planet is Cielo, the restaurant at the Ventana.
The best part of this place is that, at night, when you walk to the
restaurant, there's a really, really long path through the woods
that you take that is lit by little lamps along the way. So half of
the experience is getting to and from the restaurant. But I'd say
some of the best meals I've had in my life were at Cielo. No
question. For my favorite meal, I would have wasabi mashed potatoes
with tuna steak. And their salads are incredible.
The Post Ranch is more of an ocean experience, and I really
consider myself an ocean person. So, for me, it's all about being
right on the water. They have little tree houses, if you'd rather,
which are a bit more forest-oriented. The charm of this place is
that they're very ecologically concerned, so a lot of it was built
without messing too much with what the natural land already was.
Not to say that any other place didn't do that, but the Post Ranch
is renowned for integrating nature into what they were building,
rather than just clear-cutting everything and planting other things
there. And they have great massages.