Kim Roy, Andrew Harper's audience development manager, recently returned from a two-night stay at Post Ranch Inn. This unique coastal resort is set along a bluff directly above the Pacific in Big Sur, 45 minutes south of Carmel. Selected as the Andrew Harper Readers' Choice Winner four years in a row (2012–2015), Post Ranch Inn features the Sierra Mar restaurant, backed by an impressive wine cellar, two clifftop basking pools, a heated lap pool, a full-service spa, a fitness center and guided nature hikes.
Delve deeper into her California getaway, below:
Insider's Tip: There are binoculars in the dresser, for whale and wildlife watching.
Overall impressions: This resort is the crème de la crème. The views are breathtaking. The accommodations are top-notch. The service is impeccable.
Favorite moment: Waking up to one of the most amazing sunrises in the "Gilkey" panoramic suite.
You can't stop thinking about: The meals at the Sierra Mar restaurant!
Favorite meal or meals: The breakfast buffet is always amazing, and for dinner the Bluepoint oysters with the hibiscus jelly were out of this world.
Favorite restaurants, museums or sightseeing: Along the drive to McWay Falls, is Nepenthe, a restaurant with an amazing view. It was great for lunch.
Where or what to drink: Post Ranch Inn has an excellent wine list. No palate will be disappointed.
Neighborhood to explore: Our concierges, DJ and Jorge, provided a map and backpacks for a hike on the Ewoldsen trail located adjacent to McWay Falls, within Pfeiffer State Park.
Daytrip suggestion: The arch at Pfeiffer beach makes for excellent sunset photography!
Surprising fact or tidbit: The rooms are named after pioneer families that founded the area.
Brought back/souvenir: Post Ranch Inn T-shirts.
What to pack: Hiking boots and trekking poles.