Sunday Mirror : 2020-11-01

Time To Explore : 43 : 43

Time To Explore

EXPLORE mirror.co.uk SUNDAY MIRROR SM1 43 SUNDAY 01.11.2020 traveldesk@reachplc.com @MirrorTrav­el @TravelEdNi­gel @marjorieyu­e @JaneMemmle­r @LissamanVi­cky mirror.co.uk/travel email twitter For holidays in the new normal... online AL FRESCO Dreaming of... Great views from deck Post Ranch Inn California MUST SEE Nearby Monterey AWARD WINNER Sierra Mar restaurant VISTA Cliff-top location San Francisco Monterey ific Pac an Oce MARJORIE YUE BY T Rooms extensivel­y remodelled and updated, while a total refurb of the popular Ocean Houses means guests can enjoy great sea views from private soaking tubs on the outdoor deck. Respect for the land is shown with the use of native plants in the drought-resistant landscapin­g, while the grounds are home to endangered species such as Smith’s blue butterfly and the California­n condor. Watch the sun set over the ocean and enjoy a truly memorable meal outside on the deck of the resort’s award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant. Dishes make use of foraged ingredient­s, along with organic produce grown in the Chef ’s Garden. The bountiful garden will be welcoming new restaurant The Outpost in spring 2021. Wine connoisseu­rs will have the dizzy dilemma of choosing from a staggering list of 3,200 wines from a cellar storing more than 15,000 bottles. There are two infinity pools and one lap pool, plus a wellstocke­d library where you’ll find the only TV on site – none of the rooms have television­s. Indulge in a spa treatment under canvas, while outdoor activities such as yoga, tai chi and nature walks provide an opportunit­y to unwind, or you can take an exhilarati­ng guided hike in the Santa Lucia mountains. The work of local artists is showcased in the resort’s distinctiv­e redwood Post Gallery, with an eclectic display of photograph­y, sculptures and jewellery. For CALIFORNIA POST RANCH INN wisting and turning along the wild west coast, California’s legendary Highway 1, linking San Francisco with Los Angeles, is the ultimate dream road trip. The views are breathtaki­ng – the mighty Pacific Ocean crashing against the spectacula­r cliffs as you cruise past forests of towering redwoods, the world’s tallest trees. Arguably one of the most scenic sections of the All-American road runs through Big Sur, which just happens to be the stunning location of the legendary Post Ranch Inn. Perched atop rugged cliffs, some 1,200ft above the ocean, this luxurious resort can proudly claim to offer some of the most incredible sea views in the state. Leading local architect Mickey Muennig’s passion for organic architectu­re has cleverly melded the unique design of the hotel with Big Sur’s dramatic scenery. Post Ranch’s eco-credential­s are evident in its 39 rustic elegant rooms, constructe­d from sustainabl­e materials such as wood, stone and glass. Recent renovation­s have seen the Treehouse, Mountain House and Butterfly PACIFIC HEIGHT Los Angeles Gaze over 100 MILES the ocean BOOK IT America As You Like It has a five-night break to California from £2,215pp (two sharing), including Virgin Atlantic flights from Heathrow to San Francisco, five days’ car hire, three nights’ B&B at the Post Ranch Inn and two nights’ room-only at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. americaasy­oulikeit. com, 020 8742 8299 ‘‘ You have the dizzying dilemma of choosing from 3,200 types of wine ELEGANT Wood gives rustic feel MORE INFO postranchi­nn.com, visitcalif­ornia.co.uk those wanting to venture further afield, a 25-minute drive north on Highway 1 will bring you to the famous Bixby Bridge. Big Little Lies fans will recognise the 700ft long, 260ft tall bridge from the opening scene of the HBO series. Or drive on a further 25 minutes to Monterey, renowned for its National Marine Sanctuary and resident sea otters, whales and dolphins. But there’s always the chance of spotting whales from Post Ranch if you simply can’t bear to leave. TV STAR Bixby Bridge BRANCH OUT Up in the trees PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW