Ahhh. We had a wonderful time in Big Sur. We stayed at Ventana - a luxurious inn near Big Sur village. It's where we honeymooned 10 years ago and it was just as we remembered it. Quiet, romantic, cozy, and comfortable. Saturday we had brunch at the new CafÃ© Kevah at Nepenthe. Nepenthe, for those who don't know, is a Big Sur institution. Orson Welles bought the property for Rita Hayworth for $167 during the war but they never returned. Since 1949 it has been a restaurant and hangout serving a famous hamburger around the open phoenix decorated fireplace. Check out their webcam for an idea of how lovely the view is.
But our best meal was Saturday night at Sierra Mar, the restaurant at the Post Ranch Inn across the street from Ventana. First of all, the view is remarkable. The Post Ranch Inn is built on a cliff overlooking the Pacific. We sat in a corner of the restaurant that feels like it's flying high out over the ocean then watched the sun set as we ate one of the best meals we've ever had. (If you look at the picture of the restaurant on their webpage, you can see where we sat. It's the table for two in the center of the picture at the very back.)
We've decided to stay at the Post Ranch Inn for my birthday this year! I can't wait to go back.