The oceanview cottages and cliff-edge infinity pools here are the stuff of dream honeymoons. At the Sierra Mar restaurant, chef John Cox recently debuted a Taste of Big Sur menu that celebrates the coast with dishes such as red abalone marinated in kelp.
From $675. (831) 667-2200. This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue.
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Sizing Up the Ocean at Sierra Mar
Spending the night at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur can set you back $2000 a night. A much more affordable way to experience this eco-lodge meets five-star resort is through lunch at its Sierra Mar restaurant.
The dining room is perched on the edge of a cliff and encased in glass, flaunting the endless blue-green of the Pacific. Even when there’s a thick blanket of cloud over the water, it’s unreal to be so enveloped by it. The menu changes daily to reflect what’s freshest, with choices like oysters, heirloom tomatoes, house-cured meats, and a Wagyu burger all elegantly prepared and served. The three-course prix-fixe is $40, which is a pittance for what you get.
Call ahead to make a reservation and enjoy the drive through the huge estate up to the lodge arrival area, past sculptures and solar panels. After your meal, take a left out of the restaurant and find the little path to a bench where you can ponder the breadth of the horizon and the lives of the people staying in the bungalows a few feet away.