Big Sur: California: USA

Bedroom(s): 39  Locale: Cliffs of Big Sur, Big Sur Coastline

price $675 - 2,585 /night

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Perched above the Pacific, the Big Sur Eco Resort (Post Ranch Inn) offers panoramic views of the seas and surrounding Californian landscape. The resort boasts a sustainable architectural design and blends in with the dramatic beauty of the Big Sur’s coastline. From the resort, you can explore the natural areas, or embark on an adventure drive to the nearby townships of Monterey and Carmel.

At the Big Sur Eco Resort, the interior spaces and rooms offer a rustic elegance with luxury and comfort. You can bask by the pools, be pampered by awaken a massage therapist, or engage in yoga classes. There are 39 guest rooms at the Big Sur Eco Resort. Similar decorated and appointed, the rooms, however, each room have a unique character, and include ocean or Mountain View. Each room has a king-size bed, wood-burning fireplace, indoor spa tub, private deck, stereo, digital music system with forty-five channels, coffee & tea set-up. You can enjoy the wet and mini bar with snacks. Additional room amenities and include terry cloth robes, slippers, hairdryer, iron, ironing board and walking sticks. There are no televisions or alarm clocks in the guestrooms. All rooms are non-smoking.
While relaxing at the Big Sur Eco Resort, you can enjoy sumptuous meals.

The Big Sur Eco Resort is big on environment conservation and provides a destination in which to relax and reconnect with yourself, your partner and the environment. With this in mind, our guestrooms do not include televisions or alarm clocks. The minimum age for guests is 18 years old and pets are not allowed.

Big Sur Eco Resort does not charge a resort fee. All reservations include a daily gourmet buffet breakfast, a mini-bar offering snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, wireless Internet access, valet parking, complimentary activities (including daily yoga, guided nature hikes, stargazing, garden tours), access to the infinity and swimming pools and more.

From the moment you arrived, the Big Sur Eco Resort (Post Ranch Inn) respect for the land and commitment to the environment are evident.


Guests are chauffeured in a Lexus Hybrid. The solar array minimizes energy use. Lodgings are built from sustainable materials and complement their natural surroundings. Landscaping uses native plants and is drought-resistant. Our cleaning system is biodegradable. Grounds provide habitat for the endangered Smith’s Blue Butterfly, California Red-Legged Frog, Western Pond Turtle and California Condor.

A long-time leader in responsible tourism, the lodge owner's goal is to create a distinctive, luxurious guest experience that melds seamlessly with environmental and social stewardship.

The Big Sur Eco Resort (Post Ranch Inn) seeks out suppliers, distributors, local cottage suppliers and business partners that meet environmental and social standards equivalent to those we set for our own products and services.

  • Purchasing operates with a number of environmental criteria, such as:
  • Products are eco-friendly and reusable when possible.
  • Preference is given to purchasing environmentally-superior products and office materials.
  • Purchasing of products is done in bulk whenever possible to minimize packaging, preferably in recyclable or reusable containers.
  • Items in the Mercantile store emphasize organic goods and local hand-crafted pieces.


The late Bill Post’s great-grandparents homesteaded the ranch in the mid-1800s and today Post family history is proudly displayed throughout the hotel. Honoring connections with the past, the guest rooms are each named after Big Sur pioneers, members of the family and community, including many hardy, industrious women. Over the years Bill led nature walks around the property or met with guests at breakfast twice a week to share his unique perspective and long history with Post Ranch. These activities with Bill were always a favorite among inn visitors. His courtly presence and gentle demeanor, coupled with his personal history and knowledge of the land and his forebears, created an unforgettable guest experience.

Bill passed away in 2009 at age 89. His spirit and legacy live on in those who knew and loved him. His beloved wife Luci, always a presence at the ranch and now in her 90s, often still comes to the property. Continuing the Post family heritage with the ranch today, Bill’s and Luci’s grandson works at the inn.

  • In-room compendium materials include a brochure on Post Ranch’s endangered species and what is being done to protect them.
  • Each evening, weather permitting, employees trained as amateur astronomers align a 12” tracking telescope for guests to view the stars.
  • Guests are encouraged to enjoy various complimentary place-based activities, which highlight the ecological, community and individual resources at Post Ranch or in the Big Sur area.

    These vary by season and year, and have included:

    • Guided morning hikes with a naturalist
    • Bird watching - each guest room offers binoculars and a pamphlet that describes and identifies local birds
    • Whale watching
    • Hikes on the extensive trail systems of nearby state and federal parks
    • Yoga
    • Tai Chi
    • Cooking classes with Chef Craig von Foerster
    • Beachcomber’s tour
    • Architectural tour
    • Stargazing

    Family of Employees

    • The staff follows the Post Ranch Inn Environmental Principles in all aspects of business.
    • Environmental factors and audits in performance evaluation systems are utilized for individuals and business units.
    • Post Ranch Inn encourages employee education programs, especially in the area of environmental protection.

    Training programs and demonstrations share important knowledge and the inn’s commitment to the environment and community with staff and others. These include:

    • CPR and AED (use of a defibrillator)
    • Benefits of recycling
    • Fire protection
    • Safety sessions and fire extinguisher use
    • Endangered species training with local ecologists
    • Subsidized housing is provided for 90 employees.


    Post Ranch proudly participates in The Good Night Foundation, an organization that originated with Mike Freed, Post Ranch Inn’s creator and Passport Resorts’ Managing Director, and Jack Theimer, President of The Theimer Group. Founded in 2007, the non-profit organization builds on the concept that a guest's hotel night can contribute to doing good in the community and beyond. At Good Night Foundation partner hotels, a three dollar charitable donation is added to each guest's nightly charge. The foundation addresses global challenges by funding programs focused on improving health, education, poverty and the environment. In addition, at least 50% of The Good Night Foundation's proceeds remain in the community in which they were collected, supporting local causes selected by the hotel staff. In this way, guests know their contributions benefit each community they visit. Guests who do not wish to participate may opt out by contacting their hotel front desk.

    To date, The Good Night Foundation has raised over $200,000 for local and global grantees. Post Ranch, the first hotel to participate, has contributed over $50,000 to two local organizations, the Big Sur Fire Brigade and the Big Sur Health Center.

    Post Ranch Inn’s financial contributions go back to its inception in 1992. Since then, Post Ranch has contributed well over $500,000 in donations in California.

    Post Ranch collaborates with community members to promote improvements in local health, education, diversity, and economic development. Specific endeavors include:

    • Supporting the arts program at Big Sur’s elementary school, Captain Cooper Elementary School
    • Monetary support for summer camp for children of Post Ranch employees
    • Providing in-kind donations and volunteers at the Big Sur Health Fair
    • Supporting other non-profits

    Post Ranch contributes numerous resources to the local community through charitable giving, employee volunteerism and in-kind contributions of goods and services. Local organizations we support include:

    • Ventana Wildlife Society, which aids the reintroduction of California condors into the Ventana Wilderness.
    • Henry Miller Library
    • Big Sur Historical Society, which utilizes space to store their archival materials at the Post Ranch. In addition, the inn donated 100 copies of the Post Ranch history book to the society’s museum.
    • Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, for which land was made available for a firehouse and a local ambulance company.
    • Monterey Jazz Festival
    • Big Sur International Marathon
    • Big Sur River Run
    • Big Sur Grange
    • Big Sur Health Center
    • Other organizations to which land has been made available at no cost include a public/private radio tower for emergency broadcasts to the community, a site for seismic monitoring devices to detect earth movement, and a helipad which is used for medical emergency response.

    Post Ranch Inn has selected one critical issue, affordable health care in Big Sur, to create positive change for the Post Ranch Inn community. Beginning in 1997, the Post Ranch Inn recruited all local businesses to donate $2 per employee a month for the creation, management and maintenance of a non-profit health center. This commitment to the community has increased the success of being awarded grants from foundations to further the local health care cause.

    Employees and managers are active in community and serve on the boards of directors of various local organizations and institutions. These include the:

    • Land Use Advisory Committee of Big Sur (General Manager Dan Priano is a member of the committee)
    • Big Sur Chamber of Commerce (Dan Priano serves as Vice President)
    • Monterey County Convention & Visitors (Dan Priano is a Board Member)
    • Monterey Bay Soccer League (Dan Priano is President)
    • Ventana Wilderness Society
    • Big Sur International Marathon Grant Distribution Committee
    • Big Sur Health Center, Carlos Vasquez, President
    • Big Sur Fire Brigade
    • Big Sur Historical Society.

    To encourage employee involvement and assistance, staff members are given time off with pay for participating in community programs and services. Employees serve the community as volunteers for the Fire Brigade, EMT, Search and Rescue and other local organizations.

    Morale- and team-building are created in the community through Post Ranch’s own baseball and soccer teams.

    Post Ranch Inn provides reduced rates for accommodations to local residents of Monterey County in the winter months.

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