Journey to Big Sur
A much-needed escape
After sheltering in place for the past few months in San Francisco, Sara and Lewis are eager to explore Big Sur.
They invited us along—and Lewis allowed us a peek into his journal.
The day after we made our reservation, Josh from Ventana called to help us set up our stay. Dinner reservations at The Sur House, activities, things like that. But he also asked what we would like to know about safety, which was really helpful—we’re excited about the trip, but I know Sara was a bit worried about that aspect. To be honest, I was, too. It made us feel a lot better to know the resort is following strict cleaning protocols and is offering no-touch services.
The drive down Highway 1 was incredible. It’s an amazing way to start a vacation. And it went more quickly than we thought—before we knew it, we were in our room at Ventana. I wanted to go explore, but Sara immediately went into relaxation mode. “Can’t we just take in the view for a little while?” When we walked out onto the balcony and saw all the trees, I went into relaxation mode, too!
With the all-inclusive offering, it was all so simple and seamless. We went on a hike, had a fantastic dinner at The Sur House, and lounged by the pool with drinks every day. Everywhere we went, the staff remembered that we were celebrating our anniversary, which was really nice. And that falconry experience! I’m pretty sure I let out a little yelp as that bird swooped down toward us, but it was a blast.
My favorite part was the picnic I surprised Sara with the following day, though. All it took was a few clicks on the tablet and we had an amazing basket ready to go right when we needed it. I found a hidden spot (thanks to Ventana’s very helpful map), and we spent the afternoon talking and laughing while marveling at both the scenery and the snacks.
Sara wants to come back—like next week. I think we have ourselves a new anniversary tradition.