post ranch inn for our pre-natal getaway

Big Sur: photo by Galen Rowell

The clock is ticking and in just a few days I’ll be a first time mom.  So, to celebrate the next phase in our life and to end this decadent era of couple-dom, we decided to take a road trip to Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn.

The view from Post Ranch: photo by Larry Dale Gordon

It was an iconic destination that I wanted to visit for years, but I never made the time to relax under the endless sky overlooking the deep blue ocean. Something always came up. Well, now the “biggest something” in my life was about to arrive and I could not think of a better time to disappear into the wilderness of Post Ranch for a night.

A bobcat at Post Ranch Inn: photo by Kodiak Greenwood

Post Ranch Inn is a magical place with only 40 guests rooms hidden on 100 acres of lush hillsides shrouded in oak trees and giant redwoods. Privacy is of utmost importance at Post Ranch Inn, so you can be assured that your time there will be sacred and silent. The minimum age is 18 years old, so even though you’ll be hearing the cries of a new born soon, you can be assured that the only thing you’ll hear during your stay is the soft ocean breeze through the trees and the trickling of the many waterfalls on the property.


Each room is beautiful expression of rustic elegance donned with luxurious amenities. All rooms have a big, comfy king size bed overlooking a wood-burning fireplace, indoor spa tub, private terrace and massage table. You could spend your whole babymoon in your secret hideaway, without ever stepping out onto the property. But I would not recommend that because the 100-acre property is so incredibly beautiful and inspiring.

Cliff House: photo by Kodiak Greenwood

A must while you are there is the prenatal massage. It is a gentle 1-hour to 2-hour massage that focuses on your comfort and relaxation. My massage was done in a room heated by a beautiful wood-burning fire that overlooked the mountains in the distance. When it was over, I felt like I was floating above the tall redwoods. It took me a few minutes to come back down to earth.

Dining at Post Ranch Inn is another experience that you don’t want to miss. Their restaurant, Sierra Mar serves world-class cuisine at a breathtaking 1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean. They serve a very flexible four-course prix fixe menu that changes daily, depending on what’s in season and what is growing in their garden. Of course, you can always opt for room service.

Sierra Mar Restaurant: photo by Kodiak Greenwood

That night, we watched the sun go down while soaking in our private tub overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was one of those moments in my life that I will never forget and I was reminded to take that moment with me when I go into labor. I thought that was a brilliant idea. So, between my contractions, I will transport myself back to Post Ranch Inn, overlooking the majestic, peaceful ocean.

The next day, we enjoyed the complimentary continental breakfast at Sierra Mar. It is a beautiful buffet of fresh fruit (my favorites: mango, papaya, pineapple, strawberries), just-baked pastries, homemade granola, omelettes, and teas, coffee, espresso & hot chocolate.

We spent the day lounging by the infinity pool. It was such a treat to feel weightless. I’ve gain a lot of weight and my feet feet an always sore, but for a few hours at Post Ranch Inn, I was pain free, completely content, and blissful.

There is no doubt that I will take my wonderful time at Post Ranch Inn with me when it is time to give birth. Here, I felt connected to something bigger, grander, and stronger than just my daily life. I was connected to mother nature and her incredible power. My I find that strength again when I finally bring my beautiful daughter into this world.



Toll-free: (888) 524-4787 (888-5-BIGSUR)

(831) 667-2200

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday – Sunday
Holiday hours vary.

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