Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on January 3, 2008
A weekend getaway can be extravagant — both for your pocketbook and for the environment. But it doesn’t have to be that way. But it is possible to a good time and remain safe in the knowledge that you’re not doing a nasty number on Mother Earth.
If you live in or near California, the Post Ranch Inn is a luxurious, yet socially conscious option.
Situated on the breathtakingly beautiful Californian coastline, Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn is just a six-hour drive north of Los Angeles and a mere three hours south of San Francisco.
The Post Inn Ranch meets the strict guidelines of the Big Sur Land Use Plans and utilizes California’s first commercial greywater system. So, it’s no wonder the resort is ranked #6 in Trip Advisor’s Best Hotel For Romance in the U.S., as well as coming in #1 in Travel and Leisure’s 2007 Best Hotels in California.
Each of the hotel’s 30 rooms is uniquely designed, using natural materials like glass, wood and stone to give it an organic feel. The stilted tree house blends into the landscape so as to protect the fragile roots of the nearby redwoods. The hotel also boasts an incredible spa and an award winning restaurant.
But the best thing about the hotel is its surrounds – the Pacific Ocean for starters, as well as awe-inspiring nature walks on which you’re liable to catch a glimpse of some endangered species like the Smith’s Blue Butterfly and California Red Legged Frog. Yoga, meditation and stargazing are also on offer.
So, for an eco-groovy getaway, pack your bags and head for the coast. (Just don’t drive there in an SUV.)