The Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur is making the best of its situation by offering helicopter experiences to guests. After landslides caused Highway 1 to partially close in early April, Big Sur is rebuilding.
With the southern part of Big Sur only accessible via air, Post Ranch is taking its guest experience “to greater heights” with the new Escape Through the Skies package. The helicopter ride takes guests to Big Sur from Del Monte Aviation at Monterey Regional Airport. Guests will enjoy a personalized opportunity to see the Big Sur coast from the air, landing directly on the property (or at another local spot, if there is fog) where they will be greeted and brought to their room.
Post Ranch Inn is also working on arranging flights from San Francisco, Paso Robles and Los Angeles, so these may be options soon.
You can find a video of the helicopter ride here: Escape Through the Skies
The Escape Through the Skies package is inclusive and available for stays of two nights or more through June 30. In addition to guestroom accommodations, the packages includes round-trip helicopter service for two from Monterey's Del Monte Aviation, daily breakfast, lunch, and a four-course dinner for two at Sierra Mar. Complimentary activities and amenities include guided nature walks, culinary garden tours, stargazing, daily yoga classes, and more.
Post Ranch Inn will also chauffeur guests via its complimentary Lexus Hybrid shuttle to Nepenthe and its Phoenix Shop and Hawthorne Gallery upon request.
At Nepenthe, visitors can enjoy lunch, dinner and cocktails with views of the Pacific Ocean, while Hawthorne Gallery is a glass-and-wood gallery designed by Big Sur and Post Ranch architect Mickey Muennig. The exhibit’s artworks are created by the West Coast’s Hawthornes.
For looking to experience a Highway 1 road trip, local attractions, hotels, restaurants and shops north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure, including Bixby Bridge, Garrapata State Park, Big Sur Village, River Inn, Glen Oaks, Ripple Wood, Fernwood, and the Village Shops are all open for business. While unable to drive all the way through, at this time, visitors are still able to enjoy the coast from Monterey to the northern edge of Big Sur ending at Big Sur Ranger Station.
Note: Post Ranch Inn received word that a portion of the Pfeiffer Canyon State Park will reopen this Friday, May 19.