Photo: Courtesy of Ventana Big Sur.
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Sweeping views, calming ocean waves, unique wildlife, serene nights— there’s a reason Big Sur has been the respite of choice for Californians for some time. A glance back to the beatnik area will lend itself to top writers and artists crediting the coastline for inspiration.

The same ethos is still true today. The rugged 90-mile stretch still preserves that special, reflective energy that city-dwellers yearn to escape to. However, after a landslide wiped out travel to the area — visits to Big Sur were at a standstill. Last year Highway 1 reopened and much to the surprise and delight of visitors, the landmark hotel Ventana Inn reopened with a shiny-new look (and name — Ventana Big Sur).

Originally built in the ‘70s, the hotel is a mainstay in Big Sur. Nestled on 160 acres of land, all 59 rooms received a major facelift courtesy of designer and architect Kipp Stewart (who is based in Big Sur) and Alila Resorts group.

Not only did the main grounds receive the ultimate revamp, but the hotel also added 15 glamping tents (you’ve probably seen these spring up on your Instagram lately!) on the property. If you’re planning your summer travel, you might want to take a minute to peek at the breathtaking Ventana Big Sur and pencil it into your itinerary, now.