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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

The scene: a 100-acre enclave of ocean-view luxury and bold design, with lots of wood, glass and slate, some units clinging to cliffs, others towering among trees. Widely admired restaurant. A wood-burning stove in every room and a commitment to sustainability that long predates the current trend. Children are unwelcome. At opening in 1992 (when I stayed), there were 30 units. Later, one was converted to spa services. In early 2008, 10 more units were added.
Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times
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