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POST RANCH INN TO OPEN MAY 1 IN BIG SUR, CALIF.

 POST RANCH INN TO OPEN MAY 1 IN BIG SUR, CALIF.
 Environmentally Conscious, 30-Unit Inn Overlooking Pacific is
 First Major Big Sur Resort Since 1973
 BIG SUR, Calif., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Post Ranch Inn, an


exclusive, 30-unit private luxury resort located in Big Sur, will mark its official grand opening on Friday, May 1, it was announced by Michael Freed and Myles Williams, general partners of Post Ranch L.P., which is overseeing the project. Situated on a spectacular 98-acre parcel directly overlooking the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline across Highway 1 from Ventana Inn, Post Ranch Inn is the first major resort to be built in the region in 19 years.
 Easily accessible by car and air (via the nearby Monterey airport) and designed with the preservation of the local surroundings uppermost in mind, Post Ranch Inn -- which also provided nearby land for the building of Big Sur's first fire station -- met with rare unanimous approval by the Monterey County Planning Commission.
 Intimately involved with the secluded ocean-front Post Ranch Inn property, site of one of Big Sur's oldest ranches, is area resident Bill Post, a descendent of Big Sur pioneer William Brainard Post. In keeping with its strong historical connection to the region, Post Ranch Inn's overall theme is local tradition and culture, with Bill Post having named each of the inn's units after original Big Sur settlers.
 Project manager of Post Ranch Inn is William McLeod. The architect is G.K. "Mickey" Muennig and the general manager is Janice Donald. The resort's interior designer is Janet Freed, and Alexander Julian has designed the clothing for the Post Ranch Inn staff.
 Designed to offer its guests both simple elegance and world-class comfort, as well as a unique level of privacy and personalized attention, Post Ranch Inn is comprised of two lodges and 30 custom guest units.
 The inn's main lodge, located alongside the guest units on the ridge overlooking the Big Sur Coast, houses a restaurant (Sierra Mar, owned by respected restaurateur and wine connoisseur Tony Perault), a bar and small library featuring Big Sur historical books and artifacts. A second lodge is located below the ridge next to the parking area and houses all guest check-in, management and reservations facilities. No private vehicles are allowed on the ridge, with transportation on the ridge being provided by shuttles. Neither the main lodge nor guest units are visible from the highway.
 Post Ranch Inn offers four distinct guest unit styles. Of the 30 total, five are units referred to as "Ocean Houses," recessed into the side of the ridge and featuring sod roofs; seven are "Tree House" units on stilts to protect the redwood tree roots; 10 are cylinder units called "Coast Houses;" two are cylinder units dubbed "Mountain Houses;" and six are guest units located in a three-level, "Butterfly House."
 Post Ranch Inn units provide views of the shoreline, mountains and surrounding redwood, madrone and oak trees, and offer such amenities as fireplaces, mini bars, state-of-the-art music systems and large customized spas, as well as massage tables for guests who opt to be visited in their units by members of the full-time spa staff. The interior design of the units makes extensive use of natural wood and stone, consistent with Post Ranch Inn's overall rustic elegance and sense of intimacy.
 At the time of its opening, Post Ranch Inn will also offer guests a basking pool featuring a spectacular view of the ocean. A lap pool and complete spa -- offering massages, facials, yoga, aerobics and high- quality fitness equipment, and featuring panoramic views of the surrounding mountains -- will be completed shortly thereafter.
 For those seeking a more "natural" form of exercise, walking trails connect the property's diverse environments, including a lagoon, wildflower meadow, redwood forest and fern grotto.
 The Post family tradition in Big Sur and environs extends back to the mid-1800s, when William B. Post married a Carmel Valley Mission Indian woman named Anselma Onesimo and later homesteaded 640 acres along the coast. By 1867, the Post family had acquired more than 1,000 additional pristine acres along the Central California coast and built the first part of the Post Ranch house (where the region's first continuously operating post office was located). One hundred years later, their descendants were living in a new Post Ranch home on the west side of the highway near where the new inn is located.
 Due to interest surrounding the opening of Post Ranch Inn, those seeking to place reservations may call 800-527-2200 or 408-667-2200. Reservations at Sierra Mar restaurant may be placed by calling 408-667-2800.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Berk of The Lippin Group/LA, 213-965-1990, or Brooks Cantini of The Lippin Group/NY, 212-986-7080, for the Post Ranch Inn/ CO: Post Ranch Inn ST: California IN: LEI SU: PDT


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