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Monday, April 23, 2012

The Magic of Ventana Inn & Spa at Big Sur, CA

We are just now coming out of the wonderful aura of a couple of days spent at the Ventana Inn and Spa in glorious Big Sur.  We had two days in a luxurious room which is complete in every detail:  the mattress; ‘juuuust right’, hot tub, shower, television, location, view, all the necessary amenities and more.  The maid service is exceptional as well, everything in its right place, plenty of it and of great quality.  The joint heads of Housekeeping, Rosa and Vicente are true landmarks of Ventana.  So that being so magical; there’s more.  All the maids, bellmen, desk clerks are wonderfully pleasant and helpful.  David the Landscape manager has done and maintains a most lush and beautifully appropriate environment throughout the property.  The pathway to the Restaurant is a must to allow more of the magic of Ventana to seep in. Even a pleasant guided hike around the property with Dava or any of the available guides gives you an in depth approach to the history and environment of Ventana and Big Sur.  Thanks to Steve Copeland for his staff of hikers.  Lunch and dinners at the Restaurant at Ventana has always been and still is a terrific experience, or should I say adventure.  Food and Beverage director Kara Stout is the essence of hospitality.  She is most gracious in hosting and looking after guests while dining.  Executive Chef Truman Jones is quite accomplished in food innovation, presentation and ah, the flavors.  His chef’s tasting selections were indeed superb.  The rest of the staff at the restaurant is equally admirable; Matt the wine man, Richard the server/dining-room manager, Karlene the smiling hostess and all the servers, bartenders and cooks.  Especially great to see Chico at the grill; he’s been there, that we know of, for over 25-years; the same with Richard and Matt.  It seems that every department still maintains employees for that length of time and even longer.  We just couldn’t miss the Ventana Store with its unique array of art, gifts and practical and wear-able items.  Under the direction of Store Manager, Brigga Mosca it maintains a current style and content in all aspects.  We had memorable massages at the Spa, having selected deep tissue as our particular style and even at wine and cheese time they give a complimentary neck and back massage as you melt into another of Ventana’s special amenities.  And yes, even Yoga classes.  The man directing all of these wonderful adventures is General Manager Steve Johnson who is ever present in all areas watchful and contributing to guests’ wants, needs and pleasure.  Congratulations on your hospitality and your great staff.  We returned home enveloped in lifted spirits, restful reflections and overall peace and tranquility.  Camelot could not have http://jdvhotels22px.trvlclick.com/hotels/centralcoast/ventana