Adventure Awaits:
Escape Through The Skies

Through October 13

With Post Ranch Inn accessible via a breathtaking coastal helicopter ride or a trail hike through Pfeiffer State Park, now is the time to experience Post Ranch in a way that few people ever have.

Escape Through The Skies Package

Through October 13, experience a once-in-a-lifetime round trip helicopter journey from Monterey to Post Ranch with our Escape through the Skies package. For a limited time, book a stay of three nights or more and your helicopter flights are complimentary*. Stays of two nights will include a helicopter transportation charge of $250 per person.

The Escape Through The Skies package includes:

  • Guestroom accommodations*

  • Round trip helicopter service for two from Monterey

  • Daily breakfast at Sierra Mar

  • Diverse activities and amenities including guided nature walks, garden tours, stargazing, yoga classes and more.

Your once-in-a-lifetime journey begins at Monterey’s Del Monte Aviation with a Champagne welcome, followed by a spectacular twenty-minute helicopter ride along the Big Sur coast before landing at Post Ranch, where you’ll be whisked away to your guestroom and an unforgettable, relaxing stay.

To book your package or for more information please call Reservations at (800) 527-2200 or email us at

Terms & Conditions >
*Offer is valid for stays of three or more nights through October 13, 2017. Reservations of two nights require an additional $250/person fee that covers round trip helicopter transportation to/from Del Monte Aviation and Post Ranch Inn. Two night minimum stay is required. Offers do not apply to Butterfly Rooms.

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Sierra Mar is open daily for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. At this time only, only lunch is open to the general public. Each morning, guests enjoy a full gourmet breakfast buffet. Lunch service is available each afternoon to hotel guests and the general public with a prix fixe three-course menu priced at $65 per person. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling (831) 667-2800. Each evening Chef Elizabeth Murray offers guests an exquisite four-course menu that changes daily. Dinner is currently only available for hotel guests. View sample menus below.

Sample Lunch Menu [pdf]

Sample Dinner Menu [pdf]

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Spa Services

Guests are invited to enjoy a full selection of Massages, Facials, Specialized Therapies and Shaman Sessions. Spa services are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Spa or in guestrooms.

View Our Treatment Menu

Spa Reservations: 831-667-2200

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Luggage Policy

Weight and Dimensions of Allowable Luggage on Helicopters

Due to limited space on our helicopters, we kindly ask that you please limit the amount of luggage you bring with you. Each guest is permitted one (1) standard airline carry-on article and one (1) personal article. We highly recommend a soft sided-duffel bag.

Carry-On Article
Maximum size: 22″ L (55 cm) x 14″ W (35 cm) x 9″ H (22 cm) Wheels and handles included.
Maximum weight: 25 lbs (13 kg)

Personal Article
Maximum size: 17″ L (43 cm) x 13″ W (33 cm) x 6″ H (15 cm)
Maximum weight: 5 lbs (2 kg)

Luggage that exceeds these specifications will be subject to an additional fee of $100 per bag, per flight, as we may have to fly your luggage to Post Ranch on a separate helicopter.

In some instances, even if your luggage meets these requirements, while we will make every effort to accommodate your luggage on your flight, it may be necessary to fly your luggage to Post Ranch separately, free of charge.

Should your visit to Post Ranch be one of a number of stops on your journey and you have luggage in excess of what you need and what we can transport, we will store it securely at Del Monte Aviation during your stay. In addition, we will have duffel bags at Del Monte Aviation available to borrow should you need to rearrange your luggage. Thank you very much for your cooperation and understanding.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Getting to Post Ranch

What are my options to get to Post Ranch Inn from the North (San Francisco, San Jose, Monterey/Carmel, etc.) and from the South (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, etc.)?
Currently there are three ways to get to Post Ranch, though only two are recommended. Those include a helicopter flight, a hike through the Pfeiffer State Park or via car on the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road, though it is not recommended. Whether you choose helicopter transportation or the hike, you must come through the Monterey area. Helicopter flights are scheduled Sunday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., from Del Monte Aviation in Monterey, for a 15-20 minute flight to/from Post Ranch. Helicopter charter service is operated by Specialized Helicopters, Inc. FAA certificate# ZUGA597L. For more information about the hike, please see our Hiking Information section below. Although the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road is now officially open for through traffic to Highway One, we strongly advise our guests against it and recommend arriving via helicopter or hike. This is an extremely winding mountain road that narrows down to one lane at times and there are often large trucks and heavy machinery on the road. Should you decide to use it, please drive with extreme caution.

Where does the helicopter leave from in Monterey?
Helicopter service is operated out of Del Monte Aviation in Monterey, which is adjacent to the Monterey Regional Airport, which offers daily non-stop flights from Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Francisco.Del Monte Aviation
100 Sky Park Drive
Monterey, CA 93940

Do you fly out of any other airports?
Private charter flights may be available from San Francisco, San Carlos and Paso Robles. Please contact Reservations for information.


Where is Del Monte Aviation in Monterey?

Del Monte Aviation in Monterey is located adjacent to the Monterey Regional Airport, which offers daily non-stop flights from Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Del Monte Aviation
100 Sky Park Drive
Monterey, CA 93940

Will someone be at the airport to greet me?
Yes, a Post Ranch representative will be there onsite at Del Monte Aviation to assist you with your luggage and parking.

How early do I need to be at the airport?
Please plan to arrive to Del Monte Aviation no later than 45 minutes prior to take off. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to get on another flight that same day should you miss your scheduled flight.

What if I need to change my departure time?
While we will do our best to accommodate you, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to change your flight as our schedules are based upon availability and your desired departure time may already be booked. If you do wish to change your departure time, please let us know as far in advance as possible.

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Where do I park?
Guests will be able to park at Del Monte Aviation.

Is there a fee?
There is no additional fee. Parking is included with your reservation.

Is the parking lot secure?
It is a private parking lot that is patrolled regularly.

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How do I reserve my flight?
Post Ranch Reservations will handle your helicopter reservation. We will provide you with available flight times and take care of all of the details.

How often do flights leave?
Flights will leave roughly every hour between 11 am and 5 pm.

How long is the flight?
The flight to Post Ranch Inn is approximately 15-20 minutes.

Is the route to/from Post Ranch different?
The route you take is dependent on the weather. Flying along the coast is the preferred route for the pilots and also the fastest, quietest and most scenic route. If it’s foggy, you will fly inland over the mountains, which is also very beautiful. Please note, the flights are weather-dependent and the helicopter will not fly in the rain or heavy fog, nor after dark. The safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to us.

Where does the helicopter drop me off in Big Sur?
The helicopter will land on the Post Ranch property in the field near the pond and solar panel array. Arriving guests will be met by a bellman who will assist with the check-in process and luggage.

Is it a private flight or will there be other people on there? If so, how many?
No, it is not a private flight, however the other passengers will also be Post Ranch hotel guests. Our helicopters can comfortably accommodate up to six passengers, plus a pilot. Most flights will accommodate four passengers plus a pilot. On some occasions there may be up to six passengers, plus a pilot.

Is there a limit on luggage?
We kindly request that you try your best to minimize your luggage as there is a limited amount of space on each helicopter. If you have more luggage than space allows, we will ensure that it is delivered safely to Post Ranch. We recommend bringing a day bag along with a second small bag.

What happens if I’m late for the flight?
If you miss your flight, we will do our best to get you on the next scheduled flight. However, if those flights are full, there may be a considerable delay and we cannot guarantee that you will be able to leave Monterey that day.

What if I miss my flight and cannot get to Post Ranch? Will I be charged for missing my hotel reservation?
Should you miss your scheduled flight and are unable to get on another flight to Post Ranch that day, the result will be a forfeiture of your room rate for that night.

What if helicopters can’t leave Monterey or Big Sur due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances?

Post Ranch will arrange hotel accommodations in the Monterey/Carmel area for the night and based on your schedule, will schedule your helicopter departure to Post Ranch the following day. If helicopters are unable to leave Big Sur, we will arrange for an additional overnight stay at Post Ranch at our expense.

We do have an alternative landing area in Big Sur that is located above the fog, so our hope is that weather will not have a major impact on our schedule.

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Will Post Ranch be fully operational?

Yes. All of our outlets will be open and operating as usual, with a few exceptions.

Sierra Mar is open daily for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. At this time only lunch is open to the general public. Please note that breakfast and dinner are only open to hotel guests at this time only.

The Spa is open and operating as usual. Guests are invited to enjoy a full selection of Massages, Facials, Specialized Therapies and Shaman Sessions. Spa services are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Spa or in guestrooms.

The Post Gallery and Mercantile is open to guests.

All complimentary activities, including yoga, stargazing, garden tours and guided nature walks will be offered as usual.

How can I get around in Big Sur if I don’t have a car?

Based upon availability, guests are invited to take one of our complimentary Lexus vehicles to explore Big Sur. We have a limited number of Lexus vehicles available so if they are all occupied, it would be our pleasure to shuttle you to and from your destination in Big Sur. However, please note that the majority of parks and hiking trails are currently closed.

What’s open in Big Sur?

While some businesses remain closed, several businesses are open and operating. Those include the iconic restaurant Nepenthe, the adjacent Phoenix Shop, the Hawthorne Gallery and the Tap House. Please note that the majority of parks and hiking trails are currently closed.

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If I prefer to hike in to Post Ranch via the trail at Pfeiffer State Park, how do I go about it?
Unless you are traveling with a backpack or something that you’d like to carry with you, the first step is for guests to stop in Monterey at Del Monte Aviation to drop off their luggage, which will be sent to Post Ranch via helicopter. From there, you should drive to Big Sur (about 45 minutes) and park your car at the River Inn, where it will stay during your stay.

Upon arrival, you should inform someone at River Inn that you are a Post Ranch guest. You may use their landline phone to call to inform us that you have arrived. From that point it will take us approximately 30-45 minutes to arrive at River Inn. We recommend enjoying lunch or a cocktail at River Inn while you wait.

Once we arrive, you will be shuttled via Lexus to the trailhead at Pfeiffer State Park and a Post Ranch team member will escort you through the trail. Once you’ve completed the trail hike, we will shuttle you via Lexus directly to Post Ranch for you stay.

How far/long is the hike? Is it a strenuous hike?
The hike is approximately ½ mile and on average should take about 20-30 minutes minutes. Please be aware that this is an active hike and the final 15 minutes are uphill.

Do I need to carry my luggage?
No. Guests should stop at Del Monte Aviation in Monterey to drop their luggage off, where it will be sent to Post Ranch via helicopter at no additional charge.

How do I get from the River Inn to Post Ranch?
We will shuttle you from River Inn to the trailhead at Pfeiffer State Park where you will begin your guided hike. Upon completion of the hike, a Lexus will be waiting to take you to Post Ranch.

Where do I park my car?
Guests should park their car in Big Sur at the River Inn. There is no additional charge for parking.

Can I call Post Ranch directly once I arrive at the River Inn?
We recommend calling us directly from the River Inn, using their landline phone, as cell phone reception from this location can be spotty.

Do I need hiking clothes/boots?
Proper footwear is recommended, whether it is a pair of trainers or hiking boots. Sandals and flip flops are not recommended.

Do I need to go directly to River Inn from Del Monte Aviation?
No, you can take your time going to River Inn. Once there you can use River Inn’s landline to call Post Ranch.

Can I hike in myself without a guide?
While you can hike the trail without a guide, parking at the State Park is extremely limited. It is best to park at River Inn and have us drive you to the State Park. Also, we can ensure a car is ready to pick you up once you finish the hike.

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