Ripplewood Resort

Nine redwood-plank cabins along the river.

By By Laura MacNeil, Tuesday, Apr 1, 2008, 2:38 PM

Ripplewood Resort

About this Hotel

Price From $95

Back in the 1920s, the Fees, a local family, saw promise in the scenic valley formed by the Big Sur River. They built nine redwood-plank cabins along the river and christened them the Ripplewood Resort. (Eight other cabins, added over the next two decades, sit among the trees across Highway 1.) In 1955, Ted Hartman bought the property; two years ago, his son-in-law, Carl Shadwell, took it over. He and his brother Sean run the place. Room features vary from cabin to cabin: Some have decks, fireplaces, and/or skylights above the showers, and most have kitchens. Carl, a former chef, overhauled the restaurant's menu. "People insisted that we keep the potato casserole," says Sean, "so we had to invent a version we'd be happy with." The result—shredded potatoes blended with sour cream and cheese, and then baked or grilled—is the creamiest, most irresistible hash browns ever.