Santa Lucia Mountains

Miller’s Lodge is located along a stretch of the Arroyo Seco River that is at times tranquil and quiet, almost a still body of water. At other times, it transforms into a raging torrent of pounding water that rushes from the Santa Lucia Mountains to the ever thirsty and windswept Salinas River Valley.


The heart of the lodge will be a farm-to-table restaurant building on the deep heritage of agricultural produce of the Salinas valley, offering wine from local vineyards and organic produce from regional farms. The dining experience will be complemented by scenic terrace views across the river and onto the Hospitality Island, while other amenities will include wine caves, a multi-purpose amphitheater with larger capacities for corporate and private functions, cultural experiences such as music and performances along the river, and a recreation center with pools for family fun. In addition to up to 45 1- and 2-bedroom units for lodge guests, Miller’s Lodge will welcome visitors seeking a nearby destination for outdoor exploration and relaxation, offering family picnic areas for day use and tent sites for overnight camping. On the Upper Canyon entry, visitors passing by on their way to Ventana Wilderness/Los Padres will 􀀀ind an Outreach Center, where the surroundings are explained and further explored through guided trail hikes. This will provide a forum for conservation groups like The Nature Conservancy, Big Sur Land Trust and Ventana Wilderness Alliance to broaden their reach among a larger community of people, explaining their work. Community Gardens will connect locals, guests and (frequent) visitors in a gentle way, and help contribute to the produce used in the restaurant.


VERVE’s team of consultants were hired to develop an integrated NZE, ZCF, ZNW development. Basically as self sustaining development with zero impact on the surrounding ecosystems. Photovoltaic array design coupled with geo-exchange heating and cooling systems will form the backbone of the engineering effort. Solar hot water and Black/Gray water systems will be introduced in addition to a self-sustaining garden.


VERVE has set a LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge goal for the project. This will be a fossil fuel free environment.


Type: Master Planning
Size: 100,000 SF
Architect: HKS Architects


601 Montgomery Street, Suite 1450
San Francisco, CA 94111


415 987 3337