Pack up your ripped jeans, flannel and wayfarers and prepare yourself for an iconic trip along the historic Pacific Coast Highway. Check out this ultimate guide to the iconic California escape, Big Sur.
Where To Stay
Peter and I make a spontaneous trip to Big Sur annually which often makes securing accommodations difficult - most hotels book 6 months in advance, so plan ahead! We were lucky to stumble upon a hidden gem called Glen Oaks during our last two trips and our stays were simply heavenly. Their private cabins are nestled along the the Big Sur River providing a calming melody for the duration of your stay. Cozy up to a private outdoor fire pit for a s'mores filled evening overlooking the Los Padres National Forest or take a soothing soak in an outdoor soaking tub, the choice is yours! As if that weren't enough, Glen Oaks provides each cabin with complimentary yoga mats and a yoga deck to relax your senses.
Where to Eat
We're foodies and Big Sur is the place to splurge on a delicious meal, scratch that - a culinary experience!
Sierra Mar at The Post Ranch Inn has been on my "to-eat" list for quite a while and I can assure you that they do not disappoint. From the array of hand-crafted breads to the personalized service, the experience was exquisite in every sense. Second to none is Sierra Mar's 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean. While taking my obligatory selfie I was pleasantly photo-bombed by two baby doe. Cue the Bon Iver and I'd call this place heaven!
Dining at Deetjen's is like walking to into a 1930's Big Sur trading post pre-freeway access. The interior is eclectic in every way: moody lighting, low ceilings, candlelit nick-knacks in every corner and walls festooned with oil paintings of souls long departed. The cuisine is closely tied to local fare and has an evident dose of hearty comfort. If you are truly lucky you may be served by local resident and renowned en plein air landscape painter, Branham Rendlen.
Relaxing + Adventuring
Receiving a massage is one degree of relaxing. Soaking in a clothing optional, co-ed, Japanese soaking tub in the tree tops of the Los Padre National Forest is a whole other story. While small, The Spa at Ventana was an oasis tucked within an oasis.
There is an abundance of adventure in Big Sur, simply pick your poison: sea kayaking, hiking, surfing & diving.
Not to be Missed Adventures: