Big Sur is all endless ocean, looming mountains, lush nature, burning hot sunsets, delicious wines, cosy fireplaces, quaint little lakes and rivers, rustic cabins and romantic notions. There’s really no need to leave…

Here are some Tips and Tricks to staying in Big Sur:


Fernwood: So lush and homely and gorgeous! We stayed one night in the motel, however, the camping looked incredible. There is a little river in the grounds, surrounded by a forest filled with red wood trees. The Fernwood Tavern is so much fun and the food is great, but also HUGE. Make sure you’re really hungry before ordering. Friday night is Karaoke night – which is really what sold me.

Ripplewood: Literally right across the street from Fernwood, this cute little spot has beautiful rooms and gardens. Their breakkie is next level! The apple cinnamon french toast, teamed back with a mimosa is how I like to roll.

Treebones: This spot looks really cool – serious glamping in yurts. There are limited spots available to best to book this place months in advance.


Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park:  The main state park. Hike to waterfalls and lookouts galore.

Andrew Molera Beach: Once you pay for state park parking for the day, it’s free at other parks. This was a little South and there is another parking lot for a park that leads you to different hikes. Look out for a really beautiful beach with little wood teepees.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: Take the path to McWay Falls. I also heard a rumor that there are underwater coves around this spot…

Escalen Institute: Naked Hot Springs. Enough said. You need to reserve your spot at least six weeks in advance by calling this location. If you get a spot it’s nudie swims from 1-3am. You get to stargaze in natural hot springs, while overlooking the ocean, listening to seals and getting naked with strangers! Winning!

Henry Miller Memorial Library: Quaint little library. Definitely worth a peruse. They do outdoor movies and concerts sometimes.

Bixby Bridge: You have to drive North a little extra to get here but it’s a really awesome view.


Nepenthe: The best view in all of Big Sur. We ordered Sav Blancs and looked over at the ocean, watching the sun set. When it started to get a little chilly, we sat over by the fire pit and stared up at the foggy mountains.

River Inn:
- You can order food and drinks and bring them down to wooden chairs that are sitting in the river.

Big Sur Bakery:
Not a place with a view, but a place that will serve you later than most of the other restaurants

Request the inside front table with a view of the garden. Order a mimosa, a side of bacon and sit back and bask in it’s beauty.

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