Our last stop before making it to San Francisco for IACP was in Big Sur.
For someone who went to college in the bay area, and has lived in LA for the last 5 years, it’s pretty tragic that I have never been to visit this serious gem of a town. I basically fell in love with Big Sur before we even got there. The drive in and out is seriously stunning. Can we just look at these views? I mean, honestly. It’s breathtaking.
A word to the wise – you’re going to be oooo’ing and awww’ing the whole drive in. So take note. Get gas before you enter Big Sur. We basically ran out just as we were hitting the windy roads that lead into big sur and had a moment of panic when we realized our cell phones had basically no reception, our gas light was on, and we had no idea where the closest gas station was. So be prepared and fill up before hitting the windy roads that lead into Big Sur.
After our little gas mishap it was smooth sailing from there. We stopped at multiple hike and scenic locations to check out the views.
We did a seriously intense hike up the Julie Pfiffer State Falls and were on serious time constraints as we had a lunch reservation to get to. So we basically sprinted the hike. It was gorgeous, but we certainly didn’t look stylish while doing it!
After our hike we headed over to the Post Ranch Inn for lunch. The food, wine pairings and the view were all not to be missed!
After filling our tummies, we headed to our hotel at Glen Oaks Lodge and got checked in. Hotels in Big Sur are way cute, and ours was no exception. It was basically a little cabin in the woods, about a block away from the check in desk. We literally stepped out our front door to these massive trees and a cute little fire pit for s’more roasting.
The room was perfect too. And it had heated bathroom floors, which are literally my latest obsession. They should come standard in all hotels. We pow-wowed in our room for a bit and just hung out until we skipped over to Big Sur Bakery for dinner. Super cute! I’m so bummed we were taking off early and missed their breakfast because apparently, it’s not to be missed!
Here are some links as to where to eat, stay and check out while you’re in Big Sur!
And we didn’t have time – but next time I’m there I’m for sure checking out
Cocktails at Nepenthe
Cocktails at Ventana Inn
and Esalon which is supposed to be a super fab retreat with some killer hot springs
I’d highly recommend all of it. And I can’t even wait to go back 🙂 Big Sur is basically a must for anyone visiting or living in California!
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