Big Sur Campground and Cabins
A variety of cabins in a redwood grove along the Big Sur River. Most have fully equipped kitchens and fireplaces. Summer tent cabins are located along the river. Store, laundry, playground, and basketball court. RV sites (up to 8 tons) Reservations recommended
Pets are allowed in the "tent cabins" and campground. Open all year.
Info: (831) 667-2322
Big Sur Lodge
This is one of a kind. It's located in groves of old redwoods and oaks in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. There are great views of the Santa Lucia Mountains. The lodge has 61 cottage style units, many with fireplaces and/or kitchens, can accommodate up to 6 people. the resort includes the scenic Big Sur River and hiking trails, heated pool, gift shop, restaurant & general store. free access to five state parks in Big Sur:
Info: (800) 424-4787or (831) 667-3100
Big Sur River Inn
This motel has guest rooms, restaurant and a heated swimming pool on the Big Sur River. Also a gas station, store stocked with natural foods and convenience items. Info: (800) 548-3610, (831) 667-2700
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
People come back here year after year. This 20-room inn has a quaint Norwegian style, and is nestled in the redwoods of Castro Canyon. Advanced reservations suggested.
Info: (831) 667-2377
Glen Oaks Motel
An attractive, modern adobe motel in a garden setting. Two cottages and fifteen rooms are available year-round. Moderately priced.
Info: (831) 667-2105
Gorda Springs Cottages
Private, romantic cottages with wonderful ocean views. Each cottage has a private patio overlooking the ocean, some with fireplaces and jacuzzis. Available on a nightly or weekly basis.
Info: (805) 927-4600, (805) 927-3918
Coastal cabins with great views of the rugged southern Big Sur coast. Overnight accommodations range from single units with double beds, to the honeymoon cottage's breathtaking view, queen size four poster bed, and sitting room.
Info: (831) 667-2391
Post Ranch Inn
Clint Eastwood's famous hotel offers 30 luxurious guest rooms with unique architecture on a ridge above the sea. 98 acres with two pools, private decks, spa tubs, deluxe amenities and complimentary activities. 4-star Resort.
Info: (800) 527-2200 (831) 667-2200
Ragged Point Inn
This secluded resort is in South Big Sur, 15 miles North of Hearst Castle. There are panoramic ocean views from a 21 unit inn perched 330 feet above the surf. The restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch & dinner, offering gourmet California cuisine, and fine wines. The inn features gardens, hiking trails to ocean & mountain top, Black Swift Fall (330ft), and whale watching.
Info: (805) 927-4502 (Inn), Restaurant (805) 927-5708
Ventana Inn & Spa
This noted year-round 4-star country inn offers elegant but casual accommodations. There are 60 guest rooms with private terraces overlooking mountain or ocean. There is a fine restaurant here open to non-guests as well as overnight visitors. Other amenities include heated swimming pools. hot baths, saunas and private hot tubs.
Info: (800) 628-6500, (831) 667-2331
Places to Go for Self-Improvement
Big Sur has long been known as a serene and thoughtful place for reflection, contemplation, and improving one's mind. Here are three places along the coast that cater to more than just your normal vacation desires.
The famous Esalen Institute conducts residential workshops that emphasize potentialities and values of human existence. Weekend and 5-day programs are offered year round. Natural hot springs pools beside the ocean are an added benefit.
Info: (831) 667-3000
New Camoldoli Hermitage
This Catholic monastic community offers nine rooms for men and women, as well as two separate hermitages for longer retreats. Guests are invited to liturgical worship, but this is not required. Normally all retreats are silent and non-directed. Room rates are a suggested donation of $45.00 - $55.00 Reservations are usually needed six months in advance.
Info: (831) 667-2456
The Growing Edge
The Growing Edge Center for Sustainable Peace and Healing has an ocean-front setting for those seeking a healthy, contemplative environment. Bed & Breakfast, short-term personal retreats and extended wellness stays. Long-term winter retreats available November through April. Quiet space, private beach cove, organic breakfast. By appointment only
Info: (831) 667-2366.
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