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Big Sur…. California’s holy land. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been was just a drive up the coast from where I lived for 22 years of my life, yet it somehow took me moving to Texas to come back and finally experience it. The views, the nature, the quaint cottages that serve as restaurants and bed & breakfasts, I love it all. Nothing better than putting on some good tunes, rolling the windows down and enjoying the ride seeing one of the most spectacular places in the USA and quite possibly the world.


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A Day in Big Sur

A Day in Big Sur

A Day in Big Sur

Big Sur Bakery

Fresh ingredients, trendy menu items, and all with a rustic chic ambience. This place does it all well, with wood-fired pizza, many vegetables, and most importantly local ingredients. As good as this place may be, the wait reflects it. Be prepared to wait if you head here on a weekend.

47540 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920 

 

Big Sur Taphouse 

Not wanting to wait over an hour for a table at Big Sur Bakery, we headed next door and were very pleasantly surprised with Big Sur Taphouse. If you are looking for a casual, reasonably priced place to hang out with an awesome, outdoor vibe… this is your spot. The bar itself feels like you are in a cabin in the woods somewhere, and when you head up the back stairs there is a hidden large outdoor space complete with picnic tables, rocking chairs, and surrounded by trees. We ordered draft beers, wings, and the caprese sandwich, which were all very good and fresh.

47520 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920

 


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A Day in Big Sur

Nepenthe, photo courtesy of @jackfrench via Flickr

Photo courtesy of CaliforniaBeaches.com

Post Ranch Inn, photo courtesy of CaliforniaBeaches.com

Nepenthe

Casual vibe + an absolutely amazing view = me posted up with a glass of wine for hours. With drinks ranging from $12 margaritas to $11 Irish coffee to California beer and wine, there really is something for everyone. Grab a seat on the ledge and soak in that view of beautiful Big Sur.

48510 Highway One, Big Sur, California

 

Post Ranch Inn

Your wallet will leave here feeling extra light, but your heart full with the memory of that breathtaking view. Truly such a special view. Food is available and I presume amazing as well, but just grab a drink if you’re  trying to save some cash.

47900 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920

 


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A Day in Big Sur

McWay Falls

McWay Falls

You’ve probably seen a picture of McWay Falls at some point in your life, whether on your friend’s Instagram or in Travel & Leisure. McWay Falls is one of the most picturesque staples of Big Sur and rightfully so. Just check out the picture to take a look for yourself.

 

Julia Pfeiffer State Park Hike

After you’ve seen the famous waterfall, venture away from the ocean and check out the hiking within the park itself. Check out the website for more information on the trails available to venture.

 

Bixby Bridge

Quite arguably another one of the most photographed landmarks in Big Sur, Bixby Bridge also is one of the tallest single-span concrete arch bridges in the world. Considering stopping while driving down Highway One to snap some shots.

 

Safe travels y’all!

Best,

Chelsea Rose Martin