Travel Guide: Big Sur Getaway

Travel is my ultimate adventure, keeping my adrenaline pumping and eyes wide open trying to soak in as much as possible.  Last month I visited my 34th country and am dreaming about the day I move from 6 to 7 continents visited.

One of my favorite recent getaways has been Big Sur — nothing quite compares to the beauty of this place!  We had the most incredible visit, taking in this California escape along Route 1. Our days were filled with hiking and relaxing at the pool, and our nights with cocktails and star gazing. Below are some of my favorite memories and travel tips for your next adventure.

NOT TO MISS

McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Seemingly endless coastline of cliffs at Big Sur

Spectacular views from McWay Falls Trail at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.  This is the quintessential viewpoint for Big Sur and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The trails were very easily marked and you can’t miss the entrance due to the small crowds and parked cars. If you’re lucky there will even be some seals splashing around below.

VIEW FROM ABOVE

Besides our hiking views, we couldn’t get enough of the infinity pool at the Post Ranch Inn, where the pool met the Pacific in the most relaxing atmosphere.

Infinity pool relaxation at the Post Ranch Inn

GET ACTIVE

There are so many trails to explore when visiting Big Sur. Our two favorites were the McWay Falls and Ewoldsen Trail.  Ewoldsen Trail was a great recommendation from a friend because we pretty much had the trail to ourselves and there were heaps of great views of the mountains and ocean. Insider tip: If you come to a fork in the trail with one path leading to your right (and seemingly straight up) – definitely follow it – as incredible views away just 200 yards up.

Looking through the tree tops on Ewoldsen Trail in Big Sur
Catching those Pacific blues on the Ewoldsen Trail

Don’t forget to stretch those sore muscles from hiking with a yoga class in a yurt. This was a bucket list item for me, and a great way to start the day.

SAVOR

  • Coffee at Big Sur Bakery with delicious cinnamon buns.
  • Grab a glass of wine with lunch at the Nepenthe for the best view in town.
  • If you don’t stay at the Post Ranch Inn, consider joining for breakfast or a sunset dinner, as the edge of the restaurant is all windows and gives the appearance of floating over the ocean.

LODGING

Post-Ranch Inn at Big Sur

We couldn’t recommend the Post Ranch Inn more! Every detail was considered and it was truly a memorable splurge. The outdoor tub was one of my favorite parts of our room where you could relax and look at all the stars.  The Post Ranch Inn books up quickly and several other places in town come highly recommended by my friends including: Ventana for luxury, Adobe Motor Lodge at Glen Oaks Big Sur where you can rent your own mini cabin and Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn for the romantics.

OTHER HOT SPOTS

If you have extra time be sure to indulge in a spa treatment, check out the Bixby Bridge and visit the Esalen Hot Springs.

MORE INSPIRATION

Comment below with your Big Sur favorite memories and not to miss adventures!

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