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Apr
20
2014

Easter Brunches in Monterey County

Apr. 20
Looking for a way to celebrate Easter weekend in Monterey County? Overwhelmed with…more
Apr
27
2014

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more
May
2
2014

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more
May
2
2014

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more
May
2
2014

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more
May
3
2014

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more
May
9
2014

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more
May
14
2014

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more
May
15
2014

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more
May
15
2014

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more
May
16
2014

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more
May
16
2014

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more
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Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

Big Sur Itinerary

Take a weekend in Big Sur to decompress, lose your stress and soothe your soul. This weekend itinerary will immerse you in the Big Sur experience.

Friday

6pm
After a thrilling drive along historic Highway One, you've arrived at the Big Sur Campground and Cabins for an authentically rustic Big Sur stay. You may have brought your own tent, in which case you'll need to spend a few minutes pitching it at the base of a redwood tree. If you don't have a tent but still want the cloth-wall experience, Big Sur Campground and Cabins' tent cabins increase the comfort level a notch but still give the feel of an old-fashioned camp-out, albeit one with a cozy queen bed. If you want to sleep beneath the redwoods amidst most of the comforts of home, stay in one of their wooden cabins, which have either wood stoves or gas fireplaces to keep you warm when the night gets chilly.

7pm
Dinner tonight is just a short drive south on Route 1 at historic Big Sur icon Nepenthe Restaurant. You'll bask in a glorious sunset as you admire the rugged Big Sur coastline and spectacular hills. The view and the food, both immortalized in Henry Miller's Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch, are as amazing today as they were over a half-century ago.

Nepenthe is located on land once owned by Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, who bought a log cabin on the hill but never spent a night there. Lolly and Bill Fassett purchased the property and hired one of Frank Lloyd Wright's students, Rowan Maiden, to design the open-air pavilion that houses Nepenthe.

9pm
The Henry Miller Library is a hub for live performances of all kinds on many Friday nights, especially during the summer. The acts range from folk artists like Dar Williams and Dan Bern, to indie artists like Animal Collective and DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, to spoken-word artists like Laurie Anderson and Henry Rollins. Performances are generally outdoors under the redwoods and are guaranteed to be a memorable experience.

11pm
The Big Sur Campground and Cabins has a mandatory quiet time of 10pm, which works out well for you. Get a good night's sleep, and prepare for an early morning.

Saturday

8am
The Big Sur Lodge Restaurant opens at 8am sharp, and you'll be waiting at the door to enjoy their tasty breakfast. Omelets, pancakes, granola and other dishes all highlight Monterey County's best organic local ingredients.

9am
As you've driven along Highway One, you've seen many art galleries; it's now time to check them out.

11am
If you have any appetite, fuel up for your coming hike with a quick bite at the Ripplewood Resort Restaurant. It has a menu that is both concise and diverse, featuring sandwiches, Mexican favorites, salads, chili, and even pancakes.

1:30pm
It's time to be pampered at the The Spa at Ventana Inn, named one of the top spas in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. The Spa offers traditional massages, facials and body treatments, as well as more spiritual treatments such as Reiki and chakra balancing. Afterwards, make use of the Japanese hot baths, which offer stunning views of Big Sur.

6pm
Make sure you are on time for your hard-won reservation at the Post Ranch Inn's award-winning Sierra Mar Restaurant. The stunning views of the Pacific coastline are only matched by the spectacular four-course meal you will enjoy.

9pm
Just a short distance away, Fernwood Resort's Saturday night live act is sure to impress. It could be an excellent local band, an up-and-coming indie act - or even a surprise national act like Joanna Newsom doing a secret show to test out new material.

Sunday

8am
Deetjen's Restaurant is known throughout the county for its amazing breakfasts. Chef Domingo Santamaria is inspired to create an ever-changing menu based on inspiration from Monterey County's outstanding local ingredients. The menu won't be the same on any two visits, but the food is reliably delicious.

9:30am
After breakfast, you'll head seven miles north on Highway One to Point Sur Lightstation. Located at Point Sur State Historic Park and perched upon an offshore volcanic rock, the Point Sur Lighthouse is only open to the public via a private tour. The $12 tours are first come, first served, and there's invariably a line well before the gate opens. It's well worth the wait. Not only will you get to see one of the only turn-of-the-century lighthouses still in operation on the West Coast, you'll also get a dramatic view of the Big Sur coastline. If the time of year is right, you'll even see migrating whales!

1pm
No visit to Big Sur could be complete without a meal at the famous Big Sur River Inn. On Sundays at 1pm from April through September, the deck features live music ranging from jazz to rock to zydeco. For a true Big Sur experience, eat lunch while sitting in one of the Big Sur River Inn's special willow chairs in the Big Sur river, letting the water wash over your feet. It's the perfect way to end your Big Sur experience.

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