Big Sur, California

Big Sur has been one of my favorite vacation spots, and unlike most locations the journey is one of the best parts! It is a five or six hour drive from Newport Beach, but to break up the trip we stopped in Santa Barbara at a cute little taco shop called Mony’s Mexican in the Funk Zone. 

We arrived at our hotel called TreeBones Resort and immediately fell in love. There are campsites, yurts and even a human nest if you are feeling extra adventurous. We stayed in a yurt, for me the idea of glamping was one of the most exciting parts of the trip. We came in May and the weather was perfect. Don’t forget wine, snacks and games for sunset happy hour! While they have two different restaurants on the property, our favorite was the tiny sushi bar. Chatting with other travelers over a glass of wine on the deck before eating fresh sushi in the eight-person restaurant made for a perfect night.

While the best part of Big Sur is driving through the beautiful, curvy roads of highway 1 we made sure to squeeze in some activities. It’s easy to find little hikes along the road; one of my favorite and less crowded spots was Salmon Creek. A short trek leads you to a small waterfall and creek to take a dip if you’re not too afraid of the cold water. We also went kayaking with Kayak Cambria, located about forty minutes from TreeBones close to Hearst Castle. Listen to “Cubby” tell you all the highlights of the area while exploring little caves and enjoying the peaceful water. He may challenge you to row yourself into shore, being competitive (and hungry) we attempted this and capsized our kayak. Hey, at least it made for a good story! After kayaking we stopped for lunch nearby at Sebastian’s Cafe, we may have been extra hungry but I will say the food was really great.    

The next day we explored Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park and McWay Falls.  It’s so incredibly beautiful, so definitely worth fighting the crowds to check it out. We stopped for lunch at Nepenthe, a casual restaurant with great views. If you really want to splurge for a fancy dinner or hotel I would check-out Post Ranch Inn. It’s definitely on my list for next time, because I already can’t wait to come back!

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