Big Sur: Points of Interest

Big Sur: Points of Interest

 

In addition to writing about Big Sur’s Pfeiffer State park campground and longer hikes like Tanbark trail, I want to mention some other points of interest.

The beginning of this list is things that I’ve done and definitely think others should experience. The second half are things that I haven’t tried yet but sure like the sound of!

Check ’em out:

>> Stop at Bixby bridge – Before driving over this bridge and into Big Sur, heading south, be sure to stop and grab some postcard perfect pictures of the central coastline with the bridge.Approaching Bixby bridgeBixby Bridge, Big Sur

>> McWay Falls – Put yourself in a quintessential postcard shot. This waterfall tumbles off a cliff to the beach and ocean below. The short 1 mile trail right by the entrance to Julia Pfieffer State Park is quick and rewarding.

McWay Falls

McWay Falls

>> Drink with a view at Nepenthe or Nepenthe’s Cafe Kevah–  Grab a cocktail or beer and a seat outside to take in the surroundings from Nepenthe restaurant. Or skip a wait and head down a short flight of stairs from the main Nepenthe restaurant to the more casual outdoor patio at Cafe Kevah. Quick and tasty drinks, paninis, and salads, and they all come with a side of incredible cloud top/coastal views.

Image from Foursquare
Image from Foursquare

>> Pfeiffer Beach – Cool rock features and (sometimes) purple sand make this beach something different to explore. From the parking lot (there’s a $10 fee) there is a short walk through arching vegetation and past a small stream which then opens to reveal the beach.

Photo by Paul
Photo by Paul

Pfieffer Beach Purple Sand

 

And my wishlist:

>> Sierra Mar Restaurant at Post Ranch Inn – Definitely a splurge meal, but what a gorgeous location!

Image from Post Ranch Inn
Image from Post Ranch Inn

>> Late night hot tubs at Escalon – Open to the public from 1-3am with reservations. Cost is $25 per person. I need to convince some people to stay up with me!

Image from Escalen
Image from Escalen

>> Brunch at Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant – Brunch Pizza!

Image from Yelp
Image from Yelp

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