Big Sur is easily one of the most beautiful and magical places I’ve ever had the opportunity to visit. You would think since I’m a California native that I would have made the trip up to Big Sur a long time ago but a trip up to northern California isn’t always easy. However, when I was thinking of places to go for our Babymoon, a weekend in Big Sur sounded amazing. A weekend seems to be a totally doable amount of time in Big Sur, not only because it can be a bit pricey but also because it allows for the perfect amount of time to both relax and explore. You will return home feeling both refreshed and rejuvenated. Below is my guide for the perfect weekend in Big Sur.
Where to Stay:
My husband and I decided to splurge and stay at one of Big Sur’s luxury resorts, Ventana Inn. It’s definitely on the pricey side but we figured since it was our last trip before our baby is born that it was worth the extra cost. We weren’t disappointed with the quality of the resort. Ventana Inn is a beautiful gem nestled into the forest of Big Sur. Range Rovers pick you up and deliver you to your private accommodations which emit both a cozy and luxurious vibe. Our room had a fireplace in it and a fresh supply of firewood was supplied every evening. Our deck overlooked the forest and it felt both private and intimate. We truly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it. Other options include: Post Ranch Inn, Glen Oaks Big Sur, and Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn.
Where to Eat:
There are a ton of great restaurants to eat at in Big Sur. I would recommend making reservations well in advance to avoid wait times and guarantee a stress free weekend.
Old Fisherman’s Grotto – If you’re planning on making a pitstop in Monterey, I highly recommend having lunch at the Old Fisherman’s Grotto for the best clam chowder of your life. Seriously it is so good I haven’t stopped thinking about it. Definitely order it in a bread bowl and enjoy looking out at the wharf while you dine.
Big Sur Bakery – This restaurant is more on the moderate side and is a delicious choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We went during dinner time and the food was delicious and the vibe was so cozy and rustic. Order one of their amazing wood fire pizzas and a glass of wine and enjoy the ambiance.
Nepenthe – The waits for a table at Nepenthe can get long but for good reason. This restaurant doesn’t take reservations but has one of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen. Order a drink at the bar and enjoy the view while you wait. Their famous Ambrosia burger was tasty and it felt like we were in a treehouse the whole time overlooking the ocean. Highly recommend.
Sur House – The restaurant at Ventana Inn is exquisite and my husband and I had a great time venturing out of our comfort zone and trying their four-course tasting menu which boasted bold, seasonal flavors. Every single course was perfection and we got to try dishes we may have not otherwise ordered. We also went back the next morning for breakfast and sat outside overlooking the water.
Room Service – If you have the opportunity, I would also suggest ordering room service and eating outside. There’s something so relaxing about enjoying a tea or latte outside in the peaceful forrest in your jammies. Loved this experience.
What to Do:
Bixby Creek Bridge – Stop at the iconic Bixby Bridge on your way into Big Sur and admire the architectural beauty of the bridge and the stunning views of the cliffs and deep blue ocean. Absolutely gorgeous and one of the best photo ops of the trip.
McWay Falls – Park on the street and take the short hike to McWay Falls to see the stunning waterfall fall directly onto the sand. There is no direct access to the beach but it’s still worth it to admire it from afar. Truly breathtaking.
Pfeiffer Beach – See the magical purple sand and the Key Hole Arch at Pfeiffer Beach. You will need $10 to park so be sure to bring cash but it’s well worth it!
Hiking – There are plenty of state parks to enjoy hiking including Limekiln State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and Salmon Creek Falls Trail. Pick your skill level and desired distance and go nuts.
Get Pampered Outside – If you have the time and the funds, get a massage outside and enjoy the smells of the forest and quiet outdoors. An incredible experience.
I hope you enjoy your weekend in Big Sur. It was one of my husband and I’s favorite trips and the perfect choice for our Babymoon. Be on the lookout for a future post on how to make the most of your Babymoon here and thanks for stopping by!