I think Big Sur is one of my favorite spots in California, maybe the world, and with the warm fall weather California is having, I wanted to share some great spots to visit there.
The sun was beginning to push the fog away and boys were hungry, so it was time for lunch at another Big Sur landmark, Nepenthe.
Nepenthe is a breathtaking spot perched above the Pacific. This multi-level restaurant and gathering spot has been serving travelers, artists and Bohemians since 1949. It’s open most everyday of the year for lunch and dinner.
(My son Griffin had just shaved his head for St Baldrick’s Day!)
It's the most amazing part of the world, truly idyllic, a real rainbow's end.
Kim, as a fellow native Northern California girl, I am sad that hadn't spent much time in Big Sur except for quick drive getting to other destinations. I was lucky enough to snag an awesome campsite at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State park in August. The view was magnificent! We also hiked the same trail that you and your family did. I am hoping to try out some of the other campgrounds next year. I hear that the other Pfeiffer State Park has some nice campsites as well as nice places to swim. Lovely photos in this post!
kim at northerncalstyle. says
I so agree Tabitha!
kim at northerncalstyle. says
Kelley, I was just reading about those campsites this week! That must have been fantastic. Love to do that sometime. I have car camped at Pfeiffer State Park in Big Sur and it's beautiful too with very good tent sites along the river. They have a cute lodge there and you can grab a breakfast there as well as stay.
Across the street is a tiny road that looks like a driveway almost. If you drive a mile or so down it there is a hidden beach! Lying on that beach I saw a mom and baby whale swim by right off the break one year around April. Amazing spot!
Love to see your photos of that camping at JPBurns!
Jennifer Connolly says
Such great photo's!! I adore Big Sur any time of year. It's so close to home and such a magical place to visit. We camped at Pfeiffer State park many years ago… for 20 minutes. It was the most stunning spot…unfortunately we'd left the tent poles at home. The kids have never let us forget it:)
It was a major fail, but we have always planned to go back!
Enjoy your week my friend. xo~Jennifer
Dale Janée says
Wow Kim! Big Sur looks so amazing and I've been to Carmel and Pebble Beach, but never made it to Big Sur and I'm definitely missing out. I love the pics overlooking the water with the beaches that look so private. All the landmarks and little shops look so fun too. I need to take my husband here one day. Thanks for sharing and cute family selfies too!! 🙂
Coulda shoulda woulda says
i went to nepenthe every day i was there. I loved that whole place and driving up and down the coast. I would like to move there for a few months and just enjoy the vibe. It really is God's country.
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Lana L. says
My grandmother took me on a weekend trip to Big Sur right after I graduated from college. We had so much fun! Loved this post, and your pictures – it brought back great memories!
Leigh Powell Hines says
Kim, what lovely photos. This looks like a great area. I cannot believe that log that looks like an alligator. It really does. Pinning a few of these.
I love Big Sur. The first time I went there I was 18. I bought an opal ring in the Phoenix Shop. There was no Cafe Kevah then. But I love the brunch/ lunch menu there. Also I bought the My Nepenthe book several years ago. It's a great memoir. As an added bit of info, my daughter and I were there this past October and the weather was amazing. I wrote 2 short posts about loving Big Sur. I was blessed to be there twice in 2014. Enough about my love of this place. Your photos are outstanding and you have included places I've been but not included so good to see them. I intend to check back often.