This is the first Big Sur posting, but it will not be the last. It's difficult for me to capture the essence of that majestic, spiritual, breathtaking land on the California coast. I'll just say it's my favorite place on earth - how's that for dramatic? There's really nowhere I'd rather get away to and we are so lucky it's only a few hours away from us. When we stayed at the Coast Ranch Adobe, it was more of a whim, but romantically enough for us it was also Valentine's Day weekend.
The Coast Ranch Adobe is located in the Coastlands development, centrally located in Big Sur. Within striking distance are Post Ranch Inn, Ventana, etc. But why stay with others when you can be all Jack Kerouac and hide away from them all? Big Sur is all about nature. Wherever you stay, you will inevitably be surrounded by the elements in their highest form. So pick your poison. But this house rental did stick out for us as one of the most special places we've stumbled upon.
The house was lovely, but to be honest, we were barely in it. Just look at the land that expanded acres and acres along the coast. There were wild turkey and deer galore. A private beach was the highlight for the two men who braved the hike to get there. An outdoor tub (a must have in Big Sur), a hot tub, a couple annex bedrooms and a beautiful airstream all added to the visual beauty. But what we found most appealing were the outdoor perches... a swing that felt like it flew above the ocean, benches in all the right places to catch the sunset and chairs around fire pits and garden areas to get lost in. And that we did...
food & libations: Big Sur Bakery, Deetjen's (especially for breakfast - oh the huevos rancheros!), Nepenthe, Post Ranch Inn for sunset
cool for kids: the animals, the swings, the run of the land
must visit: Pfeiffer Beach, McWay Falls, Henry Miller Library.. and everything in-between