Just off highway one in the thick of the Big Sur happenings, Glen Oaks Motor Lodge gathers together a grouping of eco-friendly, rustic-mod motels rooms, cottages and cabins all nestled in to the woods and along the Big Sur River.
Glen Oaks feels like history in the making. It is so beautifully designed and meant to age well. It feels contemporary but appropriate to the natural surroundings. And one day when it sheds its modern bent, it will still be able to settle right in for the long haul. Although there's a 500 year old redwood on the grounds that could tell tall tales of early Big Sur ramblings, most of the memories that are being created right now are fairly young. But just like the design, these memories will not fade. It's just too magical here. There's something special about the combination of rustic and modern, and old and young, that no other stay in Big Sur can call its own.
This post is packed with pictures because there is no denying that the entire setting is a visual feast. The structures, the vibrant interiors, the river and the woodsy romantic setting all make for endless eye candy.
There are the renovated motel rooms in the motor lodge, two cottages amongst the oak trees and a handful of cabins in the redwood grove. Although all are exceptionally designed and have their own unique character and amenities, we preferred staying in the redwood grove cabins, relaxing by the outdoor fire pits while taking in the sound of the river.
Along a lowlit path amidst the redwoods, we ventured to the house restaurant, The Big Sur Roadhouse. A huge shout out to chef Matt Glazer who brings his hometown fare to the CA coast and somehow makes it fit in perfectly. He mixes his own blend of New Orleans and California ingredients in to everything he does, from his dishes to his hospitality, welcoming everyone who comes in the door with genuine warmth and a killer smile.
And finally there's this...renting the Big Sur cabin allows for tandem bathing in a pair of clawfoot tubs to soak under the stars. There were three of us, so we ro sham bo'd for first dip!
food & libations: Big Sur Roadhouse anytime (dig in to the fried chicken!), Post Ranch Inn for sunset cocktails, Big Sur Bakery for dinner, brunch and baked goods all day (load up on the peanut butter and jelly cookies)
cool for kids: skipping rocks and exploring in the river, s'mores kit, gathering wood, games in the room, "buddha boards"
must visit: Pfeiffer Beach (road not marked, ask the locals), hike through Andrew Molera State Park, McWay Falls