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Big-Sur-Lodging.com should be your first stop when planning your Big Sur Pacific Coast vacation. Use this complete directory of Big Sur motels, inns and small resorts to do some lodging comparison shopping MOTELS: list of all the Resorts, Motels, Cabins, Lodges, Inns, and Vacation rentals near Big Sur California or save $$$ and get closer to the Big Sur environment, choose a campground from this CAMPGROUNDS ... directory list of all places to camp in Big Sur; every Big Sur eatery is covered in our RESTAURANTS ... Big Sur Restaurant Review and Guide. ACTIVITIES ... Get off the highway and out of your car to enjoy the Big Sur from horseback at Andrew Molera State Park. The scenic coastal Molera Horseback Tours toll free 1-800-942-5486; pass through beautiful lush redwood forests, over wildflower studded meadows, cross creeks and all horseback tours go to the beach on this breathtaking 4,800 acre coastal paradise ... or check the Big Sur/Monterey events calendars for some other exciting Big Sur vacation activity ideas SPECIAL EVENTS... January through June 2014. There is plenty going on in Big Sur so get started planning today!

Hi, I am Don Smith author and webmaster of Big-Sur-Lodging.com. From years of experience I can tell you this is a wonderful time to visit the Big Sur; take advantage of the off-season prices, enjoy the tranquil ambiance and ...I hope you took part in the January 17th-19th, annual Big Sur Foragers Festival (once known as the Big Sur Chanterelle Festival and Cook Off); this tasty FUNgus and informative Big Sur wintertime event is for such a worthy cause, the Big Sur Medical Clinic, the only medical facility within the 100 sparse miles between Carmel and Cambria. Anyway the festival is Big Sur's last hurrah, nothing much happening until spring break especially on weekdays so go and enjoy the serine off-season peace far from the maddening crowds but watch out the rainy season may have finally begun, so get your PCH 1 Big Sur road trip started now; please be careful when you drive the Pacific Coast Highway especially during and after rainy weather...still... off season weather can beautiful in between the rains... early spring can be a great time to visit the Big Sur Coast, DO IT !!!

I am Don Smith the author of Big Sur Lodging Accommodations and Webmaster of this website. I was raised on this beautiful majestic Central California Coast and have long had a love affaire with the Pacific Coast Highway 1 and the Big Sur Pacific Coast; let me be your guide.

I was raised on this beautiful majestic
Central California Coast and have long
had a love affaire with the Pacific Coast
Highway 1 and the Big Sur Pacific Coast;
let me be your Big Sur visitor's guide...

Camp fees are up and truly everything is more expensive on the Big Sur Pacific Coast so you may want to pack a picnic lunch and to fill your tank with gas somewhere else before you go. To the south it is a good time to visit Hearst Castle and it’s always worth going north on PCH 1 to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, some unique barrel jellies are latest addition to the ultra beautiful Jellies Exhibit, there is a new baby sea turtle in the open sea exhibit and now they have a Giant Pacific Octopus.

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Beautiful Big Sur Scenic Coast Highway 1 is OPEN!!! Here's a brief rundown on what's happening...

Chanterelle wild edible mushroom (cantharellus cibarius) identification thumbnail photo; click to enlarge the mushroom photo to help you identify and help you pick and gather this Big Sur wild edible delicacy, a fungus called the chanterelle mushroom.
-Chanterelle- chanterelle cibarius

LOTS OF SUNSHINE, GREAT FOOD &FUN not much FUNGI at BIG SUR'S LAST HARRAH!: Hopefully you didn't miss 2014 Big Sur annual gala Big Sur Foragers Festival January 17-19. There were delicious and fun luncheons, and dinners, a fungus face-off mushroom cookery competition, a professionally guided wild food hunt, auction and more...the main events are scattered around various Big Sur establishments. Regretfully the drought stifled the wild mushroom crop and prevented much of the normally rainy season greens from growing so the informative expert led wild food gathering hike through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park had to be moved from the valley to the coast but the mostly imported food for the festival was great as was the cooking competition, the "Fungus Face-off", featuring the talents of many notable local chefs and wine tasting sponsored by 10 local wineries on the patio of the Ventana Inn & Spa (800-628-6500 or 831-667-2331 ). Festival 2014 awards: Most Inventive Use of Ingredients - Mushroom Macaroons – Ventana; Most Unique Dish & Extra Kudos Awards - Jacob Pilarski - Big Sur Bakery; Most Complex Flavors Dish - wild boar served on baguette - Ripplewood; Best Hot/ Spicy Dish – lemon pepper chowder - Matt Glazer - Big Sur Roadhouse; Best Table Display - Fernwood; Most Artistic Presentation of Dish - Esalen; Most Easily Adapted to Home Cooking - Bernardus; Most Nutritious/Healthy – Big Sur Bakery; Best Vegetarian Dish - Hyatt Carmel Highlands; Most Local Ingredients – Carmel Valley Ranch; and Best Cooking Technique - prosciutto-wrapped wild Pacific shrimp - Tap House. Special Trophies were awarded to: People’s Choice - Bernardus (Cal Stamenov) and Judges’ Pick for Celebrity Chef of Show - Jason Holzworth - Ventana. So...not much else happening at Big Sur till end of May except it a little live music on weekends at the usual venues like the Fernwood Resort (831-667-2422) & Mondays at Treebones Yurt Camp till the middle of March (805-927-2390 or toll free 877-424-4787).


NOW IS A FINE TIME TO VISIT BIG SUR CALIFORNIA! Big Sur businesses waking up from winter slumber and are hungry for your tourist dollars in the anxious to provide you with a memorable Big Sur vacationer experience! In spring many business and attractions increase times of operations and expand their offerings like the Point Sur Lighthouse Moonlight Tours and Whale Watch Tours begin in April. On the weekends Big Sur is starting to rock with live music and entertainment; check the calendars at places like the Big Sur River Inn, Henry Miller Library, Fernwood Resort and Maiden Publick House (831) 667-2355 and check the www.big-sur-lodgine.com calendar of Big Sur things to see & do. At the southern end in the tiny village of San Simeon Sebastian’s General Store and Café who feature Hearst Ranch natural free range grass fed beef is getting a reputation for their great food with both tourists and locals alike and their latest addition Hearst Ranch Wines now have a wine tasting room there. Come and do some exploring and have some adventures along with getting pampered at one of the fine resorts on the scenic Big Sur Coast Highway 1! GET OUT OF YOUR CAR ... Recent rains have greened up the forests and have pumped up the creeks and falls; the trails to the beautiful natural Big Sur Waterfalls ( Click cell phone icon for mobile version the most beautiful natural Big Sur California waterfalls and best falls hiking trails. waterfalls guide mobile) always provide nice short hikes through the lovely Big Sur forests but after rainy spells the rewards are greatly increased by the elegantly rushing waterfalls. Visiting the southern end of scenic Big Sur is attractive now also, the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (805) 927-7361 is offering tours of their grounds and facilities Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Ragged Point is always a must stop to at least stretch legs and check the coastal views anyway.
Typically in the off-season the Big Sur businesses cut back on crew, hours of operation and special events, everything is pretty dead. It's a good time to enjoy a warm drink by the fireside of one of the inns or taverns and many of the lodgings still feature real wood burning fireplaces which can provide a very nice warm crackling popping ambiance. If you show up at the front desk at around dusk at a resort or inn that has lots of rooms un-rented you can dicker for the year’s cheapest deals on lodging. Any season Ragged Point is a MUST STOP!!! not to ever EVER be passed by...grab an espresso, stretch your legs and enjoy the scenic views they are breathtaking and the grass is always green and there are flowers blooming in their ornamental gardens year round. HEARST CASTLE INFORMATION... my current favorite tour is the “Designing the Dream Tour”, an extended tour that focuses on history and explores the design and construction evolution of the magnificent estate, from the earliest work in the 1920s, through the last in the mid-1940s;and starting spring my favorite tour, the wonderful Hearst Castle Evening Tours is available ...before you go from your armchair you can take the Classic Hearst Photo Tour: - Hearst Castle Pictures and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse(805) 927-7361 is offering tours of their grounds and facilities Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays..You can do some wine tasting in the tiny village of San Simeon at Sebastian’s General Store and Café who feature Hearst Ranch natural free range grass fed beef is getting a reputation for their great food with both tourists and locals alike and their latest addition is a tasting room for Hearst Ranch Wines so now have a wine tasting room there!

camp fees have increased and no water available at Ponderosa and Kirk Creek Campgrounds, carry in or treat water, water shut of attention graphic Campground Fee Increase Report & Big Sur Camping Tips Spring 2014:(Full Report) Camping on the central coast has taken a sad sad downturn; there was a time in California when any man could afford a vacation by packing up some camp gear and his family any heading out to one of our inexpensive campgrounds either federal or state. With a economically falter government turning many of its park responsibilities to for profit companies those days are gone; these days it has gotten to be an expensive option not available to the hard working low-incomer and his much vacation deserving family. So be warned camping fees and many other things will be costing you more now; pack what you need and fill your gas tank and checkbook before you go. Here’s some camp fees I encountered on a recent camping trip: Morro Strand State Beach Campground $35; Fernwood Resort $55+; Pfeiffer Big Sur, $35/60; Limekiln Creek $35; Kirk Creek $25; Ponderosa Campground $20; Nacimiento Campground $15. and don't forget drinkable water Ponderosa and Kirk Creek Campgrounds, they are now "dry" campgrounds: the U.S. Forest Service announced 01/18/13; states the water is shut off at Kirk Creek Campground for safety reasons and is not scheduled to be returned anytime soon so be prepared carry water from another location and to treat unsafe water from a spring or creek and or take plenty of water when you go.(Read the Full Spring Campground Report)

WHERE TO CAMP ... Camping is one of the best ways to get close to the nature of Big Sur, and now it is easier to get a good site; my first choice campgrounds is the ocean view Kirk Creek Campground or also nice is the campground at Limekiln Creek California State Park which is assigning campsites on a first come first serve basis or you can reserve online: Kirk Creek Campground reservations online or Limekiln State Park campsites online and you should also visit Garrapata State Park , and Morro Strand State Beach (camp on the beach) California State beaches RIGHT NOW!!!!
WHAT TO DO ...The Point Sur Lighthouse has the regular tours and the Moonlight Tours and Whale Watch Tours begin in April; LOOKING FOR LIVE MUSIC OR ENTERTAINMENT?; check the calendars at places like the Henry Miller Library (831-667-2574), Fernwood Resort (831-667-2129), Treebones Yurt Camp (877-424-4787), sorry the music is over till spring at the Big Sur River Inn (831-667-2700 or Toll Free: 1-800-548-3610), but check the Maiden Publick House (831-667-2355); and the www.big-sur-lodging.com calendar of Big Sur things to see & do. Enjoy paradise unspoiled; many service people are not busy and anxious to provide you with a memorable Big Sur vacationer experience!
VISIT MONTEREY ... At the northern end of the highway, there is always something going on in Carmel/Monterey and the Monterey Bay Aquarium is wonderful, the Jellies exhibit is updated and a new octopus and friends section features a Giant Pacific Octopus. Take a Big Sur road trip, do some exploring and have some coast adventures then get a motel room to stay and warm up by the fireplace along with getting pampered at one of the fine resorts on the scenic Big Sur Coast Highway 1!
VISIT HEARST CASTLE & CAMBRIA ... Visiting the southern end of scenic Big Sur is attractive now also. At Hearst Castle try the “Designing the Dream Tour”, an extended tour that focuses on history and explores the design and construction evolution of the magnificent estate, from the earliest work in the 1920s, through the last in the mid-1940s...and starting spring my favorite tour, the wonderful Hearst Castle Evening Tours is available.Also you can tour the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (805) 927-7361 which is offering tours of their grounds and facilities through June 14 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10 a.m. leaving the Piedras Blancas Motel at 10AM. Piedras Blancas elephant seals are always up to something; this years young show up September and newborns come in December, see the SEALS ACTIVITIES MONTH by MONTH CALENDAR for the seals routines and look at the new Elephant Seal Webcam to see what they are up to right this second. Ragged Point has the closest restrooms you must stop there to at least check the coastal views anyway. In the tiny village of San Simeon Sebastian’s General Store and Café who feature Hearst Ranch natural free range grass fed beef is getting a reputation for their great food with both tourists and locals alike and their latest addition a tasting room for Hearst Ranch Wines so now have a wine tasting room there! Do some exploring and have some adventures along with getting pampered at one of the fine resorts on the scenic Big Sur Coast Highway 1!

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DON'T MISS ... Just a reminder of some of my coastal favorites: Ragged Point is always a must stop on anytime you are in the neighborhood...at the very least stretch your legs and check the California coastal views...In the tiny village of San Simeon at the south end of the Big Sur Coast visit Sebastian’s General Store and Café who feature Hearst Ranch natural free range grass fed beef is getting a reputation for their great food with both tourists and locals alike and their latest addition a tasting room for Hearst Ranch Wines so now have a wine tasting room there! Do some exploring and have some adventures along with getting pampered at one of the fine resorts on the scenic Big Sur Coast Highway 1!

WHAT TO WEAR... HOW TO DRESS WHEN YOU GO TO BIG SUR CALIFORNIA: The Big Sur area has a large variety of microclimates; weather is generally mild on the coast but it changes quickly and often so it is best to come prepared and layering is the best way to dress for Big Sur any season; peal clothes off when it warms, pile them on when it starts to get cool or damp.

INFORMATION ON TRAILS, CAMPGROUNDS AND LOCAL STATE PARKS: Click the tent camper to visit Limekiln State Park California Campgroung Page: funny little sleeping camper with his feet sticking out the tent graphic to highlight the reopening of Limekiln State Park and the Limekiln campground!GOOD NEWS !!!: Damage from most past Big Sur forest fires have been repaired and most most affected trails and campgrounds are now back open. The exception is Ventana Campground, coming back for summer 2014 I am told; Limekiln Creek California State Park's is open and so is the trail to Sykes Hot Springs; there is an alternate for Pfeiffer Falls Trail. In fact most trails that had closed because of the fires have now reopen including Tanbark, Ewoldson trail is open on the ocean side of the loop, while the eastern side is closed and under construction in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park . BAD NEWS...SPRING 2014 ALERT:Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park!!!: Due to dangerous conditions resulting from the recent Pfeiffer Fire, a partial closure order is in effect. All areas within the park west of Highway One are closed to the public. This includes the Buzzard's Roost Trail, Group Camp sites A and B, Liewald Flat, and the Tosh Meadow located adjacent to Fernwood Resort. All members of the public found within these areas will be issued criminal citations. The Campground, Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View Trail, and Big Sur Lodge remain open.
Before you start any adventure you may want to check online and double check by telephone that your desired trails and camping destinations are open and passable. Ventana Wilderness Alliance website is a great resource for all Big Sur area trails (V.W.A. Website) and can check for current conditions and closures via telephone or in person at the Big Sur Ranger Station (831) 667-2315. Personnel are available during normal business hours 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PST) and have information about hiking, camping, road conditions and more. While in Big Sur you can pick up trail maps, books, posters, and lots of other information. They also have public restrooms. At the more southern end of the Scenic Big Sur Highway you can get help and information via telephone or in person from the Pacific Valley Ranger Station (805)927-4211.

BEFORE YOU GO If you're stuck at home use this photo gallery to help plan your next Big Sur PCH 1 vacation, take a virtual photo road trip up or down the Pacific Coast Highway 1 now Montaña de Oro to Pebble Beach... or head north from San Simeon to Monterey one of Yahoo Travel Ideas of 10 Great all-American Road Trips and National Geographic lists the road trip from Monterey to Morro Bay as one of their Drives of a Lifetime they say the Big Sur Road Trip is “An exhilarating driving experience” also the Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 was chosen #1 of The 20 Greatest Driving Roads in the World by PM Magazine and just recently Fox News Travel Picked Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 as #1 of The Top 20 Places Every American Should See...make a plan...pack your bags...GO! even if you are a WINO... Wine Enthusiast Magazine suggests “California's Highway 1, The Wine-Lovers' Route”.

And a final reminder, it's always a good idea to check Highway conditions; Pacific Coast Highway One, PCH 1, has recently been describe by Cal-Trans as geologically unstable and there is highway construction, delays and closures:

Photo of rock slide caution sign to highlight the danger of rock slides on Pacific Coast Highway 1 during the winter rainy season; slide ahead CalTrans sign on the side of the highway warning of a slide ahead; click for a larger slide ahead PCH 1 caution danger highway sign.
Slide Danger

DO BE CAREFUL WHEN TRAVELING PCH 1, Pacific Coast Highway 1 - It is never really safe to travel the scenic Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 during or soon after a rain storm and it is especially dangerous when there has been a lot of rain and the ground is saturated. Although rock slides can happen at any time the more saturated the ground and if there is currently or in the near future a rain storm, especially if it is heavy then the more likely flash flooding and severe rock slides are imminent. It only takes one small falling rock to ruin your day and a one large boulder can end your life! The Pacific Coast Highway 1 remains open unless it is closed by the California Department of Transportation; for current California Highway conditions call 1-800.427.7623, or on the internet you can check California Highway Conditions: PCH 1 and all California Highway Conditions at the California Department of Transportation website Mobile.





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Big Sur Campground and Cabins Pacific Coast Highway 1 sign picture , Click for more visitor information about the Big Sur Campground and Cabins amenities.
Big Sur Campground and Cabins
Big Sur Lodge highway sign photograph , links to travel details for accommodations at Big Sur Lodge.
Big Sur Lodge
Big Sur River Inn on Pacific Coast Highway photo , click for visitor services for a stay at Big Sur River Inn.
Big Sur River Inn
Carmel River Inn cottage photograph , Detailed visitor information for the Carmel California lodging accommodations at the Carmel River Inn.
Carmel River Inn
Deetjens Big Sur Inn from Pacific Coast Highway One picture , Find out visitor information for services available at Deetjens Big Sur Inn.
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
Esalen Institute highway sign picture , Click for more visitor information about the facilities at Esalen Institute.
Esalen Institute
Fernwood Resort on the P.C.H. photograph , Travel details for the lodging accommodations at the Fernwood Resort.
Fernwood Resort
Glen Oaks Motel photo , Visitor specifics for a stay at Glen Oaks Motel.
Glen Oaks Motel
Gorda Springs resort photograph , Click for detailed visitor information on the Big Sur lodging accommodations at Gorda Springs Resort.
Gorda Springs Cottages
Hearst Hacienda Guest Hunting Lodge in Jolon picture , Find out visitor information for the facilities and services available at Hearst Hacienda Guest Hunting Lodge in Jolon, California.
Hacienda Guest Lodge Jolon
Highlands Inn Carmel Hyatt Resort hotel lobby picture , Click for more visitor information about the Highlands Inn Carmel Hyatt Resort.
Highlands Inn Carmel Hyatt Resort
Photograph of the Lucia Lodge taken from Pacific Coast Highway 1 , Click to get travel details for guest services and facilities at the ocean view Lucia Lodge on the Big Sur Pacific coast.
Lucia Lodge
New Camaldoli Hermitage sign by Pacific Coast Highway 1 photo, Click for visitor specifics about a stay at New Camaldoli Hermitage.
New Camaldoli Hermitage
Post Ranch Inn Pacific Ocean View Resort photograph , Detailed visitor information for the luxury Big Sur Pacific Ocean view lodging accommodations at the Post Ranch Inn Ocean View Resort.
Post Ranch Inn
Ragged Point Inn and Pacific Ocean View Resort hotel lobby picture, Click to find out visitor information about accommodations and guest services at the Ragged Point Inn Pacific Ocean View Resort.
Ragged Point Inn and Resort
Ripplewood Resort on Pacific Coast Highway 1 picture , Click for more visitor information about facilities and services available at the Ripplewood Resort Big Sur lodging.
Ripplewood Resort
Photo of a cabin on the Big Sur River at the Riverside Campground and Cabins, Travel details for accommodations at Riverside Campground and Cabins.
Riverside Campground and Cabins
Photograph of yurts and Pacific Ocean View at Treebones Ocean View Resort, Click for tourist information about the facilities and services available for a stay at Treebones Pacific Ocean View Resort.
Treebones Resort
Big Sur vacation rental house photograph , click for detailed visitor information for vacation rental properties, houses and cabins in the Big Sur Pacific Coast.
Vacation Rental Properties
Ventana Inn and Spa Highway Sign Picture , Find out visitor information about facilities and guest services available for tourists at the Ventana Inn and Spa.
Ventana Inn & Spa
 

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