Two days in Big Sur
June 1st - June 3rd, 2018
Day 1: We headed up the coast on Friday AM to make the journey from Los Angeles to Big Sur. Because of the current road closures we had to head up to Carmel & then come back down the Coast to our destination. While in Carmel, we stopped at Pebble Beach for a fantastic lunch overlooking the 18th hole of their golf course & then drove the first few miles of 17 mile drive to see the Lonely Cypress & Sea Lion Rock. We then drove down to the Ventana campsite & set up camp. The campsite opened less than year ago & they have done a fantastic job – it is in the same area as the Ventana glamping & is a short walk up the beautiful Ventana hotel. Our campsite (#20) had a short but steep walk from the car up to the campsite but we loved it because it was super remote & secluded surrounded by wonderful redwood trees. The campsite had a bar made from an airstream which was awesome! We cooked burgers over the fire for dinner & enjoyed our feast. We stayed up late listening to music, drinking wine & playing games.
Day 2: The next morning we woke up early to meet up with our photography & hiking tour guide that we had booked through the campsite. It was great because he took us to a bunch of more off the beaten path places that were less touristy & also taught us how to take the most amazing photos! We visited Mcway Falls, Partington Cove & Beach, the local watering hole & a few other picturesque sights. We were also lucky to see two large condors perched on a rock above the highway & tried a Chanterelle mushroom cookie that our guide had made himself from mushrooms found on the coast. It was definitely a day of firsts!
After the tour we had lunch at the Ventana restaurant which had spectacular views of the ocean before walking the three mile trail around the property which was great. We revisited the airstream bar for happy hour again, explored the glamping area of the forest & went for a drink at the River Inn where we dipped our feet in the river before getting ready for dinner. We splurged & went to dinner at Post Ranch Inn which was FANTASTIC. It was a prefix dinner with the most dramatic scenery on the cliff of the coast. The property was huge & the way they designed it to fit into its surroundings was amazing... we also saw deer on the driveway into the property which was cool. After an amazing dinner we headed back to the campsite to enjoy a bottle of wine around the fire.
Day 3: We slept in Sunday morning & surprisingly didn’t wake up until 9am! After a refreshing shower we made a delicious breakfast over the fire with instant coffee & fresh orange juice. After clearing up the campsite, we headed to Pfeiffer beach which was a short 5 minute drive away. We drove down the long, narrow road before getting to the entrance where there was a $10 charge to park. The beach was beautiful with purple sand, beautiful rock formations & the famous arch through the rock that the tide comes through. There weren’t too many people on the beach so we hung out, enjoyed the view & took lots of photos. If we had more time, I would definitely spend a whole day relaxing on the beach there! We then headed back up the coast to Carmel before beginning the journey back home.
This was definitely a more pricey adventure than most but it was worth it. The campsite was absolutely worth the extra $$$. We also got super lucky with the weather with not a cloud in the sky the whole weekend… overall AMAZING trail babe weekend.