Travel Guide: Big Sur

NorCal? SoCal? This week, that ongoing popularity contest popular among Californians is irrelevant because this week we are taking you to Cen-Cal aka Central California (is that a thing? If not we’re making it one) That’s right, Modern Pioneers, we’re talking about Big Sur – the perfect getaway for you this weekend, or any weekend for that matter!
For those of you not familiar, Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California coastline bordered in the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains and in the west by the Pacific Ocean. Big Sur is also well-known for its narrow, winding, 2-lane stretch of California Route 1 (so if you get carsick, take some meds, because this is something you can’t miss) that traverses through the Santa Lucia Mountains along beautiful seaside cliffs. So for all of you Modern Pioneers looking for a sleepy seaside town to slip away to or simply want to hike some of California’s most breathtaking landscape, follow along because we’ve searched high and low to make your experience in Big Sur an unforgettable one with our official Big Sur Travel Guide!


Activities In Big Sur

Because of its diverse geography – mountains, ocean, beaches, meadows, etc. – Big Sur offers travelers a wide range of activities to choose from. For hiking enthusiasts, we recommend spending a day in Andrew Molera State Park. This popular state park has over 20 miles of trails running throughout the park’s bluffs and headlands, two of which cross a stream and finish at a peaceful sandy shore. Or for those of you looking to go off the beaten path, we suggest taking a trip to Limekiln State Park and meandering the Falls Trail until you reach a breathtaking 100-foot waterfall – the perfect place to cool off and rest after a long morning of hiking (because let’s admit it, we’re not all in as perfect shape as we’d like to be in)


But for those of you wanting to take a more historical route – you must take a tour of Point Sur State Historic Park! Point Sur looks like a small island off the coast the way it confidently rises out of the sea, but here’s a neat little fact, it is actually connected by a sandbar that travelers can use to access the Point. Sitting atop Point Sur, is an awesome 1889 stone lighthouse with endless stories about shipwrecks and the quirky lighthouse families that used to live there.

Image via: www.postranchinn.com

And for those of you looking to just chill, we get it.  Head on down to the Big Sur Lodge.  It’s literally only 25 miles from Carmel.  Have you ever sat in an Adirondack chair in the middle of a river? Well, here that is a reality, especially if you go in the summer months.  Pick up a cold one at The General Store and walk down and do some good ol’ fashioned river sittin’!


Lodging In Big Sur

Remember the good ‘ol days spent in your backyard treehouse hatching secret plans with your buddies, hoping that your parents would obey the “No Parents Allowed” sign tacked neatly on the tree trunk? Well get ready to take a somewhat more sophisticated trip back to your childhood and stay in a treehouse for the weekend at Post Ranch Inn. And when we say sophisticated, we actually mean lux. Nine feet off the forest floor, fully furnished with a King bed, window seat, desk, fireplace, and skylight, the treehouse guestrooms at the Post Ranch Inn are the cherry on top of your weekend in Big Sur. Post Ranch Inn is the ideal spot for those who have always dreamt about sleeping amongst the trees, but still want to be able to enjoy a glass of Lost Republic in their own King sized bed at night.

Image via: www.bigsurroadhouse.com

Dining In Big Sur

Alright, by now you’re probably thinking that Big Sur is too good to be true. But think again because we haven’t even told you about the awesome restaurants in the area to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst.  Nepenthe is just the California vibe we’re talking about! An awesome place to grab a casual lunch outside pre or post hike.  Grab a beer and take in the 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. 

For some classic California comfort food, head on over to the Big Sur Roadhouse. Only featuring locally sourced organic ingredients, Big Sur Roadhouse is the perfect place to get your grub on and also make sure you’re sticking to your California roots and supporting local farmers. But the night doesn’t have to end after dinner! Catch a second wind at the Big Sur Taphouse. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere make the Big Sur Taphouse the place to be to watch some Sunday afternoon football or socialize with the locals.
It’s simple. Big Sur offers something for everyone.  Just make sure to do Big Sur right and come equipped with enough Lost Republic to fully capture the California spirit in one of California’s hidden gems.