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THINGS TO DO

When you stay here

As a Lodge guest, you receive a complimentary day pass to three state parks in Big Sur: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

We are located in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and have a variety of hiking trails at your doorstep. There are also many beautiful public lands nearby that offer a variety of different experiences, from sandy beaches to rocky shores, coastal bluffs, oak forest, grassland, and riparian canyons with redwoods, willows and sycamore.

Local State Parks & Forest Service Lands

  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

    Most hikes are through the forest and you are often surrounded by giant redwood trees. A self-guided, quarter-mile Nature Trail is the only ADA-certified trail in the area. The Valley View trail gives you great views of the Lighthouse and the northern coastline, and Buzzard’s Roost is a moderate loop up through the trees with a nice ocean view at the top. For the more adventurous hiker, the Mount Manuel Trail will take you nearly ten miles up to the 3500’ peak. For a leisurely walk along the Big Sur River we recommend Liewald’s Flat which starts just under the bridge across from the Big Sur Lodge restaurant (walk over the bridge then take your first left).

  • Andrew Molera State Park

    (3 miles north)

    Coastal State Park with bluffs, beaches and headlands where the Big Sur River meets the ocean. The Creamery Meadow Trail is a flat 15-minute walk that gives you direct access to the beach. From there an 8-mile loop of interconnecting trails gives you access to a variety of terrain, including coastal scrub, redwood forest and ridgetop grassland. Spring-Fall there is a foot bridge to cross the Big Sur River to access the beach. Otherwise, you will need to wade across the river to continue on the Creamery Meadow Trail to access the beach and bluff trails.

  • Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park

    (13.5 miles south)

    Home of the famous McWay Falls, an 80-foot waterfall that empties directly into the Pacific Ocean. Views of the falls are a short quarter-mile walk from the parking lot. There are also breathtaking ocean vistas from many trails that wind up along the front range of the Santa Lucia Mountains.

  • Pfieffer Beach

    (turnoff 2 miles south, at the second 45-mile marker on the west side of Highway 1)

    Beautiful beach with three coves, purple sand and giant rock formations. Entrance off of Highway One on the west side, not well marked. Look for a paved road that goes downhill sharply and has a yellow “Narrow Road – No RVs – No Pedestrians” sign. Only after you turn the first corner on the road you will see a sign for Pfeiffer Beach. It is a two-mile drive down to the parking lot and you must pay a fee to park. The road is narrow and heavily trafficked, therefore please drive slowly and yield to oncoming traffic.

  • Point Sur Lighthouse

    (5.5 miles north)

    Three-hour walking tour overlooking the Pacific Ocean with exploration into the Lighthouse and old historic homes and buildings. Tours are first-come, first-served, Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m.

    (Temporarily closed for construction, see website for additional info)

    www.pointsur.org
    (831) 625 4419

  • Ventana Wildlife Society Discovery Center

    (3 miles north)

    Located at Andrew Molera State Park. Learn about the history and ecology of the California Condor, which has come back from the brink of extinction due to a captive breeding program and is now flying free once more in the Big Sur wilderness.

    Open Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

    www.ventanaws.org
    (831) 620 0702

  • Partington Cove

    (11.5 miles south)

    Short hike down a fire road to the rocky mouth of Partington Creek and a small beach, or take the left fork to an historic 60-ft tunnel through the rock and a cove with the rusty ruins of an old ship-loading apparatus, used by the tanoak-logging industry at the turn of the century. There is no signage for Partington on the highway so look for a large U-shaped curve in the road with large dirt turnouts on either side near the 38-mile markers. Across from the Partington Cove fire road, on the East side of Highway 1 you will find the trailhead for a moderately strenuous hike to the Tanbark Trail. This trail takes you to the ruins of the historic Tin House, built in the 1940’s by the previous owners before the land was donated to the state park system. There is a concrete porch with sweeping ocean views to rest and enjoy a picnic lunch.

  • Garrapata State Park & Beach

    (18 miles north)

    Beautiful long sandy beach, and many coastal hiking trails. Great for picnics, pictures, walking or relaxing with a good book. Trail entrances are scattered along the highway in turnouts on the west side. Look for small brown forest service signs indicating coastal access. Beach access is via a wooden staircase, just north of Garrapata Creek Bridge.

  • Limekiln State Park

    (29 miles south)

    Slightly off the beaten path, Limekiln is a hidden gem of redwoods, waterfalls, and the cultural history of Big Sur’s lime smelting industry. Hiking trails lead along forest streams to the ruins of the four limekilns, which were active in the late 1800s, and a beautiful waterfall. There is also a small sandy beach beneath the highway where Limekiln Creek empties into the ocean.

  • Point Lobos State Park

    (26 miles north of Big Sur Lodge)

    Beautiful park with hiking trails to hidden coves. You can often see otters, sea lions and seals during your walk along the coastline, and explore the history of archeological sites including the small cabin at Whaler’s Cove that dates from the turn of the century.

Other Attractions in Big Sur & Monterey

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

    (36 miles north)

    The excellent Monterey Bay Aquarium is a fun and educational journey focused mainly on the ocean and shoreline ecology of California. Touch manta rays and starfish in the hands-on exhibits; view deep sea creatures, sharks, sunfish, and sea turtles; a huge variety of otherworldly jellyfish; coastal shorebirds including penguins; and a three-story-high recreated kelp forest with simulated ocean waves. Otters often frolic just off the outdoor viewing decks. The Aquarium also houses a wildlife rehabilitation program and promotes ocean conservation and sustainable seafood consumption. The onsite restaurant offers delicious sustainable cuisine.

    www.montereybayaquarium.org
    (831) 648 4800

  • Cannery Row

    (36 miles north)

    This historic waterfront location was made famous by John Steinbeck’s book of the same name. No longer a sardine cannery, the area boasts restaurants, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, indoor mini golf, a wax museum, gift shops, art galleries, boutiques, cafés, kayak and bike rentals, whale watching and more. Fun for the whole family.

  • Pebble Beach Horseback riding

    (31 miles north)

    Enjoy breathtaking views along the Pacific coastline and experience the shady Monterey pines of Del Monte Forest on your ride.

    www.pebblebeach.com/equestrian-center/trail-rides/

  • Big Sur Guides & Hiking

    (3 miles north)

    Specializing in personalized adventure for individuals, families and groups. Hiking & picnic excursions; helicopter tours; whale watching; aquarium tours; world class golfing; sailing cruises; kayaking; paddle boarding; bicycling; lunch & wine tasting; shopping tours; Pebble Beach, Carmel & Big Sur driving tours and historic Monterey & museum tours.

    www.bigsurguides.com
    (831) 594 1742
    E-mail [email protected]

Shops & Galleries

  • Big Sur Lodge Gift Shop

    Located inside Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. A great place to pick up Big Sur souvenirs, with some local crafts and the largest selection of Big Sur T-shirts and sweatshirts.

    Open daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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    (831) 667 3100

  • Glass House Gallery

    (2.5 miles south)

    Located at Ventana Inn. Small fine-art gallery inside a converted shipping container with a sweeping view of the ocean. Showcasing local painting and photography.

    Open Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    https://www.ventanabigsur.com/activities/glass-house-gallery
    (831) 667 2787

  • Phoenix Shop

    (3.5 miles south)

    Located at Nepenthe restaurant. Large, two story world-market style gift shop with local and international art, boutique clothing, books, jewelry, bodycare, textiles, and more.

    Open daily 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    www.phoenixshopbigsur.com
    (831) 667 2347

  • Hawthorne Gallery

    (3.7 miles south)

    Beautiful art gallery showcasing the work of several generations of the Hawthorne family as well as other local fine artists utilizing glass, wood, metal and stone. The building itself is architecturally stunning.

    Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    www.hawthornegallery.com
    (831) 667 3200

  • Henry Miller Memorial Library

    (4 miles south)

    Just down the road from Nepenthe on the east side of the highway. Henry Miller Library is an eclectic bookshop and event space, run by a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting the works of one of Big Sur’s most famous residents. They host a variety of events throughout the year from short-film festivals to book signings to live music.

    www.henrymiller.org
    (831) 667 2574

  • Coast Big Sur

    (6.5 miles south)

    Nestled against the cliffs with ocean views, this multilevel, newly-renovated gallery and restaurant is housed in repurposed antique redwood water tanks and is visually gorgeous. Local and American fine art, jade, and sculpture, as well as a café.

    Open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.

    www.coastbigsur.com
    (831) 667 2301

Relaxation

  • Therapeutic, Swedish, Aromatherapy & Facials by Jenny Buckland

    Over 20 years’ experience as a masseuse at a four star resort and highly recommended.

    (831) 915-4416
    (831) 667-2874

  • Namaste Therapeutic Bodyworks

    Intuitive therapists Julian & Lynn allow your body to communicate to them the kind of pressure and technique that you need, easing your body into maximum relaxation & healing. Private location in a beautiful canyon about 26 minutes north of Big Sur Lodge, and also available for in-room calls, including couples’ massages.

    By appointment only. Not available on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

    www.namastetherapy.com
    (831) 620 1447
    E-mail [email protected]

  • Spa Alila

    (2.5 miles south)

    Ventana Inn’s spa prioritizes guests staying on their property, but it is open to offsite clients on a day-by-day basis. You can book in advance and they will confirm the day before whether or not they will be able to fit you in. They offer a variety of services including reflexology, facials and body treatments, many styles of therapeutic massage, and traditional Japanese baths.

    www.ventanabigsur.com
    (831) 667 2331

  • Esalen Institute

    (15 miles south)

    Esalen Institute is a retreat center built around a natural hot sulfur spring, with a bathhouse perched on the cliffs above the ocean. While the property is generally closed to non-workshop participants, the baths are open late-night to the public from 1 – 3 a.m. for a fee, and you must reserve in advance. Offsite massage clients may also use the baths to soak for 30 minutes prior to their appointment.

    Reserve night bathing at https://www.esalen.org

    Reserve a massage at https://www.esalen.org/page/welcome-esalen-healing-arts

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Amidst the natural serenity that surrounds you, Big Sur Lodge offers the comfort and convenience of 62 cottage-style rooms with a wide array of options. Stay in the heart of the breathtaking beauty of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

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Delicious Dining at Big Sur

When you dine at our Restaurant and Bar, you’ll be surrounded by the natural tapestry that defines Big Sur. You can enjoy exquisite dishes either inside our dining room with beautiful views of majestic redwoods or while relaxing with a glass of local California wine or craft beer.

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