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  • ONCE TETHERED, NOW FREE, THAT WAS THE RIVER, THIS IS THE SEA

    these things you keep, you better throw them away... once you were tethered, now you are free; that was the river, this is the sea. behold, big sur.

    • Feb 2017
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  • Bixby Creek Bridge

    1

    Bridge

    jack kerouac wrote BIG SUR while staying nearby in cabin owned by lawrence ferlinghetti. to that, check out death cab for cutie's "bixby canyon bridge."

  • Point Sur Lightstation

    2

    Lighthouse

    a place of mystery that is supposedly haunted, one of the few lighthouses on the pacific coast to remain in operation. sits atop a massive grass-covered rock.

  • Sykes Hot Springs

    3

    Hot Spring

    serious 11-mile one-way hike that'll take all day. you'll need to camp, but reward is stupendous nature + four hot springs. map marks trailhead not destination.

  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

    4

    Park

    essentially, an easy introduction to big sur's park system. redwoods, mellow trails (such as the pfeiffer falls & valley view trail), a lodge plus a gift shop.

  • Pfeiffer Beach

    5

    Beach

    perhaps the definitive big sur beach. a special place to take in the sea and the stars. i once slept by the shore here. not legal, therefore not recommended.

  • Big Sur Bakery

    6

    Bakery

    the best restaurant in big sur. quaint, woodsy backyard setting compliments a menu that speaks of handcrafted farm to table fare. also renown for their pizzas.

  • Post Ranch Inn

    7

    Resort

    when you have the resources to stay here, it is certainly amongst the most privileged places to retreat to in the world. the view, the mountains, the splendor.

  • Deetjen's Big Sur Inn

    8

    Hotel

    wooden cabins line a narrow ravine. a dining room in the main house, a fireplace and flapjacks for breakfast. my favorite place to overnight in big sur.

  • Nepenthe

    9

    New American

    built on land once owned by orson welles, the ONLY reason to go is for the spectacular view, which can also be had at cafe kevah (on same premises).

  • Henry Miller Library

    10

    Bookstore

    cultural gathering point for the community: outdoor film screenings, book readings, workshops & concerts among many events hosted here. and the library itself.

  • Partington Cove

    11

    Beach

    unmarked trailhead opens to short steep hike to pristine cove, with a 60 ft. tunnel! look for metal gate on oceanside of highway 1, 5 miles south of nepenthe.

  • McWay Falls

    12

    Waterfall

    part of julia pfeiffer burns state park. highly recommend the overlook trail to the falls, one of two california waterfalls that empties into the turquoise sea.

  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

    13

    Park

    here you'll find the trailhead for the ewoldsen/canyon trail, a most sublime day hike. 5 miles takes you through redwoods to bold views atop the coastal range!

  • Esalen Institute

    14

    Hot Spring

    ideally, you're seated in the hot baths after midnight, listening to the ocean's roar crashing against the shore below while gazing at the milky way above.

  • New Camaldoli Hermitage

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    Spiritual

    a monastery on a solitary mountainside. if silence, simplicity and a no-frills disconnect from the world is what's needed, then a stay here can be the answer.

Christian Svanes Kolding

Christian Svanes Kolding