California – Big Sur

Big Sur

First Trip to Big Sur – Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

Before I moved to California, I was staying in California for 5 weeks for a project for a client, and during one of the weekends, Mike and I rented a white convertible 2015 Mustang and drove up the coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco up the Pacific Coast Highway 1.

I would highly recommend renting a convertible for anyone who wants to do this. One of my favorite parts of the experience was smelling the strong sent of pine, and the fresh ocean mist. We also had an amazing 360 view to take in all the scenery. There were multiple times I would be looking out at the ocean and see whales jumping.

We stopped to watch the whales a few times, and met some nice people along the stops as well. We stopped in little pull off areas, and in cities like Santa Barbra, Big Sur, Caramel, and Monetary. There were so many people stopped at the sites near the camping grounds.

Oh, I can’t forget to mention that during one of the “boring” parts after Santa Barbra through the desert to the Big Sur, there was a slow car in front of us, so I told Mike to pass him. Oh, don’t you know, 30 seconds later we are pulled over by a police officer and he got a speeding ticket… Oops!

Second Trip to Big Sur – One Year Anniversary Glamping

VENTANA GLAMPING

For one year wedding anniversary, we went Glamping (glamorous camping) at Ventana’s luxury resort, right in the middle of Big Sur’s beautiful ancient redwood forest. Their Glamp-sites have a safari style canvas tent with a king size bed, rugs, picnic table and basket, dinnerware, lanterns, walking sticks, and separate gas and wood-burning fire pits.

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They also had a heated bath house with showers and toilets.

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YOGA

Every morning at 8:30AM (Wednesday – Sunday), the hotel offers free yoga in the Loftย to help you greet the new day and awaken fully in mind, body and spirit. The hotel has these little cute electric vehicles that they drive you around the campus on, which was really nice!

POOL & HOT TUB

After yoga, we went to the pool and hot tub for the day and enjoyed some time outside in the peace and quiet. We both read our books, and we had a really relaxing and enjoyable time.

SUR HOUSE

We ate dinner at the Sur House, which is a luxurious restaurant overlooking the ocean. We ordered a four course meal, which was delicious. We had ahi tuna, stuffed summer squash salad, salmon, and a delicious dessert.

VENTANA RESORT

The grounds of the resort were beautiful, and Ventana also offered other activities, like wine and cheese with a local artist, an art gallery, and a social house with games (Mike and I played Chess and I WON!).

Sโ€™MORES AT OUR CAMPFIRE

S’mores are my favorite snack ever, and the resort provided us a s’mores making kit. I really loved enjoying them at the end of the night.

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SPA

Since it was our one year anniversary, we wanted to treat ourselves to a romantic spa experience. We had the 90 minute couples experience which was a customized bubble bath for two looking out at the redwood forest, and then after that we received 60 minute Ventana Fusion Massages, and both of us thought that the massages were great. Once the massages were over, we received hand made soaps as a gift. It was very expensive, but it was a very memorable experience for our one year anniversary. Also note – If you do not stay at the hotel and you book a spa appointment, they also allow you to stay at the pool for the day.

Bixby Bridge

The Bixby Bridge offers an impressive view of the bridge and pacific ocean from north side. It gets very crowded, and there is very limited parking, so be patient when trying to find a spot. Also, I saw many people VERY close to the edge where they could fall off the cliff. Be smart and safe!

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