Big Sur / Carmel

Big Sur is a bounty of sensory delight where rugged coast meets ocean and redwoods rise up from the intersection. Its a well-protected bit of coastline that nourishes the soul – no wonder there are so many spiritual centers based here. The riding here along Pacific Coast Highway is a popular route with long distance cycling tourists and is not for the casual cyclist. For those ready for the conditions, or content to hike some of the many trails and relax in style, this is a worthy destination to consider. Join us!

Biking: This is geared for more accomplished cyclists who won’t mind the traffic on Highway 1. Routes of 40-60 miles with 2,000-4,000 feet of climbing or more per day are possible.

 

Hikes: Ample options for hiking among the majestic coastal redwoods, to waterfalls and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

 

Kayaking: In Monterey Bay part-day paddles are possible.

 

Winetasting: Mercy Vineyards is our favorite, hands down!

 

Misc: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Strolling Carmel-by-the-Sea, Golfing at Pebble Beach, Hearst Castle, Spas

Economical: Carmel Mission Inn, Los Laureles Lodge

 

Mid Range: Intercontinental The Clement Monterey, Big Sur Lodge, Ragged Point Inn, The Burton Inn, Glen Oaks

 

Upper end: Ventana Inn, Bernardus, Quail Lodge

 

Super Luxe: Post Ranch Inn

Vivolo’s Chowder House

 

Aubergine

 

Ventana

 

Sierra Mar (Michelin star)

Spring and fall are best. The summer months can get foggier and have more car traffic.

“Big Sur is great for cyclists who want to ride hard, have good bike handling and don’t mind sharing the winding Pacific Coast Highway with 4-wheeled traffic. You’ll be rewarded with epic views of the Pacific and some great places to stay. If you want to splurge, the restaurant Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn is an incredible must-do experience. I took my mom there for here 70th birthday dinner and we drank in the view – it feels as if you are floating 1,000 feet above the ocean.”