road trip inspiration – big sur

23 Jul

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I’m back in road trip planning mode after a long break. As I’ve mentioned before, we originally planned on doing this trip last spring but life got in the way so we decided to push it to fall. Although, now that we’ve settled on fall I wonder why I ever thought spring was the right time to go? With a chill in the air and the leaves changing fall seems like the better choice. Am I right? At first I thought we’d travel in November to tie it in with our 2nd wedding anniversary but then I thought maybe the weather could become an issue at that time? Could we possibly hit snow as we get further North? Anyway, the fear of sketchy weather made me go with early October instead. Now that we have dates on the calendar I am getting excited. I feel like I am planning a mini version of the cross-country road trip I took a few years ago. I love the planning process- it gives me such a rush researching each city.

The first stop on our itinerary is Big Sur, one of the most magical places on earth, in my opinion. The scenery is breathtaking- rocky cliffs, blue ocean, sandy beaches and tree covered coastal mountains all rolled into one. It also smells incredible there- like fresh pine trees.

Brian and I have been to Big Sur a few times together. The first was when he introduced me to camping (it happened to be one of my ten goals when I started this blog four years ago- an experience you can read about here, here & here) The second trip was on our mini moon after getting married in 2013. As you can probably imagine Big Sur holds a special place in my heart.

Despite having traveled there a few times I still feel like I have so much to explore. I’m dying to visit the Esalen Institute. How have I never been there?

Here are some of my inspiration photos for stop one. Do any of you lovely folks have Big Sur recommendations? Restaurants? Coffee joints? Hikes? Hotels? Drives? Anything!

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images found via pinterest

 

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4 Responses to “road trip inspiration – big sur”

  1. Janice July 24, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    I love this! We’re planning a road trip from San Francisco to LA in early February 2016. It’s a drive I’ve wanted to do for my whole life. I know Feb is not perfect, but it combines school holidays and cheaper airfare (darn Cdn dollar keeps falling so it costs more to travel to the US). I’m looking forward to seeing your plans develop and then reading your trip report!

  2. righteousbruin9 July 24, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    Big Sur Bakery and Hearst Castle are the sites with which I am most familiar. Any camping spot, between San Simeon and the Monterey Peninsula, would work for me.

  3. di @ life of di. July 25, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    We drove through the Big Sur area on our honeymoon and we stunned at the beauty! It seriously felt like we were in a different country. I would love to go camping in the area at some point. I also heard there is a half marathon in the area – that would definitely be a bucket list checkoff, too!

  4. Celina July 27, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    You might want to look into Treebones (http://www.treebonesresort.com/). Full disclosure: I’ve never been! But I’ve been eyeing it for years and everyone who has been seems to love it.

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