Ragged Point Inn and Resort
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We'd had a wonderful day’s ride along the west coast of the USA between Pismo Beach and Rugged Point, still moving between highway 1 and 101. It’s scenic all the way through with beautiful varying coast, rolling hills, and quaint little towns in between. Some of the hills looked like green velvet quilts with shading …
On Monday, Sept. 26, my birthday, we left San Francisco headed for home via a circuitous route designed to allow us to visit a few friends and family along the way. The first step was to drive south on the scenic and famous CA 1 along the Pacific shore. We had made the drive once before in the 1990's, but there was a dense fog …
Left 9am Monday morning to pick up car, which luckily the avis office was right behind our hotel. After some mucking around with 2 GPS which didn't work, the lady at the office rung Budget who had one we could use, so round to Budget which was close by to pick that up and finally underway shortly after10. Got into the wrong lane going over Bay …
... families all dressed in costumes, including an ‘Oprah’ lookalike, who stopped for a chat. A nice lady standing near us filled us in on the parade and what it was for, and passed on some helpful hints about how to cross the road to see them pass again! Unfortunately, it was soon time to go and collect the car and make our way down toward Big Sur. Although we have not had enough time to spend in Carmel to see it properly, we have promised to ...
Day 3 and surf's up. Sort of. An early drive to get us to some small beginners waves at Carpinteria for our 9am lesson provided glorious early morning views of the coast and the ideal place to begin (for the third time) surfing. Amy and Susie setting off goofy (a surfing term but one that may relate to their holiday experience in general) and Hannah and I best foot forward, caught our first waves, in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ragged Point Inn and Resort San Simeon
Fantastic location, great views, good food. Best value on Big Sur
We stumbled upon the Ragged Point Inn shortly after visiting Hearst Castle in August 2004. We originally intended to drive further up Big Sur before stopping for the night. But fog prevented us and so we decided to stay at Ragged Point. Really glad that we did because this place is fantastic. The accomodation was very comfortable - two double beds and ample room for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 15 and 11. Best of all was the room's veranda, with a large wooden seat to look out on the cliff edge and Pacific. There were about 40 rooms on site. We got a great deal for $129 for our standard room (Sunday night).And quite a bit less than we would have paid if we had gone on a few more miles.
There is a snack bar, restaurant, gas station and mini mart at Ragged Point. Nothing else! We had a lovely dinner at the restaurant. Food was great and a good selection.
The staff at reception were exceptionally helpful and friendly.
If you are driving up Route 1 - this is a really great place to stay. There is a trail down to the small cove at the bottom of the cliff but didnt look worth risking our lives on. But the small gardens and paths around the accomodation are really nice with excellent views.
If we are ever driving Route 1 again, we would definitely stay again at the Ragged Point Inn.
Enjoyed everything about it.
Clean, quiet and awesome ocean views.
Great location, nice rooms, disappointing food
happened accross this lovely oasis on the road at the end of a day's travel. got a reasonable reduction on the room rate [although the full price for the jacuzzi suite would have way to high]. a great place to relax.
unfortunately, a mediocre restaurant with overcooked steaks served on cold plates and they added the 'six and more' compulsory service charge to the bill for five of us.
HWY 1 Oasis
I recently traveled to Ragged Point for my Honeymoon. The views are the most breathtaking I've ever seen, (and I've seen them on 4 continents) the food and service were 4 star at least, and the people were as fun and easy to talk with as any place in the world. $200 per night is a steal for this place. You go 20 miles north and you would pay the same for a smelly cabin with no views and questionable service. The Inn is convenient to All Big Sur Parks, Nepenthe, Esalen Institute, Monterrey, Hearst Castle, and San Luis Opisbo. If you go make sure you schedule an off property massage at Esalen. $120 for a 90 minute massage, dinner, and hours of time soaking in their natural hot springs right on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific. Clothing at the Esalen Spa is optional, and apparently not very popular. Make sure you check out Molera Horseback tours as well. Beautiful trail rides with an awesome staff. We'll be back someday soon.
A GREAT FIND
We found Ragged Point by accident.........ate an excellent meal and had a great evening. The grounds and the view are perfect.
i booked it after reading the reviews on tripadvisor and its exactly as you folks said - fantastic location, rooms are good motel standard but not luxury - quiet also. restaurant on-site is pretty good and its 10 miles from hearst castle. $200 per nite (fri nite)- but i guess thats what it costs around this area. i would go back again.
Indescribably beauitiful view!
Just returned from a trip to Carmel. My recommendation is to skip Monterey and Carmel and just spend a few days at this inn. You could do day trips from there to see Big Sur sights. The view was so beautiful I can't put it in words. Relaxing and inviting atmosphere. After staying here, anything else is anticlimatic. You are guaranteed an experience that will be among your top life memories. Might be expensive for you, but I recommend you save elsewhere. Nothing else will come even close.
$39.99 dream stay
It was about 10 years ago. I took a solo drive up to Big Sur, but there had been a landslide which closed Hwy. 1 just north of the Ragged Point Inn. The management set out a bright orange sign, stating "$39.00 tonight". Well, It was like I hit the lottery! They even set me up with an ocean view! I had always wanted to stay there, but the expense was to great. A pristine place!
Super Two DAYS & Nights
SUPER TWO DAYS! My wife and I found Ragged Point by mistake. We were on our way to Monteray and because Route 1 was closed North we had to turn around. Best detour we ever made. We enjoyed the peace and quiet so much, that we stayed two days. The motel service was super and the resturant was great! Decent background music for a change (And that is rare any more) We will return!Bob & Blanche
Good alternative to Big Sur gouging
Ragged Point Inn is a lodge situated on cliffs to the south of Big Sur, with lovely views of the Pacific and a calm and isolated feel. The price-value ratio is definitely better than what you can find anywhere in Big Sur, though it's not cheap. You can make this a base for driving north to Big Sur to discover the gorgeous beaches. I hate to see people spend over $200 for substandard lodging, no beach access, no view, and rude service in Big Sur, when places like this exist nearby.