Big Sur Lodge
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Having left the sequoia and mountains of Yosemite behind we travelled through the heat of the valley into the cool mist of the spectacular Big Sur coast. The winding coastal road traversed endless wave beaten cliffs and golden sandy shores until it finally climbed the familiar redwood lined path to the homestead of our good friends Danielle and Matt, where we spent a week last October assisting with preparations for their fantastic wedding. The welcome was as warm ...
... only common sense can tame. From Carmel on down the photo opportunities are staggering. Tourists car hop a few hundred yards between vantage points in a semi-frenzied state, barely able to digest each feast for the senses. At one such point we accessed the beach and I explored my British heritage by taking a sensible paddle in the seaside. At last I could see Deanne decidedly blissed by her surroundings. When I see a child-like awe drape over her, adding a ...
... us, with Ben reassuring me that it was a raccoon or some other small critter. However every time I relaxed there was another noise, normally just bushes and grasses shuffling. At some point in the evening I heard a very different kind of noise - far off to the right of us, which was a low rumble. After Ben admitted he couldn't identify the noise my paranoia increased, but then we didn't hear it again for a while and I began to relax again.
... beautiful once again and so the drive down the coast was very nice. The traffic was heavy for the people heading back into San Francisco but for us it was smooth sailing. We stopped in Monterey at our favorite place across from McDonalds and fixed a lunch of several different types of salads we had in the cooler. People were everywhere enjoying the sunshine and the paddleboats on the lake were quite busy.
Made a stop at Trader Joe's in ...
... and killed some more time by having a couple of beers - well everyone else does it in the US so why shouldn't I. Thought I was perfectly fine although I did note to myself I parked about a million miles away from a petrol pump when going to fill up. Decided it was probably best I didn't drink any more! By the time we actually arrived couldn't really find anywhere to sleep (at least that the car could get up) so we both slept in the worlds smallest Hyundai for the night, both ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBig Sur Lodge
Dejlige værelser, med seperat børneværelse, hvis man bestiller 1 king og 2 twins. Kan også få værelser med fuldt køkken og pejs. Der er ikke noget fjernsyn, tlf. eller internet, da man kun skal nyde roen - dejligt. En ok pool har hotellet også, hvilket er lidt spøjst at bade i pool midt i en skov.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Big Sur Lodge
Didn't think it was that special
Was a little disapointed, it didn't live up to my expectations. Service in the restaurant was poor,food was nothing special. Stunning location, good walks etc.
Room was nice but glad I only stayed one night (Apr 04), (neighbours were very noisy 5 kids playing basket ball in an MDF shed !!). Not worth the extra money over other hotels in area.
Wonderful location, decent rooms
We stayed at the Big Sur Lodge for three nights in early spring. We'd driven through Big Sur, but this was our first stay.The location's the reason to stay here. The lodge is within the park boundaries, so you're right in the center of a wonderful redwood forest. We could walk to the restaurant and hike any of the trails without needing our car. Climbing back up the hill to the cabins after dinner in the lodge restaurant brought us through the middle of a grove at twilight as the moon tried to break through the trees. Some hikes were easy (such as our after-breakfast walk along the river), but we were also right at the trailhead for climbing up the hills.There's also enough to do in Big Sur so that getting away from the lodge wasn't much work. The deck at Nepenthe's was a 5 minute drive away as was the expensive restaurant at Post Ranch Inn. (It was worth going to Post Ranch Inn just to see the place and see their ocean view.)The cabin was good, but not great -- the bathroom was a bit worn, and our fireplace room had only desk chairs, the bed, and the floor as places to watch the fire. Still, we had a great time taking short walks, and sitting on the deck reading.
It was a great choice for a short getaway!
Peaceful and unique location
Everyone was right - this is a great place to stay! The rooms are very large and well furnished. The shower in the bathroom was also a surprise with its plentiful and powerful hot water. And what a location! The only rooms in the village of Big Sur that are not located directly on the highway mean a quiet, peaceful location. There were even wild turkeys walking past our private deck. A short walk through a beautiful redwood grove brings you to the main lodge building with it's small store and restaurant, but the Big Sur Bakery about a mile or so up the road serves the best meals in the area. Although the rates are a little pricey, it's still a bargain for Big Sur.
Please keep it secret :-)
We just came back from a long weekend at the Big Sur Lodge.
Accomodations could not have been better. The room was big, our daughter got her own room connected to ours. Everything was very clean and pleasant. The place is quiet and peaceful. Staff s friendly and attentive. The restaurant is great, and they were very accomodating for low-carb style meals.
Even with the rainy weather there were plenty of breaks for hiking and when not hiking we had a great time just sitting around in our room looking at the rain outside and playing games.
Several hiking trails start just there at the lodge. Do not miss the Pfeiffer falls and the beach.
A real gem. I'm sad to disclose it, but they deserve it.
Best of Everything!
My boyfriend had taken me to Big Sur for a surprise birthday weekend.
Highway 1 was a beautiful coastal route with many vista points. When we arrived at the Big Sur Lodge, I was amazed. We arrived in the park and checked in easily. When we arrived in our room, we were amazed by the coziness and space of the room. It had a nice quilt on a cozy bed and a private balcony to relax on. All the rooms do not have television, which was a great getaway from the norm. The main lodge and all hikes were easily assessible from the room by walking. The restaurant at the lodge was equally amazing. The service was superb and the food was most delectable. Everything at the Big Sur Lodge was perfect and we can't wait to return!
Sssssshhhhh! I real hope this place does not become too well known. Its one of the best secrets in Big Sur. I've camped there and stayed at the logde and both are great. Its rustic and the area is great for hiking.
There resturant is now a great place to eat and the lodge pool is a relaxing break. Of course the beaches are so quiet and refreshing for someone coming from So. Cal. beaches. I went with my wife and 3 kids, we were sorry to leave.
This place is amazing!!
For anyone planning a trip to Big Sur, look no further for a place to stay than Big Sur Lodge! The service is amazing, the cabins are clean and modern while maintaining a natural feel. The best part, though, is the restaurant. The food is fantastic and the service is wonderful. The only downside is that the rates are a little pricey. But you get what you pay for!
Big Sur Lodge great location
We enjoyed our stay at the Big Sur Lodge. It was a little different than I thought, but the cabin like rooms were clean and large. I wish we had gotten a room with a fireplace they looked very cozy. The park is pretty and fun to hike in. I would recommend staying here because of the natural setting and relaxing rooms.
Thank God everyone doesn't know about it
I hate to say good things about Pfeiffer-Big Sur and its Lodge because we "sort-of" locals can still get in on the spur of the moment at least a few months out of the year. I had camped there for 30 years and love the area, the hikes, the spirit of Big Sur. Recently I was in the area on business and stayed at the Lodge. Very comfortable (who wants luxury at a state park?) Clean, spacious, bright, a nice pool open all year if you're tough enough to use it. Until a few years ago, the restaurant was just someplace to eat when it was to cold to cook at your campsite. But, since Chef Steven King (No, the scary one spells it with a PH) arrived a few years ago from Santa Monica, it has become one of the lesser known wonders of the Central Coast. The staff are so happy to serve you that it's sometimes hard to make them stop talking and take your order back to the kitchen. Worth it, though. Chef Steven has not only one of the roomiest and CLEANEST kitchens I have ever seen in a restaurant, but a fine menu. A little of everything you might expect on the Coast, but all of it with a twist. The chipotle-tomato soup alone is worth a trip, and the calamari are consistently better than anywhere else in Monterey County.When you're done eating, ask directions for the most beautiful beach in California, just a few miles south.
What a Find!!!
This is a wonderful place! It is run by the State Park, and sits in the redwoods along HWY 1.
Is rustic, but "classy". We wanted peace and quiet for a few days, and the king room we were given was perfect. Simply furnished, skylight up above for the moon and treetops, VERY CLEAN, no TV or phones and we were in heaven. If you have a family, then rooms (or cabins) are in a different section, because they really want this to be a quiet retreat. In fact, "quiet time" is after 10 p.m. The restaurant there is wonderful, and has the best calamari I have ever had in my life. The little store attached is quaint, but is upscale in their product...fresh roll bins and Ghiradelli chocolates. No other market in Big Sur has this! This lodge is actually in the entrance to the State Park, so you can take a nice hike right from your room! I give this lodge my highest recommendation!!