Travel Blogs from Big Sur
... end of patriotic celebration rolls around and everyone wants an ice cream with a cherry on top, and everyone wants it now: only bums go without (and that's their choice after all).
The seaside town of Monterey is many things, but to me it is only one: the town that hosted the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Captured on Pennebacker celluloid and forever etched into my idealistic brain as a centerpiece celebration of escape from the shackles of conformity, ...
... I would say the hiking in Big Sur was underwhelming. The views and the drive were incredible, but the trails fell a bit short. Husb and I can't help but wonder if we went to the wrong places or if we missed something entirely. I think it's more likely than not that we are just extremely spoiled from everything we have seen in such a short span of time.
We hiked Warden’s Path, Valley View, and Pfeiffer Falls trails at Pfeiffer State Park. Some of ...
There is so much to see as you travel up and down the coastline. We were very lucky to have time to drive up and down the coastline and take in the view from several of the pull outs. We were so fortunate to have some nice weather and so we were able to enjoy the scenery to entire time we were there.
... out that this hike is almost an hour long and once off the dirt road it's only a narrow path down through the forest back to the inn. Along the way we get some spectacular views of ocean, valley, and forest:
With a bit more light, we manage to get a few shots of the restaurant area - not your average ...
We left our lovely whale watchers inn in the morning (the fog had lifted for once) and headed back north along the same route we had taken the previous night - this time with less trepidation about fuel as we had filled up at the whale watchers! Stopped off at Mcway falls where Julie decided to go swimming in the falls - which was an adventure for us to get too! We soon went passed ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Lucia Lodge Big Sur
My wife and I stayed at Lucia Lodge for one wonderful night! We stayed in Cabin 8 and as another reviewer mentioned, the view is unsurpassed and the cabin is clean and cozy. The furnishings, while simple, are in very good taste and the gas fireplace is warming and romantic. The bathroom is quite small but everything worked and is well-maintained. I wanted to make special mention of something that showed the friendliness, professionalism, and generosity of this place. When we arrived shortly after 4:00pm and went to our cabin, we discovered that it had not been cleaned as yet from the previous night's occupants. We immediately informed the receptionist and she was so apologetic and embarrassed to have caused us this really minor inconvenience that she not only had the room immediately made up, but she also invited us to have dinner that evening at the lodge restaurant on the house! My wife and I thought that this was an extremely generous thing for them to do and I think that it shows that this reasonably-priced inn (compared to other places with a similar view) in a fantastic location is definitely a place worth many return visits.
My husband and I were married on the bluff overlooking the ocean at Lucia Lodge in January 2003. We eloped and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. They found the most incredible Justice of the Peace for us and they went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. The entire family that runs (ran?) the place came out to give us good wishes, the cooks, bar tenders, waitress and so on all had something for us. They made it very special.
I have stayed at many b&bs and inns and this will be a favorite. We stayed in cabin 8 and the view was just AMAZING. You get to have the crashing waves 300 ft below lull you to sleep and when you wake, you get to see out your window the mountains sloping into the ocean. The cabin is very basic (small bath), clean and cozy. Decor is rustic and charming. The grounds are also great, there is a landing beneath the cabins where they have placed a picnic table - you walk down a pathway surrounded by bright wild flowers, and there is a small hill you can hike up (within 2 minutes); both have astounding unobstructed views.
My special friend and I stayed here for 2 nights and it was very peaceful. It was a bit strange being so used to having a tv or a cd player around. But it was a nice change.... we enjoyed listening to the ocean waves. When we arrived at the Lucia... we planned to watch the sunset but we were so exhausted from the drive, we ended up taking a nap. We should have stayed up because by the second night, it was too foggy to see anything. Oh well! But it wasn't all bad because the first night, there was a full moon. We drank champagne w/strawberries outside by the table... it was an amazing night. I'm glad I read the reviews here before we planned our trip because they were right about staying in the last 4 cabins (from 7-10). We stayed in cabin 9 and didn't hear any noise from the other cabins unlike, this couple we met at breakfast..... they stayed in cabin 4 and accdg. to them.... the noise was pretty bad. All in all... it was an excellent choice to stay at Lucia Lodge. It wasn't very pricey compared to Post Ranch or Ventana Inn. I'd recommend this place for a romantic getaway.
My new husband and I stayed here for a couple of nights the day after our wedding. We arrived in the evening and could not see (but could definitely hear!) what was directly below our cabin. We slept with the windows open, the gas woodstove cranked. The next morning the sun streamed in and all we saw was breathtakingly beautiful turquoise water with enormous cliffs jutting from it. Otters sunbathed on the rocks below. Although we were temporarily offset from lack of TV, phone, radio and even clocks, we quickly settled in and embraced the peace and solitude.
Just got back from a NoCal trip with 2 nights at the Lucia Lodge. All the reviews - pros and cons - were accurate to a point. I believe that if you stay in the 4 free standing cabins just off the parking lot (#s 10, 9, 8, 7 - we were in #8), you won't experience the noise of the neighbors or the car disruption AND you will have the best views. I would only stay in those 4 - reasons are documented by the other Bostonian. I did not experience the poor service or rudeness of the staff - the staff was friendly enough and the room was cleaned as expected. I did have to clean the windows myself though - spending that much a night, I was going to enjoy a view without seagull droppings in my site line. The free continental breakfast was more than expected - no complaints at all. The fruit was fresh, good, and plentiful and the coffee was fresh and hot.
Yes, the lodge offers extraordinary views (although they can be seen EVERYWHERE in this area). However, the food and staff leave a lot to be desired -- the atmosphere was permeated with an anti-tourist, anti-yuppie resentment. Whenever we asked questions about the area, the staff was curt and non-informative. They seemed to be laughing at us for paying so much $$$$ to stay in their crowded little 2 star motel. On line the images depict a lovely "cottage" in truth you have the pleasure of hearing cars park 5 ft. in front of your room and the joy of hearing neighbors through the thin motel walls.
Pros: the breathtaking view (see previous review); fairly basic but stylishly decorated room (no B&B chintz or 80s flashback here); small number of other cabins (only 10 in total).
Cons: haphazard housekeeping (left fresh towels and two mint chocolates but didn't make the bed...)
It is all about the view
Yes, the Lucia Lodge is rather expensive and yes the restaurant is expensive, but the location is worth every penny. My wife and I went there on our 25th wedding anniversary. The first night we saw the sun as few ever see it, but late that night a strom came in, and we saw that as few do also. The wind and rain and the surf made yo feel like you were almost at sea. Next morning it was cloudy, and where the sea and sky used to be, it was foggy and close. If you want to see and experience a place where nature only allow men to hold onto a piece of the world, this is the place.
GOOD LOCATION , ALTHOUGH NOT CHEAP
The ten rooms here are right beside the ocean set up on a hillside.The location is excellent as are the views - the rate includes a buffet breakfast which also has great views from the dining area.
Rooms are quite basic , but clean and comfortable with a few nice homely touches.
The price was more expensive but I guess you are paying for location and the fact that there arent too many other options within 15/20 miles.The restaurant prices are also quite expensive although the food is fine.