Travel Blogs from Big Sur
Driving into Big Sur was a bit scary not because of the cliffs being able to drop you so far down the edge or the winding of the glorious mountain roads but of the fact that I don't remember reading any signs that there were no places to stop for gas in the next 40 miles and I was doing all of these uphill roads on close to an empty tank when the …
5.00am start for a big day of travelling! Thankfully we'd packed our belongings the night before so it was just a case of brushing our teeth and calling reception to collect the car (although AJ had to go downstairs because they weren't answering the phone). We'd had a rubbish night's sleep, topped off by a knock at the door around 3.30am with …
Today is all about reducing the miles towards San Francisco along the West Pacific Highway - 1. What a way to start getting used to such a large vehicle than driving around narrow, winding cliff roads!! Stunning views though with the sea a gorgeous blue colour. We stopped halfway to view some elephant seals which were huge - far bigger than the …
This morning we decided to head over to Highway 1 and San Simeon where Hearst Castle is. Of course, we were in the middle of the roasted plains of Paso Robles to begin with, so it took us some time to get there! By the time we made it to Hearst Castle they only had space on the 2 o'clock tour which was a couple if hours away, so we decided to …
We're here. In Big Sur. And the coastline is spectacular. We spent a lot of the afternoon in Point Lobos -- which featured breathtaking views along the coast, a sanctuary for sea otters, and a place anyone could spend hours. We're staying at the Fernwood Resort campground tonight. But first, we're catching the sunset.
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Fernwood Resort is an incredible nook in the middle of the forest right off of Highway 1. Stop in to eat and have a craft beer served by Mike or Dave and enjoy a joke on the side. If you can manage it, try to stop by while there's a show happening, you won't be sorry. Lights bright and a room set up for the liveliness of sounds resounding off the walls in an intimate setting make for a cozy night. ANd just when you think it couldn't get any better, a walk down the hill to the campsites below to sleep near the Big Sur River is all you need to wind down into a majestic sleep. Be careful, you might sleep in and be completely relaxed for the next day. And if oyu can pull it off, you can do it all over again and have a show on the stage in your very own campsite. YOu're in for a whirlwind of beauty if you can handle it. Best campsite of my trip and it wasn't even in a state park. Check it out!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFernwood Resort Big Sur
Historical Traveler Reviews Fernwood Resort Big Sur
There are 10-12 families that have been coming to Fernwood for 12 years as a group that started with a couple of the boys being in Cub Scouts.We have had anywhere from 32-50. Our Children wont let us change locations the oldests being 21 and the youngest 14. They make a special effort to come back from their various colleges around the U.S.. We have seen it change every year but enjoy the simplicity and casual atmosphere that many campgrounds don't have. If you want the more structured atmosphere you need to go to a State Park. So far... We have enjoyed being able to rent many campsites together and be able to arrange tables so that we can all be together and have our group fire and sometimes kid campfire in an area we enjoy. And be able to have the Talent show the kids started and now the parents have joined also. Other guests of the campground usually come over and watch. We would like to Thank Fernwood for letting us come and enjoy their campground for all these years.
My wife and I just returned from a wonderful trip up the coast to Big Sur, San Fran, Sea Ranch, and Mendocino.
We stayed there July 16-18 and the place was a zoo. There is NO campground host and thus quiet time is NOT enforced. A friend of an employee was sitting in his car from 11pm - 11:30pm with his car door open BLASTING his car radio in the middle of the campground waiting for his buddy to come outside. The tent cabins are not so bad, if you can get one with some privacy. Some are right next to each other, but one or two have a big tree separating them. The people in the cabin next to us were yahoos whose conversations you could hear WAY past the 10pm quiet time.
Tent cabins nice, but noisy
We stayed in Fernwood's new tent cabins over the 4th of July. The cabins themselves were even nicer than we expected, and the setting of our site was beautiful (redwoods, river, deer). Our disappointments were that the sites were extremely close together - we could hear every word of our neighbors' conversations - and the sound of Hwy 1 was inescapable. That said, it was convenient to Hwy 1. We were happy overall, but if you need quiet and privacy you'll want something farther from the road.
Everything I wanted
I stayed at the campground over the July 4th weekend. It was very crowded, but it's a really neat place.
They have everything you need right there - they even have a bar that serves Newcastle Brown Ale on tap!
I would give the place 5 stars, but the campsites are REALLY close together, and small.
From what I saw of the Hotel - there's no way I would pay $89/night to stay there. They look like there were built in the 1930's, and have not been remodeled since the 1970's.
Most people were tent camping, but there are some RV sites. I Highly Recommend Fernwood for tent camping or in an RV under 30 feet.
Funky but Great
I've been staying at Fernwood off and on for 20 years. If you like a simple friendly place with a great little restaurant, wonderful food, good beer and a pleasant conversation this is it. If you want starched sheets, fancy decor and to sit in the bar by yourself, try someplace else.
The price is right, it's within walking distance of some of the best hiking on the west coast, and you'll be treated as friends, not hotel guest.
I'd never stay anyplace else in Big Sur.
Fernwood, you rock!!!
I love Fernwood. I hear the hotel's not the Ritz, but the campground is wonderful and the showers are clean. We always have a great time when we camp there. There is live music on the weekends which makes this place extra special for us and all of our musical friends. It was definitely party time and we're coming back.
Fernwood definetely has its "quarks". It is the kind of place that you have to appreciate to enjoy. It is mostly a camp ground with reasonable prices and plentiful camping space. The "hotel" part of the resort is not nearly quite what a luxery traveler would enjoy. If you cant afford anywhere else in the Big Sur area, this is where you will end up. Great Live shows on the weekends and lots of really nice people. Aside from the fact that it is nestled in the redwoods, it is only a short walk from Julia Pfeiffer State park, which is a must see for the area. The resteraunt has unforgettable food and the rustic quality of Fernwood will keep me coming back for years to come!
River side campgrounds not bad
I went to Fernwood Campground for this Memorial Day week-end. I stayed at one of the river side campgrounds. I found it to be very nice. The camp sites are not that large, but the showers were clean - but all in all it was NICE. I'd recommend staying at the riverside campground #'s 51 52 53. They are right on the water..
Because of the low room rate ($110 per night for 2 queens) I decided to give this hotel a chance. Their website doesn't provide any photos of their property. It's a roadside combo of cottages, small convenience store and restaurant/bar that usually has a live band playing at night. Our cottage consisted of the basics: a bathroom and 2 small rooms, each with a queen bed. Heating was by a practically non-functional oil-based electric radiator. Luckily there was no band playing the 1 night we were there, for I'm sure we would have gotten little sleep. As it was, the curtains, made of sheets, were too thin to block the light in our small room. Pillows and bed were not too comfy, so even though the people managing the property seemed very nice, I can't recommend this property because of lack of basic physical comfort and potential for noise. I guess they don't post pictures on their website for a good reason.