How to Big Sur: Our ‘must do’ list for Big Sur 2020

Big Sur is arguably one of the most magical places in America. The raw beauty of the ragged California coastline, coupled with the unique energy provided by the artists, hippies and mystics who live there, make for a truly special experience, any time of year.
Here are our current favorite spots to check out to ensure Big Fun in Big Sur:
Glamping at Ventana
Camp inside a forest of redwood trees while being just a quick walk away from the 5 star amenities provided by Ventana Inn. Each Glampsite is flush with luxury amenities to ensure a comfortable and warm stay, while feeling like you’re living in the middle of nowhere.
Drinks at Nepenthe
You’d be hard pressed to not find Nepenthe’s on anyone’s travel list to Big Sur. We love it for afternoon rose’. One bottle can very quickly turn into a few, thanks to the cliffside views, massive fire pit, and laid back vibes. Nepenthe stands on the site of The Log House, Big Sur, 808 feet above sea level, which was built by the old “Trails Club” in 1925. The Phoenix was chose as the logo because of its particular significance as a symbol of immortality.
Live Music at Fernwood Resort
If you’re visiting Big Sur on a weekend, stop by the Tavern at Fernwood Resort for live music. It’s a small but mighty venue hosting a variety of top line artists. Many shows sell out in advance so check the calendar.
Deetjans for Breakfast & Deetjans for Dinner
It’s hard to decide which is best- breakfast or dinner, so try both. The décor is very English country cabin, the music is classical, the service is warm and inviting. The food is delicious. This place is like a warm blanket on a cold night.
Post Ranch Inn for Prix Fix Lunch
Everything about Post Ranch is artistic, amazing, unique. There is nothing like it and the price tag reflects that. If you can afford it, stay here, at least for one night. If you’re a little gun shy on rates above 1k per night, then visit for their Prix Fix Lunch. You’ll be able to walk the grounds, inhale the views, and enjoy a three course lunch. At $75.00 a person, it’s a bargain for what you’ll experience. 
Camaldoli Hermitage for some spirit
Located on 900 acres at an elevation of 1300 feet, the Hermitage is surrounded by California chaparral, redwood, madrone, bay laurel, and an oak forest. The view is of both ocean and woods – a natural setting profoundly conducive to the contemplative way of life. Check the calendar to visit during a mass or concert. These monks can sing!
Esalen for a late night soak
Esalen is known as a sanctuary, where spiritual possibility thrives. Visit the site for a yearly calendar of events and retreats if you’d like to dive in. You can also experience the healing water of Esalen hot springs during the public night bathing sessions offered nightly from 1am-3am. Reservations are required and can only be made online.  The cost is $35 per person and you must book the same day you wish to visit.
Packing and such:
Books to read while in Big Sur per HuffPost.
Pack hiking shoes, bathing suit, flashlight and our list of beauty essentials, found here.