Oh Big Sur. My very favorite section of Northern California. I really wanted to stay in a yurt, but those, plus all camping grounds were long booked.
Wide shot of Bixby Bridge (No. 1; Highway 1)
Banana slugs + mossy redwoods found in trails at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (No. 2; Highway 1)
A ridiculously small hike revealing hidden McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (No. 7; Highway 1)
Since we've already experienced Nepenthe (No. 6; 48510 Highway 1) on our first trip out here years ago (worth a gander, if just for the incredible views), we decided to check out Post Ranch Inn's restaurant, Sierra Mar (No. 10; 47900 Highway 1).
From the impeccable courses to the glass-walled ocean view, it was an amazing experience. Go. It's quiet and scrumptious and gorgeous and just go.
Post Ranch Inn wanderings, post-dinner. Those are Valentine felt heart pins with goggly eyes that H and I made for our loves. These deer were nonchalantly grazing, weaving through one of the many sculptural pieces on the expansive property.
The Henry Miller Memorial Library (No. 11; Highway 1) also had a few art pieces and other jib jab on their lawn (which may or may not have been interactive). The reference library and bookshop is in the former home of Henry Miller's best friend, Emil White, and also holds special events throughout the year. Super casual vibe, where coffee and lounging on the wrap-around deck is encouraged. We followed around the resident feline, Theo, a huge Norwegian forest cat before gawking at the ombre sunset.