Road trips are experiencing a resurgence for so many reasons! There’s no more romantic way to reconnect with the world and the ones you’re with, while engaging in spontaneous moments along the journey. It’s also safe, comfortable (even lavish) and irresistibly convenient, since you can travel on your own terms, at your own pace.
Ventana Big Sur’s rarified 160-acre retreat beckons most from the road, where the quintessential California road trip takes place on the famed Highway 1 drive. Cruise this beloved scenic byway, snaking along the Pacific coastline—past ancient redwood forests, over crashing surf, amid incomparable coastal views—and you may never consider the hassle of hopping on a plane again.
Landmark enticements hit every high note: nature, culture, art and adventure. From the north, discover the charmed adobe chapel of Carmel Mission Basilica, the historic 1889 Point Sur Light Station, the iconic Bixby Bridge (one of the most photographed in the world) and the mesmerizing purple sands of Pfeiffer State Beach. From the south, explore the cliff-side 1940’s social hub of Nepenthe Big Sur, the storied palace and sandy coves of Hearst Castle and Hearst Memorial State Beach and the epic waterfall at Limekiln State Park.
To make your Big Sur road trip even more blissful, be sure to pack your camera, ample water and snacks, detour essentials like beach towels and blankets, plus curated playlists, audiobooks and your best travel-mates. If that means your pup, by all means bring your four-legged friend along for your Ventana Big Sur stay.
For those driving northbound, please note the detour on Highway 1 due to recent erosion. Since GPS and in-vehicle navigations may not reflect this closure, you’ll find all the details here.
Equal parts American legend and natural wonder, Big Sur is one of the most magical places on Earth. And there’s no more alluring way to experience its visual and sensual allure than by road-tripping along the edge of the continent, winding your way to your much-deserved sojourn: Ventana Big Sur.Go To Magazine