I am having total withdrawal after spending the weekend in Big Sur and Carmel! Total dream, totally FAB, totes GO! This trip is a perfect spring weekend get-away and just what you need to bring some relaxation into your hectic life! Big Sur is basically Colorado meets the Amalfi coast of Italy. Soooo gorge! It is a little hippy dippy town with great hiking and the best views you have ever seen. You drive along cliffs that jut into the ocean and come upon hidden coves where the water is as clear as in the Caribbean. My boyfriend and I flew up there early Saturday morning from Burbank airport, which was a dream, and arrived at 8:30am! Of course, we brought my pup Olive with us. Her first flight! Adorable!
Anyway, I suggest you take the first early flight so you have the rest of the day! For a weekend trip, flying really is the way to go! We drove along the coast and stopped for a wonderful lunch at Nepenthe , which has the best views of the water in Big Sur. The restaurant used to be the home of Rita Hayworth and Orsen Welles’! Daaaaahling, how FAB! The restaurant is really special because it has tables that are set right over the cliffs so you can see straight down to the water! Pair that with a nice white wine or bloody mary and your set!
Then we went hiking at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and got to see a beautiful waterfall that empties out straight over a beautiful cove in the mountain side. Definitely a must see after lunch! From there we headed up to the Henry Miller book store, which is a hoot. A lot of hippy art and tons of live music. This book store pulls in some pretty famous acts during the summer, such as Alanis Morissette and MGMT!
After Big Sur, we were off to Carmel! What a gem! Uhhhhh love this place. The cutest little town with thatched cottages and wide beautiful beaches! Everyone is soooo nice and helpful. I suggest you take a walk on the beach which is right at the end of the main street which is called Ocean. Then, take a stroll around to all the fab shops, Olive loved Diggity Dog, and then go for some afternoon wine tasting in the town. Try Galante for starters! Then, hop over to Mundaka for some great tapas and sangria! Try the red sangria, duck confit and espinaca. Stay away from the paella, not that great and expensive.
I hope you love it as much as we did!