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Enjoy the coastal drive to Cannery Row on Monterey Bay and an afternoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Packages available for two with room rates per night depending on the time of year and your room choice. LEARN MORE

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From November through February, if you book a room for two nights for Sunday through Thursday nights, you receive a complimentary third night for free. This offer does not apply to holidays, weekends, groups, or block out dates.

JANUARY 2015

Get a first hand view of the gray whales as they make their annual southern trek from the frigid waters of the Bering and Chukchi seas to the warm lagoons of Baja California.  More information about the California Gray whales.

January (weekends)
10:00 am - Noon
California State Parks is proud to present Ranger guided whale watching and California condor spotting. Come celebrate with us the migration of the California Gray Whales off the Big Sur Coast and keep an eye on the sky for soaring condors. Meet at the vista point on Highway 1 at mile marker 37 just north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Drop in. Rangers will be available.

California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificent and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.



FEBRUARY 2015

Although Big Sur is known for its dynamic winter weather, locals look forward to warm spells that seem to occur almost predictably at this time of year. And if the sun doesn’t shine, what a better way to wile away an afternoon than in front of the fireplace with a good dinner, surrounded by bountiful of land and sea products.

February (weekends)
10:00 am - Noon

California State Parks is proud to present Ranger guided whale watching and California condor spotting. Come celebrate with us the migration of the California Gray Whales off the Big Sur Coast and keep an eye on the sky for soaring condors. Meet at the vista point on Highway 1 at mile marker 37 just north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Drop in. Rangers will be available.

AT&T – National ProAm Week at Pebble Beach February 9-15, 2015
Standard room double occupancy including dinner and breakfast for two from our special menus at $199.00 excluded of tax and gratuity. Not valid for groups, events, holidays or block out dates.

Celebrate Valentines February 14

California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificient and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.



MARCH

California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificent and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.


Here come the whales again! Watch as the Gray whale mother-calf pairs migrate back towards the Arctic. More information about the California Gray whales.

March (Date TBA)
11:00 AM

$20 (No reservations required. First come, first served)
Special whale watching tour of Point Sur Lightstation. Enjoy a special afternoon of whale watching at Point Sur State Historic Park. After an abbreviated tour to the Lighthouse, visitors will have plenty of time at the top of the rock to watch the migrating whales, picnic and relax in one of the most beautiful places in California.Timed to make the most of the annual Gray whale migration, these special interpretive tours will be led by trained docents with special interest in whales.
Point Sur Light Station


APRIL

Gray whales are migrating north to Alaska with their babies along the Big Sur coastline. You will occasionally see them breaching. Watch from high roadside turnouts as they hug the coast on their northern migration.
Humpback whales return to the area to feed along the Big Sur coast and in Monterey Bay from late April to early December.

California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificent and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.

April
Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
(831) 625-4419
Saturday & Wednesday; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday; 10:00 AM

Whale Watching Tour
Friday, April 3
10:00 AM

Moonlight Tour
Saturday, April 4
6:45 PM



April 26, 2015
Big Sur International Marathon


MAY

Great springtime weather and still a quiet time in Big Sur.

State Park Activities
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has an active program of guided hikes, Junior Rangers, and Ranger Cubs programs through the summer months. You'll find a variety of activities suitable for the whole family. More Information>>

Celebrate with our special Mother's Day Weekend Package and Sunday Brunch.

May
Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
(831) 625-4419
Saturday & Wednesday; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday; 10:00 AM

Moonlight Tour
Sunday, May 3
7:00 PM


May
Big Sur Historical Society
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(831) 620-0541 Molera Ranch House
The Big Sur Cultural and Natural History Center in the Molera Ranch House showcases the rich heritage and diverse natural habitats of the coast. Located within Andrew Molera State Park.

May
California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificient and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.

Humpback whales are feeding off the Big Sur coastline. You will occasionally see them breaching and "spy hopping." Watch from high roadside turnouts.

Visit the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce Calender of Events page for more summertime activities.


JUNE

Balmy evenings make this the perfect time to take a moonlit tour of the Point Sur lighthouse. On the night of the full moon, docents lead a 2-1/2 to 3 hour tour of this navigational landmark. Blue and Humpback whales return to the Big Sur/Monterey area to feed on abundant krill. See the largest mammals on earth from roadside turnouts throughout the summer months.

State Park Activities
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has an active program of guided hikes, Junior Rangers, and Ranger Cubs programs through the summer months. You'll find a variety of activities suitable for the whole family. More Information
>>

Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
(831) 625-4419
Saturday & Wednesday; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday; 10:00 AM

Moonlight Tour
Tuesday, June 2
7:30 PM


California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificent and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.


Visit the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce for more information on local whale migrations, concerts and other activities.

Visit the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events page for more summertime activities.


JULY

Escape the summer heat - the cool sea air usually keeps coastal temperatures in the comfortable 60 degree range. Visit the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events page for more summertime activities. Lots of activities at the Henry Miller Memorial Library.

State Park Activities
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has an active program of guided hikes, Junior Rangers, and Ranger Cubs programs through the summer months. You'll find a variety of activities suitable for the whole family. More Information
>>

Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
(831) 625-4419
Saturday & Wednesday; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Thursday; 10:00AM
Sunday; 10:00 AM
Moonlight Tours
July 1, 2, 30, 31
7:45 PM



California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificent and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.


AUGUST

Get away before the kids return to school. Park Rangers host a weekly Jr. Ranger program and there is a daily campfire program for the family to enjoy.

CALLING ALL KIDS! Are you Ranger material? Kids between the ages of 7 and 12 are invited to join us for Junior Rangers, an hour of games, crafts, and fun designed to help you learn about our State Parks and our natural and cultural environment. Junior Rangers meets every day except Sunday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Campfire Center in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
Kids only!

And for the younger crowd...Join us for Ranger Cubs! Kids 7 and under--and their moms, dads, and other friends and family--are invited to meet at the Campfire Center at 11:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursdays and Saturday for a half-hour of stories, crafts, and outdoor fun.

State Park activities for the whole family.

Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
(831) 625-4419
Saturday & Wednesday; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Thursday; 10:00AM
Sunday; 10:00 AM

Moonlight Tour
August 28 & 29
6:45 PM


Living History Day at Point Sur Lightstation
August 1 ~ Open house celebrating the 126th anniversary of the first light of the Point Sur Lighthouse in August 1889. Costumed lighthouse keepers and their wives will show you where they lived and how they worked. This family friendly event includes:
• Transportation to the top of Pt. Sur Lightstation
• "Keepers and their wives" recalling an earlier Point Sur
• Pre-electric-era crafts and games
• Helping the keeper raise, lower and fold the flag
• Visiting six of the buildings
• Scavenger hunt
• Picnicking (bring your own food)
• Viewing nearby marine mammals
WHEN
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Enter between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Park closes at 3:30 pm
COST
$25 adults, $15 children 6-17
All proceeds go toward the restoration of Pt. Sur's historic structures
www.pointsur.org


California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificent and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.


SEPTEMBER

Celebrate the kids return to school with a romantic getaway. A fireplace room and a bottle of wine are a cozy antidote for a chilly fall evening.

Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
(831) 625-4419
Saturday & Wednesday; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday; 10:00 AM

Moonlight Tour
September 27
6:45 PM



California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificent and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.



OCTOBER

Big Sur enjoys some of its best weather in this month. The skies are bright blue as the moderate temperatures keep the fog at bay and the forest becomes alive with color as the leaves of the deciduous trees turn. Monarch butterflies return to their annual wintering grounds at Andrew Molera State Park and can be seen flying all around Big Sur.

October
35th Big Sur River Run

(831) 624-4112 "The most beautiful 10k in the world!" Held annually in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. All flat, black-top road loop alongside the Big Sur River through redwood and oak groves. The 10k Run and 5k Walk benefit the Big Sur Health Center and the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
(831) 625-4419
Saturday & Wednesday; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday; 10:00 AM
Moonlight Tours:
October TBA
5:45 PM
Ghost Tours:
October TBA
5:15 PM
- by reservation only.

October 31
Halloween Bal Masque

Every year Nepenthe sponsors a benefit for the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade. Considered one of the big events of the season with elaborate costumes, live music. Stay here and enjoy a spectacular Halloween celebration.

California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificent and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.


October Specials
Watch as Humpback and Blue whales feed along the Big Sur coastline. Condor viewing tours. Fall colors along the Big Sur coast. Local concerts. Our "Indian Summer" weather is the best of the year. From October through March, if you book a room for two nights for Sunday through Thursday nights, you receive a complimentary third night for free. This offer does not apply to holidays, weekends, groups, or block out dates.


NOVEMBER

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
Thursday
3:00 - 8:00 PM

November
Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

Bringing together roughed coastline, refined cuisine, a sense of old California, elegant wine tastings, new friendships and old relationships all in the backdrop of the soul of what is uniquely Big Sur!
www.bigsurfoodandwine.org/

Thanksgiving Weekend
Big Sur Harvest Faire

Big Sur Grange Hall
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The annual Big Sur Grange Fall Harvest Fair has beautiful handmade crafts from local artisans. Jewelry, knitted garments, clothing, lotions and potions, art and much much more. Thanksgiving weekend.

November Specials
From November through February, if you book a room for two nights for Sunday through Thursday nights, you receive a complimentary third night for free. This offer does not apply to holidays, weekends, groups, or block out dates.

California Condor Viewing Tour ($50/person)
This two-hour tour will take you down the coast with Ventana Wildlife Society trained staff to view magnificent and endangered California condors. We will use radio telemetry to track wild birds while taking in the beautiful Big Sur coast. Visit the Condor Cam, the first live Condor web cam in the wilds of Big Sur.
Visit Ventana Wildlife Society for more information.


For more information about events in Big Sur visit the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce Calender of Events page.


DECEMBER

Take a break from the holiday bustle off-season rates make early December an economical way to experience the picturesque beauty of Big Sur.

December Specials
From November through February, if you book a room for two nights for Sunday through Thursday nights, you receive a complimentary third night for free. This offer does not apply to holidays, weekends, groups, or block out dates.

December 25
Join us for Christmas Dinner Buffet
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm