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Andrew Molera State Park Hikes (Access Included with Big Sur Lodge Stay)

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Located 5 miles north of Big Sur Lodge on Highway 1, there is no reason not to visit these hikes with your complimentary Andrew Molera State Park pass that is included with your Big Sur Lodge stay. The Andrew Molera Beach Trail and the Bluffs Trail will both give you beach access and amazing coastal views.

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The Henry Miller Memorial Library

This historic site is only three miles from Big Sur Lodge. This library, art center, and bookstore was created in honor of the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller

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Pfeiffer Beach (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

Known for its unique “purple sand,” this beach is located less than three and a half miles south of Big Sur Lodge off Highway 1. Although there is a $5 per car fee, the reward is more than worth it. This beach is currently closed, to stay updated on when it opens go to the state park website

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Access Included with Big Sur Lodge Stay)

o Located 11 miles south of Big Sur Lodge on Highway 1, this park gives you access to three of the most beautiful hikes in Big Sur, all with incredible coastal views. A must see during your Big Sur Lodge stay.

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Palo Corona Park (Carmel-By-The-Sea)

The Palo Corona Park stretches for nearly 7 miles in length across 4,300 sprawling acres of rugged, spectacular country that boasts an extraordinary mix of ecosystems and wildlife species. This park is open to the public via access-permit reservation. The trail takes you up into the Santa Lucia Mountains and is moderate in difficulty.

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Point Lobos State Reserve (Carmel-By-The-Sea) (Access Included with Big Sur Lodge Stay)

Your stay at Big Sur Lodge provides you with a car pass for this beautiful location. However, many people will park on the highway and walk in. Experience cliff side walks under ancient cypress, crystal clear water in magical coves and viewings of marine, land and bird life galore.

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Garrapata Beach

Just twenty miles north of Big Sur Lodge you’ll find the picturesque Garrapata Beach, a wide, one-mile stretch of golden sand and turquoise blue waters. Garrapata Beach offers views of the ocean and mountains as well as the rocky cliffs that are covered with colorful wildflowers.

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Molera Horseback Tours (Andrew Molera State Park)

This company will take you on wonderful scenic tours in Andrew Molera State Park. Some of their trails are closed, so be sure to check with their website or call them for availability.

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The Iconic Hearst Castle (San Simeon)

From experiencing what life was like as a guest of W. R. Hearst to exploring his personal collection of rare and ancient works of art, encounter the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure first-hand with a guided Hearst Castle tour.

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The Elephant Seals at San Simeon

See the Elephant Seals in their natural habitat just a few miles north of San Simeon on the beach only a few steps away from the road. Their rumbling, snorting, and battling are truly a remarkable sight. The visitor center is open from 10am – 4pm daily.

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Paso Robles Wineries

Highway 46 from Cambria to Paso Robles is riddled with delectable wineries. We encourage you to explore for yourself because of the great abundance of wineries all around Paso Robles.

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Pinnacles National Park

Some 23 million years ago multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed, and slid to form what would become Pinnacles National Park. Hikers here enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life.

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The Crossroads Shopping Mall (Caramel-By-The-Sea)

Discover a unique and unexpectedly sophisticated shopping experience in one of Carmel’s most charming settings. Visit their website for a list of their many stores, what events are going on, dining options, and more visitor info like maps and directions.

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Glass Bottom Boat Ride (Monterey)

At Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey is the Little Mermaid Glass Bottom Boat tour, a half hour outing that works well with small children. This is a nice trip around the harbor to feel the splash of the ocean, see sea lions and other marine life up close.

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Monterey Whale Watching

Princess Monterey Whale Watching has the 2 largest and finest whale watching vessels on Monterey Bay – the 100 ft. Princess Monterey and the 100 ft. Greatland. Both vessels are made for your comfort and have indoor heated cabins with large windows for viewing, large clean restrooms, a snack-bar, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you want to stay dry but still experience the wonders of the marine life, than this aquarium is just the place for you.

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A Ride Down The Coast

This ride between Monterey and Big Sur provides beautiful views and plenty of areas to stop and enjoy them. You will pass by the Garrapata Beach State Park, a great opportunity to have a pleasant walk along the bluffs and enjoy the Pacific Ocean. You will pass over the Rocky Creek and Bixby Creek Bridges, site-seeing tourist favorites.

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Wine Walk By-The-Sea (Carmel-By-The-Sea)

Available for purchase at our front desk, this $100 Wine Tasting Passport gives you access to 14 participating tasting rooms all located within only a few block proximity in Carmel-By-The-Sea. Learn more about this wine extravaganza

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Golfing

There are military, resort, public, and private golf courses scattered all over the coast ranging in quality and expense. To learn more about which golf course makes the most sense with your trip.

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San Simeon

This town is full of things to do and thrives on tourism. We have listed a few of the fan-favorites on this page, but there are plenty more to discover! You can see a list of the top 15 things to do in San Simeon

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The Old Coast Road

For a vigorous hike, drive North 3 miles to the entrance of Molera State Park. Directly across the road is the entrance to “The Old Coast Road”. It is closed to cars at this time, so you can have this gem all to yourself. Within half a mile you are above the Big Sur Valley with panoramic views north and south. Within a couple of miles, you are in a fern filled redwood valley. Please stay on the road as you are hiking through a working cattle ranch.

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Historic Point Sur Lighthouse (Monterey)

These lighthouse tours take you up a steep road to the abandoned little town that once housed the lighthouse keepers, their families and even a school. You will hear the stories of the area, explore the lighthouse, and experience the legends of the ghosts that occupy the abandoned buildings. Make it even more authentic with a nighttime full moon tour.

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