Our Trip to Cali, Part III

Big Sur{Pacific Bluff Trail}

For the final leg jof our first anniversary vaca (see: Part I, Part II), we packed up the ole mustang and headed to Big Sur. Living in Chicago, we don’t have a car, and I don’t really love being in the car for an extended time (who does I guess, but you know what I mean!), but the drive up Highway 1 is so worth it. Gorgeous views the whole way, with the ocean on one side and mountains, cows, hills, etc. on the other. Think of the drive on 65 from Chicago to Indianapolis and then think of the exact opposite of that and you have Highway 1. Anyway, we did a lot a great stuff in Big Sur, so here are the deets!

Elephant Seals

^We stopped by Piedras Blancas on the way down to see the seals

Deetjen's Big Sur Inn

^The first night we stayed at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn (read about their rooms’ storied journals here – so cool! we added an entry to the journal in our room). It is so charming! The restaurant was amazing too – delicious and lit by fire and candle-light so ambiance was perfecto. Not surprisingly, Big Sur is not well developed so it’s very dark and quiet, theres no cell service (we actually used a pay phone – remember those?) and no TV. All in all, a very restorative and relaxing trip.


^Deetjen’s is nestled in the really woodsy part of Big Sur, so we were able to hike a little bit on the grounds. There is a great bench overlooking the ocean where we enjoyed our morning coffee.

Big Sur

Big Sur

^It was pretty cloudy again on day 1, but after a stop at Big Sur Bakery we had a great hike at Andrew Molera State Park

TreebonesSushi at TreebonesTreebones SunsetTreebones PoolBig Sur

^For the next two nights we stayed at Treebones Resort, “glamping,” if you will. This is about 45 minutes south of Deetjen’s and the land is more barren (from wildfires?). This place is so different from Deetjen’s but they are both great for different reasons; I would 100% recommend both options. Treebones does have a pool and hot tub overlooking the ocean as well as an amazing sushi restaurant overlooking the ocean for prime sunset watching which is pretty great. One day after hiking we went in the hot tub then had wine while watching the sunset (the staff all stopped to watch as well and everyone clapped when it was over). After our sushi it was a clear night and the stars were unreal. Dan and I bundled up and stargazed and saw a shooting star every couple of minutes! It was pretty magical.

1st anniversary wine

^We had three bottles of wine at our wedding for people to sign that we planned to drink on our 1st, 3rd and 5th anniversaries. Here is the first!

Sand Dollar Bones

Sand Dollar Beach

^Sand Dollar Beach

Big Sur - Nepenthe

^Million dollar views at Nepenthe. It had been pretty foggy up until this point, so getting to Nepenthe and seeing this view was the best feeling!

Santa Barbara Santa Barbara

^We stopped for lunch in Santa Barbara both on the way there and back. On the way there we were anxious to arrive in Big Sur before dark, so we didn’t linger, but on the way back to LA (which was also Dan’s birthday) we stopped for a longer time and walked around. Dan wanted In-N-Out Burger for his birthday lunch, so we got it to go and ate it on the beach before walking along the beach and the pier. Side note: When we got back to our car we found a traffic cop giving us a parking ticket (happy birthday!). It was one of those situations where you are really frustrated and annoyed but then the guy was actually really nice and we were in Santa Barbara and it was Dan’s birthday, so you can’t really be mad. Anyway, Santa Barbara is crazy pretty – all the buildings have the same Spanish look and the whole main strip is full of shops and restaurants and coffee shops…what a life!

And that concludes our adventures in Cali!


PS you can see more photos from our trip on my instagram feed @allisonwaltz_

PPS all photos were taken with with my iPhone or Nikon D60

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