Big Sur is known as one of California’s most epic locations. For good reason, too, since it’s full of stunning coastlines, amazing hikes, and drool-worthy photo opps. When searching for things to do in Big Sur, you’re going to see a million recommendations for Bixby Bridge and McWay Falls, Pfeifer Bridge and Old Coast Road. And, yes, you should do all of those things. But, in the midst of all that, you need somewhere to sleep and eat, and we have the perfect recommendation for you!
Glen Oaks Big Sur
Nestled in the middle of the forest is Glen Oaks Big Sur, a small but mighty place to rest your head and rejuvenate your soul.
Our stay in the Redwood Cabin was anything but disappointing. Surrounded by a Redwood grove and a small river dotted with waterfalls, the cabin was the perfect respite for a bit of R&R. Some of the amenities included in the cabin are:
- kitchenette with organic tea, coffee, and oatmeal and all necessary kitchen supplies (even a wine opener, which is clearly the most important component)
- yoga mats
- cards, books, and games
- wall fire place
- sound machine
- outdoor fire pit
- giant King sized bed and oversized armchairs
The bathroom deserves its own separate list. If the rest of the cabin is nice, the bathroom is exquisite. It boasts:
- organic, homemade bath salts
- organic exfoliating soap
- HEATED FLOORS (whaaaat?!)
- giant soaking tub with jets
- a rain shower
- super fluffy bathrobes
If that isn’t a beautiful oasis in the middle of the forest, I don’t know what is.
The 24 hours we spent here are definitely at the top of our favorites list. Walking along the river surrounded by the Redwoods was so peaceful and relaxing. Eating homemade dinner on our giant king sized bed was the best. Soaking in the huge tub and stepping out onto heated floors was incredible. Sitting beside the fire listening to the water flowing through the river was the perfect ending to the day. And, the breakfast at the Big Sur Roadhouse was delicious.
Big Sur Roadhouse
Quaint. Surrounded by gardens. Vines snaking through pergolas. Air plants galore. Old school couches surrounding cozy fireplaces. Natural decor and chalkboard menus. Quiet conversations and squeaky wood floors. Clinks of coffee cups. That’s the Big Sur Roadhouse in a nutshell.
We started with a cappuccino and a homemade maple donut. The cappuccino was beautiful, made with care by the in-house barista. It was flavorful, but not too sweet, with a toasty flavor hitting the back of the throat. The sweet maple donut balanced the cappuccino perfectly. It was light and fluffy with the perfect amount of maple glaze. And it was the perfect breakfast appetizer, because everyone needs appetizers at breakfast.
For breakfast, Sam had the breakfast sandwich. It was a simple English Muffin with a delicious maple butter spread. Add on two eggs, some apple smoked bacon, and cheddar cheese and you get the perfect balance of savory and sweet in one delicious sandwich.
I had the huevos rancheros, which ended up being one of my favorite meals of the entire two week trip! Two corn tortillas sandwiched a pile of black beans, two fried eggs, salsa rojo, avocado salsa, and white cheddar. To top it off, a side of breakfast potatoes that made my tastebuds explode. Apparently the secret to that soft and flavorful deliciousness is to soak the potatoes overnight in olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
We absolutely loved our stay at Glen Oaks Big Sur and our meal at Big Sur Roadhouse. If you’re in the area and looking for a place to rest your head and fill your belly, this is the place for you. We can’t wait to go back!
Interested in more beautiful Big Sur adventures? Check back next week for part 3 of our California road trip diary, which will include our photos of and adventures in Big Sur and the super bloom of central California!
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