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.

Glen Oaks Big Sur Redwood Grove

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

Glen Oaks Big Sur - kitchenette and lounge chairs

Glen Oaks Big Sur - King sized bed

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

Glen Oaks Big Sur - bathroom

Glen Oaks Big Sur - bathroom details

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.

Big Sur Roadhouse - interior

Big Sur Roadhouse - back patio

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.

Big Sur Roadhouse - breakfast 1

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!

About Erica Kay

Manini girl Erica is our professional photographer, travel curator, and adventure designer. When she isn't busy working on Manini stuff, she's running two photography companies, petting her pup, eating her way around the world with her fiancé, or hanging with friends and family.

Join the discussion 17 Comments

  • Jennifer says:

    Trees are some of my favourite people and California has some beautiful specimens! I love the idea of being in a place where you can be among the trees during the day, and then take a nice bath with homemade salts at the end of the day. The food looks amazing too:)

  • Stacey says:

    I am absolutely in love with this spot! Im really dying to take a roadtrip through california and big sur. Now i really must put this place at the top of my list!

  • Henry says:

    I can always get behind a restorative weekend in the woods! That donut looks out of this world, and I’m guessing there are some spectacular hiking trails around to help burn it off!

  • I haven’t heard of Big Sur – looks lovely though, anywhere with heated floors is such a luxury and all! Just subscribed too – love to look of your blog!

    • WHAAAAAT?! Omg, it’s one of the most epic locations in California! We’ll cover more in next week’s blog post. Unfortunately, massive rains and flooding washed out part of the highway, so we couldn’t get to some of the most beautiful parts of Big Sur. We still hit up some gorgeous places, though!

  • Tatum Skipper says:

    I am going to Big Sur this summer during my cross country American road trip. Soooo excited! I will totally check this place out because ummm, rain showers and heated floors, hello!!! All of this would be perfect after a long day of travel or exploration. Super jelly!!

  • I planned to visit Big Sur this past Labor Day weekend, but it was right after all of the fires…so I switched it up and just stayed in San Francisco. I’d love to go back and check out those heated floors!!!!

  • Riely says:

    Glen Oaks Big Sur is definitely worth the stay! I am thrilled I came across this post. Big Sur has been on my list for awhile, but now that I know of this unique, gorgeous cabin in the middle of the woods I need to go ASAP. That bathroom does deserve a writeup on its own. Can’t wait to read what other adventures Big Sur has to offer.

  • James says:

    Glen Oaks Big Sur looks like the perfect place to stay whilst exploring the sites of the Big Sur. I like how they provide healthy oatmeal in the kitchenette, this will give you good energy to go out exploring. The bathroom sounds unreal, I’ve never seen or heard of a heated floor before, the organic soaps and bathtub look perfect too. The breakfast looks delicious, I think I’d choose Sams breakfast muffin over your huevo ranchero!

  • Gemma says:

    I’ve heard of Big Sur previously and your photographs have definitely convinced me to visit. The cabin you stayed in looks like a great retreat in the forest. The food also looks delicious!

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