Hotel at a Glance: Ragged Point Inn and Resort
This resort doesn’t rely on fancy decor or a flashy atmosphere to impress guests—it lets the natural beauty of Big Sur do the work. The cliff-top location treats guests to impressive views of the Pacific Ocean.
- Onsite dining: Dig into free-range chicken or espresso-crusted pork tenderloin or opt for lighter fare at the sandwich shop or espresso bar.
- Head to the beach by climbing down 300–500 feet of majestic, rocky cliffsides.
- See the inspiration for Xanadu: Take an 18-minute drive to Hearst Castle, the former home of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and the inspiration for the mansion in Citizen Kane.
Big Sur, California: Stunning Coastal Scenery Beloved by Famous Authors
In Big Sur, the rugged Santa Lucia Mountains jut directly out of the Pacific Ocean, forging one of the most dramatic vistas in central California. Green and golden flowered meadows carpet the mountain slopes, and a little farther inland, you can hike through redwood groves. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is a must-visit; tucked amid its native black-tailed deer and redwood groves are the 60-foot-high Pfeiffer Falls and Pfeiffer Beach, where sand is streaked with purple from nearby manganese-garnet deposits.
Because of its natural beauty and relative isolation, Big Sur has long attracted artists and writers from across the world. Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson have spent time here. American writer and painter Henry Miller spent 18 years living in Big Sur, too; in tribute, one of his friends converted a home into the Henry Miller Memorial Library, which celebrates his life and career. Stop here to shop for books or sip a cup of tea right next to a fireplace, just as Miller did.