The JA Guide to Big Sur

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WHERE TO EAT, STAY, PLAY, AND MORE IN BIG SUR

With Mercury in retrograde you might be feeling like life is all a little too hectic. It’s important to remember that this astrological symbol is reflective, so what better time to connect with the great outdoors than a soul searching getaway? Grab your best babe to get out of town and back in touch. Hit the road and head north to where the mountains meet the ocean. Here is our truly magical Big Sur Getaway Guide. 

 
 
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Whether you're here for a yoga retreat or a writing workshop, the spiritual energy of Esalen will always have you leaving with more than you expect. Explore, learn, and grow lover - these lands are made just for you. Schedule some time to soak in the powerful healing waters found in their 6000-year-old hot springs. Walk through the garden to get in touch with Mother Earth, or browse the impressive book collection held within the onsite library. Make your magic in the mountains.

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For an intimate weekend of serenity, book yourself a lover’s getaway at Post Ranch Inn. With 360-degree views of the ocean, sitting up against the Santa Lucia Mountains, this is a sanctuary built for you, barefoot beauty. The 40 homes and suites you’ll find here are all adult-only, the perfect restriction for a little romance. As soon as you step onto the grounds, outdoor adventure will be calling your name. Head out for a beach walk or hike the trails of the surrounding terrain. After you’ve worked up an appetite, dine at the sensual restaurant onsite, Sierra Mar.

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There are some things we just can’t live without – and lucky for us, Treebones Resort gives us the wonder of the great outdoors, paired with the little luxuries that we love. Spend a few nights in the Autonomous Tent, a one-of-a-kind, secluded living space of 500 sq. feet that you’ll never want to leave. Unwind on your private deck with a bottle of your favorite wine, and light up your personal fire bit. Pour yourself a glass, toasting to the beauty that surrounds you. Big Sur sunsets don’t get much better than this lover.  

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The rustic, cabin vibes of the Ventana Inn and Spa are sure to have you feeling nature’s kiss. Tucked into the surrounding landscape, Ventana’s redwood and cedar foundation almost make it hidden to the eye. Once you’ve checked in and unpacked, head to the art gallery on site and browse work from local artists. If you’re in need of some rest and relaxation, schedule some time in the Japanese hot baths  - there’s nothing like a midnight soak under those bright Big Sur stars. If you’re feeling an extra sense of adventure, be sure to wind down at the clothing-optional pool. That’s where you’ll find us…

 

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For our outdoorsy mamas that prefer a more glammed up version of camping, this one’s for you. Check out Glamping by Ventana, a romantic retreat that offers 15 safari-style canvas tents complete with premium linens, a personal fire pit, and the privacy of either the canyons or forests. These Glampsites with give you the chance to breathe in the fresh air of the surrounding redwoods, while still enjoying the resort’s services and amenities. Our favorite part – an order of s’mores to roast over the fire. 

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Attached to the dreamy Post Ranch Inn, Sierra Mar will have you feeling like you’re dining in the clouds. Enjoy a romantic evening with the ones you love most, gazing out at the Pacific through floor to ceiling windows. This scenic view, paired with the local cuisine served makes for a night made for lovers.

 
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Enter Big Sur Roadhouse and you’ll be immediately greeted by its warm, cabin-like ambiance and a dining experience that embodies the coastal lifestyle of its hometown. Open for breakfast and lunch, each dish on the seasonal menu offered here is made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. Get your day started in the best way with a maple donut and cup of freshly brewed coffee. For a feel good lunch, opt for a spring salad and taste all the best Big Sur has to offer. Bon Appetit! 

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Ready to satisfy those sweet cravings? Whether you’re picking up a post-hike pastry, or taking time for lunch with the tribe, Big Sur Bakery will become a spot you’ll frequent more than once on this getaway.  Take a stroll through the cactus garden while you indulge on their legendary baked goods. Don’t forget to pick up their cookbook on the way out. We’re all about bringing some Big Sur magic home with us.

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Settled 800 feet above the ocean, the views you'll find at Nepenthe make this our favorite pit stop for your post-adventure appetite. Order yourself a glass of rosé on the outdoor terrace and enjoy some of the best cuisine served on the California coast.  Don't forget to visit the gift shop on site, Phoenix. With a unique collection of goods curated both locally and from around the world, entering this shop will have you feeling like you're on a treasure hunt. Find the piece you love the most and bring the love of Big Sur home. You've struck gold baby. 

 
 
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There’s nothing we love more than a day spent lounging on beautiful, white sands. Head over to Pfeiffer Beach and what you’ll find will take your beach getaways to a whole new level. Minerals wash down the surrounding hillsides, infusing the sand with particles of garnet. The result, a shore studded with swirling hues of purple. 

After you’ve spent some time the purple sands, bring your lover along for the ultimate coastal experience. Wander along a narrow pathway and down the wooden steps to find McWay Falls, a petite waterfall that cascades onto the beach. Laced with redwoods and bordering the Pacific, the mermaid vibes this spot gives off makes it a must see on our list.

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Big Sur is all about taking the time to appreciate the natural beauty of the Earth. Don’t forget to include yourself in this ritual. We know just the place for you to relax into the healing powers of the earth and sea. Spa Alila at Ventana combines Indonesian traditions with holistic practices from Europe to offer treatments like none you’ve had before. Opt for the Lavender Experience - complete with a rejuvenating lavender exfoliation that’s chased with a soothing lavender oil and warm healing stones massage. One you’re feeling rejuvenated, schedule an astrology reading onsite and find what’s written in the stars.

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what we're wearing

The energy of Big Sur is all about staying comfortable and adventure ready, but with all the most spiritual adornments. Layer it up in bone horns and raw minerals, or live by the sun in Opal inlays. Then pack soft textures that pair perfectly with your crystal cravings. 

Here is what we’re packing: Elder Statesman cashmere, Only Hearts pj’s, Hanro t-shirts, Mou boots,
Mother Denim jeans & our Blesslev's, Claws, Double Horns and Sunshine Opal Inlay pieces.

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