Due to a closure of Highway 1 to the north of Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn is temporarily unavailable for stays through April 17.
We will continually update information based on changes to Highway accessibility status by CalTrans Division of Highway Engineering & Safety.

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Things To Do In Big Sur

Just beyond Post Ranch lies a wealth of attractions and activities that are sure to delight. For those who want to explore the beauty of Big Sur and the central coast, here are a few of our favorites things to do when visiting.

Local Attractions

Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California

Henry Miller Library

48603 CA-1, BIG SUR, CA 93920

The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a nonprofit arts center and bookstore that documents the life of the late writer, artist, and Henry Miller. The library is open daily to the public and often hosts intimate outdoor concerts and small events.

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Point Sur Lighthouse in California

Point Sur Lighthouse

MONTEREY, CA 93940

Point Sur Lighthouse stands atop a dramatic volcanic rock just off-shore in Big Sur. This historic aid-to-navigation still guides ships along the treacherous Central California Coast. Point Sur can be visited by guided walking tours year round.

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Bixby Bridge on Highway 1 in California

Bixby Bridge

CA-1, MONTEREY, CA 93940

Cross this unforgettable bridge into iconic Big Sur Welcome to Big Sur’s version of the Golden Gate. A must-see road trip spot for many and probably the most Instagrammed feature along the Highway 1 coastline. And rightly so.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium in California

Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 CANNERY ROW, MONTEREY, CA 93940

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a pioneering aquarium and renowned marine conservation organization perched on the edge of the wild Monterey Bay in California. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the ocean. The aquarium is located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and open daily. (Photo credit: SeeMonterey.com)

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Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

750 HEARST CASTLE RD, SAN SIMEON, CA 93452

Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark mansion located in San Simeon and was the home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. It has been maintained as a state historic and is open for public tours. Hearst Castle was once home to newspaper publisher WR Hearst. It is now a house museum and is open to the public.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea in California

Carmel

CARMEL, CA 93452

Just up the coast, visitors can enjoy the charm of downtown Carmel and the natural beauty of California’s central coast while engaging in a variety of outdoor activities, dining and shopping. Explore the 17-Mile Drive, widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world, which runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach.

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Hiking Trails in Big Sur, California

Hiking

There’s something special about being outdoors in the fresh, Big Sur air. Post Ranch is fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most scenic and diverse hiking trails in the world. With trails and excursions for hikers of all levels, there’s truly something for everyone.

Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California

Parks & Beaches

Local Dining

AMERICAN CUISINE

Big Sur Bakery

47540 CA-1, BIG SUR, CA

Creative American comfort food, wood-fired pizzas & fresh pastries & desserts in a rustic setting.

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DELI & GROCERY STORE

Big Sur Deli

47520 CA-1, BIG SUR, CA

This family-owned deli specializes in tasty dining options along with one of the largest selection of craft brews and wines.

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AMERICAN CUISINE

Deetjen’s

48865 CA-1, BIG SUR, CA

Tucked away in a rustic Big Sur setting, Deetjen’s offers candlelit dining and hearty, locally sourced organic fare.

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AMERICAN CUISINE

Fernwood Tavern

47200 CA-1, BIG SUR, CA

Pizza & pub food with live music in an old-school roadhouse setting next to a motel & campground.

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AMERICAN CUISINE

Nepenthe

48510 CA-1, BIG SUR, CA

Eatery perched on a Big Sur cliffside offering California fare & a terrace with breathtaking views.

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CALIFORNIAN CUISINE

The Sur House

48123 CA-1, BIG SUR, CA

Open for lunch, enjoy Big Sur-inspired cuisine and distant ocean views from the spacious outdoor terrace.

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Local Art

The Post Ranch Art Gallery in Big Sur, California

The Post Gallery

The Post Gallery offers an array of black and white photography, sculptures and fine jewelry. Exhibits change throughout the year, providing the chance to display the art of talented artists in and around the Big Sur community while offering fresh and interesting perspectives from around the world.

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The Hawthorne Gallery in Big Sur, California

Hawthorne Gallery

48485 CA-1, BIG SUR, CA 93920

The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a nonprofit arts center and bookstore that documents the life of the late writer, artist, and Henry Miller. The library is open daily to the public and often hosts intimate outdoor concerts and small events.

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The Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California

Henry Miller Memorial Library

48603 CA-1, BIG SUR, CA 93920

The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a nonprofit arts center, bookstore, and performance venue in Big Sur, California, documenting the life of the late writer, artist, and Henry Miller.

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Coast Big Sur Art Gallery

COAST Big Sur

48485 CA-1, BIG SUR, CA 93920

Nestled amongst the natural beauty of Big Sur, COAST is a truly unique destination along Highway 1 for fine art, one-of-a-kind gifts and elevated casual cuisine.

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