As part of a two week whirlwind roadtrip around the west coast of America, how could we not stop off in Big Sur! After all this area of outstanding natural beauty is continuously raved about and I’m a bit of a sucker for a pretty view. What better way to experience it than with a bit of glamping.
When researching there were a lot of options but we did have to check nearer the time of our trip as it had been a particularly dry year and they had a high amount of wild fires in the area. Luckily the area where our tepee was situated was ok.
Before discussing more about the accommodation, we of course have to write about the journey through Big Sur, with good reason – this place is absolutely stunning.
As we approached the Bixby bridge, which signifies the start of Big Sur for many, I got increasingly excited. The 54 mile coastline is well known for its rugged, narrow cliff edge road with stunning views of the pacific ocean.
Before checking into the campsite for the night we stopped off at Pfeiffer beach to stretch our legs and have a chill. It is a beautiful, unspoilt beach so bring a towel and some sun cream. After an hour or so relaxing we made our way to the campsite, I couldn’t wait to see our home for the night.
We were located near the centre of Big Sur at Big Sur Campground and Cabins site. Greeted by a friendly member of staff who directed us to the tepee and left us to settle in. It was exactly the way our Airbnb host described it. Couldn’t be happier with its location – in the centre of a group of trees making it feel very secluded and private. We also had our own bench and fire pit which Tom was particularly excited about.
Before it turned dark we scouted out the nearest convenience store to get some snacks, beer and fire wood, ready for a night snuggled up making s’mores by the campfire. Such a girly thing to say but it really was perfect. My number one tip to you though is make sure you bring your mosquito spray!
Inside our tepee we had a comfy double bed and I am pleased to say that it was extremely warm too. The temperature can drop quite significantly in the evening so it is important to have nice warm bed for the night.
After a very good nights sleep we continued on down Highway 1 to our next stop – McWay Falls. This should be a must on anyone’s list, no words or pictures can capture how beautiful it is. I spent so long just starring out over this bay.
There is plenty to see and do along this amazing coastline, if I were to go back again I would make sure to visit the Esalen Hot Springs. You must book ahead and reserve which is part of the reason we could not visit when we were there. But if you are thinking of visiting you must see as much of this amazing state park as possible. The journey down or up Highway 1 cannot be rushed and you will soon realise that any schedule you put together will soon go out the window when you are there. If you are like me then you will want to pull over every couple of hundred metres.
This was one of my favourite stops on our 2 week road trip, along with Yosemite. Considering I am mostly a city girl, it surprised me that I enjoyed these places so much but they are so beautiful it’s hard to believe anyone could dislike them.