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Big Sur for the high maintenance

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Big Sur for the high maintenance

Hey All,

So I'm planning a very small/intimate wedding in November this year. I have a few guests who are not as in love with going on hikes and are not content just sitting in nature as I am.

I wanted to see if there was anyone out there who could give me some advice on what Big Sur has to offer for in-door people. =)

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1. Re: Big Sur for the high maintenance

Big Sur is, as you know, a remote, scenic area, with very few man-made activities. They could certainly sightsee the coast without hiking: Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls, Pfeiffer State Beach, even Point Lobos has places they can admire from in or near the car. There are a few art galleries and cafes, and they could have lunch at Nepenthe. Maybe they could do a spa day at Post Ranch Inn.

They could drive to Carmel and Monterey for more big-city activities -- restaurants, art galleries, the Aquarium, Cannery Row. If they're ok with nature but from a sitting position, they could do a whale watching cruise or the Elkhorn Slough 'safari' boat.

How many days' entertainment do you have to provide for them?

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2. Re: Big Sur for the high maintenance

Thank you so much! SFSusanW! Those are all great ideas. We really only have 1-2 days of entertaining because we knew it wasn't a place for everyone. I think a nice scenic drive, followed by a fancy lunch and an art gallery would be perfect. Thanks for the advice!

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3. Re: Big Sur for the high maintenance

The Hawthorne Gallery in Big Sur is a stunning building with jaw-dropping views. Nepenthe is also on my list of recommendations for lunch. For a REALLY fancy lunch, consider Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn, but reservations are required. Breathtaking views on a cliff 1200 feet over the Pacific.

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4. Re: Big Sur for the high maintenance

Nepenthe Restaurant (and the smaller Cafe Kevah on the property)has spectacular views and also a fun gift shop.

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5. Re: Big Sur for the high maintenance

Just FYI Nepenthe isn't "fancy". The only two restaurants in Big Sur that I'd describe as fancy are Sierra Mar at Post Ranch or Sur House at Ventana.

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