Driving Highway One through Big Sur is a “must do” for good reason. The spectacular views rounding each curving bend are a treat and a thrill for both the driver and the passenger. Experiencing Big Sur should be on more bucket lists. Who wouldn’t want to spend a night or two in this rarified atmosphere where the air is so pure that it spreads your wings like the monarch butterflies so abundant in season?
Yet, lodging options are often even more rarified than the scenery in this magical spot. Along comes Glen Oak Big Sur, a newly renovated property that provides an irresistible value proposition.
Glen Oak Big Sur, just off the highway, yet nestled among the redwoods, minutes from the heart of Big Sur is a casual, contemporary, architecturally-classy accommodation with a noteworthy restaurant that offers a comfortable counterpoint to the craggy coast and endless hiking of the rugged terrain.
Respecting the adobe architecture and much appreciated soundproofing of the original motel, the interiors have all been redone. No tired, shabby rustic cabins here, these digs—from entry level queen rooms to free standing, newly built structures in the middle of the redwoods— offer an upscale value lodging option in the heart of pricey Big Sur.
Prepare to rest your hiked-out, weary body on oh, so comfy beds with luxurious bed and bath linens including cocoon-like robes. Enjoy the contemporary rustic-chic design, different in each room, yet always esthetically pleasing, and thoughtfully planned to anticipate your every wish— including heated bathroom floors!
Across the Hyway and adjacent to Glen Oak Big Sur is the Big Sur Roadhouse Revel in the best of California ingredients prepared with New Orleans flare at the transformed Big Sur Roadhouse. Chef Matt Glazer, formerly of famed Esalen and the Big Sur Bakery, has his roots in locally grown and sourced products that are seasoned with the spice of New Orleans.
At the Big Sur Roadhouse gluten free seafood gumbo— prepared with slow cooked veggies instead of a flour roux— is a soulful, healthful version of the classic.Freshly caught Fish, direct from nearby Monterey Bay, is treated to the best of the blackened tradition without overwhelming the delicate flavors of the sea. Seasonal greens are deftly sweated to just the right consistency and flavor profile.
The classic New Orleans dish, beans and rice, is celebrated as only the addition of andouille sausage can provide. Steak and vegetarian selections are succulent and full flavored.
Save room for the ethereal lightness of properly prepared bread pudding. Sleep soundly, knowing that breakfast is only a few brief hours away at the Big Sur Roadhouse .
Anytime of the year has its special magic but culinarians will plan on the Big Sur Food and Wine Festival, in early November for an extra dollop of delicious delights including a weekend of specially orchestrated wine and food experiences at the Roadside Café.