I’ll be honest with you – Big Sur has it all.
From jutting seaside mountains cloaked in green, to the barrel-shaped waves that crash onto them, this central California ocean-side city is, well, pretty close to perfect. Ok, it is perfect. Big Sur is a place that people feel personally connected to. It’s a place where your inhales become just a little bit deeper and the soul awakens just a little bit more. Life is in full color here.
Big Sur is sparsely populated and is an area without any real urban city presence. Instead, three small towns (more like clusters) of local cafes, hotels, and shops are scattered along Highway 1, underneath the shade of the redwood trees. Each nook is worth exploring, each mountain worth scaling, and each beach worth seeking. The undeniable beauty of Big Sur has lured many artists, past and present, to the area. This place offers stillness and quiet… complete calm. This is a place words fail to describe. Big Sur must be experienced.
Big Sur is home to one of my favorite spaces, The Henry Miller Memorial Library. It is just off Highway 1 and small enough to miss if you’re not paying attention. The library is a cultural and resource center and non-proﬁt organization, championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller. It also serves as a public gallery, performance and workshop space for artists, writers, musicians and students. This place is pure charm. Coffee and tea are available on the deck for anyone who would like a cup as they wander through the library. Feel free to leave a donation for your cup of joe, or not. Check out the vinyl record collection and the vintage books that hang from the ceiling, or pick up and play the guitar that is mounted on the wall. Or maybe you feel like sitting by the fireplace to shoot the breeze as you wait for the resident cat to leisurely walk in from sunbathing on the deck. Past the deck is a lawn with a small stage sitting atop it. The library is host to many musical performances; some past concerts include Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty. For more information regarding the Henry Miller Library, check out their website.
+ I would love to hear what you think about Big Sur or if you’re planning a weekend getaway this weekend!
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