Cameras at the ready: this rugged stretch of California coastline is known for towering redwood forests that give way to dramatic oceanside cliffs. Travelers, artists and writers come here for a reason – find inspiration yourself by staying in one of the best inns and hotels in Big Sur.
This collection of retro-inspired cottages and cabins is set in the heart of Big Sur, with rooms ranging from cabins in the motor lodge to cosy one-bedroom cottages with decks and fireplaces and outdoor soaking tubs. The most impressive? A private two-bedroom house, Bridge House, hidden in the redwoods and accessible only by a 150-foot (46m) suspension bridge over the Big Sur River. Pay a visit to the Big Sur Roadhouse for delicious Californian cuisine with a focus on seasonal, local ingredients – it’s fitted out with artworks by San Francisco designer Steve Justrich to foster “homegrown modernism” vibes.