These are two places I have briefly experienced in Big Sur, as in we stopped the car and walked around them for a few brief moments. I have literally been lusting after them both for years since the quick stop offs made.
The first three images feature Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. The charming, woodland, fairy-like cottages that make up this glorious inn are to die for. The restaurant is said to be as equally as charming. If all the things I’ve heard are accurate, a dinner there is as magical as is the atmosphere under that canopy of monumentos trees.
Secondarily, the final three images feature The Esalen Institute. I become more alive; rejuvenated, simply at the thought of Esalen. Just a few moments down PCH from Deetjen’s you will find this hot springs laden, retreat center. An educational institute in one breathe, Esalen has no true label. Simply a spiritual experience all it’s own, one retreats here with the mission to forge new understandings of the self and society… among other wanderlusts.
To experience the northern California coast in these ways is to truly experience the enchanting soul of California.
"Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world."