Even if it was a hazy memory, I had driven through Big Sur before. So when we found time for a two-night trip last June, I decided to book a night at the Glen Oaks Big Sur motor lodge (doubles, $175; glenoaksbigsur.com) and wing the rest. The best thing about Glen Oaks is that it's across the street from the upscale but unpretentious Big Sur Roadhouse (bigsurroadhouse.com), where they serve seared sea bass. And half-pound burgers. The other best thing about Glen Oaks is that it's just north of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (parks.ca.gov), putting you in a prime position for wandering beneath redwoods and along the foggy, rugged coast, which extends for 90-some miles. And if you're a Route 1 rookie, don't muck it up. Pack a picnic basket and bring good music, or at least rent a convertible. Our goal on day two was Treebones Resort, a cluster of semi-rustic yurts near the south end of Big Sur (yurts from $155; treebonesresort.com). With an impressive wine selection, a cozy restaurant and lodge, and a heated pool and hot tub overlooking the ocean, there was no reason to go anywhere else.
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