Day Tripper: 24 Hours in Big Sur, California




Mary Hall and Adam Rondepierre are on the ultimate American road trip and they’re sharing their journey with Teva all summer long. Life on the highway includes pit stops in beautiful places that beg for more time—but when the open road beckons, sometimes you have to make the most of 24 hours. Big Sur is the perfect day trip destination thanks to savory seafood, sunny state beaches and a hot spring that’s open past midnight for a true full-day adventure. Meet our guest bloggers HERE!


8am Start your day with a casual walk on the appropriately named Sand Dollar Beach. Low tide extends the beach in both directions, while uncovering interesting rocks and tide pools.


9am Drive to see McWay Falls and snap a photo of the most beautiful freshwater waterfall that flows straight into the Pacific Ocean.




9:30am Time for breakfast and a cup of coffee on the coolest porch in town at the Big Sur Bakery. Order the herb omelet and a sweet treat from the pastry case!


11am Take a hike among the redwoods in the Ventana Wilderness—not far from the bakery is the ranger station and trailhead. Park and hike as far as you would like up above the fog and catch a view of the ocean. Bring plenty of water!


1pm Pick up snacks and sandwiches at the Big Sur Deli and head to Pfeiffer State Beach for some relaxation time in the sun.




7:30pm Make a dinner reservation at the Big Sur Roadhouse for classic, seasonal California cuisine with a Cajun twist. The décor and vibe of the restaurant is just as awesome as the food. Try the Rockafella’ Oysters with creamed spinach and Parmesan cheese as a starter and the Blackened Local Catch of the Day for dinner.


9pm Head to Nepenthe for a nightcap or two and watch the sun slowly set over the great Pacific Ocean. Whether you choose the front porch or a seat by the fireplace, enjoy the picturesque view and relaxing atmosphere with a drink in hand.




1am Esalen Hot Springs is open to the public for a small fee and scheduled appointment from 1am to 3am every night. Soak underneath shooting stars on a cliff overlooking the rugged central coast. Reflect and rest your body after a glorious day in Big Sur.


3:30am Goodnight moon, goodnight Big Sur.




Mary and Adam will be sharing their adventures with us all summer as they guest blog and run their online vintage shop, Lucille and Found. Follow along here on the Ember blog for travel guides, spontaneous stories, and style tips from the road. Tag us with your own road trip adventures on Instagram @Teva #tevaroadtrip