Living in Northern California, I'm spoiled with the sheer amount of nearby escapes, but Big Sur is perhaps one of the most magical. It's a place I visit again and again for its abundance of breathtaking hikes and quirky characters. For years, the only options for nightly lodging were high-end hotels that came close to the rent on my apartment and campgrounds that had seen much better days. That was until Glen Oaks Big Sur quietly opened a few years ago.
As part of a refurbished '50s motor lodge, the rooms have a midcentury-meets-rustic appeal. Besides the lodge, there are also a mix of secluded cabins where you can explore the forest that is right outside your door. All the rooms are stocked with healthy essentials like gluten-free oatmeal, yoga mats, and locally roasted coffee. In short, it's the perfect way to end a day getting lost in Big Sur's wilderness.
— Michele Foley, editor