Road trip to Big Sur, Travel Photo Mondays #42

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Road trip to Big Sur  – Travel Photo Mondays

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Road trip to Big Sur, Travel Photo Mondays #42

Big Sur coastline

There’s nothing like taking a road trip down the coastal highway in Monterey along the scenic coastline to Big Sur. It’s a pleasant drive along Highway 1 – one of the most stunning coastlines along California’s central coast. With drop dead views of sheer cliffs with rocky promontories and sandy beaches below, the views just take your breath away.

Probably the most popular spot for taking a picture of Big Sur always include the Bixby bridge – a perfectly arched bridge set with a panoramic backdrop. The bridge and the Big Sur landscape is regularly featured in many car commercials and driving related movies – making the bridge such an iconic brand for Big Sur. On this particular spot an artist set up his easel to spend a lovely afternoon painting plein air with the bridge as a backdrop – I wish I could have done the same all afternoon long.


Big Sur - a sandy beach cove and stream bed

Big Sur – a sandy beach cove and stream bed




Painting plein air in fronting Bixby bridge

Painting plein air in fronting Bixby bridge





Hot pink ice plants blooming at Big Sur

Hot pink ice plants blooming at Big Sur


It’s always nice to have a delicious lunch at any of the wonderful lunch spots around Big Sur. One of the newest and popular lunch destination is The Big Sur Roadhouse – a retro modern cafe serving contemporary California style with a Cajun twist.  It’s a very comfortable and colorful dining space with plenty of indoor and outdoor lounging and dining, so right for the relaxing California cuisine and lifestyle. The menu is eclectic with huge salads including Kale caesar salad,  Mediterranean salad with olives, artichoke heart, red peppers and mixed greens and Cajun rice and beans. Classic sandwiches like Mufulleta and club turkey sandwiches are huge, piled with a thick layer of various meats. The food is nicely presented, generous in portions and a real hit considering the unusual pairing of Cajun style with California fresh ingredients.


The Roadhouse at Big Sur

The Roadhouse at Big Sur





The Roadhouse outdoor seating

The Roadhouse outdoor seating




Roadhouse - Kale caesar salad

Roadhouse – Kale caesar salad





oadhouse - delicious california,cajun style eats

Roadhouse – delicious California,Cajun style eats





Cajun, California style at the Roadhouse in Big Sur

Cajun, California style at the Roadhouse in Big Sur





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Driving back to Monterey, we stopped at a few more vista points and took some more photos of the stunning panoramas. It’s easy to spend a whole day enjoying those endless views at Big Sur and even better if you can stay overnight and enjoy a delightful dinner and sunset views.


Scenic coastal views of Big Sur

Scenic coastal views of Big Sur



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I received a complimentary lunch at the Big Sur Roadhouse, and transportation to and from Big Sur, with the Monterey County Visitors & Convention Bureau, all opinions and writing are my own.

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36 Responses to Road trip to Big Sur, Travel Photo Mondays #42

  1. Kae Lani | A Travel Broad June 3, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    My roommate told me the other night that one of her daydreams is to look at a mountain while standing on another mountain. After looking at your pics, I can see why she often daydreams of such landscapes…

    Also — UPDATE US! I want to see that finished painting!

  2. Marcia May 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Your photos are fabulous. Next time I do this trip – one of the best drives in the US, I think — I’ll make sure to stop at the Roadhouse. The food looks amazing, bet it was absolutely delicious!
    Thanks for linking up, Noel!

  3. Heather May 3, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    The California coast is simply spectacular! I’ve driven from San Francisco to Monterey and was blown away by the beauty. Now I wish I’d kept driving south!

  4. Michelle May 3, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    Stunning photos as usual. I’m quite hungry after reading this post 😉 The photo of the beach and pink flowers is gorgeous!

  5. Lois Alter Mark April 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    The food is just as gorgeous as the scenery! I’m drooling!

  6. elaine schoch April 29, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Love the food shots! I wish I was there for lunch today. 😉

    • Noel April 29, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Me to Elaine, I could go for any of those salads again. thanks for connecting.

  7. Travellingmunk April 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    wow, such a beautiful place and stunning photos. I never did the Big sur or highway 1 while staying in California but hope to be able to some day.

  8. Patti April 28, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Having lived in California for 33 years, we’ve made that drive more times than I can count and it never disappointed. Your photos really capture the beauty of the landscape and Big Sur is always so much fun. Thanks for the flashback memory!

  9. Michele Peterson April 28, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    That kale salad and those panoramic views are enough to inspire me to take up driving and hit the open road to Big Sur!

  10. Sarah Ebner April 28, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous, especially the views. We went to Monterrey and Big Sur many years ago (mid 1990s), but we were blown away by it all.

  11. Samantha @mytanfeet April 28, 2014 at 4:21 am #

    I’ve heard great things about driving through Big Sur and it’s on my list of places to go when I do a road trip back in the states. No wonder it’s popular look at that scenery and food…yum!

  12. mithriluna April 28, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    Oh wow. Gorgeous and luscious images. My family used to picnic in the Big Sur area when I was a kid. Miss it.

  13. Dennis Kopp April 28, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    Noel, those are really beautiful and delicious photos! It has been many, many years since I did a road trip along highway 1 as well and your images bring back a lot of great memories. Thanks for sharing your impressions… 🙂

  14. Jen Seligmann April 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    Great photos Noel! Doing this drive is probably in my top 5 things I want to do in the next few years. I love a road trip especially one that takes me along the coast.

  15. Molly S April 27, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    I’d love to do a road trip in California – it looks gorgeous. And all that food looks incredible!

  16. Corinne April 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    I love your coastline and food photos. So pretty. Were they taken in spring?

  17. Catherine April 27, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    Gorgeous photos Noel…what a magnificent landscape. Love all the range of blues! If I could choose to live anywhere in the US, it would be near the Pacific coastline for sure – to see the mountains and sea at once, just lovely 🙂

  18. jesh StG April 27, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    Still so many places to visit in California. Just came back this weekend from vineyards around Amador County (Calif) where highway 49 of the Goldrush runs through.
    The beach coves look stunning. That whole area looks prefect to do some plein air painting:) If I come there I’ll for sure try the Cajun style eats!

  19. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} April 27, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Cajun plus California sounds like a good combination with me. I’ve only done this drive one time and would definitely like to revisit it with lots of stops to get out and look around. I wonder if that painter frequents that view often or is he just passing through. I once saw a little kit to make postcard-sized watercolor paintings while traveling. My family barely has enough patience for me to pause for photos. I bet they’d have an apoplectic fit if I set up an easel and paint. Plus, I have no painting skills.

  20. muzachan April 27, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Beautiful place 🙂

  21. Brittany @ The Trading Traveler April 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    I’m dying to make this road trip again – only spend more time next time. 2 days was not enough! Beautiful pictures and that food looks amazing 😉

  22. Marilyn Armstrong April 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    I’ve been recovering from four different kinds of heart surgery, so it was nice to see your beautiful pictures again. Winter hasn’t entire loosed its grip on us yet so they are particularly appreciated. Sunshine, beaches, flowers, blue skies. Sigh.

  23. budget jan April 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    The Big Sur coastline is impressive and would be fantastic to drive along. On the food front the Mediterranean Salad has my name written all over it. 🙂

  24. Marisol@TravelingSolemates April 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Wow, that coastline is breathtaking indeed.I’d love to go on a road trip down that spectacular coastal highway myself. Great shots, especially the one with the painter.
    And the food shots? Divine!! Scenic drive + glorious food? Sign me up.

  25. Life Images by Jill April 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    gorgeous scenery and road trip. It reminds me a little of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

  26. The Crowded Planet April 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Beautiful place! and what amazing food! Looks ideal for a road trip, hope I’ll have the chance to visit one day.

  27. Briona April 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    I love the colours in these photos! Oh, and the food looks delicious too! 🙂

  28. Mary {The World Is A Book} April 27, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    This is one of my favorite parts of California and the coastal scenes are always spectacular. Beautiful photos but I really love all that food. Th food looks delicious and I like the Cajun twist. I will have the Big Sur Roadhouse in mind during the next road trip.

  29. Renuka April 27, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    So incredible photos! I’d love to experience such a picturesque road trip. 🙂

  30. Travels with Tam April 27, 2014 at 6:25 am #

    How many ways can one say gorgeous?


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