We arrived at Ripplewood rather later than we bargained for.......on the way we we got to within about 40 miles and came across a wrecked car blocking the road. So, thinking that the reception office would close and we'd have to spend the first night of three in the car, we (I) decided it would be a great idea to take a diversion inland to save time....HAHAHAHA........how wrong can one be? 250 miles and 4 hours later we arrived at Ripplewood in complete darkness!! We spotted a note on the office door...''your room is already open''. ALLELUJAH and thank you to whoever it was on duty that evening.....we are so grateful we didn't have to sleep in the car.
Anyway...so what is Ripplewood all about?
Well, it a collection of cabins either side of Highway 1, some are next to the river and some are not. The ones on the river side are set amongst a grove of Coastal Redwood trees and the setting is fantastically peaceful and tranquil as well as very beautiful...10/10 for location.
We had Cabin 9 which was by the river. It had a deck that overlooked the river itself....a word of warning here though.....this cabin is opposite a campsite which, while it wasn't too bad, got a little noisy over the weekend with people playing their music a little too loud and a little too late. That aside, the cabin was wonderful with everything you might need for your stay; pots and pans in the kitchen, all bed linen etc etc.
Out side the front of the cabin is a fire pit....my favourite bit....sittiing by the fire at night with a cigar and a beer having just eaten a giant steak cooked over the fire! Bliss!
We stocked up in a Vons supermarket on the way up from LA but there is a restaurant too where we had breakfast the morning after the long drive...cant say about the lunch and dinner offerings but the breakfast was great.
We visited Julia Pfeiffer State Park and also Pfeiffer Beach which we thoroughly enjoyed....lots of rock-pools and interesting creatures in them!
Overall this is a truly wonderful place to stay...its quiet and well kept and we would thoroughly recommend a stay of any length here.
- Also Known As:
- Ripplewood Hotel
- Ripplewood Hotel Big Sur
- Ripplewood Big Sur
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ripplewood Resort features a grocery store that has a little bit of everything, where you can purchase last minute supplies for your visit. Our gas station, which often has the cheapest gas in Big Sur, is the only Chevron station in town. The Café at Ripplewood serves a hearty breakfast and lunch from 8am until 2pm daily. The 17 Cabins are rustic and old fashioned, many have kitchens and fireplaces, and some overlook the river. ... more less