A trip to the Big Sur Lodge is a trip back in time. In 1902, 11 years before the construction of Highway 1 began and 30 years before the construction ended, John and Florence Pfeiffer, for whom the state park is now named, homesteaded in Big Sur, a bit of wilderness now that must have been the source of the word "wilderness" then.
What began as a family farm - John raised cattle, kept bees and sold honey - evolved into a point of refuge for travelers and wanderers, accepting of John's hospitality and eager to enjoy Florence's home cooking. In 1908, after Florence became upset with a visitor taking advantage of their hospitality, the Pfeiffer Ranch Resort came to be.
The state of California bought the farm in 1933 and created Pfeiffer State Park. The Big Sur Lodge occupies the same spot as the Pfeiffer Ranch Resort and still has that old country spirit of providing an inviting and warm place for travelers, still under the redwoods, still on the banks of the Big Sur River.
The Big Sur Lodge, located within the state park's 1,000 acres, has 62 cottage like rooms, many with fireplaces and some with kitchens. The restaurant is delightful and for people on the move, there's a deli/cafe and a grocery store with camping supplies.
Guests enjoy peace and quiet, swim in the heated pool, and hiking on the grounds looking for hawks and condors. When it's warm, swimming in the Big Sur River is a treat the kids will especially enjoy.
The Big Sur Lodge is in an enchanted forest. It hasn't changed much since John and Florence began building more than 100 years ago.