Now THIS is a front-row seat. You step out the door of your charming, cottage style room and wow, a tremendous view and if you're lucky a breaching whale splashing in the ocean, only 300 feet away, or otters playing on the kelp, or condors soaring over the coastline. Constructed in the 1930's, Lucia Lodge is the perfect place to do nothing, or to use as a jumping off point to explore Big Sur, Hearst Castle, and the elephant seal beach near San Simeon.
Now run by the fifth generation of the Harlan family, the Lucia Lodge is the great escape and it's the closest Big Sur lodge to the sea... If you want to explore nature, their website has a wonderful list and descriptions of local beaches and great hikes.
The Lucia Lodge has 10 cabins, all without phone or TV's. The rooms are tastefully decorated, some have gas fireplaces, and all have an ocean view or a view of the Santa Lucia mountains. There's no cell service here, but there's a pay phone. The restaurant is open everyday, serving lunch and dinner. You can dine indoors, on the patio, in the cliff-side picnic area, or in the privacy of your room.
Yummy meals include bacon-wrapped filet mignon, fish & chips, Alaskan halibut, and chicken cordon bleu, all home-cooked. We serve hungry people here. The portions are big and the memories large. The view is spectacular...