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The Most Romantic Big Sur Itinerary

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Big Sur = big memories for Roger and I!  The Big Sur is a stretch of northern California’s coast from Carmel to San Simeon. May 7, 2011 was a special day for us. Roger not only planned a surprise engagement but an entire week of adventure. I look back on it now, and it surely sets the tone for the rest of our lives. We love traveling and experiencing new places! I also included some other great places to visit along the way that we’ve visited at other times.

Monterey

We started at Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf. With its local shops, dessert shops, seafood restaurants, it makes a nice stop before heading down highway 1. The Wharf has our FAVORITE spot for clam chowder. The kind of clam chowder that you dream about and can never find a comparison. Believe me, we’ve searched for anything remotely similar and no luck!

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Old Fisherman’s Grotto
Old Fisherman's Grotto

Our favorite clam chowder in a bread bowl. Go there, get it, you won’t regret it!
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a great place to experience before heading down Highway 1. Roger and I have been here twice already because we love it so much. The sea otters are our favorite!

17 mile drive

17 mile drive is a small detour that runs across famous golf courses in addition to beautiful views. There are beautiful homes, mansions, castles?, that Roger and I love to pretend we can afford one day. The Lone Cypress is also along this road and is a historical California landmark.

Carmel-By-The-Sea

Carmel-By-The-Sea is not your average beach town. We love the brick roads, local cafes, and historic homes. The white sand beach is just another perfect stop before getting onto Highway 1.

Big Sur/Highway 1

Roll your windows down, enjoy the weather, stop frequently, take in the views, and hike the trails. It can get a bit touristy and crowded, but totally worth it, as every stop is a photo opportunity. The Bixby Bridge is another infamous picture ready stop.

Big Sur

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Hiking along the paths of the Big Sur with no idea what was about to happen!

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SURPRISE! BEST DAY EVER!

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Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach

McWay Falls

We did not get to stop to see McWay Falls, but we hear it’s another one of California coastal gems.

 

 

But wait, there’s more! We headed back up north to Santa Cruz and spent the rest of the week in San Francisco. Look out for Part II.

Our Big Sur Engagement

Big Sur Engagement

By this time last year I was in full wedding planning mode being 1 month away from the big day. While I missed a post on our engagement anniversary this past May, I thought it would nice to recap on this special memory.

The Big Sur has a special place in our heart. Not only is it a place with the most beautiful scenery of the Pacific coast, it is the place where I said “Yes” to the love of my life.

May 7, 2011 – Our Big Sur Engagement

In April 2011 I was graduating from UF with my Bachelors degree. For me it was a time where I had NO idea which direction my life was going. That ‘not knowing’  and stress from our long distance relationship pushed me into depression. The only thing I was looking forward to was a week vacation to visit Roger in California. I remember him saying to me clearly not to worry, that things were going to turn around real soon.

From the moment I landed in Cali, Roger had planned the most amazing week.

We drove a long highway 1, stopped to admire and snap photos of the beautiful coastline. I don’t think selfie sticks were invented yet at this time. Roger and I kept having to set up a tripod and set a timer to get pictures with the both of us. We hiked a long the trails, Roger set up the camera, and got the entire proposal on camera!!

Big Sur EngagementIn 2014 we had the opportunity to visit the same spot on our engagement anniversary while vacationing in Northern California. We were engaged for a total of 5 years before getting married (an entire separate story)!

We may romanticize the Big Sur because of our engagement. It was also a time that reminds me daily to simply snap out of it and to not worry. That God always has better plans for me even though it doesn’t happen right away or I may not know them right away.

Roger did an amazing job planning all of this. I’ll post the entire adventure soon!

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