Numerous writers and artists have been inspired by the area.
|Big Sur is like no other place on the earth. For 90 miles, the two-lane Pacific Coast Highway winds along the cliff’s edge where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise from the Pacific Ocean. This coastline is one of the world’s most beautiful and dramatic landscapes. The coastline is virtually unpopulated except for three small clusters of gas stations, restaurants, motels, the eclectic Nepenthe Restaurant and two ultra-luxury inns, Ventana and Post Ranch. The Big Sur locals are a mix of descendants of the original settlers and rancher families, artists and wealthy notables from the worlds of entertainment and commerce. Writers and artists
were attracted to the area in the mid-20th
century including: Robinson Jeffers, Henry Miller, Edward Weston, Richard Brautigan, Hunter S. Thompson, Emile Norman and Jack Kerouac. They set the tone for today’s unique Big Sur culture. The dramatic seascape, the rustic outposts, the artistic mélange all combine to make a day’s round-trip drive from the Preserve an unforgettable experience.