In August 2013, I was off for the summer, and my husband was starting a new job in San Francisco (we lived in LA), so we decided to travel like John Candy in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (we added boats, as well). Our first stop on our 3-week multi-country journey was to Big Sur. The 310 mile journey to Big Sur from Pasadena takes a driver without kids 5 1/2 hours, but of course when you add a baby (and LA traffic), it took us closer to 7 hours.
My husband Randy and I love to camp, but we weren’t quite ready to camp with an eight month old. So we opted for ‘glamping’. I had never been glamping before, and imagined it being like the pictures of the luxury African safari tents that you see on Jetsetter, or TravelZoo. A lush king-sized bed surrounded by wisps of white cotton fabric canopies, in the center of a polished mahogany platform tent, with a bottle of wine on the bedside table. At a steep summer rate of $179/night, our glamping accommodation was more like a custom pinewood yurt on wheels you’d find someone on HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters scoping out. But it was perfect.
We stayed just one night at Big Sur Campground and Cabins right on the Big Sur River, with easy access to hiking trails and the beach. Our river-side yurt had electricity and a clear-view roof to glimpse stars through the tree branches. Yuckily it was just a short walk to the bathroom. Our first time slightly camping with a baby was a success. Here are some pics and read below for a few tips for next time.
This single night in Big Sur was definitely too short. Here are some things I would do next time.
1. Stay longer – at least 3 nights
2. Bring warmer clothes – it got a little too cold at night for a baby, so pack lots of layers and extra blankets. We brought Claire’s Pack n’Play, and she wore a winter hat to bed, but we ended up pulling her in bed with us for extra warmth. Burr!
3. Bring a water floatie/raft. The river is very shallow and calm in front of the yurts, and it would have been fun to spend some time in the water.
4. Since we were only there for one night, we had dinner at Nepenthe (amazing views!), so of course next time I would prepare meals to make at the campsite. Here is an awesome blog about tin foil meals you can grill!
5. Book well in advance. I originally wanted to stay two nights, but booking somewhat last minute, there was only one night available.