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Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant

46840 Highway One , Big Sur, CA 93920 USA (Show map)

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Nestled amid towering redwoods along the scenic Big Sur River, lies the historic Big Sur River Inn, Big Sur's first hotel and restaurant. Founded by the region's prominent pioneering families more than seventy years ago, it is much more than just another Big Sur hotel. The Big Sur River Inn, originally the Apple Pie Inn, has been the site of fun family vacations, wedding celebrations and quiet Big Sur getaways for many generations. Relax from the pressure of civilization on the sun-dappled deck beside the Inn's outdoor pool. Renew your spirit with great food and drink in the historic dining room overlooking the Big Sur River. Remember childhood dreams as you lie back in the soft, fragrant grass on the banks of the River. The Big Sur River Inn is steeped in romance, history and 1930's nostalgia, while our 20 rustic rooms provide modern convenience and comfort.


Location Type

On Big Sur River, Countryside


Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula)

Directions to property:

The Big Sur River Inn is located 30 miles south of Monterey on scenic Highway One. Three airports service California's central coast. They are listed from closest to the farthest away: •Monterey Peninsula Airport Most major airlines flying into San Jose, San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles have commuter flights to Monterey Airport. Monterey Airport also has direct service from Denver, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, Monterey Airport is located approximately 30 miles from the Big Sur Valley. •San Jose International Airport Shuttle flights from San Jose to Monterey are available. San Jose Airport is approximately 120 miles north of the River Inn and is about a 2 hour drive. •San Francisco International Airport Shuttle flights from San Francisco to Monterey are available. San Francisco Airport is approximately 150 miles north of Big Sur and about a 3 hour drive.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Big Sur Coastline, Picnic area, River

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Swimming Pool, General Store, Huge lawn at river's edge, Gas Station, Buritto Bar, Outdoor BBQ

Room amenities

Private entrance, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sitting in the River, BBQ on the Lawn, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4
  • Check Out:: Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of the first night's stay will be charged to guarantee your reservation. The balance for the remainder of your reservation dates is due upon arrival.
  • Cancellations: The Big Sur River Inn requires three (3) days notice to cancel or change any portion of your reservation. Refunds will be issued if you cancel or change any portion of your reservation at least three (3) days* prior to scheduled arrival, less a $20.00 cancellation fee. *Group reservations are subject to a 2-week cancel policy, and a $20.00 per room cancellation fee.



Rick Aldinger

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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  • Cost: Varies
  • Time Served: 8-11am
  • Serving Location: On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


46840 Highway One , Big Sur, CA 93920 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free gift card up to $150!