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Our Winter Return Special is back!!! Scroll down for details …

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The Big Sur River Inn is an unforgettable one-stop vacation destination where traditions are born and thrive, year after year. Nestled amid towering redwoods along the scenic Big Sur River, the River Inn was Big Sur’s first hotel and restaurant, and remains a beloved gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

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….

We invite you to 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 our historic dining room overlooking the Big Sur River, reconnect with life’s simple pleasures 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. We look forward to sharing our little slice of paradise with you.

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big sur river inn and restaurant 30 anniversary

Celebrate 30 years of stewardship with our
Family Reunion Series

In 1988, the Perlmutter Family began their journey as stewards of the River Inn. To celebrate their 30 years here in Big Sur, we will be hosting a “Family Reunion” gathering on the 30th of each month.

Details will be available prior to every Family Reunion on Facebook.

Each month will be different, featuring nostalgic goodies from our kitchen and a beverage vendor who loves Big Sur River Inn as much as we do. Spread the word, and let’s celebrate!

Treats for Adults

Due to popular demand, the Winter Return Special has been extended.

Stay in a room for a special rate with dinner & breakfast included.

Limited number of rooms available for this promotion.

Treat yourself or a loved one…escape to the quiet of Big Sur and the company of the redwoods.

*Offer valid Sunday – Thursday until March 22, 2018
*Dinner and breakfast are allocated $45 per person and given as a gift card upon arrival
*Single Queen Rooms limited to 2 person maximum
*Double Queen Rooms & Suites limited to 4 person maximum

*Available by advance telephone reservation only.

Call for details and reservations
1.800.548.3610  |  831.667.2700


Easter is a great fun day for us here at Big Sur River Inn. This year we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Kid’s Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn. The hunt will start at exactly 10:30am on April 1st… no yolk! (hahaha)

We will also be offering our special Easter Brunch from 8am – 4pm in the restaurant. Join us before or after for brunch and/or just a mimosa.


Mother’s Day

As always, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day with food, drinks, music, and sunshine (we’ve already put our order in for perfect weather!). What is your favorite Mother’s Day ritual? How do you make the mom(s) in your life feel special? Will you be bringing her to Big Sur River Inn for brunch again?

Reservations will be available starting February 1st. Brunch will be available 8am – 4pm on Sunday, May 13th.

This February, LA based travel writer, Nile Cappello wrote an article titled “How to pend 48 hours in Big Sur.” Cappello wrote a lovely overview of the various places to eat and stay in Big Sur. We, the Big Sur River Inn, made the feature list!

How to Spend 48 Hours in Big Sur on the California Central Coast
By Nile Cappello / February 21, 2018

“For a more low-key and affordable stay, the Big Sur River Inn offers lodging farther north, on the banks of the Big Sur River. Opened in 1934 as the first hotel in the area, this property is steeped in tradition and nostalgia, and draws generations back year after year to its outdoor pool, riverfront restaurant, and waterfront Adirondack chairs. Located on the side of Highway 1 and surrounded by forestry and campgrounds, visitors are ideally positioned to explore Big Sur’s unspoiled natural landscape.

All of us at the River Inn treasure our time spent down by the river, and invite you to join us in our backyard. The 2018 music season kicks of April 29th with the Big Sur International Marathon. See you all there!

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Roadside Motel & River View Suites  square-purple  Riverside Dining in our Full-Service Restaurant  square-purple  General Store with Burrito & Pizza Bar
Outdoor Pool  square-purple  On-site Gas Station  square-purple  Big Sur Wedding & Event Services  square-purple  An Expansive Lawn set beside the River
Close Proximity to Big Sur State Parks  square-purple  25 Scenic Miles South of Carmel

Big Sur Vacation Ideas

Point Sur Lighthouse
5 Miles North
A variety of tours are available (including full moon tours!) for the historic Point Sur Lighthouse, the only turn-of-the-century lighthouse open to the public.

Andrew Molera State Park
2.5 Miles North
This park is still relatively undeveloped and offers visitors great hiking, fishing and beachcombing. Miles of trails wind through meadows, beaches and hilltops.

Molera Horseback Tours
2.5 Miles North at Andrew Molera State Park
Scenic coastal horseback tours in historic Andrew Molera State Park…including along the beach.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
2 Miles South
Offers swimming in the Big Sur River, camping, numerous self-guided hiking trails, including the Valley View trail with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur Valley.

Pfeiffer Beach
3 miles south, 2 miles West
Pfeiffer Beach is undeniably one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, open daily from 9am to sunset.

Henry Miller Memorial Library
5.25 Miles South at Graves Canyon
The Henry Miller Memorial Library was bequeathed to Big Sur by Emil White, longtime secretary of American writer Henry Miller and is a local center of musical and literary events.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
13 Miles South
This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well-respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged Big Sur California coastline is available from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1.