research into the Big Sur coastline, consult the following valuable
websites and books.
The Big Sur Chamber of Commerce maintains this excellent reference.
Environmentally oriented site has good photos, hiking information,
Ventana Wilderness society. Very worthwhile site with information
about the condor releases and other conservation programs.
Incredible photos of the Big Sur area ranches now held in conservation
trust by this hardworking organization.
Information about tours and the history of the Point Sur lightstation.
Monterey County home page.
The Marine Mammal Center runs this excellent site, with information
about their efforts to preserve marine mammals. Their programs
include rescue, research, education and conservation.
Website for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This protected
zone runs from Marin to Cambria, a distance of 276 miles, and
is vital to the survival of ocean ecosystems.
A group dedicated to the understanding and protection of the elephant
seal, the Friends of the Elephant Seal has blue-jacketed docents
on hand at the viewing area at Piedras Blancas to answer questions.
The Friends of the Sea Otter maintain this site dedicated to the
endangered marine mammal. Once numbered in the millions, hunting
nearly wiped them out. A small population of 2,220 individuals
is still under pressure from pollution and habitat loss.
State Parks and campground information. www.parksman.com U.S.
Forest Service campground resource.
Schedules and results of the Big Sur International Marathon.
The Big Sur Jazz Festival website lists acts scheduled for this
Event details for the Big Sur River Run.
Fun site with pictures of the building of the landmark restaurant.
Also the actual true story of how Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth
once owned the property during their extremely brief marriage.
Bookmark this site--the webcam on the terrace will let you know
if it's a foggy or a sunny day in Big Sur.
Good site with events schedule for the Henry Miller Library--lots
of quotes from the author and Big Sur resident.
The Big Sur Arts Initiative. Ticket info for the Garden Tour and
Tempting photos and cool effects on the Post Ranch Inn and Spa
Home site of the historic Deetjen's Big Sur Inn.
Extensive offering from the Ventana Inn resort.
Request a catalog of seminars at the Esalen website, view the
newly restored baths.
Reserve a retreat with the monks at the New Camaldoli Hermitage
Nice gallery and gift shop website with local photography and
Internet home of the Coast Galleries, with stores in Big Sur and
Intriguing sculptures whet your appetite for the art on display
at the Hawthorne Gallery.
Beautiful photos highlight this website for the Ragged Point Inn.
Good slide show of scenic views from the Rocky Point restaurant.
Get room rates and details at this website for the Gorda Springs
Real estate brokers Manya Brett and Dennis Pazzato provide photos,
listings and a tour of Cambria. Preview Big Sur properties for
sale at this entertaining site.
Wild Coast and Lonely--Big Sur Pioneers by Rosalinde
Sharpe Wall, Wide World/Tetra Publishing. Invaluable resource
of the history of the region, written by one who grew up there
before the highway went through. Entertaining, instructive.
the Big Sur Country--The Ventana Wilderness by Jeffrey
P. Schaffer, Wilderness Press. Excellent detailed trail guide
and natural history reference. A must for backpackers and day
County, The Dramatic Story of its Past by Augusta Fink,
Western Tanager Press. Good early history covering the Mexican,
Spanish and early American settler period.
Americans of the Pacific Coast by Vinson Brown, Naturegraph
Publishers. Slightly dated, but good general guide for those curious
about the first inhabitants.
the Highway Ends, A History of Cambria, San Simeon and
the Ranchos by Geneva Hamilton, Central Coast Press. Specifically
about areas south of the Big Sur, but gives a valuable look at
early conditions along the coast.
Sur by Jack Kerouoac. The Beat writer spent time in the
Sur, trying to dry out and nearly going mad. A good book to read
on those rainy days in the tent.
Sur and the Oranges of Heironymous Bosch by Henry Miller,
New Directions Press. An intimate look at the philosophical author's
time in Big Sur. His great love for the area is evident on every
your library's card catalog or database!