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Shopping / Galleries

Many pleasant hours can be spent choosing the perfect Big Sur memento at the numerous galleries, studios and shops filled with the work of local artists and craftspeople.

COAST GALLERY Local and internationally known artists display their work in this unique building remodeled from a redwood water tank. Gallery, gift shop, candle studio. Open 9-5 daily. 831-667-2301, www.coastgalleries.com

BIG SUR ARTS CENTER The active Big Sur Arts Initiative runs its many valuable programs from this center. Gallery, teaching space for classes and workshops. Adjacent to the Big Sur River Inn. 831-667-1530, www.bigsurarts.org

BIG SUR GARDEN COMPANY Sculpture, plans, pottery and outdoor furniture in the historic cactus garden next to the Big Sur Bakery. 831-667-2197

BIG SUR LODGE GIFT SHOP Gifts, State Parks souvenirs, local t shirts and sweatshirts share this pleasant space with fine jewelry and pottery. 8-9 daily. 831-667-3108, www.bigsurlodge.com

THE GARDEN GALLERY Big Sur arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing and herbal products. 831-667-2000

HAWTHORNE GALLERY Gorgeous setting overlooking the ocean across the highway from Nepenthe. Painting, jewelry, ceramic, glass and amazing stone sculpture will have you reaching for your wallet in record time. 10:30-6:30
daily. 831-667-3200, www.hawthornegallery.com

HEARTBEAT GIFT GALLERY Jewelry, gifts, art, clothing and collectibles from around the world. Fine selection of local art. Next to the Big Sur River Inn. 831-667-2557,
www.heartbeatbigsur.com

LOCAL COLOR Central Coast Artisans Gallery, specializing in the work of local artists and craftspeople. 831-667-0481

NEW CAMALDOLI HERMITAGE The multi-talented monks share their fruitcakes, books, cards, paintings and incense with visitors to support their spiritual retreat. 831-667-2456, www.contemplation.com

THE STORE AT VENTANA You don't have to stay at the luxurious Inn to enjoy browsing the stellar selection of goods at this establishment. Pottery, gifts,clothing, jewelry and more. For fine arts, visit the Gallery at Ventana next door. 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. 831-667-2787


THE PHOENIX STORE After your meal at Nepenthe, wander in and delight in the international treasures here gathered. Clothing, gifts, musical instruments, textiles, toys--and a fine selection of regional books--make this a must-shop for visitors. Don't forget to take in the views from the small deck at the back, filled with garden ornaments and meditation gongs. Have the sales personnel demonstrate the correct gong technique for you. The neighbors wouldn't mind if you brought one home for your garden... much. 831-667-2345

POST RANCH MERCANTILE Shop for natural home, health and beauty products used by the Post Ranch Inn. 831-667-2200 or 800-527- 2200, www.postranchinn.com

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