Big Sur is special.
Nowhere else can you find the inviting coastline and weather of Southern California, and the magical flora and fauna and majestic scenery of the Pacific Northwest, all in one place. The entire area is unassuming, rustic, virtually hidden and a natural paradise.
And amidst all the hiking, biking, trail running, kayaking or surfing you'll do there, a few stops of a more social nature should absolutely make your itinerary. Checking out the Henry Miller Library is on the top of that list.
Find ItThe Henry Miller Library (Highway 1, Big Sur, California, 93920) is nestled in a redwood grove on the mountain side of Highway 1 in Big Sur, a quarter-mile south of Nepanthe Restaurant and a quarter-mile north of Deetjen'—you can't miss it. Call them at (831)667-2574.
Arroyo Seco, Kirk Creek, Pfeiffer Big Sur, Limekiln and Ponderosa campgrounds are just a handful of options for camping, all situated on or near the coastal bluff with spectacular views of Big Sur. Each campground is in close proximity to beaches, trails, meadows, creeks, redwoods—everything this area is known for.
Big Sur also hosts a bevy of awesome quintessential Central Coast inns and beds and breakfasts.
If you're road-tripping, you'll have to get on Highway 1 north or south of Big Sur. If you're planning to fly, San Jose, Monterey, Oakland and San Francisco are the nearest airports.
What You'll Find
What you won't find is a librarian, overdue fines or a circulation desk. The Henry Miller Library, surrounded by redwoods on a dramatic cliff-lined coastline, is rather a non-profit organization honoring the literary, artistic and cultural endeavors of Henry Miller (somewhat experimental author of Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer) as well as serving as a rustic, beautiful cultural resource center and public performance space for artists, writers, musicians and students.
The library is a social center for the community as well as an informal meeting place with free Internet access.
You'll also find a permanent collection of Miller's artwork, rare editions of his writing and videos featuring Miller and his set.
In short, as the library promises, you will find: Books, music and art.