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Address: Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831-667-1300
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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"hippie dippie & fun"

Yes, this place is a throwback to an almost disappearing memory of California ,but if you can still remember those days its a sweet spot. My favorite things are in the little shop... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 6, 2015
gina D
Hermosa Beach, California
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2015

Let the force be with you - a visit to any spirit nest is like a visit to Esalen - almost - disclaimer here - my daughter has been working on these nests but we stopped at this garden by chance

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Hermosa Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2015

Yes, this place is a throwback to an almost disappearing memory of California ,but if you can still remember those days its a sweet spot. My favorite things are in the little shop next to the garden with a wisp of incense as you enter. On weekends in the summer there are concerts back in there, on that little path.... More 

4 Thank gina D
Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

What's a visit to Big Sur is you don't make it to the Spirit Garden! It has just changed management..but still seems to be going strong..local art..music..garden...galleries...gas and food too...you gotta check this place out! I found an amazing piece of local Bubble Jade in the shop there!

5 Thank Warehouse2120
Worcester, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Unfortunately this was closed. We were able to walk around the property but not enter the garden area. I would say that from the outside it needs a lot of work, but sure did look interesting.

3 Thank linda01609
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

The Spirit Garden was closed when we were getting ripped off at the Bakery. The cactus and plant area was a nice (very short) walk. You could see the Spirit Garden from the garden area and it looked like some kind of hippie dream come true. Some homemade stages painted with vibrant colors and some other colorful statues. There was... More 

5 Thank LizFromCalifornia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

Was very happy to find this place, an interesting garden to walk around and enjoy. :) Definitely worth the stop.

3 Thank LittleMtnTroll
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

We were told that a famous Brazilian drummer was performing at 7:30. We were ready for an adventure and we certainly had one. Admission was $20 and we felt like we were on a film set created in the late 60's. Lots of spiritual tokens from other lands, flags, huge primary colored jungle murals and a bon fire in a... More 

7 Thank MaureenWA
Davis, ca
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

A kind of cramped garden with signs everywhere saying "do not enter" and do not climb. There are some nice plants (but the emphasis is things like drums and artsy statues and a few stages that could be used at some times plus a shop where you can buy fancy paintings and jewelry and a bakery with fabulous smelling coffee... More 

3 Thank jjfDavis
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

This free garden is a sanctuary for artists to come and work. It was created by the son of the gallery owner, and she says he works around the world building 'tree nests' for people. Beautiful, peaceful. And the art inside the gallery is lovely.

2 Thank susyernie
San Jose, California
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68 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2012

It's truly easy to miss this spot as it is located in a center with the bakery, deli and other shops. Although they call it a spirit garden I'd call it more of a succulent garden. Lots of kitchy stuff around, too. We were expecting something else from the description and were disappointed with what we found when we arrived.

1 Thank Rebelliot

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