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Henry Miller Memorial Library

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Hideaway on Big Sur

A quiet bookshop with a serene garden for reading and meditation. It is a great escape from the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Budapest, Hungary
Small & Unique

It was interesting to visit the bookstore/library on a rainy winter day. Inside the small wood... read more

Reviewed March 10, 2018
Carmel, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A quiet bookshop with a serene garden for reading and meditation. It is a great escape from the weekend (summer) buzz of Big Sur visitors. Free /Donation tea and coffee.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Audreyka
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Hard to judge since Henry Miller did NOT want a memorial so it's basically an old hippy place with a cool bookstore and free tea/coffee. Worth a stop but not much about Henry Miller except some oddball decorations. The bookstore however was pretty awesome.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank VTwelltravelled
Reviewed October 8, 2018

My husband is a Henry Miller fan, so we drop in most times we drive along the coast. Foreign currency hanging from the rafters, old typewriters, lazy cat. We played ping pong on the warped table complete with funny spots and unevenness and awful paddles....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Liza W
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

Henry Miller Memorial Library Big Sur has the most spectacular venue for live fully staged Opera performances Under the Redwoods Beautiful live opera performances of fully staged productions at the Henry Miller Library stage surrounded by the majestic Redwoods of Big Sur.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

It was interesting to visit the bookstore/library on a rainy winter day. Inside the small wood fireplace was keeping things cozy with orange rinds on top. They offered coffee and allowed donations to replenish... many many pictures and paintings of Miller along with his books...I...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Silvertiger
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

I love books. I love libraries. I love bookstores. I love the forest. A combination of these, and it’s just like heaven. There isn’t a large selection, and the building itself is small. But it’s so worth the visit. They offer some seating outside to...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Ani G
Reviewed January 8, 2018

Due to the blockage on Highway 1, we decided to stop into the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur. It was a nice place to take a break from the drive on Highway 1, there is free coffee available and very interesting books to...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank lenak63
Reviewed August 16, 2017

This quiet, shady, out of the way library/bookshop is a tranquil place to visit. The garden is shadowed by giant redwoods. There was a stall just outside selling tacos when we visited. We didn’t try them but they smelled good. You can make your own...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Jacqui F
Reviewed April 3, 2017

Even without this place is a must see, but it is magical when you can catch a concert. Great group of people.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank nicole h
Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

Great place to buy a book, read, have some tea, relax, talk with people, and take in the slower pace. They sometimes host concerts, film nights, and cultural events too! I've been to Big Sur twice, and we visited this place at least twice each...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank steveswanderings
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Sacramento, California
3-Day Itinerary Advice (Big Sur --> San Simeon --> Monterey) (7 Replies)
Hi everyone, A group of my friends are planning a Big Sur trip on Memorial weekend. From Merced, we want to drive through Big Sur to San Simeon, and then drive back up to Monterey before returning home. I would appreciate any comments and recommendations on my itinerary below. I wanted to make sure we had enough time to see all of the sights without feeling rushed. Let me know if there is anything that you would recommend removing or adding in my itinerary. Thanks! ---Saturday--- ...More
March 28, 2016|
Response fromHappyFeet1234|
Day 1 needs to be re-arranged. You don't want to drive from Big Sur to San Simeon after dark. It takes 3 hours (during the day, longer at night) just for the drive. And that's where the most scenic section is. The highway is along steep cliffs with a few hairpin turns. If you drive through it in the dark, it loses the meaning of driving on highway 1.