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Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort

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Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort

Hi folks

We're planning a trip down highway 1 early october.

We've got most stuff planned, but want some advice, we're driving down from Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort, 47047 Highway 1, Big Sur California and stopping there for 3 nights as it seems a fairly good location.

It's pretty much self-catering, there's a restaurant on site, but only for breakfast and lunch, so if anyone can recommend any eateries near that location.

Also, groceries, we know about the Big Sur Deli 2-3 miles away, but options are always good. We'll probably stock up on basics on the way down, either Monterey or Carmel.

Also, gas stations, how frequent are they? is it a case of topping the tank up everywhere we can?

Thanks

Brian

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1. Re: Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort

we stayed at ripplewood about3 years a ago. The riverside cabins were lovely. There was another restaurant next door which was open for dinner and was nice but I can't remember the name if it. We got groceries at a Safeway at Carmel which you could see easily from the main road.

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2. Re: Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort

The "village" area of Big Sur only encompasses about 5 miles, so everything is within minutes of each other. Big Sur River Inn, Redwood Grill, Nepenthe/Cafe Kevah and the Big Sur Roadhouse are your additional dining options.

If you want to prepare your own meals, then use the major chain stores in Monterey or Carmel before continuing down to Big Sur.

Also, be sure to fill up your gas tank in Santa Cruz or Monterey before continuing down to Big Sur. Big Sur grocery and gas prices are high due to the remote location. You don't have to fill up at every opportunity. Santa Cruz down to Big Sur is less than a 2 hour drive. Filling up in Monterey will give you more mileage overall for your visit along the Big Sur coast.

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3. Re: Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort

Thanks Kibblesmom :) we'll do a grocery shop in Monterey probably after visiting the aquarium before we head down.

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4. Re: Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort

When we go to Big Sur, we usually top off the tank in Carmel - there is a shopping area right off Hwy 1 which has a Chevron or something.

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5. Re: Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort

Yep. I have used that Chevron on multiple occasions, myself before heading home via Big Sur.

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6. Re: Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort

The Roadhouse (Mexican cuisine) is at the entrance to Ripplewood. You should really eat at Nepenthe if you've never been there. Or the Big Sur River Inn is close by. Ripplewood has great breakfasts. As mentioned above, plan on buying gas and groceries before you get to Big Sur.

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7. Re: Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort

Sorry, this was posted rwice.

Edited: 10:43 pm, January 27, 2012
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8. Re: Santa Cruz down to Ripplewood Resort

Thanks for the replies, I'm a little wiser now :)

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