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California Pet Friendly Road Trip Day 2: Big Sur Getaway Review

Editor’s Note: This is the second post in a series about about our Pet Friendly California road trip from Los Angeles to Big Sur. – Jen

After overnighting in Pismo Beach, we woke up to start the drive from Pismo Beach to Big Sur, California. The morning was foggy but the we were thrilled with the Big Sur Getaway once we arrived.

The morning drive from Pismo Beach to Big Sur was foggy, once you reach the stretch of Highway One from Hearst Castle to Big Sur you see why California is called the Golden State. The view is simply stunning, when you can see it.

 Morning fog on the drive from Pismo to Big Sur

Morning fog on the drive from Pismo to Big Sur (mobile photography).

I swear, the Pacific is there somewhere beyond the fog

I swear, the Pacific ocean is there somewhere beyond the fog. Still, this stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway is all about stopping and checking out the view.

 When the fog began to lift on the drive to Big Sur

When the fog began to lift on the drive to Big Sur (mobile photography, PhotoSynth)

We arrived at the Big Sur Getaway by following the owner, Caroline’s excellent directions.

Caroline, the owner/proprietress, is very cool and friendly and hails from Berlin. She has restored three vintage trailers: an Airstream, a 1974 Avion (where we stayed) and a Tradewind.  All the vintage trailers are located on private grounds, making for an intimate little glamping resort located off a well-maintained gravel road that is gated and requires a security code for entering.

Caroline had the trailer stocked with cooking utensils and wine glasses, and a binder full of interesting handouts and brochures from around the area. She even gave us the directions to reaching the tricky turnoff to pet friendly Pfeiffer Beach, and brought us a round of her homemade mojitos.

The Avion was pet-friendly (and available) and a lot of fun for all three of us. Scarlet very much enjoyed sniffing around the woods, and special touches like a stove and BBQ make the property a fun and funky accommodation choice in the area. Rates for the Big Sur Getaway’s Avion start at $175 per night with a two night minimum. You can find more info about the rates for all three vintage trailers here.

Stunning Sky above the Avion

Stunning Sky above the Big Sur Getaway’s Vintage 1974 Avion.

The Vintage 1974 Avion

The Vintage 1974 Avion at the Big Sur Getaway.

The Avion plants

The Avion came complete with nice touches like garden-like landscaping, succulents, lawn chairs, and hammocks, and a picnic table. Two space heaters inside kept us nice and toasty at night.


Scarlet very much enjoyed the Big Sur Getaway. Here she is chilling on the bench at the outdoor picnic table.

Happy Camper

Sniffing around the woods at Big Sur

 Sniffing around the woods at Big Sur.

Jeff and Scarlet

Jeff and Scarlet, enjoying the outdoor stove and BBQ area.

While the property lacks ocean views, it is close to Andrew Molera State Park which has beach access and hiking trails. While the Avion did not have internet access, the location is close to the Big Sur River Inn, which has a restaurant (with free wifi) and shops.  And backs up against the gorgeous, if slightly creek-like, Big Sur River.

Big Sur River

The nearby Big Sur River has a great pet-friendly lawn.


Giant Redwood trees in Big Sur near the Big Sur Getaway.

The flora on the property of the Big Sur Getaway.

 Big Sur Woods

More giant trees in Big Sur. It’s really one of  my favorite escapes in California. I’m thrilled Scarlet approves of it, too.

I made a time lapse on my iPhone using the TimeLapse app on my iPhone 4s.

Stay tuned for the next post in this series, a Big Sur Mobile Photography Experiment.