big sur

last weekend, i quietly celebrated my 30th birthday in a little cabin in the woods. we drove a few hours along the winding california coastline to our destination, the glen oaks motel in big sur. the area is well known for it’s expansive views and stellar hikes, but this particular chilly january weekend was made for nesting in our quiet little abode by the river.

and this trip couldn’t have been planned at a better time. as much as i hate to admit it, life is not always sunshine and roses. my 2013 got off to a bit of a rocky start. i had been dealing with some health issues (that have thankfully been resolved by now), and this trip served as a crucial turning point for me. i think that relaxing by the fire and soaking in a tub beneath the trees was just what the doctor ordered!

i forgot to pull out my camera during most of our adventures, but i did manage to snap some photos of our incredible little cabin. looking back at these photos, i’m already yearning to go back again…

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36 Responses to big sur

  1. Azu February 4, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Beautiful pictures! I’ve been wanting to go to Big Sur for a few months now. Maybe I’ll head on over there for my birthday too ;) I like the outfit you have on the bed. So cute :)

    xo Azu

  2. kelsey February 4, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    what?! this is so beautiful. adoring this post and the sunny scenery
    kw, ladies in navy

  3. Christine February 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    have only ever stayed at tree bones, this place looks so amazing i might have to make up an excuse to go soon! love your photos, especially the bathtub one :) glad to know you’re feeling better!


  4. yasmin February 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    love these photos, big sur looks so scenic!

  5. Olive Green Anna February 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    That sounds like a splendid way to celebrate your 30th. I am just the same. I would love to quietly celebrate in a gorgeous place like this. I guess it reminds you that you are an introvert.

    Happy birthday.


  6. joy February 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    aww this is absolutely beautiful. just perfect. happy birthday erin!

  7. Jennifer February 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Wow it looks beautiful!

    xo Jennifer

  8. Tilly February 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Beautiful. I stayed at Glen Oaks a couple of years ago and this has brought it all back. Wishing I was back there now. That coastline is possibly the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen.

  9. Jessica February 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Oh cool! I stayed there in 2006. It looked totally different inside, though; they must have gotten a makeover. Gorgeous photos of a beautiful place.

    • erin (calivintage) February 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

      yeah, they did a major renovation a few years back and added in cabins like the one where i stayed! it is sooo dreamy!

  10. Kellee February 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    I am in love with that antler chandelier!! Beautiful photos!
    xo, Kellee from Pirate&Lilac

  11. Chelseabird February 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Happy belated birthday, Erin! Your trip looks like it was amazing, and I’m so happy to hear it was so refreshing! Here’s to an amazing year, you lovely lady you! XO

  12. Meghan, Flight of Fancy February 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    I’m still trying to figure out which option you stayed in on your trip last year!

    • erin (calivintage) February 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      we stayed in the osprey cove! it’s a big house, but you can rent the top portion of the building only.

  13. Sierra February 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I love every single one of these pictures. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! :)

  14. rachael February 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    i think this is a great way to spend such an occasion! i would love to do this…perhaps for my 24 1/2th (since my real bday is in the winter!)

  15. The Moptop February 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Wow, gorgeous photos! Looks like you had a wonderful birthday!

  16. mary @ B&G JOURNALS February 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    wow, super gorgeous views and what a sweet space. does that bridge scare anyone else??

  17. fawn February 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    It looks so peaceful. Happy Birthday and I hope you’re feeling better.

  18. Sarah February 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    This looks like such a dream. Looks like you had a marvelous birthday!

  19. Sarah Kyle (Lady Go Lightly) February 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    These photographs are amazing!

  20. Nina February 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Really lovely photos – I would love to visit this place someday.

  21. meaghan kelly February 5, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    anytime a blogger posts about Big Sur I get really jealous and motivated to plan a trip there …. This post might just take the cake in terms of making me feel like i need to see it!

    Beautiful photos!

    • erin (calivintage) February 5, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      you gotta plan a trip! it really is one of the most beautiful places i have ever been. you should check out big sur and the lost coast, too!

  22. Søren February 5, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    GREAT pictures! Miss that place!

  23. Ashley February 5, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Beautiful! Goodness, I’m jealous. I miss California so much, and I grew up just 30 miles north of Big Sur, so it gives me a little ache of nostalgia. I, too, have been yearning for a cabin in the woods, and can’t wait for it to get warm enough to go backpacking in the Spring, but I’d love to just sit by a fire with a book and just be, away from everything, for awhile.

  24. Megan February 5, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Happy Birthday! I just celebrated my 30th too, so nice to be surrounded by such beauty! I’m going to have to stay there next time, I stayed at Deetjens (which I loved, but would have killed for a bath tub). I love Big Sur so much.

  25. hannah February 5, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Gorgeous, what a dreamy spot you picked out!

    Happy Birthday! See you this week, maybe? ;) xx

    • erin (calivintage) February 5, 2013 at 10:01 am #

      yes! i will be in town from feb 6 – 13, would love to visit with you.

  26. deniz February 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Happy birthday Erin, I love the ambiance of this hotel and peaceful nature!
    You must know how much you are lucky :)

  27. Lexie February 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    just bookmarked the hotel site! any other recommendations for me? :)

    happy birthday, btw. i hope your 2013 is looking up, girl. <3

  28. Anna February 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Happy belated 30th! What gorgeous pictures and what a beautiful way to celebrate your 30th! I hope your 2013 and your health continue to improve! Stay safe and healthy on your trip to NY!

  29. Jessica M February 8, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Happy birthday Erin! Photos are incredible — will have to check out this spot!

  30. Gracie February 10, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Happy birthday beautiful lady

  31. Dus February 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    glad it was a wonderful trip and just what your health needed!! and that you did get a few shots at least, these are breathtaking!


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