By Sally Horchow
April 4, 2010
WHERE TO STAY
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, 1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp; (888) 514-2167, http://www.tenayalodge.com. The resort's best feature is its location just two miles outside of the south entrance of Yosemite. Doubles begin at $159 April 1-June 30 and at $285 July 1-Sept. 30.
Ahwahnee Hotel, 9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park; (801) 559-4884, http://www.yosemitepark.com. Doubles start at $443 until Oct. 2. Glen Oaks Big Sur, Highway 1, Big Sur; (831) 667-2105, http://www.glenoaksbigsur.com. Rustically modern cabins and cottages, plus a communal outdoor fire pit. Doubles start at $225 in the peak summer season.
Post Ranch Inn, Highway 1, Big Sur; (831) 667-2200, http://www.postranchinn.com. Every room in this luxurious hotel has an ocean or mountain view, a wood-burning fireplace, indoor or outdoor spa tub. Complimentary breakfast buffet. Doubles start at $550.
WHERE TO EAT
Yosemite Lodge Food Court, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls; (801) 559-4884, http://www.yosemitepark.com. Various stations serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as grab-and-go picnic items from $4-$10.
Big Sur Roadhouse, 47080 Highway 1, Big Sur; (831) 667-2264; http://www.bigsurroadhouse.com. Californian-Latin American cuisine. Entrees $13-$26.
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant, 48865 Highway 1, Big Sur; (831) 667-2377, http://www.deetjens.com. This rustic restaurant in a 1930s inn is a breakfast hot spot. About $15 per person for breakfast; dinner entrees $24-$34.
Sierra Mar Restaurant, 47900 Highway 1, Big Sur; (831) 667-2800; http://www.postranchinn.com. Suspended on a cliff over the ocean with floor-to-ceiling windows, this place has a view and a meal not to be missed. The four-course prix fixe menu is $105 and changes nightly.
TO LEARN MORE
Yosemite National Park, (801) 559-4884, http://www.nps.gov/yose.
Big Sur, http://www.seemonterey.com/big-sur-california
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