A white picket fence and a 300-foot cliff are the only things that come between guests of Lucia Lodge and the Pacific Ocean. This 10-cabin retreat in Big Sur is a rustic outpost on coastal Route 1, arguably the most scenic drive in the U.S., but also an area rich in hiking trails for those who want to leave the car behind. Bird-watching and otter-spotting provide alternative entertainment at this television-free oasis. Guests can sample some of the region's specialties at the on-site restaurant, which serves three meals a day either in the fireside dining room or the deck overlooking the sea.
Insider Tip: Though the Lucia Lodge is far from any major town, guests can rely on the lodge's own general store for their basic needs.