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Ragged Point Inn and Resort, Big Sur, California, Central Coast, Travel, Hotel

The lure of the cooler breezes of Big Sur was strong after the 93-degree weather we were “enjoying” in Paso Robles. So, when we decided to extend our mini-honeymoon for a day, we headed back to the coast and drove north for a last minute escape to a ocean-side hotel in Ragged Point, California.

If you have been paying attention to the news, you know that Big Sur has had its share of massive rock slides over the last few months. As it turns out, there was another quite dangerous one in the hours before we arrived. Ragged Point is still open, but it is literally the last point on Highway 1 before the road closure. And while they had hoped the road would have a partial open by June, this latest slide has put those road estimates back by at least seven months. While it’s a pain in the ass for travelers, I can’t even imagine what it is like to be caught in the homes between the latest slide and the damaged bridge.

Ragged Point Inn and Resort, Big Sur, California, Central Coast, Travel, Hotel


Everyone in the area is impacted, but Ragged Point Inn is doing its best to greet the visitors from the south while keeping its metaphorical fingers crossed for the eventual re-opening of the coast highway. How was our experience at Ragged Point? It was mixed, but most of my disappointments came at the hands of the weather – hardly the Inn’s fault. So, let’s start with the good stuff.

Ragged Point Inn and Resort, Big Sur, California, Central Coast, Travel, Hotel



Many of the rooms at Ragged Point Inn have views of the ocean. The entire property sits just above the ocean, so if you are hoping to be close to the water, and close to attractions like Hearst Castle or points of interest in Cambria, this could be your spot. When the road opens, it gives you a great base for exploring Big Sur to the north.

Ragged Point Inn and Resort, Big Sur, California, Central Coast, Travel, Hotel

The view just before the fog settled


There is a restaurant with an outdoor patio, a small cafe, and shops on the property. This comes in handy – you won’t need to head south just to grab dinner or coffee in the morning. Also, if it is hot, being able to indulge in some ice cream could be great. The grounds are gorgeous, and we liked the idea of having coastal access and places to roam. The shift from warm to foggy/cold prompted us to buy fleece shortly after we arrived, so we were thrilled to find a shop on the property that didn’t cost a fortune.



Room Amenities
Our room had a lovely fireplace that must be divine when the cooler weather sets in. It also turns out to be useful when there is an unexpected fog wave and the temperature drops – we know this first hand. The rooms are clean, and the bed was very comfortable. We also really appreciated the idea behind our little balcony.

Ragged Point Inn and Resort, Big Sur, California, Central Coast, Travel, Hotel




Here’s the downside of being so close to Big Sur and the ocean – fog (so much fog). We arrived at Ragged Point, and we were so excited that we paid extra for an ocean view room. We had about 10 minutes in the place before the fog rolled in and created a wall so thick that we couldn’t see the water from the property the rest of the time we were there. Major bummer! Again, not the Inn’s fault, but it was a big disappointment.

Ragged Point Inn and Resort, Big Sur, California, Central Coast, Travel, Hotel

And then the fog arrived


The restaurant was not having its best day when we were there. I still think it would be a beautiful place to enjoy a drink as the sun is setting, but I wasn’t all that thrilled with the food. Maybe they were impacted by the slide? No idea. Also, having coastal access seemed like a wonderful idea, but the fog was so heavy that it just didn’t seem safe to walk down those stairs into something we couldn’t really see. Something to be aware of if the weather doesn’t cooperate.



Room Amenities
That fireplace works really, really well, but that can mean that the relatively small room can get overheated quickly. We tried turning down the thermostat (which is how it is controlled), but at one point we actually opened the windows. The room overall was very clean and nice, but the bathroom, particularly the bathtub, could use some updating.


Would we go back? Possibly, although I don’t know that I would splurge on an ocean view room. If the weather is on your side, you can easily just walk out on the property to enjoy the views. If the weather brings the wall of fog in, the upgraded room just feels like a waste of money.


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40 Comments on Discover Foggy Ragged Point

  1. What a shame about the fog and the problems with the landslides. The views look amazing through assuming you can see them
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    • PatriciaSteffy // August 2, 2017 at 8:45 pm // Reply

      It’s a gorgeous place, but it was definitely disappointing about the fog. I’m so hopeful that the slide repair goes faster than anticipated for those poor people near the blocked roadway!

  2. I’m glad you were so honest in the post about how you experience. I like how you were able to separate your feelings about the place from the weather. I’m sure it would’ve been much better with nicer weather.

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm // Reply

      And I do think we would go back provided the weather was on our side because that whole area into Big Sur is so gorgeous. Even rain is better than fog up there.

  3. Megan Indoe // August 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm // Reply

    Dang, don’t you hate when the weather can affect a trip like that? We had a similar experience in the National Park near Taipei! The fog was so dense we couldn’t see 2 feet in front of us and had to come back without seeing anything!

  4. Oh, nature. Leave it to her to let you not see the beautiful scene she created! Hopefully, it was still a relaxing trip and the grounds look as though they are a nice way to pass the time. Maybe you’ll go back and check it out again and it will be perfect!
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    • PatriciaSteffy // August 3, 2017 at 6:11 pm // Reply

      We probably will go back again. We’ve been up in the Cambria area 4 or 5 times in recent years, and this is not too far away.

  5. Sandy N Vyjay // August 4, 2017 at 2:52 am // Reply

    Ragged Point Inn looks like a secluded place where one can enjoy some peaceful moments in solitude. Fog does seem to play spoilsport and obscure the spectacular views, but we love the fog and the mystical aura it gives to a place. At least for some days.

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 4, 2017 at 1:24 pm // Reply

      If I had gone up there to write, I would have loved the atmosphere. Alas, going up there for the views just didn’t work out this time.

  6. I love to stay at a place with an ocean view! Watching sunrise/sunset there would be wonderful! Too bad your trip was impacted by the fog. Hopefully, you’ll have a better luck next time!

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 4, 2017 at 1:23 pm // Reply

      It’s a gorgeous area! I would very much like to re-visit on a clearer day even if it is just to walk down to the shore and explore the grounds.

  7. Sadly you can’t control the weather – is it foggy all year round do you know? It is a shame to have an ocean view room and not be able to enjoy the view!

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 4, 2017 at 1:22 pm // Reply

      So, true! I think fog can happen in that area all year, though we’ve spent time a bit north of there and haven’t had that kind of wall of fog before. I guess it’s the chance we take. 🙂

  8. What a view! I mean, when that fog lifted. But still, even with that much fog, it must be interesting to see it being so thick. I was just thinking about it while reading your post – I don’t think that I’ve ever seen that kind of fog in my life. 🙂

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm // Reply

      I’m not sure I’ve seen it that thick in a long time! At the top of the staircase down to the beach, you couldn’t see more than a couple of steps in front of you. Crazy!

  9. Gosh we missed this when we’ve been to California! I’ve heard about the rock slides tho and I’m so sorry for the people who live in such a difficult (and dangerous!) situation! Oh and we remember the fog. Sooo much fog 😀
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    • PatriciaSteffy // August 5, 2017 at 2:54 pm // Reply

      I’m really hoping that they are able to clear the slides away faster than they anticipated. I can’t imagine living in the slide zone!

  10. I feel really lucky that we drove through Big Sur last year before the mud slides. It’s such a beautiful part of the world, even with the fog.

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 5, 2017 at 3:53 pm // Reply

      That really was good timing! They were so close to re-opening part of the road and then the latest slide hit. I guess it’s a good thing they didn’t have that road open at the time — would have been even more dangerous and scary had cars been going through the area.

  11. HAha! FOGGY RAGGED POINT is the best name! I love foggy places. It makes me feel adventurous without me having to actually do anything. Too bad about the missed ocean view though..! Never been to Big Sur before but hopefully one day!

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 5, 2017 at 3:52 pm // Reply

      It really is a gorgeous place. I could even feel good about the fog on writing days — on “let’s see the sights” days, not so much. 🙂

  12. It must have been so frustrating to be there in such bad weather. The view of the ocean is divine though, and in good weather it must be quite calming.

  13. Oh wow, I’ve been a little out of touch with that area. I had no idea there were so many rock slides. I’ve drive that road many times and I, like you, can’t imagine what it’s like for the locals. It’s really too bad because it’s a lovely area to drive.

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 6, 2017 at 3:58 am // Reply

      I’ve done the drive once solo and once with my husband, and it really is stunning coastline. I do remember those crazy curves along the cliff, and I guess the upside of having so much work done on the area was that no civilian cars were driving that road when the last slide came.

  14. THe views look really amazing… what a shame to be hidden amongst the fog. I hope it clears up.

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 6, 2017 at 3:57 am // Reply

      I guess that’s the chance you always take when you hang out on the coast. When the fog lifts it is so beautiful!

  15. When I traveled through New Zealand there were so many roads with warning of rock slides but thank fully I wasn’t caught up in any. I can only imagine how worrying it is for residents. That being said some of the views you have shown in this post are incredible, I would love to visit one day.
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  16. I have the worst luck with fog too. The property looks lovely though.

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm // Reply

      I’m thankful that the entire trip wasn’t like this, and I’m hoping we can get back up to Ragged Point soon to see it without the wall of fog. 🙂

  17. My husband would LOVE this! A destination with gorgeous cliffs looking over a beach AND fog! We’d better put this on our list!
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    • PatriciaSteffy // August 7, 2017 at 11:17 pm // Reply

      Oh, yeah. Big Sur is the place for amazing scenery, it’s just tricky getting to it right now. But Ragged Point is doing its best to bring the magic. 🙂

  18. The place and its view is so lovely. I rarely see a fog to a place where I live. So I need to travel probably 5hrs to experience it. You’re still lucky to experience the fog and enjoy the good ocean view 🙂
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  19. When I looked at your pictures my first thought was – It looks like Kauai Island 🙂 I recently came back from a trip to HAwaii and spend an amazing time in Kauai.
    As I’m a hotel bloger I have to admit – the hotel room where you have stayed looks really nice. I would love to travel there and discover Ragged Point Inn

    Best regards,

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm // Reply

      It’s a nice place — nothing to fancy, but cozy. And if the fog would let up, it would have fantastic views. 🙂

  20. I’m not as familiar with this part of California. I’d love to travel down the California coast one day. It’s a shame the area has been so effected by the landslides. Nice that the Ragged Point Inn was able to stay open.

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm // Reply

      The coast drive is gorgeous. Hopefully, they’ll be able to clear it soon so that the people in that area can start moving freely again! Plus, I imagine the businesses up there are really missing the touring traffic.

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