Fernwood was an absolute dream! The location was perfect, set along the banks of the Big Sur River. It is 0.7 miles from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and 3.9 miles from Pfeiffer Beach. The resort has been around since 1932 and is boasted to have the friendliest tavern in Big Sur. The property has something for every type of traveler; with a motel, cabins, tent cabins, adventure tents and camping grounds. This trip I stayed in the tent cabins, since I was traveling with my dog Frida. If you plan to travel here with your four-legged furry friend, the tent cabins and campgrounds are the only places where dogs are allowed. I would consider the tent cabins glamping because they are raised tents with a lockable front door, private camping ring and picnic table. These tent cabins do not have electricity, make sure you bring lanterns to hang inside or keep on the window sills. Our tent cabin was nestled along the Big Sur River. It’s less than a foot deep where we were but the running river sound was very soothing. Tall redwoods flanked the tent cabin. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Fernwood Resort share a border and you can easily hike into the park from the campground, avoiding the need to drive out. The old schoolhouse is not the check-in office for the tent cabins, adventure cabins and campground. Check-in you’ll be given a map of where your accommodations are located. Since our tent cabin came with a private fire ring we needed wood, but we forgot to bring any! Luckily, the office sells bundles for $12. We used a bundle a day for breakfast, dinner, nighttime hot s’mores and warmth.
The property also has a tavern, camping store, general store with the best ice cream in Big Sur. I’m not a big camping person, but I will go from time-to-time. After a night of camping though, I need a hot shower, and bathrooms with running water and a toilet seat. Fernwood is the perfect place for me to rest my head while visiting Big Sur, I get the camping experience, with thew few bathroom luxuries I want. If you haven’t already, put Fernwood on your list of places to stay in Big Sur.