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New Camaldoli Hermitage

62474 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9533
+1 831-667-2456
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Lovely peaceful retreat

I enjoy the drive down the coast and up to the hermitage. It is peaceful and lovely. You can attend... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Jeanne R
San Francisco, California
Try the Date Cake

You don't really have to be quiet in the gift shop. The clerk/brother invited us in warmly and... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2016
Celia G
Omaha, Nebraska
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Located in Big Sur, this monastic retreat provides visitors with a chance to spend time in silence and solitude, seeking the inner life.
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  • Very good31%
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“fruit cake” (5 reviews)
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62474 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9533
+1 831-667-2456
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

I enjoy the drive down the coast and up to the hermitage. It is peaceful and lovely. You can attend a service and you will feel like a new person afterwards and then go to the bookstore for books, religious items and their fabulous and...More

Thank Jeanne R
Reviewed 22 July 2016

You don't really have to be quiet in the gift shop. The clerk/brother invited us in warmly and gladly answered any questions about the inventory. In addition to "holy granola," fruitcake, and the usual gift items, there was honey, honey infused with lemon, honey infused...More

1  Thank Celia G
Reviewed 29 May 2016

We just drive up on our way down PCH. The drive is perilous but the views are amazing. We were able to go into the chapel. Really wanted to buy something at the bookstore, but after the woman working in the bookstore made us wait...More

1  Thank J M
Reviewed 8 May 2016

This is a hidden gem, literally, it is tucked away high above the cloud in the mountains. I arrived by bike, it took me nearly an hour and a half to walk the bike all the way up. The walk itself was a pilgrimage, by...More

1  Thank Meiyi C
Reviewed 24 February 2016

So, I've driven the Coast a zillion times and never stopped here. My wife sees the sign and up the hill we go. The location is to die for; however, the best thing about the place is these monks take vows of silence and they...More

2  Thank Goodness4you
Reviewed 20 February 2016

This is not a place for a drive through visit. The driveway is very long, winding and steep. From the moment I got out of the car I felt the peacefulness. The bookstore and chapel are he only areas open to the public. The bookstore...More

2  Thank Louise833
Reviewed 22 January 2016

I enjoy personal retreats at monasteries so I visited in hopes of coming back some day for a retreat. First, the driveway - 2 miles long, straight up, from Hwy 1 with breathtaking views along the way. Along the way, you can stop and park,...More

2  Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 23 November 2015

We had no idea what to expect but the innkeeper at Lucia Lodge suggested we take the drive up to the Hermitage. The views are incredible and it's a very peaceful place. We visited the gift shop and picked up some gifts then took our...More

1  Thank prisschris
Reviewed 11 November 2015

The views are stunning, the hermitage tranquil and a great place to just meditate and think while enjoying the beauty of Big Sur

Thank frank k
Reviewed 28 October 2015

This is a 2 mile road leading up to an active hermitage. The road is narrow and steep and offers great views of the Pacific coast. There is a very pleasant 1 mile loop trail located at a pull off.

1  Thank Art H
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