Though I had read a lot about Nepenthe, as it is a "must-see" if you are in the Big Sur area, I still wasn't prepared for just how beautiful the views were. We were planning on setting up camp and then coming back the few miles to eat dinner at Nepenthe. But when we saw the sign, we found ourselves veering the car into the parking lot "just out of curiosity." When we walked to the edge of the lot and looked at the view, we decided that leaving to go set up camp wasn't an option! The food was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed taking our time exploring the interesting gift shop below, relaxing on the expansive deck (especially after a long day in the car) and eating in the beautiful dining room.