Galleries & Shops

The Gallery at Ventana

The Gallery at Ventana features exquisite work from local artists and artisans. Take a peek inside and experience for yourself the unique collection of painting, sculpture, jewelry, hand blown glass, stone and wood work, ceramics, basketry and photography that we’ve carefully selected from artists’ studios in Big Sur and all around Monterey County. t. You can also visit the Gallery for sustainably created Ventana logo wear made of luxuriously soft organic cotton, recycled polyester or bamboo.

Hours: 11:30am – 7:30pm
Directions: The Gallery at Ventana is located next to the Restaurant at Ventana.
Info: 831.667.4298, www.ventanainn.com


Hawthorne Gallery

This gallery represents the work of local artists Gregory Hawthorne, Barbara Spring, Albert Paley, Frederick Gregory and other renowned artists, with one-of-a-kind contemporary paintings, sculpture, blown glass, ceramics and jewelry.

Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Directions: From Ventana, drive south on Highway One for 0.7 miles. The gallery is on the east side of the highway across from Nepenthe.
Info:831.667.3200; www.hawthornegallery.com


The Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe Big Sur

In the same way that Nepenthe has served as a social gathering place for the Big Sur community, the Phoenix is Big Sur’s largest gift shop and a favorite stop among tourists seeking meaningful mementos of their trip. The shop’s book section is well stocked with famous and lesser-known titles by local authors and literary legends. The jewelry, clothing, musical instruments, toys and bodycare product represent the finest in regional artisanship.

Hours: 10:30am–7:00pm
Directions: From Ventana, drive south on Highway One for 1 mile. Nepenthe is on the west side of the highway; the shop is located on the lower level beneath Café Keva.
Info: 831.667.2347; www.nepenthebigsur.com


Coast Gallery Big Sur

Established in 1958, Coast Gallery was the first gallery in Big Sur. This historic landmark was designed and built by Gary Koeppel from large recycled Redwood water tanks and now houses six galleries and an indoor-outdoor cafe. With over 3,000 art and craft works created by more than 250 local and international artists and artisans, the Coast Gallery is one of the largest galleries of American Crafts in the United States.

Hours: 9:00am–5:00p
Directions: From Ventana, drive south on Highway One for about 3 miles. The gallery is on the east side of the highway.
Info: 831.667.2301; www.coastgalleries.com


Post Ranch Mercantile

The Post Ranch Mercantile sells tableware, home accessories and bedding, natural clothing and bodycare products, as well as Post Ranch Inn branded souvenirs.

Hours: 9:30am–5:00pm
Directions: The shop is located inside the Post Ranch Inn directly across Highway One from Ventana’s entrance. Be careful crossing the highway.
Info: 831.667.2795; www.postranchmercantile.com


Heartbeat Gift Gallery

This family-owned gallery in the heart of Big Sur features an eclectic variety of exotic jewelry, unique clothing and fun collectibles from Big Sur and around the world.

Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Directions: From Ventana, drive north on Highway One for 3 miles. The gallery is located in the Big Sur River Inn complex on the west side of the highway.
Info: 831.667.2557; heartbeatbigsur.com


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