The Gallery at Ventana features exquisite work from local artists and artisans. It offers a unique collection of painting, sculpture, jewelry, hand blown glass, stone and wood work, ceramics, basketry and photography. The Gallery at Ventana is open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday in winter and daily spring through fall. Dial 298 for more information.
This gallery represents the work of local artists Gregory Hawthorne, Barbara Spring, Albert Paley, Frederick Gregory and other renowned artists, in one-of-a-kind contemporary painting, sculpture, blown glass, ceramics and jewelry.
HOURS: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
DIRECTIONS: From Ventana, drive south on Highway One for 0.7 miles.
The gallery is located on the east side of the highway, across for Nepenthe.
INFO: 831.667.3200; www.hawthornegallery.com
Home to the Big Sur Arts Initiative, a local non-profit arts enrichment organization, this center is the best place to learn about Big Sur artists and local arts events.
HOURS:: Vary, call ahead
DIRECTIONS: From Ventana, drive north on Highway One for 4 miles. The center is located in the Village Shops.
INFO: 831.667.1530; www.bigsurarts.org
Established in 1958, Coast Gallery was the fi rst gallery in Big Sur and is one of the largest galleries of American Crafts in the United States. It features over 3,000 art and craft works created by 250 prominent local and international artists and artisans, including Loet Vandereen and James Honolt. A historic landmark, the spacious complex houses six galleries and an indoor-outdoor cafe. Nestled in a Redwood Canyon beside a mountain stream 1,000 feet above sea level, the location also offers breathtaking views of the Big Sur surf and headlands.
HOURS: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
DIRECTIONS: From Ventana, drive South on Highway One for approximately 3 miles. The Gallery is located on the East side of the highway.
INFO: 831.667-2301; www.coastgalleries.com
This family-owned gallery features an eclectic variety of unusual, exotic and erotic jewelry, clothing and collectibles from Big Sur and from around the world.
HOURS: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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; www.heartbeatbigsur.com
In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the quaint European-style village of just one square mile, there are more than 100 galleries. The myriad of shopping options include Carmel Plaza with Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. and the stores liningCarmel’s famed Ocean Avenue. In addition, the Barnyard and Crossroads shopping centers are located just off Highway One
near Rio Road.
In the same way that Nepenthe has been the most important meeting place for the Big Sur community, the Phoenix has become Big Sur’s largest store and is one of the best gift shops along the California coast. The shop has a great book collection on Big Sur and health and spirituality, as well as jewelry, clothing, bodycare products, toys and musical instruments.
HOURS: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
DIRECTIONS: From Ventana, drive south on Highway One for 1 mile. The shop is located under Nepenthe on the west side of the highway.
INFO: 831.667.2347; www.nepenthebigsur.com
This charming village is home to more than two dozen galleries, various shops and boutiques and some of the best weather on the Monterey Peninsula—not to mention a variety of fantastic wineries to visit along the way.
Shopping on Cannery Row is an ocean-view treasure hunt that invites you to lose yourself in an eclectic blend of specialty shops and galleries. From gourmet food and wine to Monterey mementos, Cannery Row offers something for everyone. For more shopping visit Monterey’s Del Monte Center, a large outdoor shopping mall with national chain stores.