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124 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 View from Ventana Henry Miller Library Big Sur Coastline Big Sur River Inn Sierra Mar Phoenix Shop intriguing atmosphere. Also consider the River Inn for its waterside dining and charm- ing old-lodge feel. Spellbound Shopping Above the Sea The merchandiser that seems so quintessen- tially Big Sur is the Phoenix Shop—the breath- taking views of the ocean wiggling far below are reward plenty, but inside there's an eclectic (and often exceptional) assemblage of hand- crafted jewelry and other artworks, unique clothing and books, salves and scents and some Big Sur kookiness. There are great views and good grub from Café Kevah above, and even better (and prici- er) views, drinks and dining from historic Nepenthe restaurant above that. Get a Cuppa Tired from tr ying to figure out where the Bali curio from Phoenix will fit on the mantle? Tr y some bracing joe from the Big Sur Baker y, where if God is in heaven, they'll have some of their fabulous chocolate cake (earned from that hike) as well as their stout range of cof- fee drinks. They have inventive meals for lunch and dinner too. Galleries Galore (But There's More) Coast Galleries is always wor th a stop when in Big Sur. The setting alone is unique, since the original shops were car ved out of giant redwood water tanks, placed in a

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