This cozy and charming inn dates back to the 1930s. Built by a Norweigan settler and run with his wife, Deetjen's Big Sur Inn & Restaurant is a place for writers, artists, and nature lovers to seclude themselves in the quieting awe of the forest. There is also a restaurant & bar. Breakfast and dinner are ... More
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
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This cozy and charming inn dates back to the 1930s. Built by a Norweigan settler and run with his wife, Deetjen's Big Sur Inn & Restaurant is a place for writers, artists, and nature lovers to seclude themselves in the quieting awe of the forest. There is also a restaurant & bar. Breakfast and dinner are served daily and with dinner there is a fine selection of wines. Since this is a historic place, noise easily permeates through the super thin walls and the doors can only be locked from within. Pets are not allowed and families with children under 12 must reserve both rooms of a two-room cottage. There is also an option for shared or private bathrooms if price is a consideration.
It is a very enchanted place - not a lot of privacy but rustic, earthy and warm. When i visited first in 1986 on my first trip to CA. I stayed in the rustic "cabins" which were like little migrant worker sheds. The views nearby are spectacular! The grounds are invitingly primitave. I had one of the best meals of my life - grilled snapper with roated vegetables and a salad with rapberry vinegarette. I can still taste it! Lots of old hippes frequent the place for breakfast. The next time i visited was around 2000. Still the same - this time I stayed in the little room in the big house. Nice bed, shared bath which i didn't mind.
Deetjen's is quite bohemian...the walls are thin, no locks on the doors, some rooms (like ours, The Little Room) we had to share a bathroom, but in no way we felt uncomfortable...the area itself is evocative and tremendously relaxing...the small hearth fires burn awaiting your arrival for dinner at the restaurant on the grounds...wine glasses clink...a harpist plays...shadows flit about...your loved one looks more ravishing than ever....Big Sur Deetjen's.............
"The Last Best Place" was the description a visitor wrote in one of the many journals you'll find in Deetjen's cozy, rustic rooms. The Inn that Grandpa (Helmuth Deetjen) built is the way its repeat guests wish home could feel. This immigrant-built refuge would fit well on the west coast of Norway a century ago. Grandpa's directions: "If you were meant to stay here, you will find the place." Those who do, usually find it a place to renew the spirit--and they usually find it again and again. The Inn and restaurant are on the National Register of Historic Places, and are owned and operated by two non-profit organizations.
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