Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn

Last October, while driving up Highway 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Rama and I stopped at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. This enchanting complex of rickety wooden houses was built in the 1930s by Helmuth Deetjen from Norway, and his American wife Helen Haight.

We stayed in the adorable “Van Gogh Room,” a cozy little haven with a pair of twin beds covered in blue toile comforters. It felt like a ship’s cabin.

The next morning we were able to take a peek at the “Honeymoon Room” right next door. So romantic with its wood-burning stove and private terrace.

Though we arrived only a few moments too late to enjoy dinner at the inn’s magical, candlelit restaurant, we were at least able to feast on delicious scrambled eggs and French toast the next morning at breakfast – the perfect beginning to a day driving up California’s magnificent coastline.

There must be dozens of wonderful places to stay along this legendary route. What’s your favorite?

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  1. Jen C said:

    beautiful! i wish i could go there right now.

  2. Jereme said:

    I stayed in this exact room the last few days, even left a nice journal entry. That place is awesome! The staff was great, the scenery was like something out of dream. Awesome, awesome, awesome place! It was nice being greeted by those crazy Stellar’s jays in the morning. What a delight! And Fabio the cat is very cute too.

  3. Great post. I completely love it. I am a huge travel fan and love reading over all these blogs. Keep up the great work.

  4. Olivier said:

    Bonjour !
    Thank you very much ! it really look gorgeous; i will travel from L.A. to San Francisco in April 2010, for sure i will stop there !
    Hello from Provence, south of France !

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