Amy Risley

Deetjen’s

Big Sur

by: Amy Risley

  • Why

    Weekend Getaway

  • When

    February 2013

  • Who

    Me & Jay

Highs + Lows

  • Big Sur is undeniably one of the most spectacular environments you can visit in the U.S., and this is the perfect home to adopt while you're there. Be sure to experience the drive up the coast.

  • No locks on the doors. No wifi. No cell service. Nothing to do but tune in to nature and turn into a calmer, more peaceful you.

  • So many friends were eager to make a spontaneous trip up the coast after we raved about it, but the rooms book up weeks in advance. Plan ahead!

  • There's no minibar, and they advise you to keep food in your car so pesky raccoons won't visit you for a midnight snack. If you're looking for a more pampered, luxurious experience, check out neighboring Post Ranch Inn or Ventana.

: 42/45
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Historic, Rustic Inn

  • Vibe

    Peaceful, magical, old-world ambience.

  • Location

    Tucked on the east side of Highway One along the dramatic coastline. Close to Big Sur's best hikes, shops and restaurants.

  • Rooms

    Around 20 rooms, some have shared bathrooms. Each has its own distinct theme and individual charm.

  • Music

    Mellow classical

  • Year Opened

    Rooms were built between the 1930's and 1960's

  • Designed By

    Grandpa Deetjen

  • Pool/Gym

    No need for that here! Ask the staff to guide you toward their hiking trails for 180 degree ocean views and condor sightings.

  • Restaurant

    Romantic, homey setting serving local, organic food and an impressive selection of California wines. Their breakfast was voted best in Monterey County.

  • Bar

    There are a few barstools to cozy up to inside the restaurant.

  • Wifi

    Nope. Don't expect cell service either! This is the ultimate place to power down, breathe and relax.

  • Children

    Yes. Lock them up in the fake miniature jail near Grandpa's room if they're naughty.

  • Price

    Modest and worthwhile.

In the Area

A storybook scene greets you as you approach the main house at Deetjen's.

Deetjen’s

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Henry Miller Library

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When you're being one with nature, your products should be too!

Earth Tu Face Serum

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For getting up close and personal with the sea lions.

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